All posts by Steve Ankenbrandt

Cybersecurity 2015: A Year in Review

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This year saw a number of remarkable events and benchmarks in cybersecurity. As we close out the year, let’s take a look back at the top five cybersecurity takeaways of 2015. 1) Cybercrime is at its most expensive, and the costs are rising. Other than securing sensitive information, perhaps the most important aspect of cybersecurity is its potential to save…

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Why Do Hackers Like My Personal Accounts?

By | Cloud Storage, Data Security, Enterprise Collaboration, Security | No Comments

In the wake of CISA, many cybersecurity experts have been touting the fatal flaw of the proposed bill not as privacy, but rather its inability to prevent attacks. A recent piece on The Intercept describes how many of the large attacks that occurred recently were a result of factors that CISA would not prevent, like inside jobs, out-of-date servers, weaknesses…

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Government Back Doors to Data: Not the Final Answer

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The federal government has the difficult task of balancing the protection of consumer privacy while also aiding law enforcement in the fight against criminal behavior, spying, and terrorism. Earlier this month, the Obama administration announced that they will not call for legislation requiring companies to provide law enforcement with a “back door” to encrypted communications. Major tech companies like Apple…

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What You Need to Know about CISA

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Over the past couple of weeks, political blogs have been abuzz over rumors that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) would be moving to vote on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act before the summer recess (which starts August 8). Advocates of the bill panicked about whether the vote could be hurried and whether it would have enough support when it…

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Key Takeaways from Verizon’s 2015 Data Breach Report

By | Data Security, Enterprise Collaboration, Information Technology | No Comments

The 2015 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, published since 2008, was released last month, and it details a thorough investigation of common data security threat patterns, as well as the effects of different kinds of data breaches in various industries. Called “the Data Breach Bible” by Tripwire, the report compiled the data of nearly 80,000 security incidents and more than…

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Credit Unions Concerned, Unprepared for Insider Threats

By | Corporate Compliance, Data Security, Enterprise Collaboration, Information Technology | No Comments

AT&T just got the bill for its insider data breach, and it’s in the ballpark of a $25 million civil penalty settled in conjunction with the FCC. In 2013 and 2014, employees at call centers in Mexico, Colombia, and the Philippines used proprietary network information to gain unauthorized access to PII (personally identifiable information) for more than 275,000 customers and…

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NCUA Butts Heads with Credit Unions, Vendors

By | Corporate Compliance, Credit Unions, Data Security | No Comments

Debbie Matz, the Chair of the National Credit Union Administration, recently called for greater vendor regulation and oversight for credit unions in the U.S, out of a fear that vendor vulnerability could compromise credit union data. Her fear is founded, since vendor vulnerability has been the cause of multiple major data breaches, but credit unions have spoken up against greater…

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How Did the State of the Union Address Cybersecurity?

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If you have any interest in cybersecurity, recent data breaches, or data protection, you were probably anxious to hear what President Obama would cover in his State of the Union address last week. I recently wrote a brief summary of the recent events leading up to the flurry of legislative talk about cybersecurity – from the Sony hack in November…

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What’s Behind the Push for Cybersecurity Legislation?

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President Obama is adamantly pushing to standardize how data breaches are reported to consumers and stakeholders at the federal level, potentially ending decades of state-specific policy that varies wildly from state to state. Tuesday night’s State of the Union address solidified cybersecurity’s place in the list of current national priorities, but there was an astonishing lack of attention paid to…

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