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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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Join Our Community

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 10:25 by ZixCorp
Last year in this blog , we told you about the Zix Encryption Network, a growing community of trust with thousands of companies and millions of members participating. We’re happy to share that our Network is continuing to grow, with new companies and new members joining all the time. There is no secret or mystery about why the Zix Encryption Network is so popular. Instead of users being required constantly to check their outgoing emails for sensitive information, and having to remember to follow a time-consuming procedure to encrypt these sensitive emails, members of the Zix Encryption...
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Mitnick Interview Goes Live Today

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 10:47 by Neil Farquharson
You may remember this blog from the last month when I reviewed the then forthcoming Kevin Mitnick video. Well the release date has arrived and today you can watch the forty minute interview of Mitnick by Geoff Bibby. When in college, Mitnick admits to having been bored with the assignments set by his tutors. He uses the term “prankster” often and states that he never hacked a system to make or to steal money. When asked by Bibby what motivated him back then, Mitnick replies “it was [for the] pursuit of knowledge, challenge, and the seduction of adventure.” Clearly for...
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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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New Survey Reveals Concerns with Security of Healthcare Information

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:38 by ZixCorp
Are healthcare organizations doing a good job of complying with HIPAA and ensuring the privacy and security of patient data? According to the 2015 Healthcare Information Security Today Survey, published today, an overwhelming majority of respondents – 79 percent - were confident or very confident their organization would “pass” a Department of Health and Human Services HIPAA compliance audit. That indicates they believe they’re making all the right moves. But are they really? While the forty-page survey confirms that most organizations are fulfilling the requirements of HIPAA, and the HITECH...
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Millennials & BYOD

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:30 by ZixCorp
Much has been written about the so-called millennial generation and its differences from preceding generations. It’s all too common to see headlines proclaiming things like “Millennials – The Most Entitled Generation?” and “Everything You Know about Millennials is Wrong.” Truthfully, millennials are just like every generation before them, except for one key difference: they are the first generation to enter the workforce that grew up with access to computers, cellphones and the Internet. With millennials expected to make up 75 percent of the global workforce by 2030 – it is essential to...
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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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Privacy Rights - The United Nations Steps Up

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 15:25 by Neil Farquharson
I’m a big fan of Brian Krebs and his daily blog KrebsOnSecurity . Back in March, Brian reminded us that the IRS remains in apparent disarray with its “Get Transcript” function available on IRS.gov, making it very easy for criminals to get a copy of anyone’s previous year’s tax return, fill in a bogus one for the current year, and claim a tax refund under someone else’s name shortly after January 31 st . For you and me , this issue is no surprise – we’ve been hearing about it for years. But, what did come as a great surprise to me were the...
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Review of Kevin Mitnick Video

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:44 by Neil Farquharson
I hardly recognized Kevin Mitnick when I met him at RSA back in April. He looked nothing like the dour, baggy eyed and stubble chinned image in his wanted poster from 1994. He was fresh faced and ebullient, and there was a constant flow of fans, young and old, lining up to meet him or to renew his acquaintance. In the world of on-line security, he is a superstar. So you will not be surprised to hear that when I was offered the opportunity to preview the upcoming video of Mr. Mitnick’s interview by Geoff Bibby , I jumped at the chance. And I have to say, the video is both enthralling and...
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Convenience vs. Security: You CAN Have your Cake and Eat it Too

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 13:42 by ZixCorp
Let’s be honest. Americans on average are stretched far too thin in the workplace. Between 2013 and 2014 the average time Americans spent working rose to 46.7 hours per week . This represents the highest it has been since 2001 and 2002 – and we can only imagine this number increasing. It goes without saying – people just don’t have the extra time to worry about things like security, and it’s likely last on their list of “to-dos.” At the same time, the threat to businesses from cyberattacks is at an all-time high, and it seems that we hear about a new...
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