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Almost every day there seems to be another story about the “Internet of Things" (IoT). More and more “things” are being equipped to send and receive information over the internet. It might be fun to have your running shoes connecting to...

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A Data-Driven Approach to Vendor Risk Management

Debbie Umbach | January 6, 2015

Third party risk has become a hot topic throughout 2014, with no signs of slowing down in 2015.  The WSJ highlighted high-profile breaches stemming from a vendor here and here, and the OCC issued more third party risk guidance.  Steve...

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How You Can Avoid Becoming the Next Sony

Nick Gagalis | December 16, 2014

As you've heard by now, Sony Pictures suffered a major breach in November, and is still feeling the consequences of it. The FBI warned that other companies could be attacked with similar malware, but that isn't the only reason you should...

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The last couple of years have been tough on higher education systems in terms of cyber security. In 2012, in particular, there was a near-record-high number of data breaches, with nearly two million exposed records reported. The following...

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An Update on Data Breach Notification

Ben Fagan | June 11, 2014

In a previous blog post, we outlined federal initiatives to pass a data breach notification law that would simplify the current myriad of state regulations. In the wake of the Target and Neiman Marcus data breaches, legislators and...

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Merely doing things out of habit can be a risky thing to do. Such as when we just go through the motions when completing tasks – tasks we do so many times that muscle memory or our subconscious take over and put us in autopilot.


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Three Steps to Reduce Your Security Risk

Melissa Stevens | May 29, 2014

It may sound trite, but it's true; for organizations today, being breached is no longer a question of if, but when. In our recent analysis of security performance in the S&P 500, BitSight saw over 80% of the nation's largest organizations...

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Originating from the French proclamations of Charles VII’s ascension to the throne after the death of Charles VI, “The King is dead, long live the King” speaks to the inevitability of succession. It is now not a stretch to think about the...

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Healthcare security and how updated HIPAA/HITECH Act regulations are changing the nature of risk in that industry are hot topics right now. "The rules have made it easier for organizations to have penalties levied against them because of...

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