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 …

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 …

The 7 Top Data Security Mistakes Most Companies Make

With most of a company’s information stored and used through technology, overexposure of private documents is becoming more common. State laws require businesses to secure their disposal of paper documents, digital files, and inactive electronics. The following is a list of data security mistakes that can easily be avoided to better secure the confidentiality of a company. Data Security Mistakes …

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 …

The Hidden Security Dangers of Your Office Copier Part II

In a previous blog entitled, “The Hidden Security Dangers of Your Office Copier” we discussed the dangers of information stored on office copiers. Since 2002, digital copy machines have been equipped with hard drives that save and store all scanned, faxed, and copied documents. One organization discovered this the hard way. Affinity Health Plan, Inc., of New York was hit …