The Looming Cyber Risk of Brexit

The Looming Cyber Risk of Brexit For the last few days, the news from every direction is covering Brexit. All of the reporting to date has focused on economic and social changes yet very little on the potential Cybersecurity risks of this massive change to the banking and financial industry. Yes, embracing migrants in need and handling economic bailouts for troubled economies are important, but why such limited discussion of…

Microsoft Buys LinkedIn, Divine or Disaster?

Microsoft Buys LinkedIn, Divine or Disaster? Last week, Microsoft announced an agreement to purchase LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in an all cash deal. That’s a lot of money, making it the most significant acquisition in technology since Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $16 billion more than two years ago. We are being told it offers major advantages by applying analysis on this LinkedIn data to help customers perform better, while giving…

Verizon Enterprise Customer Data Up For Sale

Verizon Enterprise Customer Data Up For Sale For most companies, having hackers steal their customer data from a web portal would certainly be a difficult event to deal with. But for the enterprise telecommunications unit of Verizon, it’s a much more painful, if not embarrassing business situation. In what could be this year’s biggest black-eye in cybersecurity; how could Verizon be a victim of such a large breach when many government agencies…

$19 Million for Cybersecurity Complacency

$19 Million for Cybersecurity Complacency What is the real cost of cybersecurity complacency? More than you might think. Case in point, most recently Home Depot just ponied up $19 Million to settle a case for a late 2013 credit card breach. But many companies still feel it’s “ok” to understaff their cybersecurity team (if it exists at all) and to simply push an antivirus app out to their employee’s laptops…

Minimizing Data Breaches for HR Software

Minimizing Data Breaches for HR Software Pace Morgan staff consultants work with Information Security teams every day, the conversation often comes up about risk of HR data and the effort that HRIS software vendors are taking to prevent system breaches.  The results are varied and interesting. Even with VPN encryption, tunnels, malware, virus protection, intrusion detection services and more, breaches can still take place. Although HR software vendors work to…

Data Security Tops list for the AMA

Data Security Tops list for the American Medical Association (AMA) 2016 is an important year for Cybersecurity in health care sector. As hospitals and health organizations improve their cybersecurity tactics to meet ever-important HIPAA legal requirements, bad actors continue to develop more intricate methods compromise health organizations. In addition, the organizations themselves need to consider data loss and increased exposure due to their own procedures and policies of data handling…

Top 20 Information Security Conferences – 2016

From CPE learning credits to networking for job opportunities, conferences are an important part of your professional development. This year it was too hard to keep the list to a “Top 10” so we expanded to 20! With so many options in the USA and abroad, your opportunities are endless in 2016.   Shmoocon Dates: January 15 – 17, 2016 Location: Washington, DC   ISSA CIO Forum Dates: February 27 – 28, 2016 Location:…

Target Hack Lessons Learned

Target Hack 9 Month Review It’s been almost a year since the landmark Target hack was initiated. Target’s damage control of this major crisis has been effective, but very costly, which is a warning to other enterprises that might likely face similar retail data challenges. The Event The data breach during the holiday season of 2013 exposed 40 million customer debit and credit card accounts, a problem of massive proportions for the national…

MAJOR Data Breach at AshleyMadison.com

MAJOR Data Breach at AshleyMadison.com  Although as stated on their website, Ashley Madison (owned and operated by Avid Life Media) is “the world’s leading married dating service for discreet encounters”, the users of the site have just found out their private data was not secure after all. Despite what your personal values make you feel about a website that profits from creating extra-marital affairs, the site clearly has a responsibility to protect…

University Data Breach Reported

Harvard University Data Breach Reported Compared to corporate America, universities and colleges generally demonstrate a lower level of systems protection. This is partly due to lower financial resource funding in most cases, especially with smaller entities. Regardless of budget, education facilities maintain much of the same critical data on its’ students as any corporation might hold. From Social Security numbers to financial information, the need to secure that private data…