You Need Data-Aware Protection Mechanisms

Data breaches pose one of the greatest threats to business and government.  With the recent data breach at Equifax magnifying the problem of data loss in businesses and the public sector, it’s time for organizations to think hard about using data-aware protection to safeguard sensitive information. The ever-changing cybersecurity landscape requires organizations to evolve beyond merely protecting the network perimeter …

Digital Rights Management Helps the FDIC Proactively Address Cyber Security

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) will implement Digital Rights Management (DRM) software to prevent unauthorized redistribution of digital information.  This is in reaction to security incidents where departing employees accidentally took sensitive files on portable media.  According to numerous studies, trusted insiders pose a greater risk to sensitive information than hackers and cybercriminals. I applaud the FDIC for taking …

Stop the Data Breaches – Everyone Should Protect Consumer Data

There is a lot happening lately in the financial sector to help stem the tide of constant data breaches.  This week a financial industry coalition in the US is promoting a campaign called “Stop The Data Breaches” to encourage people to get their members of congress to pass The Data Security Act of 2015 (H.R. 2205 and S. 961). The …

Stop Accidental Data Breaches Through Errors

“Clerical Error” in Georgia Results in Data Breach of 6 Million Voters A class action lawsuit was filed by two Georgia women alleging a massive data breach when Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office released personally identifiable information (PII) of voters, including Social Security numbers, to the media, political parties and other paying subscribers. Allegations include that the unauthorized information …

Stop Confidential Data Theft through Paper Printouts

Massive PHI Breach at Children’s Medical Clinics of East Texas An employee of the Children’s Medical Clinics with a retaliatory agenda to cause damage to the clinic’s reputation, stole and improperly disclosed the confidential data of 16,000 patients. Notification letters were sent to affected people to inform them that an employee took paper records from the facility and sent screenshots …

Stop Unauthorized Use of Confidential Data

Former Morgan Stanley Financial Adviser Guilty In Connection with Data Breach A former employee of Morgan Stanley pleaded guilty to stealing confidential data from about 730,000 customer accounts. He copied names, addresses, account numbers, investment information and other data to his home computer so he could work on it. While improperly accessing the information, he was interviewing for a new …

Data Encryption is Now Mandatory, Are You Prepared?

On July 1, Connecticut’s Governor Dannel Malloy signed legislation that expands the current definition of personal information and now requires new data breach security terms and conditions in every state contract dealing with confidential information. From this article, the bill also states, “Not later than October 1, 2017, each company shall implement and maintain a comprehensive information security program to …