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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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ZixGateway with Cisco Technology Showcases the Strength of Partnerships

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 09:43 by ZixCorp
Earlier this year in March, we announced a unique partnership between ZixCorp and Cisco. Once competitors in the email encryption market, we saw a unique opportunity to join forces, meet evolving customer demands and develop a mutually beneficial relationship. The partnership started by providing an enhancement of the Cisco IronPort Encryption Appliance (IEA). Cisco had announced end of life for the product, and ZixCorp worked with Cisco to develop an updated version of Cisco IEA with new hardware and software patches to protect against the latest security threats as customers were migrating...
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Lawyers Washing their Hands of Email Encryption

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:02 by Neil Farquharson
During the 1990s, I worked as an operations manager in a big-brand food production plant. Needless to say, the plant had the usual quorum of food hygiene staff who would do spot checks to make sure everyone was behaving themselves. One year, the hygiene staff decided to spend some discretionary budget on a few hundred vinyl and Perspex signs reminding workers to wash their hands after using the “facilities.” I don’t know about you, but I would imagine that if I were mounting these signs in the restroom, I would place them on the back of the stall doors and above the urinals...
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Together, ZixCorp and Intel Security Work to Shore Up Data Breach Vulnerabilities

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:00 by ZixCorp
Today ZixCorp announced a partnership with Intel Security through the Security Innovation Alliance (SIA) in a push to provide customers with easy-to-use and secure email encryption solutions. The SIA brings together top security vendors to provide customers with trusted products that can integrate seamlessly into a customer’s security environment. Working together, ZixCorp, Intel Security and other SIA partners can deliver more comprehensive solutions. Intel Security’s 35,000+ customers can now benefit from ZixCorp’s leading easy-to-use email encryption that is already trusted by one in four...
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Will the NIST Practice Guide Help Develop Your Effective Mobile Security Strategy?

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 11:13 by ZixCorp
With so many recent data breaches in the healthcare industry, senior managers are looking for advice on how best to secure protected health Information (PHI). Many busy health professionals are using mobile devices while at work and during their leisure time. Hence mobile security has become a key issue for IT departments as they look to protect sensitive medical information from unwelcome eyes. Gone are the days of filing cabinets holding patients’ paper records. Today, most patients would rather email their doctors than call them. And healthcare providers are increasingly using smartphones...
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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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ZixSelect Mobile: End-to-End Encryption for Mobility

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 15:36 by Neil Farquharson
ZixSelect Mobile has created quite a buzz within the Zix customer base. IT and security professionals are already familiar with ZixGateway, an automated method for monitoring outbound emails in real-time that takes immediate action to secure any sensitive information contained in these emails. The concept is well understood: policy filters are specially tuned for each business type. This means that employees can get on with doing what they do best – their jobs – without stressing about email security. CISOs love the model because it removes human error from the equation. ZixSelect...
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Customer Spotlight - For First State Bank of Rice, Investing in Cybersecurity Is a Way of Life

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:01 by ZixCorp
Data breaches can happen for a number of reasons. A thief can get a hold of an employee’s mobile device that contains corporate data, an employee can accidentally forward sensitive information to the wrong email address, or a hacker can even intercept unencrypted email containing personally identifiable information. While these scenarios are all very different, one thing is the same – they can all lead to a data breach with private information exposed. In working with managed service provide Unicom Technologies Inc., First State Bank (FSB) of Rice could identify evolving threats...
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Data Security Role of FTC Is Upheld

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:04 by Neil Farquharson
Regular readers know that I recommend every type of organization protect itself against data breaches, not just those operating under regulatory mandates. There has long been an argument that modern legislation such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) offer sufficient protections to businesses and consumers, hence it probably came as a shock to global hotel company, Wyndham Worldwide Corp, when they were sued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission...
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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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