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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.

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.

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.

 

Breaking Down Yahoo IT Breach of 500 Million User Accounts

Posted by Shawn O'Brien on Oct 11, 2016


500 million Yahoo accounts were breached and possibly stolen in 2014.

IT security is a growing issue that companies must address before it's too late. For example, take Yahoo, which recently experienced what some are calling the biggest breach of all time, when cybercriminals stole information from 500 million user accounts.

 

"Yahoo believes that criminals stole an assortment of personal information."

Confirmed by Bob Lord of Cisco in a statement, Yahoo believes criminals stole an assortment of personal information from users, although it suggests unprotected passwords, bank account information and payment card data were left untouched.

Why the Cloud Is Good for IT Security Services

Posted by Shawn O'Brien on Sep 19, 2016


The cloud offers greater IT services than on-premise solutions because it's highly secure.

Can IT professionals rely on the cloud to keep their data safe and secure like they did floppy disks, compact disks and flash drives? After all, for years those units were staple features of business operations and storage. Each of those items proved their worth, but eventually fell in favor to new technology. This time, it's the cloud.

 

"It's not a matter of managing IT security as it is ensuring a breach never happens."

The question today is whether IT professionals can trust the cloud to keep their data secure all the time. Data breaches are a major problem, especially in the banking industry, so it's not a matter of managing IT security as it is ensuring a breach never happens.

How to Craft an Effective Data Security Plan

Posted by Security Steve on Aug 2, 2016

A data security plan is an organization's framework for employing security tools to make sure digital information is accurate, reliable, and available when those with authorized access need it—and not those without authorized access, such as malicious hackers. There are a few basic steps involved in assembling a quality data security plan:

What to Do When Your Personal Data Has Been Stolen

Posted by Security Steve on May 6, 2016

 

Hackers compromise the personal information of millions of people in the United States every year. Indeed, approximately half the country's adultssuffered this fate in 2014, making many people wonder what to do if their data has been hacked. Taking immediate action can help reduce the serious fallout from a breach.

Where Should You Back Up Your Data? 3 Tips for Keeping Your Information Safe

Posted by Kevin Landt on May 2, 2016

 

To maintain successful business operations, companies must be able to depend on the extraordinary amounts of digital information they process daily. Data loss can bring an organization's work to a sudden and costly stop. Unfortunately, some enterprises rely on cobbled-together, ill-advised measures to back up data—such as employees emailing themselves copies of files—and some enterprises do not make backups at all. Quality backup practices are necessary if firms are to safeguard themselves from data loss.

 

Here are three tips for keeping private information secure, with a special focus on where to store backup data.

Apple vs FBI: Who’s in Control of Protection and Privacy

Posted by Kevin Landt on Apr 15, 2016

 

The days when cybersecurity was a niche topic are long gone. Today network security controversies play out in the news and in the courts on a daily basis. One recent example—the legal case between the FBI and Apple—shows how data privacy is impossible without data security.

 

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