Phishing attacks on the rise

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It’s no surprise that phishing attacks remain among the most effective. By some estimates, phishing (specifically highly-targeted spear-phishing attacks) are how 91% of digital attacks are initiated. Even business and security leaders — those who clearly should know better — admit to being fooled. In our post, The high risk of data loss associated with employees, […]

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 […]

Aspectos interculturales de las estrategias de respuesta ante ataques IT

Los teléfonos no paran de sonar en su sede central, el tráfico ha colapsado su web y todos los buzones de correo electrónico están repletos. ¿Por qué? Simplemente porque sus sistemas han sido pirateados, exponiendo millones de registros personales y financieros confidenciales de sus clientes. Además, es imposible encontrar en qué parte del mundo tuvo […]

Cross cultural aspects of breach response strategies

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The phones are ringing off the hook at headquarters, your web site traffic is exploding and your email boxes have reached capacity. Why?  Your enterprise systems have been hacked, exposing millions of confidential customer personal and financial records. It’s impossible to determine where in the world the hack originated, but the implications are surely global […]

Study: Hospitals dramatically increase ad spend following data breaches

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Determining the actual cost of a data breach is difficult and often leads to heated discussions in security circles. How do you determine how many customers who left (following a breach) wouldn’t have left anyway? Perhaps they already were upset with the organization for some other reason. How do you know if a sales decline […]

Data masking for GDPR: A force for positive change

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If the words General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are enough to get your pulse racing, you are not alone. The GDPR, due to come into force on 25 May this year, is going to have a significant, permanent and far-reaching impact on any business that holds data on EU citizens, including organisations based outside of […]

GDPR raising cybersecurity awareness among EU business leaders

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As if the daily beating of data breach news wasn’t enough reason to bring the stark reality of cyber risks to the attention of corporate leaders, here comes the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Taking effect in May 2018, GDPR is managing to elevate cyber risks to the top of the corporate agenda […]

Small mistakes, big data breaches

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We all make mistakes, especially simple mistakes, such as a typo here and there in email or grammatical oversights in a report. And who hasn’t called or texted a wrong number?  Just this morning I tried to submit a web form, and it was rejected because I didn’t format a field input properly. These types […]