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5 Ways to Prevent Data Leakage

Data leakage is defined as unintentional or unauthorized transfer of sensitive information to unsanctioned outsiders. In our hyper-connected world, it happens all the time and can occur in any organization—sometimes by innocent mistake, sometimes by malicious design. And sometimes, the circumstances surrounding data leakage seem to defy common sense. For example, in 2017, leading consumer credit reporting agency Equifax experienced a data breach exposing the personal information of 147 million people. A recent class action lawsuit against the company reveals that Equifax failed spectacularly in regard to basic data leakage protections leading up to the attack.

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blog_img Eric Williams Jan 23, 2020
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Cybersecurity Trends in 2020: BYOD and Mobile

As we look ahead to a new decade, 2020 will continue to bring significant changes to how we interact with digital spaces at work and at home. The increased use of mobile technology in workplaces, retail settings, the service industry, government, and our own homes brings the promise of greater mobility of information and the threat of greater security risks. No longer do all employees login to a company desktop computer that lives in their cubicle or make calls on a company landline phone from their desk.

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tamara-scott Tamara Scott Jan 7, 2020
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5 Ways to Prevent Corporate Data Leakage

Data leakage is defined as unintentional or unauthorized transfer of sensitive information to unsanctioned outsiders. In our hyper connected world, it happens all the time and can occur in any organization — sometimes by innocent mistake, sometimes by malicious design. And sometimes, the circumstances surrounding data leakage seem to defy common sense. For example, in 2017, leading consumer credit reporting agency Equifax experienced a data breach exposing the personal information of 147 million people. A recent class-action lawsuit against the company reveals that Equifax failed spectacularly in regard to basic data leakage protections leading up to the attack.

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blog_img Eric Williams Dec 16, 2019
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The Ultimate Hacker Movies List for 2020

“Shall we play a game?”
When I think of my list of favorite hacker movies, one of the first that always comes to mind is “WarGames.” It hearkens back to my childhood when my mom, sisters and I would crowd around the TV in the living room. We’d eagerly watch (and re-watch) as a young Matthew Broderick hacks his way into nearly triggering a nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. But WarGames isn’t the only great (albeit perhaps cheesy in a 1980s-movie-so-of-way) hacker movie that has graced the big screen over the past 50 or so years. Not is it the only cyber security-themed movie to make an impact.

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casey-crane Casey Crane Dec 3, 2019
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The Ultimate Hacker Movies List for 2020

“Shall we play a game?”
When I think of my list of favorite hacker movies, one of the first that always comes to mind is “WarGames.” It hearkens back to my childhood when my mom, sisters and I would crowd around the TV in the living room. We’d eagerly watch (and re-watch) as a young Matthew Broderick hacks his way into nearly triggering a nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. But WarGames isn’t the only great (albeit perhaps cheesy in a 1980s-movie-so-of-way) hacker movie that has graced the big screen over the past 50 or so years. Not is it the only cyber security-themed movie to make an impact.

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casey-crane Casey Crane Dec 3, 2019
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The Art of the Possible: Keeping Employees From Falling For Phishing Scams

Not long ago, popular cyber-security investigator Brian Krebs noted that, for the first time ever, he’d heard about an employer firing people for falling prey to phishing scams. Social engineering attacks in the form of phishing — malicious email designed to mimic reputable companies or contacts and trick people into revealing sensitive information — are a growing scourge. While firing the victims of such scams may seem draconian, obvious evidence abounds for why an organization might resort to such drastic measures:

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blog_img Eric Williams Nov 26, 2019
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Ijura CEO Q&A profile

Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to ijura?
A: ijura is a wholly owned startup venture of the global telecommunications giant Tata Communications. I won the company’s annual employee innovation competition. We filed for patents and officially registered ijura as a company in 2018. ijura remains an active part of Tata Communications’ strategic investment to maintain its position as a world-leading digital infrastructure provider.

