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Cybersecurity. In recent years, this term has officially became a household name. Rarely does a day pass without news of a cybersecurity breach wreaking havoc on an organization and its customers or patients.
Luckily, these highly public breaches have led more small-mid size businesses to consider the threat that cybercrime may pose to their enterprise. In our experience, many of these organizations have a few misconceptions when it comes to developing a strong security posture. In order to defend themselves against the risks they face, organizations need to debunk these myths. Here are four of the most common myths:
If your company has customers in Colorado, you may need to revamp your policies for notifying victims of a data breach.
Last week, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law expansive consumer data legislation that mandates all organizations report breaches within 30 days, making it the most stringent in the nation.
The legislation updates the state’s current notification language that states notification must happen without “reasonable delay.”
According to Dashlane’s 2018 Travel Website Password Power Rankings, 89% of travel-related websites leave their users’ accounts exceptionally vulnerable to hackers due to unsafe password practices.
The rankings rate password and account security on 55 of the world’s most popular travel-related sites. Dashlane researchers test each website on five critical password and account security criteria. A site received a point for each criterion it met, for a maximum score of 5/5. Any score below 4/5 was considered failing and not meeting the minimum threshold for good password security.
The FBI has issued a security warning that all home and small office routers should be rebooted after discovering sophisticated Russian-linked “VPNFilter” malware infecting at least 500,000 networking devices.
The malware is capable of blocking web traffic, collecting information that passes through home and office routers, and disabling the devices entirely, the bureau announced.
According to the Justice Department, the Sofacy Group, also known as APT28, or FancyBear, is responsible for the attack. The group, believed to be directed by Russia’s military intelligence agency, is the group that hacked the Democratic National Committee ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
When considering our online privacy and security, we often hold our financial records, bank accounts, and credit card numbers in the highest regard. After all, if a hacker gets this information, they have ‘the keys to the kingdom’, right? It might be surprising to learn that the black market value of this data is actually surprisingly low.
The going rate for your social security number is about a dollar. Your credit card number is worth five dollars. A complete medical record, on the other hand, can sell for more than $1,000 on the Dark Web.
Two servers used by an app for parents to monitor their teenagers’ phone activity have exposed the account information of tens of thousands of parents and children.
The mobile app, TeenSafe, allows parents to track the smartphone usage of their children, including their social media interactions, web history, call logs, installed apps, and real-time location. According to the Los Angeles-based company behind the service, more than a million parents currently use the service.