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Should you get Cyber Insurance?

The latest string of data breaches has damaged reputations, spurring demand for cyber liability coverage. More specifically, recent findings by industry analysts report that spending on cyber liability insurance nearly doubled between 2013 and 2014 to about $2 billion.1 The Cost of a Data Breach To understand why so many organizations are buying cyber liability…

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Carbanak Attack Post-Mortem: Same Old Phish

The Kaspersky report about Carbanak malware released last month led to some pretty frightening headlines, usually starting with “Billion dollar heist…”.  Now that we’re over a month into reviewing some of the forensic evidence, it appears that Carbanak is less sophisticated than many first thought. At its heart, this was a spear phishing attack that…

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How Varonis Helps with the National Credit Union Administration Regulations

Part 748 of the National Credit Union Administration Regulations delineates the requirements for each federally insured credit union’s security program. This program helps protect against insider threats, ensures the security and confidentiality of member records, responds to incidents of unauthorized access, and so much more! To learn how Varonis solutions can help enforce federally insured…

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State of PCI Compliance 2014

Last year when we wrote about Verizon’s PCI Compliance report, the news was not very encouraging. Only 11% of companies in the Verizon sample passed all 12 of the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) 2.0’s controls. For hackers, it meant that in 2013 they were unlucky if they found themselves on a compliant site! The…

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Windows 10’s Security Reboot, Part III: FIDO and Beyond

FIDO’s Universal Two Factor (U2F) is intended to make it easy for companies to add a strong second factor to their existing crypto infrastructure. Most of us are probably not ready to leap ahead to the password-less Universal Authentication Factor (UAF), which I touched on in the previous post in this series. So U2F is…

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Free Ways to Learn about IT Security

Technology startups have built a name for themselves, and the Labor Department slots tech jobs among the fastest growing this decade.1 New graduates, tech enthusiasts, and many others are working toward a position with an information technology company as a software developer, system administrator, or IT Manager. One aspect of IT not to be overlooked…

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What if Fitness Wearables Affected Our Health Insurance Rates?

Fitness wearables have been very popular, but sadly not very sticky. After 3-4 months, consumers tend to put them in a drawer and never wear them again. Many companies in this space think the solution might be to increase the value of the data that these fitness wearables collect. For instance, companies like FitBit started…

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Interview With Alexandra Ross, The Privacy Guru

Alexandra Ross is not your ordinary attorney practicing privacy law. Her CV includes a stint as Associate General Counsel for Wal-Mart Stores, where she built this giant retailer’s privacy policies and procedures from the ground up. She is San Francisco based and consults with many Bay area tech companies. Her point of view on privacy…

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Top Minds in PCI Compliance

In 2014, over one billion records were breached.1 Among those breached, retail and financial industries were hit the hardest.  With Home Depot’s data breach, attackers hijacked payment data systems and stole over 100 million records such as payment card information and other sensitive customer data.2 With 2014 billed as “The Year of the Data Breach,”…

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Enterprise Search: Connecting File Data and Knowledge, Part II

If you’re like me, you use the autosuggestion box in Google (or your favorite search engine) to quickly confirm or learn new facts even without having to see the search results. Not sure how to spell the name of that Seattle Seahawks running back? Start entering in the first few letters, “mars,” and Google provides…

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