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What’s Your Reputation Worth?

During this past year, we’ve been reminded (too) many times that data breaches are costly and damaging to a company’s reputation. According to the Ponemon Institute’s 2014 Cost of Data Breach Study, the average total cost of a data breach—which can include credit monitoring, legal fees, remediation, and customer loss—for the companies who participated in…

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State of PCI Compliance: Verizon Report Tracks Highs and Lows

In addition to publishing the Metadata Era’s favorite source for hacking stats, Verizon also has a separate survey on PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) compliance. Since 2009, Verizon and its associated QSA testers have done 4,000 assessments of mostly large multi-national companies. With the recent high-profile credit card number heists, it’s a particularly opportune time…

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FTC Says Do the Reasonable Security Thing

Metadata Era readers know the FTC has become the de facto enforcer of data privacy and security protection. When there aren’t specific laws to apply, it uses the broad powers given to it by Congress—back in the earlier part of the last century—to prohibit “unfair or deceptive acts or practices” in the digital realm.  A…

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What You May Have Missed

1. Here’s an interesting perspective from a CTO on why metadata matters. 2. By September 30th, California Governor Jerry Brown will either veto or sign two very important bills that will protect student data and their privacy. Major protections of SB 1177 include prohibiting any website or mobile app from targeted advertising to K-12 students, their parents…

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How Varonis Helps with the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements 16(SSAE16)

The Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements 16 (SSAE16) is a regulation for how service organizations report on compliance controls. Created by the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, SSAE16 requires a written statement of assertion to the auditor that their controls description accurately represents their business operations. To learn…

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Phishing Attacks Classified: Big Phish vs. Little Phishes

The CMU CERT team I referred to in my last post also has some interesting analysis on the actual mechanics of these phishing attacks. Based on reviewing their incident database, the CERT team was able to categorize phishing attacks into two broader types: single- versus multi-stage. What’s the difference? Think of single-stage as catching lots of…

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What You May Have Missed

1. In a previous post, we mentioned firms interested in disrupting the data broker business by empowering consumers to share their personal information with companies and get paid for it too. However, it’s still unclear whether customers are worried enough about their privacy to embrace these new services. At the Annual Meeting of the New…

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Do Certain Traits Make People Vulnerable to Phishing?

The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) at Carnegie-Mellon University is a research institute devoted to computer and network security. CERT is often referenced by other security researchers, and for good reason: they have deep knowledge of vulnerabilities and have developed cyber-engineering techniques both to analyze and prevent attacks. CERT also has an entire practice area…

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How Varonis Helps with the Commission de Surveilance du Secteur Financier (CSSF)

In 2013, Luxembourg’s financial regulator, The Commission de Surveilance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) released new rules regarding controls for Access Tools to “always have permanent full control over the [IT] resources under their responsibility and the corresponding accesses to these resources”. Investment firms, financial, and support professionals, among others, need to comply. Interested in having…

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Point-of-Sale Cyber Attacks Are Back With Backoff

Point-of-Sale attacks are back in the news. But they never really left us. In the wake of the Target attack, the FBI issued a bulletin in January warning about future incidents. They identified the malware type (RAM scrapers) and the infection vector (phish mails, and compromised websites or “watering holes”). And they even pointed out…

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