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Black Friday Cyber Shopping Safety tips

🎁 Tips for Safe Online Holiday shopping. 🛍 In 2018, 8% of consumers surveyed said they were victims of Identity theft during the holiday season. As black Friday approaches 56% of holiday shoppers plan to make purchases online in 2019. Before you shop this holiday season, we have prepared a list of cyber tips for...
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Louisiana government computers knocked out after ransomware attack

(Reuters) – Louisiana state government computers were knocked out following a ransomware attack, the governor said on Monday, as results from the close gubernatorial election in the southern state await certification. Many state agencies had their servers taken down in response to the attack, Governor John Bel Edwards said in a series of messages posted...
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Quiksilver and Billabong Affected by Ransomware Attack

Action sports giant Boardriders was hit by a ransomware attack that affected some of its subsidiaries, including Quiksilver and Billabong, and forced the company to shut down computing systems all over the world. Boardriders has around 10,000 employees from all over the world and its Quiksilver, Billabong, ROXY, RVCA, DC Shoes, and Element brands are sold in over 110...
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The Most Dangerous Cyber Breaches Of 2019

Written by James Sheehy No matter how vigilant you are in the modern world data breaches have the potential to impact both you and your business. From hacking, to malware, to even social engineering, the technological infrastructure of the modern world has many points of failure. Emails, passwords, names, personal information, phone numbers, and social...
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‘What a mess’: McDonald’s customers frustrated as ‘Hamburglar’ hacks more app accounts Social Sharing

The so-called Hamburglar is still at large, hacking customers’ McDonald’s app accounts and ordering food on their dime. For some victims, their troubles didn’t end there as they were unhappy with how McDonald’s handled their cases. “What a mess,” said Deborah Kelly of Peterborough, Ont. She’s unimpressed after the fast-food giant mistakenly blamed mystery charges on...
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Bed Bath & Beyond Discloses Breach

Home retailer Bed Bath & Beyond is the latest company to be hacked. Late Tuesday, the company said email and password information were acquired by an outside source and that less than 1 percent of online customer accounts were compromised. Additionally, no online customers’ payment cards were impacted and notifications have been to select customers. The date of...
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Ransomware Hits B2B Payments Firm Billtrust

Business-to-business payments provider Billtrust is still recovering from a ransomware attack that began last week.  The company said it is in the final stages of bringing all of its systems back online from backups. With more than 550 employees, Lawrence Township, N.J.-based Billtrust is a cloud-based service that lets customers view invoices, pay, or request bills via...
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CenturyLink customer details exposed online, 2.8 million records leaked

A database of 2.8m records containing sensitive information regarding hundreds of thousands of CenturyLink’s customers was left open online for anyone with internet access to see. The records making up the database were logs from a third party notification platform used by CenturyLink. They included multiple pieces of personal information including name, email address, phone...
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Florida Women’s Clinic Warns 520,000 Patients of Data Breach

A Florida clinic providing specialized medical care for women has alerted all current and former patients that their personal information and medical records may have been exposed following a data breach.  North Florida OB-GYN, which joined Women’s Care Florida on May 6, 2019, became aware that a cyber-attack had been waged against its network on July 27...
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What Is Deep Learning?

Deep learning is a term that you are most likely hearing often. We have entered into an advanced age of technology and there are a lot of questions circulating around this subject. What is deep learning? Is it artificial intelligence? When will we see more evidence of AI integrated into our lives? The answer is,...
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Special Message for Cybersecurity Awareness Month from AGT

“Seeing Yourself in Cyber”  Since the 2004 declaration by the President of the United States and Congress, we dedicate each October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The annual campaign is sponsored through a conjoined effort between the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) — providing support from both the federal...
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Organizational Information-Security Policies 

Enforcing best security practices through governance and formal procedures  Similar to how firms use employee handbooks to outline all the requirements and expectations for professionalism in the workplace, businesses should also implement rules for how users of company resources and applications must act and operate as it pertains to the company’s data security. Hence, the...
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Multi-Factor Authentication: A Valuable Defense Mechanism in  Cybersecurity   

Truly popularized in the mid-2000s, multi-factor authentication (MFA) has been security practitioners’ go-to response whenever someone asks, “what can I be doing right now to protect my data and accounts?” It’s often listed as a default best practice to defend against many cyber attacks and attack vectors such as phishing, business email compromise (BEC), keystroke...
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Florida’s New Ransomware and Cybersecurity Requirements/Restrictions

Florida state agencies and local governments are now subject to new cybersecurity requirements and prohibitions that went into effect on July 1, 2022. These new amendments to Florida’s State Cybersecurity Act (“the Cybersecurity Act”) impose practically impossible-to-meet notification requirements on state and local governmental entities and prohibit them from making ransom payments. Stepping back to...
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Wait, I Need to Secure My Backup Systems Too? 

Protecting Backup Solutions From Threats and Vulnerabilities  As we have recently hit the end of the financial tax season and concluded some of the busy periods companies endure for selling their product or service, this is the time of year when many organizations reevaluate their business continuity and disaster recovery plans. While they likely consider...
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Managing Vendor Cybersecurity Risk

Are You Asking the Right Questions to Your Security Partners?  The recent Okta security breach is another example of companies founded on the vision of providing cybersecurity solutions, not necessarily being immune to attacks. It also shows the devastation that a cyber incident can have when targeted toward a cybersecurity software vendor, consultant, or managed...
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