Cloud Data Breaches mo' Money

IT people need to beef up their opinions about cloud security, says a recent report by the Ponemon Institute called “Data Breach: The Cloud Multiplier Effect.”Yes, data breaches occur in the cloud. In fact, it can be triple the cost of a data breach involving a brick and mortar medium....more

Data Breaches May Result in Board Breakups

The ripple effect continues to haunt Target: It’s expected that seven of its board of directors members may be replaced because they failed to provide effective oversight into the corporation’s data-protection risks. Boards simply need to be more proactive in safeguarding their companies against data breaches....more

How Law Enforcement Detects Breaches Before Victims Do

Law enforcement agencies detect data breaches before businesses do because the former seeks evidence of the cyber crime, reports a networkworld.com article....more

Data Breaches hurt Businesses’ Brand

That very newsworthy data breach that’s still in the news struck 110 million customers, not the more commonly reported 40 million; that’s one-third of the U.S. population.There was also another, but less publicized, breach of huge proportions that occurred to a major retailer in mid-December of 2013. And some reports say another 6 or more retailers may be affected in a similar breach....more

One in Three Massachusetts Residents’ Records Breached

Massachusetts has one of the most stringent data protection laws on the books. Businesses are required to disclose data breaches, and companies are now reporting when even a single individual’s information has been compromised.Despite strict laws and security requirements, companies are continually being hacked in record numbers. And if major businesses still being hacked despite allocating significant resources to securing their data, you’re more than likely at least as vulnerable....more

Is Email Encryption Right for Your Business?

The Privacy Rights Clearing house currently tallies 542,608,451 records breached in the past 5 years. Unsecure email certainly contributes to the problem. Small business email (or any email) starts off on a secure or unsecure wired or wireless network then travels over numerous networks through secure or unsecure email servers often vulnerable to people who are in control of those servers.There is also plenty of hacking and cracking tools bad guys (and good guys) use to sniff out that data in plain text....more

Data Privacy Day 2012

Lately, it seems that barely a day goes by when we don’t learn about a major Internet presence taking steps to further erode users’ privacy. The companies with access to our data are tracking us in ways that make Big Brother look like a sweet little baby sister....more

5 Quick Tips on How to Prevent the Next Data Breach

You may be aware of the uber techie bad boy hackers of Anonymous/Lulz/Anti-sec/Wikileaks/ScriptKiddies and the organized web mobs of the world.  Did you know they have wreaked havoc to the degree that almost a billion records have been compromised?  A recent study “gathered 3,765 publicly disclosed data breach incidents occurring in 33 countries during 2005-2010....more

Almost 80% of Retailers Data At High Risk

The PCI Security Standards Council is an open global forum, launched in 2006, that is responsible for the development, management, education, and awareness of the PCI Security Standards, including the Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS), and PIN Transaction Security (PTS) requirements....more

Scam Artists Sell Over $4 Million in Fake Tickets Every Month

Second-hand ticket retailer viagogo has revealed that scam artists that have been selling fake tickets are collectively reeling in just over $4 million a month, or $49 million a year. Viagogo found that more than 67,000 fake music festival tickets were sold last year. In 2011, that number could reach 100,000. Most of this scamming occurs during the summer, the most popular season for concerts....more