For more than 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has hosted National Small Business Week, a celebration of our nation’s entrepreneurs and innovators who drive the economy through commerce and job creation. From May 5th-11th, 2019, the SBA and community will honor the contributions of small business leaders through awards and recognition, a virtual conference, and helpful resources that assist small business owners in addressing operational challenges. Continue reading
Many Small and Medium-Sized Businesses are worried about their financial risks, and in today’s digital environment, that concern couldn’t be more warranted. In fact, 50 percent of SMBs report low confidence in how to protect themselves, their employees and their customers from a cyberattack. With employee negligence raking as the #1 cause of a data breach incident, we’re here to address the evolving identity protection and mobile cybersecurity needs of SMBs. Continue reading
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
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
**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
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.
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.
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
In this technology-first world, it’s crucial that your Identity Protection services are both secure and easily accessible. Since 2013, the number of victims affected by identity crimes have more than doubled. This equates to one victim every second, making accessible identity protection services even more important. Continue reading
Trust (n.): a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.
It’s a familiar concept that’s often underestimated. Trust is a catalyst for change and the foundation for strong relationships. It guides us in our daily lives, but most importantly, it dictates who we ask for help. Continue reading