We have been including blog posts related to security breaches throughout the year and I wanted to share with you a great resource from SCMagazine called The Data Breach Blog. This is a blog dedicated to reporting on various data breaches which have occurred and providing information such as how many victims, what happened, what type of personal data, what was the response, and details about issues which allowed the data breach to happen.
One example is this recent data breach of a database containing personal information from 235,000 students, former students, parents, faculty, staff and individuals who sent their SAT scores to Western Connecticut State University. This included names, social security numbers, emails, addresses, phone numbers and even grades. Check out the rest of the blog post to see how they handled the attack….
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EU Behind the Times for Cyber Security
Mon, Dec 9th 2013 2:12p Elizabeth Romeril Often in our blog we focus on what is happening here in America, but we work with companies all over the globe. Recently, there was a survey done by the where they questioned over 27,000 people in the European Union about their internet use, security attitudes and experiences. 1 The survey showed that individuals in the EU were behind the times when it came to cyber security.
Just over a quarter those surveyed only use their own hardware to go online, and just under that figure (24%) use uni [read] Keywords: password
Shopping Smart Series: Cyber Monday
Mon, Dec 2nd 2013 1:14p Rob Bellefeuille With the shopping season upon us we wanted to give you some safe shopping tips to help keep you protected while you are out-and-about or online.
Safeshopping.org has a great “Top Ten List” of safe online shopping tips. Some highlights from that list include trusting your instincts and making sure that you are shopping from a trusted retailer. Also, if a deal looks too good to be true, do your homework and make sure the item and website are legitimate, and exactly what you are looking for. [read] Keywords: wifi
Shopping Smart Series: Unsecured Wi-Fi and You
Wed, Nov 27th 2013 9:18a Rob Bellefeuille With the shopping season upon us we wanted to give you some safe shopping tips to help keep you protected while you are out-and-about.
Free Wi-Fi is a great thing; it saves data usage on your cell phone plan, and allows you to access all of the great things the internet has to offer. Like all good things there are people out there who are looking to ruin the fun for the rest of us. Knowledge is power and with the know how you can protect yourself from these attacks, and ensure that you have a ha [read] Keywords: mobile
Shopping Smart Series: Black Friday
Tue, Nov 26th 2013 2:18p Rob Bellefeuille With the shopping season upon us we wanted to give you some safe shopping tips to help keep you protected while you are out-and-about.
Black Friday was originally used to describe companies to going from red-to-black in their books or loss-to-profit for the year. In the 1960s, Black Friday was used to describe the rush of crowds to the stores, the day after Thanksgiving. According to market-research firm ShopperTrak, “Since 2002, Black Friday has been the season’s biggest shopping day ea [read] Keywords: connections
Update Your Security Software before Opening “that” Email
Mon, Nov 25th 2013 3:18p Christopher Hoey Hackers continue to defy the odds, finding more creative ways to plant malware on devices. Some of their tactics are highly innovative, but so simple at the same time that even a well-educated computer user overlooks the fact that it may be a virus.
Just this past week, they built a simple email scheme that made it look like the recipient’s security software needed updating. Then it instructed the user to download an update, which was a piece of malware. The malware used a process calle [read] Keywords: email
IT Leaders Identify the Cost of Security Breaches Have Highest Impact
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 8:15a Rob Bellefeuille With the current state of the economy, it seems that almost every penny is scrutinized when it comes down to budgeting. One surefire way to blow an IT budget is a security breach, it costs companies more than just man hours, but also data loss and potential reputation damage. Most breaches occur at a log-in portal, then connecting horizontally across a company’s info structure until they obtain information or take down a piece of the site or system.
This week EMC, a data management and protect [read] Keywords: security
Healthcare.gov is in the News Again
Mon, Nov 18th 2013 1:24p Rob Bellefeuille As previously mentioned in this article, the government run healthcare.gov seems to be in the news almost every day. Recently, there have been accusations made that there was a “hidden memo” which was not brought to the attention of the Project Manager, Henry Chao.
The memo expressed concern for the “limitless security risks” of the website, reports CBS News. The memo was dated September 3, 2013, and outlined all of the potential risks associated with launching the program prematurely.
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