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What Will be the Top Cybersecurity Threats in 2017?

Posted by Trevan Marden on Dec 31, 2016


Will cyberthreats will 2017 hold?

Cybersecurity is an ever-changing field. A threat that was huge ten years ago might not even be on the radar today. While it's impossible to predict the future, there are certain trends that will most likely continue into 2017. Let's take a look at some predictions for the new year. 

1. IoT-based DDoS attacks

One major threat that is looming on the horizon for 2017 is the use of distributed denial-of-service attacks. While these kinds of hacks have been around for quite some time now, the reason there will likely be a surge in 2017 has to do with the introduction of the Internet of Things.

Why a Cybersecurity Plan Should Be In Your 2017 Budget

Posted by Shawn O'Brien on Dec 28, 2016


Cybersecurity simply demands a portion of your yearly budget.

When planning out a budget for the new year, finding a place for cybersecurity can be difficult. You want to put that money toward new ventures, but you also know that a major breach can forever damage your reputation. 

To help those waffling between how much to put into digital defenses, let's review some of the biggest reasons having a plan is worth the time and money.

 

How a Data Breach Hurts a Retailer's Bottom Line

Posted by Trevan Marden on Dec 23, 2016


Retailers will see some major financial impact following a big breach.

Retailers are some of the most vulnerable organizations when it comes to data breaches. Due to the fact that these companies have to process enormous amounts of customer financial information, it simply makes sense that hackers would do everything they can to get past cybersecurity defenses. 

Outside of the fact that a significant cyberattack will forever change how customers view your company, these incidents generally have significant financial fallout. To that end, what can a retailer expect to deal with when they're the victim of a data breach?

What Are PCI DSS Requirements for Retailers and Why Are They Important?

Posted by Shawn O'Brien on Dec 22, 2016


Card security has become a big problem for retailers.

While credit and debit cards are extremely convenient, they've also opened up a whole new world of fraud. This makes the systems that retailers use to process these payments seem like great targets for hackers, and organizations from every corner of the globe are scrambling to secure themselves against these threats.

One big solution to this has been the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. The PCI DSS is a regulatory code that tells companies how they can better defend themselves against attacks levied to steal card data. It's an important tool in the fight against fraud and should be strictly followed.

How Does a Cardholder Data Breach Happen?

Posted by Vijay Basani on Dec 21, 2016


What happens when card security can't hold back the hackers?

Due to the fact that credit and debit card data can be used to anonymously purchase goods and transfer money online, this information has become highly sought after in the criminal underworld. Hackers are compensated generously for gaining access to these cards, and are therefore motivated to break into the systems that hold them. 

But exactly how do these individuals go about getting a hold of this information? Let's dive in: 

3 Reasons Why Retailers Need to Invest in Cybersecurity

Posted by Shawn O'Brien on Dec 20, 2016


Many retailers are struggling with cybersecurity.

As more services continue to move to an online environment, the importance of cybersecurity is being emphasized in every industry in the market. That said, certain sectors are feeling the pressure of this concern more than others, with perhaps the best example of this being retail organizations. 

The retail world has been repeatedly hit by cyberattacks in the past, and it doesn't look like hackers will be stopping anytime soon. It's imperative that company leaders in this field begin to prepare their businesses for the worst, so let's take a look at some reasons why retailers should beef up their current cybersecurity defenses.

What Has Been the Impact of Data Breaches in 2016?

Posted by Shawn O'Brien on Dec 1, 2016


Data breaches have had a large impact on businesses in 2016.

Data breaches are major events that place tremendous pressure on IT departments to rectify. Unfortunately, numerous case studies exist where companies have not only failed to prevent a cyber attack, but they've also struggled (at minimum) to mitigate the damage. The end result is often lost customers and a dented bottom line.

"Data breaches are increasing because there are more connected devices than ever."

Why are Data Breaches on the Rise?


One reason data breaches are increasing is because there are more connected devices than ever. And that number is expected to rise.

Gartner predicted connected "things" would jump 30% between 2015 and 2016. Other experts agreed, such as Fortinet Global Security strategist Derek Manky and Morgan Stanley Chief Information Officer of Technology and Information Risk Matthew Chung.

Understanding the Increased Complexity of Cyber Threats

Posted by Trevan Marden on Nov 30, 2016


Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly more complex.

Is your company spending more and more money on trying to keep up with the increased complexity of cyber threats?

You're welcome to be alarmed (it's a perfectly normal response). But don't be shocked. Cybercriminals, who often have plenty of time and resources to devote to their craft, are constantly becoming more sophisticated. And companies typically have to spread their resources out to various departments, limiting their ability to fully secure themselves. Sure, most have IT teams (or at minimum a dedicated IT professional), but that doesn't mean they're completely capable of handling the complexity and vast amount of threats bombarding their servers.

3 Signs That Someone Is Already In Your Network

Posted by Shawn O'Brien on Nov 23, 2016


There are ways to detect whether or not your IT systems are being compromised.

Has your company's network been compromised? If you're not sure, you should know how to tell because it could prevent the loss of critical data. 

"Companies, both big and small, may appear to be indestructible, they're always at the mercy of their IT security systems."

While large and small companies may appear to be indestructible, they're always at the mercy of their IT security systems. When their networks are breached, cybercriminals can typically steal important data with ease such as a customer's personal and financial information. The end result is often damage to the company's bottom line because of lost customers. 

But what if a company could prevent (or at least slow) these cyber attacks by not only building a robust IT defense system but also by knowing when a hacker is attacking? In this article we'll discuss how companies can tell when a cybercriminal is already in their network. In turn, this will allow IT teams to quickly react and avoid losing crucial data.

Effective Methods to Reduce Uncertainty Over Cyber Threats

Posted by Kevin Landt on Nov 22, 2016


If you're concerned about IT security threats, you should take measures to protect your company.

Are you worrying about an IT breach more than your company's sales numbers? In some sense, that's a good thing (IT security should be at the top of your list). But on the flip side, it shouldn't be keeping your organization's C-Suite executives up at night.

If IT security problems are becoming a headache, you probably need to do more to protect your company from cyber attacks.

Here are two effective methods to help you reduce your uncertainty about cyber threats.

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