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EZShield Gets Serious About Business Identity Theft & Cyber Threats for SMBs & Their Employees

Small Business Suite by EZShield

Business identity theft schemes and cybercrimes are targeting Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs) every day. In fact, the growing crimes against SMBs go well beyond creating fake W-2 forms with Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) to file a fraudulent tax return. Today’s cybercriminals can easily mask their attacks and commit any number of malicious acts from hacking into IT systems to compromising email accounts and network connections, and even spoofing Wi-Fi access points and redirecting traffic.

These same bad actors are also ready to engage in activity that will compromise intellectual property, download employee records, or even take on the discernible route of stealing financial funds with unauthorized access to, or, even opening up, financial accounts. Essentially, all of the threats large organizations must deal with – including the resources, technology and skills these fraudsters tout – SMBs must also face. But, without the specialized tiger teams that big companies often put together. And, all on a shoestring budget. Continue reading

New White Paper: Fueling the Next Wave of Cybersecurity for Today’s Interconnected World

Interconnected World of Mobile Devices

Today’s mobile devices empower employees to stay connected to the office no matter where they are. Our mobile-first world has made companies more efficient and individuals more productive — it has also fueled a new gateway for cyberattacks that IT and InfoSec professionals need to defend against.

Here are just a few compelling examples of the impact Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies are having on information security: Continue reading

Protecting Yourself from Fraud During the U.S. Government Shutdown

Fraud & Government Shutdown

**Note: The government shutdown came to an end on January 28, 2019 after 35 days. Delays are still expected as agencies work through more than a month of backlog.

The U.S. government shutdown that started on December 22, 2018, is now the longest on record and is impacting more than 800,000 federal workers as of the time of this writing. Although the impact is clear for those government employees directly in the crosshairs, the full effect is yet to be realized for U.S. consumers.

Here are two federal agencies whose lack of funding could prove to endanger citizens’ defenses against identity crimes and fraud. Continue reading

EZShield Introduces Next Generation of Mobile Threat Defense: Mobile Defense Suite

EZshield.com Mobile Defense Suite logo

In our interconnected world, the same security vulnerabilities exist across both desktop and mobile devices. As a result, this essentially doubles the number of endpoints that hackers, cybercriminals, and identity thieves can target. For enterprises, especially with the consumerization of IT through Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), this has fueled an enormous challenge for organizations everywhere.

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Musings and Actionable Insight A Year After the Equifax Breach

The Equifax Mega Breach | You’re Still Not Safe

It’s been a year since the Equifax data breach – one that affected nearly 148 million U.S. consumers in 2017. But even a year’s time doesn’t make the severity and sheer magnitude of this breach any better.

Aside from numbers, the highly-sensitive Personally Identifiable Information (PII) exposed by Equifax only heightened nationwide concern. Names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, and driver’s license numbers were among the millions of data points compromised.

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EZShield Acquires IdentityForce – Offering the Most Powerful Solutions for Digital Identity Theft Protection and Cybersecurity

IdentityForce

While speaking last week with Al Pascual, SVP and Head of Fraud & Security at Javelin Strategy & Research, in a joint briefing with Steve Bearak, IdentityForce’s CEO, the words “big news” kept circulating throughout the discussion. And I couldn’t be more excited to officially share today’s BIG news, along with my thoughts on what EZShield’s acquisition of IdentityForce means for our customers, partners, and our most valued asset — our employees. Continue reading

Going Above the “Rearview Approach” to Post-Breach ID Protection

Credit Monitoring is Not Enough Post Breach

The Pew Research Center reports 64 percent of Americans have been victims of at least one data breach. 

A data breach occurs when personal or financial information is unlawfully viewed, stolen or used. Exposure can stem from malicious sources, like hacking and theft, or can be seemingly innocent in nature, such as an employee improperly disposing of sensitive files.  Continue reading

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