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blog_img Eric Williams Nov 19, 2019
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Security Threats Are Swamping IT

Spiraling costs and a lack of skilled cybersecurity professionals are putting pressure on IT teams—and it shows
When I think of IT departments and cybersecurity, I’m reminded of the fable of the little Dutch boy who put his finger in a leaking dike to save Holland from a North Sea flood.
Trying to secure the enterprise is a lot like trying to hold back the ocean with your hands while also being tasked with continually streamlining and supporting the function of the business, its stakeholders and its technology. As digitalization rapidly progresses through every business in every sector, spiraling costs and a lack of skilled cybersecurity professionals are putting pressure on IT teams … and it shows.

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blog_img Eric Williams Nov 18, 2019
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5 Easy Steps to Clean Your Virtual Desktop

Did you miss National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day? Seriously, that’s a real day that occurs around the middle of October each year. In case you missed it, you’ll be glad to know that it’s never too late to clean your virtual desktop.
Why You Need to Clean Your Virtual Desktop
We get it: you’re busy, and you don’t see the value in stopping to tend to this matter. In fact, you may like the idea of having 30, or 60, or over 100 file folders, documents, photos, and icons on your screen. Perhaps it provides a sense of comfort to know that everything you need is right there and be quickly assessed.
And believe it or not, all of that “junk” isn’t even negatively impacting your computer.

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eric Terri Williams Oct 23, 2019
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Advice for prospective business school students from successful MBA grads

“If I knew then what I know now” is the theme of countless books and songs, and a relatable lament shared by many. By following the advice of others who have walked the path before you, it’s possible to avoid mistakes and take advantage of opportunities.
The decision to pursue an MBA involves a significant investment of time and money. So, how can you make the most of this choice?
We asked several successful MBA grads to share their advice with prospective students.

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Oct 22, 2019
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15 Things That Make Your Phone An Easy Target for Hackers

Is your phone vulnerable to a cyberattack? If you're making any of these very common mistakes, the answer is yes.
How mobile devices are becoming go-to targets for cybercrime
Cybercrime is, unfortunately, a growth industry, and more and more, bad actors are using our phones as their point of attack. According to research conducted by the digital security company iovation, 59 percent of risky transactions in North America happen on mobile devices. "Fraudsters are like chameleons. They are always adapting their tactics to make it look like they're legitimate customers," said Melissa Gaddis, iovation's Senior Director of Customer Success, of the study's findings.

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eric Joe McKinley Oct 1, 2019
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10 grads from America's top MBA programs reveal the best advice they picked up from professors, classes, and mentors — and how those lessons led to successful careers

In the two years it takes to complete a traditional full-time MBA program, you hear a lot of advice. Which is why Business Insider asked 10 MBA grads from distinguished business schools to share the number-one, absolute best, most useful thing they learned while getting their degree.

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eric Robin Madell Sep 26, 2019
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25 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names

The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet. It could be a made up word you dream of one night and feel it has the right ring to it. Even still there are some people who study foreign words for the perfect meaning behind their chosen business. Whatever the inspiration or relation may be, the naming of your business is one of the most important parts of becoming a CEO. Having a brand behind a strong title can make all the difference in the world.

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eric Mercy - CBNation Sep 13, 2019
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Know Thine Enemy: Defining Cyberthreats

Cyberthreats are defined under a wide umbrella of possible malicious attempts to damage or disrupt computer networks or systems. Sadly, these threats are many and varied.
As the FBI notes, “Cyber intrusions are becoming more commonplace, more dangerous, and more sophisticated. Our nation’s critical infrastructure, including both private and public sector networks, are targeted by adversaries. American companies are targeted for trade secrets and other sensitive corporate data, and universities for their cutting-edge research and development. Citizens are targeted by fraudsters and identity thieves, and children are targeted by online predators.”

