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Cyber Threats

Scary Data Breach Statistics of 2017

Posted by Gretel Egan on Oct 27, 2017 12:20:04 PM

On October 25, the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) published its latest compilation of confirmed data breach notifications affecting US organizations and customers so far this year.* The headline numbers — 1,120 total breaches and more than 171 million records exposed — are frightening in their own right, especially considering that in all of 2016, the ITRC reported 1,039 total breaches and just over 36.6 million records exposed. But what really stood out to us in this latest look at the report wasn’t the numbers that are known, but the numbers that remain unknown.

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Connecting the Dots: The Human Factor and the Cost of Cybercrime

Posted by Gretel Egan on Oct 18, 2017 11:29:20 AM

The recently published 2017 Cost of Cyber Crime Study from Ponemon Institute and Accenture delivered some sobering statistics:

  • Organizations pay an average annualized cost of $11.7 million* to deal with cybercrime (up 23% from the prior year).
  • Organizations are dealing with an average of 130 successful security breaches each year (an uptick of 27% year over year)
  • The average cost of cybercrime has risen by 62% since 2013.
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Social Media Hauntings: Students and Job Seekers Beware

Posted by Gretel Egan on Aug 30, 2017 12:50:54 PM

When I was a kid, there was a lot of collective fear among my fellow students at the idea of infractions going on a “permanent record.” This nebulous threat from parents, teachers, and administrators had many of us thinking — and fretting — about the types of behaviors and activities that could potentially be tied to us for eternity. (We were easily fooled. What can I say?)

Back in the olden days (i.e., the pre-internet years), we worried about the ramifications of an essentially baseless behavior log that we never actually saw with our own eyes. Interestingly, today’s most frightening form of a permanent record is the one that kids and adults alike are creating for themselves on social media. Unfortunately, bad decisions shared on these forums can haunt users for years to come.

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WannaCry, NotPetya, and the Evolution of Ransomware

Posted by Kurt Wescoe on Aug 9, 2017 1:12:25 PM

In the past few months, we’ve seen what will likely mark a pivot point in the evolution of ransomware and how it’s being deployed.

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Phishing, Social Engineering Are Top Concerns for Black Hat Attendees

Posted by Gretel Egan on Jul 19, 2017 12:29:08 PM

Black Hat USA 2017 kicks off in Las Vegas on July 22, and this show attracts some of the savviest information security professionals in the world. Earlier this month, Black Hat organizers released the results of its third annual attendee survey in its Portrait of an Imminent Cybersecurity Threat report. Below, we highlight some of the key findings in this year's report and compare the results to those revealed by the 2016 survey. 

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