Takeaways from 2017’s worst cyber hacks, data leaks and breaches

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2017 may be remembered as the year where people and organizations were hammered by mega breaches. We estimate that more US residents lost private or sensitive data this year than ever before.

This is largely thanks to massive cyber events which were either designed to steal data, hold a company for ransom, or embarrass organizations by publicizing private data, such as customer details to unreleased television series. Sometimes, however, it’s just do to simple human error. ...

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What to do with the last of your 2017 cyber security budget?

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Late in the financial year, it can difficult to figure out the best way to spend what’s left over in the information security budget.

No one wants to leave money on the table, especially when it could significantly reduce your exposure to cyber risk. The problem is that for any experienced IT security lead, you know there are thousands of ways that money could be spent: training, new security software, hardware upgrades, policy or system reviews, etc

Any of ...

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Lessons learned from the Equifax Breach – Part 1

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First, Props to @briankrebs for the evil Equifax logo. 

While those unaffected by the Equifax breach have been stuffing their faces with proverbial popcorn as they watch the latest unveilings and press announcements, those worried that their most sensitive and identifying details have been leaked simply look on in horror, unknowing how to proceed.

The exact details of how the hackers made off with so much data remain fairly obscure. Equifax has

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NYDFS propose new cybersecurity regulations, effective Jan 1 2017. Here’s what you need to know

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Last month, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) put forward a proposed regulation designed to impose new rigorous cybersecurity requirements on banks, consumer lenders, money transmitters, insurance companies as well as some financial service providers in New York State.

The State has indicated that securing both New York’s financial services firms and its consumers is the main priority. The aim is to lower the risk posture in light of ...

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