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
Companies in the financial services sector experience 300 times more cyberattacks than any other industry. Cyberthieves target the sensitive Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and confidential data stored by Financial Institutions (FIs) because it can deliver a significant return when sold on the Dark Web. And, the cost of the security incident can rapidly add up to millions with remediation costing FIs an average of $206 per piece of exposed customer data. 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
EZShield was proud to participate as the Platinum Sponsor of Deluxe Exchange 2019, a prominent U.S. financial services conference. Industry leaders from across the nation converged on Miami, FL, to engage in thought-provoking discussions around strategies for market growth, as well as the latest innovations in fintech.
It was also a privilege for the EZShield team to host three sessions. Below is a recap of each, along with some key takeaways. 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
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
Cybercrime is a lucrative business, and IT and Information Security (InfoSec) professionals’ jobs are only getting harder.
Advancements in mobile technology have transformed every employee into a roaming cybersecurity vulnerability. Many of us are now using our personal smartphones for work purposes. And, while that may seem harmless and cost-effective for an organization, personal mobile devices are now more powerful than the PCs of several years ago — and they’re just as open to cyber intrusions by hackers. This can lead to compromised data, resulting in breaches that can cost organizations millions of dollars per incident. Continue reading
It’s been quite a year already. Global data breaches have already compromised 4.5 billion records in the first half of 2018, a 133% increase compared to the same time last year.
This disturbing trend is cause for concern not only for consumers but especially for your business and employees. Continue reading
This October marks the 15th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness (NCSAM) month. The need to better protect our nation’s critical infrastructure – otherwise known as the vast, worldwide connection of computers, data, and websites supporting our everyday lives, has never been at a more critical junction. With the volume and velocity of today’s data breaches, it’s more important than ever for individuals and businesses to proactively address the exposure of personal and confidential information. Continue reading