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
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.
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
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
As we round out the current year, the data security world is buzzing with year-end reports and data security predictions for 2017.
From cybercrime to payments fraud — identity crimes took a dramatic turn in 2016. This year-end data paints a telling story of the state of data security. Some changes were for the best, others for the worst. However, there are a few qualitative findings that offer even more insight into the future. Continue reading
Ensuring your annual open enrollment process goes smoothly is hard. Whether you’re the Human Resources representative at the helm, or the strategic advisor tailoring valuable benefits for your clients, the process can be daunting. Continue reading