I recently discussed the growing concerns of cyber security among business owners with Emily Collins of Arizona Business News. The threats of cyber attacks on businesses are growing and business owners need to be prepared. Watch the video clip below to hear my thoughts on what changes to cyber security infrastructure need to happen to make businesses less susceptible of being hacked.
Risky Business News Flash #33
My friend John, an avid gambler, always said to me “the trend is your friend.” At the tables perhaps, but it’s certainly not what we have experienced in security breaches over the past few years and certainly not what we expect in 2015. The reality for more damaging breaches unfortunately is the trend.
In 2014 we saw the year start with retail attacks and end with a media attack. Is the trend more identities stolen or more intellectual property? Probably both! While credit card numbers and personal identities are worth money to one group of people, brand damage and embarrassment is worth far more to other groups.
On January 21, 2015 a new survey was released by the Ponemon Institute sponsored by Identity Finder titled, “2014: A Year of Mega Breaches.” This report, as all Ponemon reports, is very good. One area I would like to draw your attention to is found on page five of the report (copied below). This suggests that companies are not taking the necessary steps to make sure their information is properly managed, minimizing damage from future data breaches. Let’s remember that we must protect the jewels of the company to help protect what is actually captured during an attack. [Read more…]
Risky Business News Flash # 24
SIZE does matter – As the owner of a yacht on the Jersey Shore belonging to a yacht club is a great social activity. One of the common conversations thrown over the transom is the size of one’s yacht and why everyone feels that they want one that is larger. Recently, the conversation at one yacht club turned to cyber security and the recent breach at the Chicago Yacht Club. We all must remember that the targets are not only the large banks, hospitals or even HVAC companies in New Jersey but wherever there are trophies to capture. We must continue to be vigilant when it comes to cyber security regardless of the size of the organization we belong to. [Read more…]
Risky Business News Flash # 21
As I walked along the Jersey Shore this morning I looked toward the ocean and of course thought about fishing and phishing. I returned to my sunny office and reviewed the attached document to identify the industry that has REPORTED the most phishing attacks as the known cause for a security breach. I now know that 75% of health care facilities have reported phishing as the cause of their breach. Regardless of the industry that you are in, this is a topic discussed today at the board level, audit committee level, and of course within the hacker community. The time has come to invest in two areas, AWARENESS and CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS. I can assist you with both, call or email me.
Risky Business News Flash # 18
Wings and ice cream, you can’t go wrong, one might even say it’s the breakfast of champions. But oh my, wait a minute. Yet another breach this time Vancouver, Washington based food-service POS and security systems provider Information Systems & Supplies Inc. It is reported that perhaps phishing was the root cause. Really, are any of you surprise? If you need some assistance in all things security give me a call. I will bring the right solution to you and help you ensure success. [Read more…]