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  • CNBC: How the Heartbleed SSL Flaw Effects You

    Column Blog 

    Adam was on CNBC’s The Closing Bell this afternoon to talk about the Heartbleed security flaw, which could affect two thirds of websites world wide. No one knows how long the flaw has existed, or what the level of exposure might be. Could it be the next Target? Adam thinks it’s better to assume that breaches and security problems will happen: he calls them the third certainty in life. The answer: transparency and quick solutions. […]

  • Why You Are Vulnerable To Tax Identity Theft

    Column Data Security Blog 

    A few weeks ago, a friend of mine – let’s call her Mallory – got an unsettling call from her accountant. The accountant had been preparing Mallory’s taxes, hit “Send” to e-file the finished return, and it was rejected. Someone had already filed a tax return using Mallory’s Social Security number. She’d been a victim of tax identity theft. The accountant called the IRS, but they wouldn’t talk to her. Mallory called and was directed […]

  • The Data Breach Factor So Many Companies Forget: Emotion

    Column Data Security Blog 

    Smart business people know that they must secure their systems to withstand the most determined and persistent real-world, as well as cyber, attacks. They must minimize their risk of exposure by deploying the most sophisticated security and anti-malware software, using outside firms to frequently penetration-test their cyber defenses, continuously training their employees to comply with the most stringent security protocols, investigating every vendor and installing state-of-the-art physical security equipment. They must obsessively monitor all of […]

  • The Debt Tax: What Owing Money Costs You

    Column Financial Literacy Blog 

    If you’re carrying debts — from student loans, credit cards, a car note or a mortgage — you could probably tell me roughly how much you owe and at what interest rates you owe it. Thanks to the CARD Act, those of us who carry credit card debt now see how long it will take to pay it off on our monthly statements. It’s likely, however, that most folks don’t realize that by spending money […]

  • Stanford’s $4 Million Data Breach Settlement Proves You Are Your Vendor

    Data Security Blog 

    My alma mater, Stanford University, is awaiting final judicial approval of a $4 million settlement in a class action suit over its 2011 data breach. Each of the 20,000 class members — whose confidential medical records were left up online for almost a year — will receive $100 and Stanford Hospital & Clinics will fund a $500,000 educational program to help prevent similar breaches in the future. The question, however, is who the program will […]

  • IRS Warns Of Largest-Ever Phone Scam Targeting Taxpayers

    Blog Identity Theft 

    There’s nothing that strikes fear into the hearts of men (and women) like a call from the IRS — and this tax season, that’s what a new group of identity thieves counted on to bilk taxpayers out of over $1 million and counting. In this new scam, which is so serious that the Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration issued a warning about on Thursday, thieves contact individuals by phone and demand immediate payment for […]

  • Your Identity Thief Might Be Hiding In Your Family Tree

    Column Blog Identity Theft 

    Most people assume identity thieves are super-sophisticated hackers sitting in front of banks of blinking computer screens. The more vigilant among us might be shredding every document in sight, jealously guarding sensitive information from unknown callers or online “frenemies” and installing the most sophisticated firewalls and security software on our mobile devices and computers. But sometimes you really never see it coming and the identity thief who ruined your credit and turned your life upside […]

  • ATM Security: With End of Windows XP Updates Risk Increases

    Blog Personal Finance 

    ATM security has been in the news of late. Adam Levin spoke with Kate Rogers of Fox Business about the threat to ATM security following Microsoft’s announced discontinuation of updates to Windows XP, which is used on hundreds of thousands of machines around the world. What happens if banks don’t upgrade their Windows XP operating systems by the April 8 deadline? 2.2 million ATMs worldwide could be at risk of a cyber attack. Read the […]

  • Could BYOD Leave Your Small Business DOA?

    Column Data Security Blog 

    There is a line of thinking among many of my small-business colleagues that allowing employees to supply their own computers and phones – known as Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD – is both convenient and a great way to save money. Whenever I hear that from anyone, the first thing I ask is if they require these employees to take the appropriate steps to secure these personal machines. If their answer is, “huh?” I […]

  • Medical Identity Theft: Does The Healthcare Industry Think It’s Too Big For Its Breaches?

    Column Blog 

    If recent disclosures regarding the massive wave of breaches suffered by retailing icons Target, Neiman-Marcus and Sally Beauty haven’t scared you enough, try to wrap your brain around the new Ponemon Institute Patient Privacy and Data Security study. The study has found a 100% increase in criminal attacks on health care organizations since 2010. But if that weren’t enough, they also found something far more disturbing. “Despite concerns about employee negligence and the use of […]