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DDoS and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is here to stay, but are we fully prepared for the privacy and security implications that come with it? As it turns out, IoT played a part in last month’s DDoS attacks against Spotify, Netflix, Airbnb and Twitter, to name a few. The recent DDoS attacks demonstrated that the real […]

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Global Cost of Cyber Crime to Hit $6 Trillion in 2016

The global cost of cyber crime, according to a recent study by Cybersecurity Ventures and the Ponemon Institute, could reach $6 trillion before the end of 2016. While $6 trillion may seem a little high, more than a trillion isn’t unlikely either. A report out by Cybersecurity Ventures predicts global annual cybercrime costs will grow […]

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Privacy & Security Certifications – Which Ones Are Right For You?

When it comes to getting privacy or security certifications, there’s a ton of options, but which one is right for you? ISACA, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), The International Information System Security Certification Consortium ((ISC)2), and the Compliance Certification Board (CCB) are only a few of the associations that offer certifications. If you consider […]

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Ponemon Releases Fifth Annual Study on Healthcare Data Breaches

Ponemon has release it’s fifth annual study on healthcare data breaches and it has some interesting data. The Fifth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data, sponsored by ID Experts, shows that, for the first time, criminal attacks are the number-one root cause of healthcare data breaches. We calculated a 125 percent […]

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Breach Notification – Face Palm Edition

When a company loses your information, especially when it’s sensitive information like your credit card information, you expect a level of seriousness to the response.  What you don’t expect is  “We believe the risk of harm to you is low.”  Believe?  You don’t know? Did you do forensics? Did you investigate?  I “believe” your explanation […]

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Community College Data Breach Leaks 125,000 SSN’s

Kirkwood Community College’s Website was hacked on March 13th, exposing 125,000 social security numbers of people who applied during an 8 year period. I can imagine notification on this population would be a nightmare, a large, highly mobile population. The college, which announced the unlawful incident on Monday, said archived application information from February 2005 […]

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dBCS Orange Bowl: University of South Carolina vs. University of Texas

In 2012 we learned that university data breaches are a real and growing threat. In honor of this week’s bowl games we decided to unscientifically match two large university data breaches in a comparative discussion. With 2013 being the year of prevention, we hope that both teams walk away with good ideas on how to […]

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HIPAA Security and Privacy Risk caused by HIEs and EHRs

There are a lot of unknown issue around Health Information Exchanges when it comes to HIPAA security and privacy.  A recent whitepaper by ID Experts and the American Hospital Association explores a lot of these still grey areas. We know that electronic health records (EHR) and health information exchanges (HIE) offer new ways to collaborate […]

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Data Security Hits the Mainstream Media

  After some high profile data breaches and the most recent HHS fine, mainstream media is now turning its attention to healthcare data breach and patient privacy.  The USA Today, the main’st of mainstream publications, just ran a Snapshot on the recent Third Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security. As evidenced in […]

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Great Healthcare Data Breach Security Tips for the New Year

Now that the holidays are over we can finally look forward to 2013 and leave that pesky 2012 behind us.  With the new year comes new challenges – the threat of a data breach still exists and is ever increasing.  In order to prevent data breaches you have to be ever creative in your preventive […]

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