9 Important and Surprising Trends in Cyber Security

Posted by Jon Edwards on May 2, 2017 3:58:00 PM

The cyber security world evolves at a breakneck pace. For those not following closely, new developments can be unexpected and downright scary.

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Topics: Cyber Liability, Cyber Risk, Cyber Risk Mitigation, Cyber Security, cyber attacks

6 Strategies to Mitigate Cyber Risk in the Healthcare Sector

Posted by Jon Edwards on Apr 18, 2017 1:48:19 PM

 

The healthcare sector is without a doubt one of the most targeted industries for cyber hackers. Different industries have different types and degrees of cyber risk exposure. But hackers and malicious campaigns take aim at the healthcare sector in particular due to the private nature and black market value of the data.

 

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Topics: Cyber Breach, Cyber Liability, Cyber Risk, Healthcare, Healthcare Data Breach, Healthcare Risk Management, cyber attacks

4 Ways to Evaluate and Mitigate Your Company's Cyber Risk

Posted by Jon Edwards on Mar 28, 2017 9:53:44 AM

Globalization and dependence on the internet for data storage over the past decade has exposed companies to a whole new set of risks. As this trend continues, so too does the risk associated with breaches of domestic or international servers. Massive data breaches happen with alarming frequency. In the past few years, there have been several high profile attacks

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Topics: Cyber Breach, Cyber Insurance, Cyber Liability, Cyber Risk, Cyber Risk Mitigation, cyber attacks

6 Ways to Teach Your Employees to Safeguard Your Data

Posted by Jon Edwards on Mar 21, 2017 1:10:28 PM

This is an actual picture I took in a café of an unattended pile of documents marked “Confidential.” It blew my mind. If only this employee’s C.E.O. or C.O.O. could see this obvious disregard for the material’s confidentiality. Anyone could have grabbed the documents, peaked at the data, or… snapped a photo.

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Topics: Cyber Liability, Cyber Risk, Cyber Risk Mitigation, Data Breach, cyber attacks

3 Things Small Firms Should Do Before Shopping for Cyber Insurance

Posted by Jon Edwards on Mar 7, 2017 9:47:44 AM

 

Cyber risk continues to evolve at a breakneck pace.

Insurers are working to keep up by customizing policies and endorsements based on the size and business model of the insured. At last week’s third annual International Cyber Risk Management Conference, Matthew Davies, Assistant Vice President of Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, outlined a few key points on what cyber security practices a small organization to already have in place when looking to procure cyber insurance.

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Topics: Cyber Insurance, Cyber Liability, Cyber Risk, Cyber Risk Mitigation, Cyber Security

How to Respond to a Cyber Attack: 7 Crucial Steps

Posted by Jon Edwards on Feb 28, 2017 4:29:04 PM

 

In 2015 The Internet Crime Complaint Center received 288,012 complaints of cyber attacks totaling more than $1.07 billion in reported losses. Those numbers are based only on incidents that were reported to the FBI. When we talk about cyber risk, data theft, and the threat of Ransomware, we usually focus on prevention strategies. But being prepared to respond quickly and efficiently when an event does occur is just as important to operations recovery, cost reduction, and reputation management.

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Topics: Cyber Breach, Cyber Insurance, Cyber Liability, Cyber Risk, Cyber Security, cyber attacks

Four Ways to Protect Your Employees’ W-2 Information from Cyber Thieves

Posted by Jon Edwards on Feb 7, 2017 4:17:25 PM

Most companies today opt to distribute their employees’ W-2 tax forms electronically; either through email or some type of download service. Because these forms contain a good deal of Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”), such as name, address, social security number and salary information – cyber thieves are using several simple, yet, tried-and-true methods to fraudulently obtain them.

 

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Topics: Breach of Security, Cyber Breach, Cyber Insurance, Cyber Liability, Cyber Risk, Cyber Security, Data Breach, Ransomware, Risk management, Risk Management Blog

Reviewing Cyber Breach Insurance Coverage | First-Party Costs

Posted by Jon Edwards on Jan 31, 2017 6:02:18 PM

Organizations today must regard cyber breaches not as a possibility, but as an inevitable fact of life. In this environment, it’s crucial to have a cyber liability insurance policy that adequately covers the potential loss and offers payment or reimbursement for response costs. Understanding what’s covered by the policy well before a breach occurs and building that knowledge into your company’s incident response plan is critical.

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Topics: Breach of Security, Cyber Breach, Cyber Insurance, Cyber Liability, Cyber Risk, Cyber Security, Data Breach, Risk Management Blog

2017’s Latest Cyber Security Threat: The Ransomware Bluff

Posted by Jon Edwards on Jan 24, 2017 6:14:09 PM

2016 was a big year for ransomware. It saw a massive increase in ransomware events and payouts to criminals, which, most experts say, only exacerbates the issue.

 

A 2015 report by the Herjavec Group (an Information Security company) noted that the total cost of ransomware reached $1 billion in 2016. With new “strains” of ransomware spreading worldwide (such as the Russian “spora”), we should all be on high alert for this business-impacting cyber threat.

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Topics: Breach of Security, Cyber Breach, Cyber Insurance, Cyber Liability, Cyber Risk, Cyber Security, Data Breach, Ransomware, Risk Management Blog

But, the Data was Encrypted... | California Data Breach Notification Law Amendment

Posted by Jon Edwards on Nov 22, 2016 2:52:03 PM

Back in May 2016 I posted a blog (Be Prepared – Data Breach Notification Laws are Changing), which covered how data breach notification laws were evolving.  At that time the state of Tennessee amended its law, becoming the first state in the nation to require notification of any data breach, whether the information is encrypted or not.  I also predicted that state laws would most likely become stricter in the not too distant future…

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Topics: Breach of Security, California Data Breach Notification Law; Data Brea, Cyber Breach, Cyber Liability, Cyber Risk, Cyber Security, Data Breach, Personally Identifiable Information, PII, Protection Bill AB2828, Risk management, Risk Management Blog

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