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Battling Cyber Threats by Building a Culture of Awareness

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 14:06 by ZixCorp
In today’s threat environment, having the best security solutions is not enough to ensure that a company is safe from the myriad of cyber threats lurking in the shadows. Yes, it’s critical to have great solutions in place, but to really maximize these investments, companies need to focus on employees too. Every day, employees are faced with threats and possibilities for mistakes, and they need to know how to properly protect against them. From phishing emails aimed at stealing credentials and installing malware to unsafe links on social media to accidentally emailing sensitive data to the...
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10 Human Error Fails: Because We Make Some Stupid Mistakes

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 17:14 by ZixCorp
In light of human error being one of the most common causes of data breaches – we wanted to hit rewind and take a look back at some of the most epic human error failures of all time. Sure, we are human and make mistakes, but these top the list. 1. Pilot lands at the wrong airport http://giphy.com/gifs/oops-dr-house-tvshow-GDnomdqpSHlIs It’s not just beginners that make mistakes! Apparently even longtime veterans make mistakes as shown in an incident in 2014 where two experienced pilots landed a Southwest Airlines plane at the wrong Missouri airport - several miles away at a municipal airport...
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The Latest HIPAA Settlement Is Eye-Catching

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:05 by ZixCorp
On Monday, Joseph Conn published an article for Modern Healthcare highlighting a recent HIPAA settlement between St. Elizabeth's Medical Center and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which as most of you know enforces the HIPAA Privacy Rule . Settlements with the OCR and breaches on its “Wall of Shame” are so frequent that it’s easy to ignore the latest news, but this particular article caught our eye when reporting: The settlement involved “a relatively rare enforcement area, Internet-based file-sharing services” Insight from Adam Greene, a well-known...
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Dealing with Data Breach and Data Loss Prevention

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 12:54 by ZixCorp
Your company has suffered a data breach, and your executives are concerned and looking to you for the cause and a solution. While cyber threats and attacks are becoming more sophisticated and demanding of more resources, it’s critical that you don’t lose sight of a data-loss cause closer to home – your employees. In their roles, employees are trusted with highly sensitive information, from financial information and personally identifiable information (PII) of customers and employees to medical records or intellectual property. Over the course of their daily responsibilities, employees can...
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Government Data Loss Said to Include Social Security Numbers

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 10:24 by ZixCorp
On June 4 th , the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), effectively the human resources department for the U.S. Government, confirmed that almost four million current and past employees had been affected by a massive security breach. A new data penetration monitor named Einstein had detected the breach that actually occurred in April. At the same time, the OPM stated that “[i]n order to mitigate the risk of fraud and identity theft, OPM is offering affected individuals credit monitoring services and identity theft insurance.” Mark Van Scyoc / Shutterstock Senate Intelligence...
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Data Loss Disaster: A Sobering Tale

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 10:41 by Neil Farquharson
Australian Jason Wang was pleased with the purchase of his $200 Groupon gift card to be used at a local Woolworths , a large grocery chain. However he was not so happy when he checked his online account to discover his balance was ze ro. His $200 was gone. He wasn’t alone: according to this article , an email sent by a Woolworths employee to hundreds of customers contained the wrong attachment. Instead of including details to redeem their vouchers, the attachment contained not only the codes to access all 8,000 of these vouchers, but also the email addresses and names of over one...
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Human Error Leads to Exposure of 31 World Leaders

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:29 by Neil Farquharson
Thanks to The Guardian newspaper and a freedom of information request, I’ve just read that the personal information of 31 world leaders was exposed due to human error and the ease of hitting the “send” button. Handout photo, courtesy of G20 and Getty Images The breach was caused by a staff member at Australia's Department of Immigration while world leaders attended the G20 Leaders' Summit in Australia last November. According to the BBC, ‘The breach was said to be the result of "human error", with the sender forgetting to check the auto-fill function...
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Securing Emails in the Title Industry

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:58 by ZixCorp
Imagine the following scenario. Your client is preparing to send money to you for an upcoming transaction, so you send an email with the necessary wire transfer information. Later you find that the transaction has not yet gone through, and so you call your client. At the other end of the phone you imagine you hear a gulp before the client informs you, emotionally, that he transferred the money hours ago to the account clearly listed in your email. You and your client have been victims of a man-in-the-middle attack. Up until now, title agencies and their business partners have been regarded as...
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Regrets, I've Had a Few

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:33 by Neil Farquharson
I’ve just been reading about a new mobile application named Strings . The developers claim that they “wanted a way to spontaneously and fearlessly share everything from our most intimate moments and personal thoughts to our daily conversations with friends, family and colleagues.” And then presumably to delete these when they sober up the next morning. As much as I wish Strings success with their new venture, I can’t help thinking that we’ve seen similar apps in the past, including On Second Thought and Invisible Text. The most successful of these has probably been Snapchat , a messaging app...
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Avoiding E-Fail

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:04 by ZixCorp
Clicking “send” is almost too easy. We’ve all had those moments when we wince after realizing we sent an email a little too soon. Maybe you attached the wrong file or realized you copied someone that you shouldn’t have. But as painful as these moments are, sometimes the result can be far worse than slight embarrassment. Who did I send that to again? You’re going on hour 15 of your “eight-hour” work day. Needless to say, you’re a little groggy. Checking your watch, you realize you’re about to miss the deadline for the billing cycle. Quickly, you pull the patient records for everyone who’s...
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