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What Will be the Top Cybersecurity Threats in 2017?

Posted by Shawn O'Brien 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.

How a Data Breach Hurts a Retailer's Bottom Line

Posted by Vijay Basani 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?

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.

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.

Black Friday Shopping: Protecting Consumer Data

Posted by Shawn O'Brien on Nov 18, 2016


Each holiday season, thousands of customers swipe their credit cards to purchase goods and services.

Black Friday is right around the corner. Is your company ready for it?

We hope so, and we're comfortable assuming that all consumers nationwide hope so too. After all, their livelihood could depend on it.

"Each year cybersecurity becomes a major topic around the holidays."

Each holiday season, cybersecurity becomes a hot topic. People swipe their credit cards left and right to buy goods and services, and they worry about the payments later. While shopping can be fun, it's also risky.

Why is holiday shopping so dangerous? Blame PoS malware.

 

Data Breach Details: Eddie Bauer Stores

Posted by Vijay Basani on Sep 23, 2016


Eddie Bauer's stores were recently breached by cybercriminals.

Protecting critical business data and customer information should not be taken lightly. The latest example of a major data breach comes out of Eddie Bauer, a clothing store chain located in Washington.

 

"Not every Eddie Bauer

customer was affected by the breach, but all would receive identity protection."

The company recently released a statement notifying its customers that its North American stores had been compromised by a security hack between January 2 and July 17 of this year. It did note that not every customer was affected, but that all customers would receive identity protection for 12 months.

Data Breach Alert: Yahoo Struck by Hacker “Peace” – 200 Million Accounts Affected

Posted by Shawn O'Brien on Aug 17, 2016

Another big name gets added to the list of 2016 data breaches. Yahoo, the multinational technology company, has its hands full as it deals with trying to confirm the possibility of a data breach. The infamous hacker that goes by the tag of “Peace” has listed a cache of what allegedly appears to be 200 million stolen Yahoo user accounts for sale on the Dark Web. Yahoo has already begun a thorough forensic analysis investigation to the determine the validity of the hacker’s claims and promises that it’s taking this breach "very seriously.” According to reports by Motherboard, the cache supposedly contains usernames, passwords, and dates of birth. At this time, the stolen user data is currently being sold for 3 Bitcoins, or around $1,860, and apparently contains records from “2012 most likely,” according to hacker Peace. Peace has also provided a way to unscramble the hashed credentials, making it easier for buyers to use the stolen information once they get their hands on it.

What Makes Silicon Valley Such a Target for Cyber Attacks?

Posted by Security Steve on Aug 11, 2016

Silicon Valley is a nickname for the southern part of the San Fransisco Bay Area, a region that hosts many of the world's biggest technology companies, including giants like Facebook and Google. The area increasingly finds itself the target of consumer ire for violating privacy expectations, changing product performance in uncomfortable ways, and more.

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