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The Truth About Mobile vs. Computer Data Risks

By | September 16th, 2019|

So much of our everyday lives are connected to the online world. We're using apps to chat with friends and find love. We're completing diplomas and degrees through online programs. We're banking online and making digital transactions for almost everything — less than half of Americans under the age of 50 worry about keeping cash in their wallets. As computers and mobile devices increasingly become people's primary tool for everyday tasks, cybersecurity has only become more [...]

What Is a Security Patch?

By | August 19th, 2019|

If you've spent any time with a computer or mobile device in the last 10 years, you've almost certainly seen the device indicate the need to apply a security patch. Whether you're using an Android or Apple smartphone, a desktop PC, a notebook, a tablet or even a gaming console like the PlayStation, the software will periodically ask you to approve an update — or it'll just update itself. It might seem like these updates [...]

Risks of Cybersecurity Within Aviation

By | July 22nd, 2019|

It should be common knowledge that passwords need to be complex, unique and difficult to guess. People know how to keep their data secure — right? Even in a world where data breaches are commonplace, users frequently ignore best practices for cybersecurity. One analysis found that the password most commonly revealed in data breaches is "123456." Too many people make poor choices about cybersecurity and put themselves and others at risk. These problems aren't unique to the [...]

Why Is Higher Education the Target for Cyber Attacks?

By | June 24th, 2019|

Higher education cyberattacks threaten the security of schools' intellectual property and students' personal information. Because universities must have an open network for their students and staff to access, hackers have multiple doors to enter the system. With so much sensitive data at risk, universities must take proactive measures to prevent attacks through threat detection software and other system upgrades. These enhancements must also adhere to many regulations. Finding a balance in preparing your system is [...]

Is Human Error Your Weak Link in Data Security?

By | May 24th, 2019|

When your business is running like a well-oiled machine, it's hard to believe that your employees or coworkers might be jeopardizing data security. Many business leaders are focused on outside attacks from ransomware and malware, but they forget the element of human error that makes it possible for hackers or other malicious actors to get into private systems in the first place. Think of it this way: If a burglar wants to get into your [...]

What Is the Cost of a Data Breach?

By | May 16th, 2019|

Data breaches, security incidents in which an unauthorized entity gains access to sensitive and secure data, happen frequently in our increasingly digital world. In 2018 alone, the United States experienced 1,244 data breaches, which resulted in the exposure of 446.5 million records. These incidents can have severe financial impacts, both direct and indirect, on the companies that fall victim to them. According to a study conducted by the Ponemon Institute called the 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study, the [...]

5 Tips for Developing the Perfect Password

By | May 13th, 2019|

One of the most talked-about topics in cybersecurity is how to create strong passwords and manage them in a way that keeps your accounts secure. Why is password protection so important? A significant portion of security incidents and breaches occur because of bad passwords. According to Verizon's 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report, 81 percent of all hacking-related data breaches involved weak or stolen passwords. And a compromised account doesn't just affect the account the password is used [...]

Breach Discovery: How Long Does Detection Take?

By | May 10th, 2019|

How quickly you can detect a security breach will help determine the extent of the incident's impact on your company and your customers. How efficiently you notify the impacted individuals is crucial as well. Time to detection can affect the amount of data you lose and your compliance with relevant regulations. Increasingly, the media is reporting information about the time it takes companies to respond to a breach, meaning the effectiveness of your response can influence [...]

5 Impacts a Data Breach Has on Your Business

By | May 7th, 2019|

In our connected world, business data breaches are becoming increasingly common and, consequently, increasingly costly. Companies have about a 28% chance of experiencing a data breach that exposes at least 10,000 customer records and results in fines, fees, security costs and lost business revenue. When customer data is compromised in a security breach, it costs the company even more than just financially — a data breach can damage your business's reputation and ruin customer trust in [...]

What Is the Difference Between a Security Incident and a Security Breach?

By | May 3rd, 2019|

Your organization has most likely already encountered security incidents and will continue to face them moving forward. You may even have dealt with a data breach. While these two terms might seem similar on the surface, it's critical that you make distinctions between them. How you classify these events will dictate how you respond to them, which has implications for your company's security, compliance and reputation. Let's take a look at the difference between security [...]

Data Protection for Businesses With Freelancers

By | April 30th, 2019|

Today's employment landscape is dramatically different than it was even a few years ago, thanks in great part to the increasing popularity of freelancing. This form of employment offers immense freedom of choice and work-life balance for employees, and businesses that employ freelancers enjoy significant savings on benefits like paid time off, health insurance and retirement plans. The popularity of freelancing has dramatically increased in the past few years, as research from Upwork indicates. Their Freelancing [...]

10 Mistakes Businesses Make Before and After a Data Breach

By | April 27th, 2019|

Data breaches are rapidly becoming one of every organization's biggest fears. As the importance of data security continues to grow, hackers are becoming more brazen and finding more creative ways to get their hands on valuable information. In January 2019 alone, an astonishing 1.76 billion records were compromised in data breaches all over the world. To make matters worse, the cost of ransomware attacks alone is expected to hit $11.5 billion in 2019. Despite the immense financial and [...]

How Much Control Over Data Do Your Customers Have?

By | April 23rd, 2019|

Today, most consumers use online services like social media, streaming platforms and connected devices without thinking too much about how it's funded. Many of these services are free to the user, at least in the traditional sense. Nothing is truly free, though, and most of the services that don't require users to hand over any currency do require some form of payment. How do users pay for these services? With their data. What is customer [...]

What to Know About the Future of Cloud Computing and Data Security

By | March 22nd, 2019|

Cloud computing and storage has been a hot topic in recent years, with cloud systems like Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud becoming increasingly popular within enterprises. But what makes the cloud so popular among businesses? By definition, cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote, internet-hosted servers to manage, process and store data. While it may not sound significant, cloud computing poses an enormous range of benefits to businesses. [...]

Defending Against the Biggest Cybersecurity Threats in the Healthcare Industry

By | November 19th, 2018|

Healthcare cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly serious topic throughout companies and the public alike. But, what if a data breach meant exposing patients private information and putting that data into the hands of malicious cybercriminals? That situation is precisely what the Independence Blue Cross (IBC) faced earlier this year. On September 17th, IBC announced that over 17,000 of their customers were affected by a data breach that leaked customers' names, dates of birth, provider information, diagnoses codes [...]

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