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From the category archives: Security

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You Know You Have Cyber Security Risks, So Why Not Act on Them?

According to an article in Fortune Magazine detailing a recent survey by NTT Com Security, companies are well aware of cyber security risks.

However, many are taking their time implementing procedures to help protect their networks from disaster that may stem from cyber security risks.

The NTT Com study on security breaches polled 1,000 executives, and disturbingly only half of them stated they had a formal plan in place to protect their networks from an attack.

This lack of urgency is even more troubling, given that the majority of respondents were well aware that they should be taking cyber security risks more seriously.

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Should You Upgrade to Windows 10? The DOD Answered Yes

Windows 10 officially launched in July and while the operating system is already live on over 200 million devices worldwide, the switch isn’t overnight for most businesses.

Whether you are satisfied with your current operating system or have just been waiting until the kinks are worked out, now may be a good time to update to the latest version of Windows.

The operating system recently received a vote of confidence from the Department of Defense, which plans to deploy the operating system to more than 4 million agency-owned devices by early next year. 

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New Report: Most Tech-Savvy Employees Are The Ones Most Likely to Create Risk

 

 

Meet the business world’s riskiest user

A new report from Intermedia of some 2,000+ office workers has some surprising findings regarding corporate risk and security.

Intermedia’s 2015 Insider Risk Report, https://www.intermedia.net/report/riskiestusers, indicates that despite conventional wisdom, the most tech-savvy employees are the ones most likely to create risk.

The survey revealed that 97 per cent of employees have access to some form of sensitive or confidential information. Almost all of those, some 93 per cent, admit to engaging in at least one form of poor data security.

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Breaking Down the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report for Small Business Owners

With the first quarter of 2015 behind us, technology companies are still pumping out reports shedding light on the year 2014 in tech, with the newest coming from Anti-Virus provider Symantec – maker of Norton Security software detailing 2014 in Internet Security with their Internet Security Threat Report.

We’re not going to go as far as saying the cybercriminals won in 2014, but according to the Symantec security report, last year was one of the worst on record as far as cyber-attacks went...

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Wearables in the Workplace: What WYOD Means To Your Corporate Policies

In just over a week, the Apple Watch will be here, and tech nerds everywhere just can’t wait long enough for the $350 gadget – with a lucky few paying $2,500 for a retro not-so-smart Apple Watchfrom the 90s on eBay.

Of course, with new technology comes new challenges for IT administrators – as we saw in the last decade with a large number of companies adapting to employee demands for slimmer laptops, tablets and smart phones by drafting BYOD policies for their workplace.

With that said, where will wearables fall in the scope of BYOD?...

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HIPAA is not just for Healthcare — Part 2

Do you understand how and when to report a HIPAA related data breach? 

In Part Two of a two-part series, Sarah Badahman, owner of HIPAAtrek, appeared on TNtv to discuss the importance of accurate reporting once a HIPAA related incident has occurred.

She said there are two sets of rules. One for breaches involving less than 500 individuals and one for those exceeding 500.

When 500 or less are involved, the breach must be reported to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on their website at hhs.gov/ocr/office/. A portal has been set up for this purpose. The breach should be reported by the end of the calendar year.

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HIPAA is not just for Healthcare - Part 1

Do you think HIPAA laws apply only to those in the medical community? 

As a small business owner do you realize that HIPAA laws pertain to all employees who work with health related data?

Sarah Badahman, owner of HIPAAtrek, appeared on TNtv to discuss how HIPAA data protection laws include everyone who come into contact with medical related data, not just the staff at a physician’s office.

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The Dangers of the Rogue Employee & Weak Network Security Policies

Usually, the big data breaches involve experienced hackers in foreign countries, but your company’s biggest threat to its network security policies may be the guy who sat next to you. The guy who just had his personal belongings packed. The guy who just left the office kicking and screaming before peeling out of the parking lot.

Your ex-coworker. You know him as Bob. Your company may soon know him as their biggest nightmare; the rouge employee.

Intermedia just released a great infographic and study featuring some shocking statistics about employee data theft and what companies can do to protect against a rogue employee like Bob. 

The report looks at Bureau of Labor statistics and labor turnover in the professional and business services industry, and looks at the amount of information some 923,000 people who left their jobs in November, 2014 took with them.

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The Anthem Breach and What It Means to You

More than 80 million employees across the country who currently have, or have previously had health insurance through Anthemwere in for a rude awakening recently when learning that the healthcare provider was the victim of what it calls a sophisticated cyber-attack.

The healthcare data breach is the latest in what seems to be a never-ending string of data breaches impacting a wide-range of industries, and the Anthem breach was potentially one of the largest to ever impact a healthcare organization.

This is the second time in recent history Anthem, specifically, has been hit, as in 2010 they were fined $1.7 million for a computer breach that resulted in a similar disclosure of personal information for approximately 612,000 people, a miniscule attack compared to the one that occurred recently.  Early information indicates this single data security breach could affect more individuals than thelast five years of healthcare record breaches combined, according to research by Forbes.

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What the Sony Hack Attack Means For You

Could your business be the target of a cyberattack like the one at Sony? Do you have the proper safeguards in place to prevent a similar event from occurring at your company?

Mike Heil, CEO and Partner at ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv, to discuss the impact of the Sony attack and the action steps you can take to prevent a potential disaster at your firm.

Heil said businesses can reduce the likelihood of a major Sony type breach by addressing three top vulnerabilities. These include…

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