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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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Why You Need the Best-of-Breed for Your Email Encryption Solution

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 10:39 by ZixCorp
With the recent end-of-life announcement for the McAfee Email Gateway, one question we keep hearing is what existing McAfee Email Gateway customers should be doing in preparation. Happily there are several options for upgrading your email encryption now and then migrating to an interoperable solution over the next few months; and these options include Zix’s best-of-breed ZixGateway. For nearly twenty years, Zix has successfully migrated customers to ZixGateway from "all-in-one" email security solutions that are unable to focus on providing the best possible email data protection experience...
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Study Finds Doctors Not Using Encrypted Email

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:45 by Neil Farquharson
I’ve just been reading a paper from the Canadian Journal of Diabetes . It describes a study of doctors using – or in this case not using – email to communicate with their patients, and the study’s conclusions surprised me. It seems that many doctors are avoiding using email to communicate with patients because they believe that email is not only insecure, but also because patients may find it too difficult to decrypt these emails. I thought: what a bizarre point of view. One of the authors of the study, Doctor Doreen Rabi was quoted by a local news agency saying...
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Are You Ready for Your OCR HIPAA Audit?

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 11:10 by Neil Farquharson
Jocelyn Samuels, the Director of the OCR has confirmed that Phase Two of the HIPAA compliance audits will be commencing in early 2016 and that organizations need to prepare if they have not done so already; and according to HIPAA Journal , business associates will not be excluded from the audits this time. The ori ginal audits – Phase One – were aimed at educating covered entities and particularly in educating them. They did include companies who appeared on the OCR Wall of Shame as covered in this Zix webinar , but not typically companies that suffered breaches with less than 500 patient...
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Zix Partnership with Nth Generation

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:37 by ZixCorp
2015 Security Panel, Anaheim, CA In addition to strategic partnerships with companies such as Google and Cisco, Zix maintains partner relations with leading IT consultancy companies around the world. One such consultancy and engineering company is Nth Generation based in Southern California. Nth is a Preferred Reseller: this means they partner with their clients to assess existing IT infrastructure and organizational needs, and then design, implement and maintain more productive and secure solutions. Their vision is to leverage and align their expertise with clients’ needs, build valued...
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David Kennedy Interviewed about Mobile Devices

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 10:27 by Neil Farquharson
On November 11 th , I had the pleasure of interviewing security expert David Kennedy during a live webcast. David is a regular speaker at security events and famous for co-authoring Metasploit: The Penetration Testers Guide ; and for co-authoring the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES), a framework used by the penetration testing industry. He’s also spoken twice in front of congressional hearings on the subject of network security. During our 40 minute interview, David had much to say on the subject of mobile security, particularly the ease with which BYOD devices that rely on...
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Don’t Sweat Cyber Monday with DLP

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:50 by ZixCorp
Ah, Thanksgiving. The official start to the Holiday season. While “Black Friday” nabs many of the headlines (and YouTube videos), an increased number of people trade parking nightmares and endless lines at stores this weekend in exchange for online shopping during Cyber Monday. Come Monday, November 30, shoppers will flood into their workplaces ready to boot up their company computers and get online in time to snag some deals. With online retailers running flash sales and making only small volumes of product available to shoppers, you can almost guarantee employees will be doing their best to...
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Added Insight into Google Email Encryption Report

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 13:26 by ZixCorp
In the last few days, Google has said that it will soon start warning Gmail users of potential security risks when they receive an email from a non-encrypted connection. We agree that raising user awareness of the vulnerability of unencrypted email is a good thing. At Zix we typically encrypt over 1 million messages a day and all of them have our signature branding to better inform the recipient. However we are concerned that the conclusions of the paper , conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, Google, and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, have been widely...
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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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