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About Darrell Laffoon

Darrell is the Chief Technology Officer of Sontiq, the parent company of the EZShield and IdentityForce brands. He is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of all Information Technology initiatives. Darrell leads the design, development and operation of Sontiq’s core technology platform and infrastructure, public facing applications and services, back-office solutions and enterprise wide information security. He possesses a deep knowledge of application and web development, enterprise architecture, security, network infrastructure, R&D and IT governance processes.

Data Security in 2018: A Year in Review

Data Security

On January 28, the world will observe Data Privacy Day, the signature event in a greater privacy awareness and education effort that focuses on helping consumers own their online presence.

For Financial Institutions (FIs), the need to protect account holders’ Personally Identifiable Information (PII) has never been greater. PII that leads to fraudulent access of financial accounts is a favorite target of cyberthieves, and that puts FIs in the crosshairs constantly. This unwanted attention from cybercriminals costs financial services firms an average of $18 million per firm to remediate, which is 50 percent higher than in other industries, according to Forbes. Continue reading

Heartbleed News and Your Security Online

Given the major media coverage around Heartbleed over the past week, you have likely heard about this security flaw multiple times and from many sources. Such extraordinary attention is for good reason; security experts are saying this is the most serious security issue the Internet has faced to date.

With that critical message in mind, we want to assure our partners and customers that EZShield and the data we store have not been impacted in any way by the Heartbleed security flaw.

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