3 Steps to Safe Guard the Office Copier from Data Breach

With over 164.68 million records exposed in 2019 through data breaches, reviewing your business security risks annually makes good sense. Many business owners are savvy about basic fraud prevention and protecting consumer data but digital copiers can be the source for a data breach that is often overlooked. Multi-function copy machines are essential to the success of any business—from making …

4 Steps to Protect Customer Information

As if the COVID-19 pandemic were not enough, businesses and consumers need to be hyper-vigilant about their personal information and it landing in the wrong hands. In October it was announced that Blackbaud, a cloud-based fundraising database management vendor for non-profits and educational institutions, became victim to a ransomware attack beginning in February 2020, which remained undetected until May 2020. Blackbaud …

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 …

Data Breach Notification Laws: What does it all mean?

Data breaches occur; it is a fact of life that we must live with. We can however prepare and minimize damage by following state laws that require data breach notifications. Currently, 46 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands require an organization to notify others when a breach has occurred.  These state laws require …

Affinity to Pay $1.2 Million Dollars in Data Breach Case

A recent data breach of protected health information has resulted in a $1.2 million dollar fine. Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued the fine to Affinity Health Plan, Inc in the wake of the breach. Affinity Health Plan is a not-for-profit managed care plan serving the New York metropolitan area. Affinity was notified of the breach …

The True Cost of a Data Breach

In our post about third-party security risks , we briefly mentioned the cost of data breaches caused by third-party vendors. Something we haven’t talked much about until this point, however, is the true cost of data breaches to your business. For anyone who isn’t sure about the risks to your business that come along with a data breach, let’s take a look at some …

An Expensive Oversight over Private Information

Running a successful and efficient business is something owners, shareholders and engaged employees alike aspire to do.  It goes without saying that the increasing demands on our time, a struggling economy and the desire to do more with less drive business decisions.  Determining what takes precedence and where precious resources get spent is incredibly important.  This brings me to the …