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The Key to a National Talk on Encryption Is Frontdoors, Not Legislated Backdoors

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 15:06 by Dave Wagner
Earlier this month, FBI Director James Comey called for a national discussion on encryption and law enforcement’s ability to access encrypted data through a backdoor. Highlighting that the FBI was unable to access 650 encrypted devices, Comey is asking the American public to choose between safety and security. This is just the latest round in what will be a long, long fight about encryption. In recent months, we’ve heard countless arguments. Some support backdoors — allowing government absolute access to any device — while others who oppose them highlight privacy...
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Human Error - Avoiding Corporate Embarrassment

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 16:49 by Neil Farquharson
I am constantly amazed how intelligent people manage to cause harm through silly lapses involving email. The Office of Civil Rights - part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - reports that in 2015, no less than 39 healthcare providers and insurers suffered email related breaches where more than 500 patient records were exposed. In almost every case, human error was the primary factor causing the breach. Another most embarrassing incident occurred at Carnegie Mellon University last February when the University apparently broke the hearts of 800 applicants to its master's...
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What does Winston Churchill’s Foot Tell us About Mobile Security?

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 11:57 by Neil Farquharson
Most people will recognize the name of legendary wartime leader Winston Churchill: As well as having a United States Navy destroyer named after him , he is one of only eight people ever to have been proclaimed an Honorary Citizen of the United States . One of the many bronze statues of Churchill is at the south entrance to the lower chamber of the British Parliament in London; and for many years, Members of Parliament (MPs) entering the voting chamber would rub the left shoe of the statue for luck, in the hope that their government bill would pass. You wouldn’t think that rubbing your hand...
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Move over game developers — Cybersecurity is the game of the future

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 10:42 by ZixCorp
Ah, the shifting landscape of the tech world. It seemed like just a few years ago, the hottest thing someone could do was develop an app — and being an app developer was the bee’s knees. Everyone seemed to have an idea, and the funding was flowing. Fast forward a few years, and the tech landscape has shifted dramatically, yet again. Throughout 2015, it seemed as if a major corporation, government office or retailer suffered a data breach on a weekly basis, resulting in the compromised personal information of millions of employees and/or customers. To put it into perspective, half of American...
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Your Zix Team Has Your Back

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 11:38 by ZixCorp
It’s the time of year when IT and financial managers review their data security coverage and make adjustments for the coming New Year. Have you increased staffing levels during 2015, or allowed more folks to use BYOD smartphones or tablets to handle their corporate emails? If so, now is the time to add additional licenses for them. As you already know, staff who use Zix Email Encryption benefit from the easiest to use on-premises or cloud-based solution. ZixGateway works in the background – in real time – 24/7. No passwords or extra steps are required for employees or...
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Regulatory Fatigue Hits Financial Institutions

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 11:46 by Neil Farquharson
Reading through Thomson Reuters’ annual Cost Of Compliance report makes troubling reading. Compliance officers are “experiencing regulatory fatigue and overload in the face of snowballing regulations.” Of the 600 compliance practitioners from financial services businesses who were surveyed, 70% expect regulators to increase their regulatory burden in the following twelve months. Given their beliefs, and the volume of regulatory change, the survey respondents are being hard-pushed to maintain compliance and data security. Worse, in their most recent corporate governance...
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PGP: Pretty Good Privacy, or Pretty Hard to Use?

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 11:44 by ZixCorp
Pretty good privacy, or PGP, is often referred to as the “first born” when it comes to data encryption. Originally developed in 1991, PGP is an encryption and decryption program that is used for signing, encrypting and decrypting text, emails, files and more. With the endless string of data breaches, cyber threats and government spying, there has been an increased focus on data protection tools such as email encryption. Companies and privacy-conscious citizens are seeking solutions to protect their data from unwanted eyes and avoid the potentially catastrophic effects of a data breach. But...
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Newswire Services Aren’t the Only Exposure for Public Companies

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 15:13 by ZixCorp
For years, the top markets investing in data protection were healthcare, financial services and government. The reasons were clear: These companies and organizations collect, manage and exchange an endless amount of personal data – social security numbers, health records, banks accounts, etc. – and data protection is crucial to maintaining trust with clients, patients and the public. With so much personal data, these same companies and organizations are highly regulated, and data protection is required for regulatory compliance. See acronyms such as HIPAA and GLBA . Some companies that...
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Start from the Top: An Education in Cybersecurity

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:26 by ZixCorp
As more and more companies fall victim to cyber-attacks and data breaches, the need for education around cybersecurity has been thrust into the spotlight. While some have taken it upon themselves to learn more, a majority are still lost, stuck trying to make sense of everything happening around them. While it isn’t necessary for individuals to have a complex understanding of cybersecurity, especially when they are not in a position to make company decisions, it is more than a bit concerning when the Wall Street Journal reports that many on corporate boards struggle with understanding...
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SEC Investigates Widespread Email Hacking

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 12:56 by Neil Farquharson
In overnight breaking news, it was revealed that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating a group of hackers who appear repeatedly to have broken into email systems at biotech and healthcare companies to gain financial advantages by trading in these companies’ stocks. Reuters is reporting that John Reed Stark, a former head of internet enforcement at the SEC, told them that having a government agency ask businesses to disclose details about breaches is "an absolute first." He also described the email interceptions as a "dangerous, new method of...
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