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Another List of Cyber Attacks Comes Out… and Even We Were Surprised

In late fall, think tank Heritage Foundation released a list of cyber attacks on U.S. companies in 2014, and even our seasoned IT experts were floored. The media tends to focus on really big attacks, like the contact information for 70 million Target shoppers that was stolen […]

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Another “Bug” Bites Apple―What Should Business Owners Do?

In early November, another Apple vulnerability made news in the technology world, and this time, it’s an interesting one. It’s also one that relies upon cybercriminals’ favorite “assistants”―people―to start the chain of intrusion. Technically, the bug isn’t a bug (a code defect) at all. It’s a built-in, […]

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The Shellshock Bug Keeps on Shocking…Should You Be Worried?

In late September, the world greeted a new cyber-monster―the Shellshock Bug. The threat is a vulnerability in a program called Bash, which executes commands for other programs. Some experts estimate it is embedded into 70% of Internet web sites and that it could conceivably impact millions of […]

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Password Security in a World of Cyber-Crime

You may have heard that people are the weakest link in any company’s defenses. Internal errors or carelessness have been at the root of some of the largest cyber breaches. Although human nature can be difficult to combat, there is one aspect of employee-related, corporate security that […]

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Corporate Security: Are Your Employees Taking Proper Precautions?

With the announcements earlier this month by Home Depot and J.P. Morgan Chase that their systems’ security had been compromised, companies everywhere should be taking a closer look at their own corporate defenses. Although J.P. Morgan Chase is remaining close-lipped about the breach, Home Depot has confirmed […]

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Half of all American adults were hacked in a recent 12-month period

As part of story on the recent UPS Stores data breach, a CNNMoney analysis was cited that  found that half of all American adults were hacked in a recent 12-month period. http://money.cnn.com/2014/08/21/technology/security/ups-store-data-hack/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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Is Your Data Safe?

In recent weeks, the news has been filled with stories of high profile data breaches, including the theft from the European Central Bank of some 20,000 email addresses. Behind the sensational headlines is a more important story for both corporations and government entities―everyone is a target and […]

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First Vulnerability to Expose Windows XP Risk

At Issue On April 26th Microsoft issued a security advisory concerning all versions of Internet Explorer. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/2963983 This vulnerability could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on a victim’s computer. The vulnerability effects all versions of Internet Explorer from version 6 through version 11. This is […]

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Heartbleed Vulnerability Information

On Monday April 7, 2014, a security vulnerability known as “Heartbleed” was publicly disclosed. This vulnerability allows malicious persons to access information which was transmitted between computers using a specific implementation of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) communication. SSL is primarily used to secure communications between computers and […]

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IT Security is Everyone’s Job

In a recent talk that I gave to a group of accountants for various city governments I asked how many of the attendees were in IT security.  As you might expect, no one raised their hands, that’s the IT department’s job.  But are they the ONLY people […]

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