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Data Breaches Wallop Customer Confidence
Anne Bisagno—Thursday, December 14, 2017

We've mentioned before that poor data security has a hefty price tag. The Equifax breach earlier this year shows just how expensive it can get. The company's third quarter earnings results show that it's already spent $87.5 million in things like investigation and remediation. More significantly, Equifax's revenues dropped 42 percent over the quarter, and it's lost more than 25 percent of its stock valuation. 
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Don't Pass on Security Patching
Anne Bisagno—Thursday, December 07, 2017

The WannaCry ransomware attack and the Equifax breach prove, yet again, something we've been saying for a long time: Patching software isn't exciting, but it's critical. So why don't companies do it? 
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Get Ready for Cloud Migration
Anne Bisagno—Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Cloud systems are finally so much less costly and complex than on-premise systems that previously skeptical companies are starting to come around to their benefits. That may be why two-thirds of respondents to a recent survey reported that they've adopted cloud-based Office 365. However, among those who have opted not to move to the cloud-based productivity suite, the primary reasons were either concerns about email-based threats like phishing and ransomware or worries about the difficulties of migration.  
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Backups Need Protection Too
Anne Bisagno—Wednesday, November 01, 2017

We hope we've already convinced you that backups are a key defense against ransomware. But your backups need to be protected against infection too, or they'll be worse than worthless. Here are some recommendations for keeping your backups safe
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Security: DIY or Outsource?
Anne Bisagno—Wednesday, October 25, 2017

While the IT skills shortage is forcing many companies to outsource cybersecurity functions whether they want to or not, it's not always the best idea to outsource all aspects of security. Network monitoring and identity management? Absolutely. Security strategy and incident response? Maybe not. 
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Clean, Consistent, Complete Employee Off-boarding
Anne Bisagno—Wednesday, October 04, 2017

When employees leave your company, you need to cut off their access to corporate data — and do it quickly — to minimize the risk of a data breach. Seems obvious, right? But we were frankly shocked by a recent survey showing how many companies aren't taking this basic cybersecurity precaution. 
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Doing Due Diligence for Cybersecurity
Anne Bisagno—Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Whether you're protecting your own data or your customers', it's more important than ever to evaluate the cybersecurity measures taken by your service providers and vendors. Here are a few things to consider: 
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Cybersecurity = Technology + Humans
Anne Bisagno—Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The human mind can't work as fast as a cognitive security solution, but people are the ones coming up with cyberattacks. That's why you can't afford to rely on security technology alone. People need to supplement algorithms to put suspicious activity into context and rule out false positives. 
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Equifax Security Breach – What Should You Do?
Anne Bisagno—Monday, September 18, 2017

As you may have read, Equifax was recently hacked. This is a big deal because Equifax is one of four credit rating services, called Credit Bureaus (the other three are Experian, Trans Union and Innovis). Credit bureaus harvest (and sell) the financial data and credit ratings of almost every citizen in the United States. And unfortunately, over 143 million Equifax records may be compromised. Their records include people's names, Social Security Numbers, addresses and, in some instances, driver's license numbers. 
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The Recycle Bin is Not a Backup!
Anne Bisagno—Wednesday, September 13, 2017

There's nothing quite like the rush of relief when you find a copy of an accidentally deleted file in Office 365's Recycle Bin. But don't make the mistake of counting on it as a form of backup. It's a common practice — a new survey shows nearly two-thirds of Office 365 admins do it — but that's not what Recycle Bin is made for. For one thing, it doesn't have the security safeguards necessary to protect data in Office 365 business services like OneDrive, Exchange, and Sharepoint. More critically, if a file in Recycle Bin gets deleted or ages past 30 days, it's gone. Most likely forever. 
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