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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Are You Only a Hacktivists Away from Chaos?
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 2:11p Liana Lichtenwalner Data security is a hot topic right now with Target, Michaels, and other large companies reporting data breaches. After all the time, money, and publicity from the breaches, I am sure they wish they could turn back time and deploy a stronger authentication to guard against the black market hacktivists that caused the chaos.
In Cameron Shilling’s article “Is Your Business a Data Breach Away from Disaster?,” Shilling states, “data security breaches are not just perpetrated by Internet hac [read] Keywords: security
Ransomed Beauty: Is Your Identity Being Held for Ransom?
Thu, Mar 27th 2014 4:11p Liana Lichtenwalner As a woman, I know all too well how much time and money we spend on beauty supplies. Whether buying the “next best thing” in the cosmetic department or trying the newest home remedy from your favorite blog, it all requires you to spend some cash or use a credit/debit card. But how much are you willing to pay: ten, twenty, fifty dollars? What about your identity? With the growing number of businesses reporting breaches in their databases, it is no surprise that Sally Beauty became a target to [read] Keywords: network
Price vs Cost: One Man’s Opinion
Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 3:14p Rob Bellefeuille With the economic state of the country, you always hear folks talking about the price of an item or how much it cost them. Being in the security industry and a home owner, I can identify with the struggles that come with sticking to a budget and finding a solution.
However, with security it can truly be a gamble that all too often plays out in a negative way. One comparison we threw around a lot here in the office is a home security system. You constantly see on the news or hear from others sto [read] Keywords: office
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 10:15a Liana Lichtenwalner Hailstorms are a threatening phenomenon that can sometimes turn fatal. Hailstones can range from a ¼ of an inch to 7 inches in size, causing severe damage to anything in their path. Attacking hackers, in many ways, are like hailstorms when there is a breach in security, leaving extensive damage.
Lately, Cyber security has been on the minds of many people, and with many security breaches at major companies placing personal data at risk, it is no wonder. A recent study done by the Ponemon Insti [read] Keywords: application
Data Breach on Campus: Over 300,000 Exposed at University of Maryland
Fri, Feb 21st 2014 12:14p Rob Bellefeuille This week the University of Maryland came forth with an announcement that their campus data base had been breached, exposing sensitive information for over 300,000 students and faculty. The data breach comes on the heels of many other similar data breaches at retailers across the US including Target, Neaman Marcus, and Michaels Craft Stores.
According to a letter from University of Maryland President, Wallace D. Loh on February 19, 2014; “A specific database of records maintained by our IT D [read] Keywords: database
Government Surveillance, Time to Reform?
Mon, Feb 17th 2014 11:11a Chief Content Writer There has been a recent push back against the government claiming that they are impeding on the privacy rights of users. Eight companies, including AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo, co-authored a letter to President Obama stating their concerns. In this letter, the major companies broached the issue of the global interference with users’ internet accounts and discussed the fact that governments do indeed need to protect their citizens but not at the cost of [read] Keywords: apple
To E-File or Not to E-File
Mon, Feb 10th 2014 1:11p Liana Lichtenwalner While Shakespeare is better known as an excellent playwright, vivacious actor, and sublime constructor of the English language, he also has a not-so-well-known, historical record for tax evasion, hoarding, and the selling of grain at atrocious prices during years of famine. Although we are not here to discuss the moral ethics of Shakespeare, we should ask ourselves “to e-file or not to e-file.”
As the season for filing your taxes approaches and with many already waiting for their returns, [read] Keywords: policies