Archive for the ‘Data Security’ Category

Capital One, the giant financial services firm, were the target of a hack that affected the personal details of more than 106 million individuals across the US and Canada. As of writing this blog, an arrest has been made in connection with the hack after the attacker, Paige Thompson, was reportedly boasting about it online. The breach apparently included personally identifiable information in the form of names, addresses and phone … Read more

You remember Tim Berners-Lee, right? The guy who invented the World Wide Web. Well, he’s at it again. Tim’s latest project, called Solid (Social Linked Data), is a platform that is designed to give users’ more control over their personal data, and to provide more structure to the vast amounts of data we store on the internet. And then we have the Blockchain – an append-only distributed ledger which is … Read more

The shortage of qualified, experienced cybersecurity professionals is a problem that faces all industry verticals, not simply the healthcare industry. However, the increased need for cybersecurity talent to help combat evolving threats (including the rise of wearable healthcare technology) has led to official guidance from the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HPH SCC) on how to hire. On June 17, the HPH SCC released the Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity … Read more

Insider threats are one of the biggest threats to the security of your data. Recent statistics suggest that insiders are responsible for 28% of all data breaches. Whilst this may not seem like a huge number compared to the external threats, it is significant. External attacks, such as phishing attacks, are a hit and hope method where attackers send out millions of emails in the hope of compromising a few … Read more

If we look at some of the most high-profile data breaches of the last few years, you will be astonished at how long it took for the organization involved to detect. Companies as big and as well equipped as Verifone, took 6 months to detect the data breach that first started in the middle of 2016. It took Forever 21 around 9 months to detect their data breach that started … Read more

Security analytics is the process of analyzing raw data to determine the effectiveness of current security measures and take appropriate steps to improve cybersecurity. It involves the aggregation of data from a multitude of sources, including event logs, firewalls, virus scanners and more, and combining that information into an easier to process data set. What is Security Analytics? A Definition As mentioned above, security analytics is a method taken to … Read more

Education institutions, year on year, continue to be affected by cybersecurity threats. This problem affects both large and small education institutions, however, large institutions have potentially more to lose due to the volume of sensitive data they store. According to a study by a non-profit association of IT leaders in higher education, EDUCAUSE, information security is the biggest issue for education institutions for the third year in a row. Insider … Read more

With corporate networks becoming increasingly more complex and distributed, the notion that we can build a giant wall around our data to keep the bad guys out, is an outdated one. Well, almost… There are still many high-profile cases where hackers were able to bypass perimeter defences by exploiting endpoint vulnerabilities and then move laterally throughout the network, with practically no resistance at all. Fortunately, companies are slowly starting to … Read more

Despite the numerous data protection laws that govern the healthcare industry, which include HIPAA, PCI-DSS and GDPR, the number of data breaches continue to rise. This is probably no surprise to anyone, as healthcare service providers typically employ hundreds of thousands of staff members and hold vast amounts of confidential patient data across multiple platforms. Of course, it’s not that healthcare employees are bad, but with so many employees and … Read more

Healthcare in the USA is an enormously competitive industry where regulatory oversight is strict and encompasses all manner of activity. On top of that, the needs of healthcare organizations are extremely complex and the importance of the services they deliver mean that processes and practices need to be as streamlined as possible. Due to the sensitivity of patient data, it is vital that organizations take every precaution to meet regulatory … Read more