UMass Dartmouth Threat Readiness Survey: Employees Are Not Equipped

Interview the Expert An Interview With Dr. Timothy P. Shea Timothy Shea, D.B.A., is an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems in the Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He received his D.B.A. in Management Information Systems from Boston University. Dr. Shea’s research has recently focused on the delivery and management … Read more

Getting Hacked? Chances Are High That It Will Happen to You

Cyber attacks against organizations of all sizes are at an all-time high. In a recent article in the Financial Times, Mark Hawksworth of Cunningham Lindsay says “hackers are increasingly targeting smaller businesses because larger employers have more resources to protect themselves, making smaller companies more vulnerable.” In many cases, large organizations are also at a … Read more

Approaches to Cyber Security Defense Maturing, But Missing the Point?

As companies continue to develop and mature their cyber security defense capabilities, they may be missing a key point – addressing human behavior as a potential security threat. Nuix, a global technology company, recently released a “Defending Data” report based on findings from their third annual survey of Information Security personnel. The report shows that … Read more

Email and the Human Firewall

Firewalls are designed to partition a network and define what is and is not allowed to pass through from one side to the other. They are intended to be a control gate only allowing desired transactions to reach the appropriate systems, and blocking everything else. But how you address the eventuality of unwanted email, for … Read more

Fake News is Not So New in Cyber Security

Biased reporting of the news is nothing new, but outright fabrication of stories by mainstream media seems to have taken on a life of it’s own recently. Ironically, so-called “fake news” is also nothing new, when dealing with the Internet and especially social media outlets. But what may be surprising to some, fabricated news stories … Read more

Is Your Medical Data Available to Cyber Criminals?

In the mysterious world of the dark web, medical records are available for sale every day in spite of the fact that they only fetch a fraction of what a full financial record is worth. Still, they are available, and they do sell, so for many people, the answer is yes, your medical data is … Read more

Yahoo Hack – Employers Take Warning

Last month, Yahoo disclosed that every single Yahoo user account in existence during the epic 2013 hack was affected, according to a CNN online story. This latest disclosure increases the number accounts compromised by the 2013 data breach from 1 billion user accounts to 3 billion. Any hack brings up the prospect of a class … Read more

The Deloitte Cyberattack – When Cobbler’s Kids Have No Shoes

The world woke up to yet another cyberattack news on September 23, 2017.  Nothing surprising there, news of cyberattacks has become so common lately, after all, we had just recovered from hearing about the Equifax cyberattack.  What set the latest cyberattack apart is that its victim was Deloitte, which, aside from being a “big four” … Read more

Four Lessons from the Equifax Data Breach

Equifax has been in the news lately, but for all the wrong reasons, given the massive cyber attack and data breach that happened.  The breach may have affected up to 143 million Americans, which is nearly half of the US population.  Here are four lessons that every organization and their employees can learn from this: … Read more