Windows 7 is defunct. Now what?

How to stay secure while transitioning away from old software. Earlier this year Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 7 for good. But what exactly does that mean? In a nutshell, Microsoft isn’t making any more updates or security patches for the operating system. This likely doesn’t mean your computer will stop working if you are running Windows 7, but it does …

How to make information security an integral part of your company culture

As news stories about the danger and destruction of data breaches appear more frequently, awareness of information security and security threats have grown. While the average person now likely has a basic understanding of the value of data security, that does not mean organizations have followed suit. Security awareness alone will not protect your organization from data breaches and threats. …

The worst—and most preventable—data breaches of 2019

According to Dark Reading, a leading information security news source, 2019 is likely the worst year for cyber-attacks and data breaches in history. In just the first nine months of 2019, over 7.9 billion records were exposed from 5,000 breaches. Almost half of those records were exposed in six giant data breaches. While malicious actors were partly responsible for the …

Unbreakable Data Encryption Methods Create Buzz

The ever-famous Titanic sinking attached leeriness to the term “unsinkable.” If a ship claimed as unsinkable could actually sink, what other claims also prove impossible? When a recent “unbreakable” data encryption method was released by Battelle Memorial Institute, a Ohio-based nonprofit research and development contractor, skepticism closely followed. Data encryption is a security method used to encode information to allow only …

Famous Data Security Breaches in the US

Most of us put our trust in the companies, both online and in person, that hold on to our secure information. Unfortunately computer hackers outmaneuver the security processes required by state and national laws and end up costing companies millions of dollars, but most importantly, confidential consumer information. The following famous data security breaches show vulnerabilities companies possess that allow …