Cybersecurity Matters

George Hulme lends his expert insight into the latest developments in cybersecurity

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Staffers gone bad or bad decisions — which should you worry about more?

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Insider threats have been in the news quite a bit recently, but insider threats don’t always present themselves as a staffer who has gone bad and is stealing and selling secrets to competitors or other nations. While that does happen, a good portion of the insider threat manifests in insiders who make bad decisions with how […]

The high risk of data loss associated with employees

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The security threat from insiders is growing. Consider the most recent Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR), which found that 20% of cybersecurity incidents and 15% of data breaches investigated within the Verizon DBIR originated from people within the organization. According to Verizon’s DBIR analysis, the top motivators behind insider attacks were financial gain (48%) […]

Ransomware attacks show no signs of slowing

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Ransomware attacks are showing no signs of letting up. In fact, recent research shows how these attacks are flourishing. The findings are based on more than 230,000 ransomware attack submissions, between April 1 and September 30, 2019, to antivirus firm Emsisoft and ransomware information site ID Ransomware. ID Ransomware is a site that enables anyone […]

Survey: There’s a divide between cyber security concerns and cyber security actions

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When it comes to cyber security, U.S. businesses and citizens alike have plenty of concerns, but they may not know how to mitigate them. That observation is based on the third annual Cyber Report from property and casualty insurer Chubb (pdf), which found that eight in 10 Americans continue to be concerned about a cyber […]

2019 could be a record-breaking year for data breaches

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According to Risk Based Security’s 2019 Midyear Quickview Data Breach Report, there have been 3,813 separate data breaches reported through June — exposing about 4.1 billion records. That’s a 54% increase in data breaches and 52% increase in exposed records over the same period in 2018. Of the organizations that suffered a breach and could […]

Data breach costs continue to soar

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Propelled by rising amounts of data, business process digitization and regulatory fines, organizations’ data breach costs are expected to soar from $3 trillion annually to more than $5 trillion by 2024, according to a recent report from Juniper Research. Interestingly, the report, The Future of Cybercrime and Security: Threat Analysis, Impact Assessment and Migration Strategies […]

Identity management is coming to the Internet of Things

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The security of IoT Devices matters. If we’re to actually live in a world where we reap the full potential from Internet-connected devices, those devices will need to be reasonably secured. Device makers will need to take the secure design and development of their gear seriously. Device owners, meanwhile, will have to take the effective […]

Staff and IT leadership at odds over data security

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It’s no secret that employees and contractors are one of the primary causes of enterprise security events. It’s not that most insiders who cause data breaches are malicious. They’re not. They may carelessly send a cleartext email that contains sensitive information, reuse the same password across applications, or lose an unencrypted notebook or portable storage […]

Good news, bad news: A look at the Cyber Incident and Breach Trends Report

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The most recent Cyber Incident and Breach Trends Report from the Online Trust Alliance found that overall data breaches and exposed risks were down in 2018. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, the news didn’t stop there. According to the report, ransomware’s financial hit grew by 60% last year, losses from business email compromise attacks doubled. […]