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The Threat Facing America’s Critical Infrastructure

Perhaps more Americans would take cybersecurity threats seriously if they resulted in disruptions to their Netflix streaming and prevented them from taking hot showers. A lot of the activities we take for granted, including making a coffee in the morning and watching TV in the evenings, are powered by the energy industry. The nation’s power grid not only powers many of our in-house technology, it … [Read more...]

Data and device security for domestic abuse survivors

For more than a month, Malwarebytes has worked with advocacy groups, law enforcement, and cybersecurity researchers to deliver helpful information in fighting stalkerware—the disturbing cyber threat that enables domestic abusers to spy on their partners’ digital and physical lives. While we’ve ramped up our detections, written a safety guide for those who might have stalkerware on their … [Read more...]

What Steps Can UK Universities Take to Prevent a Data Breach?

Cyber-attacks on UK universities are on the rise, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Universities hold vast amounts of sensitive data, and like most Government funded institutions, typically operate on a limited budget. A university may hold thousands of student records, with each record containing a wealth of Personally Identifiable Information (PII), such as names, ages, … [Read more...]

The Cost of Data Breaches in 2019

What’s the cost of data breaches in 2019? Is the cost of data breaches increasing? These are not easy questions to answer, as the answer generally depends on what country and industry the breach occurs in. Recent figures suggest that the cost of data breaches in 2019 range from anywhere between $1.25 million to $8.19 million. Cybersecurity is a difficult topic to get accurate measurables for, … [Read more...]

Data Loss Prevention — Policies and Best Practices

With the ever-increasing amount of data that companies collect from customers and the changing threat landscape, it’s important to make sure that personally identifiable information (PII) is safeguarded so that it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. Data breaches are hitting the headlines more frequently and can result in major reputational damage and large fines from data commissioners and … [Read more...]

The Financial Services Industry is Seeing an Increase in Reported Data Breaches – Why?

It’s becoming common knowledge that cyber-crime is on the rise. According to the Annual Cost Of Cybercrime Study by the Ponemon Institute and Accenture, in the last 5 years we have seen 67% increase in the number of reported data breaches. The banking sector continues to be the #1 target for cyber-criminals with the average annual cost of cybercrime estimated to be over $18 million. … [Read more...]

Today’s World Requires Shared Responsibility for Data Security

Data security has been one of the most talked about topics for the last few years. Organizations in all industries are taking notice and implementing elaborate security measures to help protect data. Likewise, consumers are more aware of their data privacy and security rights than ever before. If you work in an organization that takes data security seriously, you’ll probably have noticed the … [Read more...]

Capital One Data Breach Highlights Importance of Data-Centric Security

Capital One, the giant financial services firm, were the target of a hack that affected the personal details of more than 106 million individuals across the US and Canada. As of writing this blog, an arrest has been made in connection with the hack after the attacker, Paige Thompson, was reportedly boasting about it online. The breach apparently included personally identifiable information in the … [Read more...]

How Will Decentralized Technologies Shape the Future of Data Security?

You remember Tim Berners-Lee, right? The guy who invented the World Wide Web. Well, he’s at it again. Tim’s latest project, called Solid (Social Linked Data), is a platform that is designed to give users’ more control over their personal data, and to provide more structure to the vast amounts of data we store on the internet. And then we have the Blockchain – an append-only … [Read more...]

How to Overcome the Skills Gap in Healthcare Cybersecurity

The shortage of qualified, experienced cybersecurity professionals is a problem that faces all industry verticals, not simply the healthcare industry. However, the increased need for cybersecurity talent to help combat evolving threats (including the rise of wearable healthcare technology) has led to official guidance from the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HPH SCC) on … [Read more...]