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Risk Management

Worst Passwords of 2016: Same Story, Different Year

Posted by Gretel Egan on Mar 8, 2017 9:05:25 AM

Outside of locks and keys (which become more antiquated by the minute), perhaps the most basic of all security safeguards is a password. Unfortunately, it seems that “basic” is as far as many people are going in constructing the passwords that are in place to keep very private — and very valuable — data safe.

We reviewed SplashData’s 2015 edition of its “Worst Passwords List” last year…and it seems not much has changed with its 2016 tallies.

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‘State of Security Education’ Looks at End-User Risk in Healthcare

Posted by Gretel Egan on Mar 6, 2017 9:27:16 AM

It’s no secret that the healthcare industry is increasingly under attack. As infosec teams work to implement technical safeguards to protect sensitive patient data and mission-critical systems, end-user risk management can sometimes take a back seat. Our new State of Security Education: Healthcare report highlights the end-user knowledge gaps that are impacting healthcare security postures and provides insights security managers can use in planning and executing an effective security awareness training program for employees in this industry.

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Three Simple Steps for Securing Your Home WiFi Network

Posted by Gretel Egan on Nov 10, 2016 4:49:23 PM

You may have heard (or read) of the dangers of connecting to free, open-access WiFi networks. But did you know that your home network can also be hazardous to your personal data? If you have not taken the proper security precautions, your home WiFi is likely to be just as vulnerable as the open wireless network at your corner coffee shop. Without the proper defenses, your network could be accessible to anyone with even a modest set of cyber snooping skills.

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New Wombat Program Helps Retailers Deliver More Effective Security Awareness Training

Posted by Gretel Egan on Nov 8, 2016 9:15:00 AM

Retail organizations have long been a target for cybercriminals seeking opportunities to gain access to valuable credit card and personal information, as well as internal policies and procedures. Our new Security Awareness and Training Program for Retail Organizations is designed to help address the unique cybersecurity and education challenges retail enterprises face on a daily basis.

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Why It’s Important to Update Software, Plug-Ins, and Applications

Posted by Gretel Egan on Oct 12, 2016 11:54:59 AM

If you use a computer, you use an operating system and several kinds of software (e.g., anti-virus programs and Microsoft Office components) and web plug-ins (e.g., Flash and Java). And if you use a smartphone and/or tablet, each of those uses an operating system and several (or many) software applications. Furthermore, if you use internet-connected devices and systems — like fitness trackers, security monitors, thermostats, and even some cars — each of those has its own special software.

Operating systems and software are the brains of the devices we use — and, like real brains, there’s always more to learn. Developers and manufacturers are constantly making improvements and getting feedback, which means they regularly push out updated versions of software and mobile applications. These updates often deliver expanded functionality, but they just as often fix bugs and correct security flaws that were found in prior versions.

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