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Are you #BreachReady?

It seems like we hear about yet another data breach on a daily basis, with recognised companies such as Ticketmaster and Dixons Carphone – to name but a few – suffering at the hands of criminal hackers. If you think it only happens to large organisations, think again Since the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into effect in May, the DPC (Data Protection Commissioner) has dealt … [Read more...]

White hat, black hat, and the emergence of the gray hat: the true costs of cybercrime

This post was written by Michael Osterman of Osterman Research. Osterman Research recently completed a major survey on behalf of Malwarebytes to determine the actual cost of cybercrime to businesses. Many studies have focused on the cost of lost reputation, lost future business, and other consequences of cybercrime—and while these are certainly valid considerations—we wanted to understand the … [Read more...]

What am I supposed to do with all these privacy policy emails?

Society doesn’t tend to agree on much, but late last week hundreds of millions of people were united by the question: “What’s with all these emails about updated privacy policies?” The flurry of messages led to many jokes and memes, but lost among the humour was the reason for this torrent of emails. It wasn’t just an amazing coincidence that every organisation you’ve ever visited updated its … [Read more...]

The data breach epidemic: no info is safe

By now it’s obvious that data security technology and protocols haven’t kept pace with the needs of consumers. Even as more people trust their most sensitive personal information to online apps and services, databases are routinely exposed. In 2017 alone, we learned about massive data breaches from major organizations like Equifax, Uber, and Verizon. In other words: We’re in the midst of a data … [Read more...]

The seven most colossal data breaches of 2017

By Logan Strain If it seems like the words “leak,” “compromised data,” and “breach” are constantly in the news, it’s not just you. The frequency of major data breaches is increasing. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, the number of breaches is expected to top 1,500 in 2017. That’s a 37 percent annual increase over 2016, which itself was a record year for exposed personal data. But … [Read more...]