Cost of Breach Per Record At $217

The new Ponemon Institute 2015 Cost of Data Breach report was released recently.  This report looks at the costs of 2015 large enterprise class data breaches, but there are some salient pieces of information for small business owners to consider when formulating their cyber security risk management plans.

The average cost per record lost in a data breach increased from $201 in 2014 to $217 in 2015.  Different sorts of records had different costs associated to them.  For instance, more detailed ...

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Alert: OPM Hack May Be Worst Ever

The recent break of the Office of Personnel Managment has been all over the news, but we haven’t written about it because we like to focus on issues our clients are facing that they can actually do something about. But if you currently have or ever received a government security clearance, this issue affects you.  This is going to prove to be one of the most serious identity theft operations of all time.  The information acquired by the attackers was impressive ...

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Venom Virtual Machine Bug – Not To Worry

venomWe usually limit our discussion in this blog to cybersecurity articles that would be of interest to average users, and this is not really one of those topics.  But because the exploit is getting some press, and the exploit name, “venom,” is attention grabbing, we thought we would discuss it here.

The Venom exploit only matters to those of us who are using virtual machines.  A virtual machine is created using virtualization ...

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Secret Questions Too Hard To Answer

passwordAs we have mentioned several times, humans represent the weakest link in cybersecurity.  This means we are terrible at creating strong passwords, and we are bad at remembering them, too.  So all of our online service providers have password reset systems that usually include a series of “secret” questions that are supposed to be both hard for an attacker to guess, but easy for the account holder to remember.  Unfortunately, this ...

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Creating a Cybersecurity Policy

cybersecurityOne of the early steps a small business needs to undertake is the creation of a cybersecurity policy.  This is not a trivial undertaking, and taking a look at the information below will undoubtedly make this project look daunting to the average small business owner.  A good solution would be to find a cybersecurity professional with experience in policy creation and ...

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Your Brain Waves Could Be Your Password

brainwavesWe have been relying on the trusty password for years, but as password cracking technologies improve, even longer and more complex passwords are being solved and sold on rainbow tables.  So passwords are for the most part over.  Two factor authentication is possibly a solution, but biometrics are becoming a big part of what is next in the field of user authentication.  We have already seen fingerprint scanners on some laptops, ...

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LinkedIn Passwords Found on Russian Site

linkedin-logoIf you are on LinkedIn, as I am, today is a good day to change your password.  It seems that about 6.5 million LinkedIn usernames an password have found their way onto a Russian cyber-crime website.  While LinkedIn initially disputed the report of security researcher Per Thorsheim, they recently admitted that they had lost control of some users’ credentials and Continue Reading →

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