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eric Mercy - CBNation Aug 16, 2019
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Pinning down a Phishing Definition

How do you define phishing?
The word “phishing” – despite its ubiquity – doesn’t really have a set definition. There is little to consensus on a phishing definition, either. It means many different things to many different organizations. We know this because we asked dozens of organizations how they define phishing. And we got a diversity of responses that really underscored one of the biggest problems currently facing the cybersecurity industry: not everyone is on the same page about THE biggest threat every organization faces. 91% of cyber attacks start with an email. But the percentage of those emails that would be classified as “phishing” varies by organization. Again, there is no consensus on one singular phishing definition.

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patrick-nohe Patrick Nohe July 19, 2019
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Pinning down a Phishing Definition

How do you define phishing?
The word “phishing” – despite its ubiquity – doesn’t really have a set definition. There is little to consensus on a phishing definition, either. It means many different things to many different organizations. We know this because we asked dozens of organizations how they define phishing. And we got a diversity of responses that really underscored one of the biggest problems currently facing the cybersecurity industry: not everyone is on the same page about THE biggest threat every organization faces. 91% of cyber attacks start with an email. But the percentage of those emails that would be classified as “phishing” varies by organization. Again, there is no consensus on one singular phishing definition.

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patrick-nohe Patrick Nohe July 19, 2019
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Your Company’s Biggest Cybersecurity Risks, Part 2: Technology and Processes

A recent SANS survey of security professionals identified today’s biggest cybersecurity risks. Among survey respondents, 61% chose people as the greatest risk, and Part 1 of this article examined why.
However, 22% of security professionals identified technology as the greatest risk, and 14% selected processes and procedures. Part 2 of this article examines those risks in addition to ways to making your company more secure.

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terri-williams Terri Williams July 16, 2019
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Your Company’s Biggest Cybersecurity Risks, Part 1: People

As it relates to cybersecurity, most leaders are aware of threats from malicious hackers, and some companies also face threats from nation-states and organized crime. However, non-malicious or unintentional threats also pose cybersecurity dangers to organizations.
Whether malicious or not, security professionals believe that people represent the biggest risk to cybersecurity, according to the 2019 State of OT/ICS Cybersecurity Survey by SANS, which provides cybersecurity training.

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terri-williams Terri Williams July 10, 2019
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Don't Click on That Link: Social Engineering Cyberthreats to the C-Suite

Cybersecurity is always a concern to enterprise, and IT departments go to great lengths to secure their networks and workforce users. Now, new research indicates that cyberthreats are increasingly aimed at executives. Social engineering attacks, in particular, are targeting the C-suite.
The SANS Institute defines social engineering threats as psychological assaults “where an attacker tricks you into doing something you should not do.” Today, such attacks are usually carried out by digital “phishing” — often experienced as fraudulent email purporting to be from a legitimate source. These phishing missives may supply malware-laden attachments designed to infect the target’s computer, or simply guide victims to bogus webforms where they’re tricked into providing sensitive data such as usernames and passwords.

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July 8, 2019
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Smartphone Tips: How to Protect Your Data From Unsecured Apps

In little more than a decade, smartphones have gone from expensive replacements for flip phones to multifunctional devices that we take everywhere and check dozens of times each day. With its ability to help with work-related tasks, find a date or whittle away our day in bite-sized chunks, the smartphone is a ubiquitous tool in our digital lives – thanks in large part to apps.
The apps we download are what make our phones unique to us. We entrust our data to these apps in exchange for their use. But what happens when that trust is violated? In recent years, major apps have been the center of massive intrusions from hackers and data breaches that have left our private data exposed.

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andrew-martins Andrew Martins June 25, 2019
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13 Cybersecurity Tips From the Experts

If you’ve never had your identity stolen or your computer hacked, consider yourself one of the lucky ones.
However, those of us who have experienced this nightmare are aware of how important cyber security is. If you’re unsure how you can protect yourself, or what steps you should be taking to ensure your data or private information isn’t stolen, you’re not alone.
We asked experts in the field of security and information technology to see what tips and advice they find to be most important to ensure you remain un-hackable. Let’s dive in.

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mara-calvello Mara Calvello June 17, 2019