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SEC Hacking: First Nine Are Indicted

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 13:20 by ZixCorp
As reported by Zix in June, the SEC has been investigating an ongoing cyber-attack by a sophisticated group, based in the U.S. and Europe, against publicly traded companies in order to beat the stock market. According to the indictment , filed in New Jersey today, from early 2010 until the present the group hacked into computer networks of three newswire companies to steal confidential press releases ahead of their official public release dates to gain “material nonpublic information.” This meant that the group was able to make trades in stocks ahead of public announcements, thus...
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Black Hat and DEF CON Showcase the Latest Hacks

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:57 by ZixCorp
Last week, Black Hat and DEF CON wrapped up conferences that offer a window into the latest hacker exploitations and ways to thwart some (but not all) of them. Below we’ve highlighted a few threats, beginning with the one that’s gaining the most media attention. The remote hijacking of a Chrysler Jeep The Internet of Things is meant to make objects “smarter,” but hackers have leveraged vulnerabilities in connected devices to make them scarier. In 2013, at Black Hat and DEF CON, a session highlighted the cyber-attack of medical devices. If that wasn’t frightening enough, researchers showcased...
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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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Zix Launches New Secure Email App for Google Apps Users

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 12:19 by Neil Farquharson
Our regular readers know that I’m a big fan of Google and use many Google apps. For example my wife loves Google Voice’s global spam filter that has silenced our home phone of the marketing calls that used to spoil our evening dinner time. Therefore I’m especially pleased to discover that Zix has created an encrypted email solution for small to medium businesses that already use Google Apps for Work. It’s for businesses that require up to 35 encrypted email users – 35 seats or less – and it is very easy to purchase and to provision. It is named Zix Message...
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Healthcare Companies Continue to Hemorrhage Patient Data

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:32 by Neil Farquharson
I’ve been reading some recent statistics published by the National Association of Corporate Directors. They compare the self-reported knowledge levels of corporate directors about cybersecurity across a number of industries. What surprises me is that the knowledge levels of directors in the healthcare industry are average compared to those of the other six sectors reported. While there are signs that some senior managers are waking up to the dangers, it seems strange to me that 19 years after enacting HIPAA and 6 years after enacting HITECH, healthcare directors are not the best briefed...
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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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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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Customer Spotlight - Union Bank "Opens Up Shop" with ZixOne

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:41 by ZixCorp
Let’s be honest, IT departments rarely have an opportunity to make everyone happy — especially when it comes to the selection of security solutions. Selecting a BYOD product is no different than any other security solution — many times privacy is sacrificed in the name of security. While this ensures that data is secure, it can also lead to unnecessary tension within the workplace. Because of this, Union Bank remained a “closed shop” to mobile devices for many years. Unable to find a solution that balanced employee needs with security, the bank made the conscious...
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You’ve suffered a data breach! Now what?

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 18:36 by ZixCorp
As breaches have recently become a weekly occurrence — executives, IT departments and legal teams are wracking their brains to pinpoint the problem and identify solutions. But is anyone asking what is on the minds of the customers affected? We are. And that is precisely what we explored in a recent survey that sampled more than 500 Americans. Through the results, we concluded two main points – People are not as educated as they might think in regard to the severity and types of breaches that have been splashed across headlines. People want to be in the know regarding a breach as...
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