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Medical Identity Theft: Tips for Detection, Correction, and Protection

If you’ve been the victim of identity theft, you’re not alone. In the past five years, we’ve seen healthcare data breaches grow in both size and frequency, with the largest breaches impacting as many as 80 million people. One in four US consumers had their healthcare data stolen in 2017, and 50% of breaches resulted in medical identity theft. Victims paid an average of $2,500 out-of-pocket costs per incident (Accenture).

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Topics: Cyber Defense, Healthcare

What We Can Learn from the Top 8 Cybersecurity Fails of 2017

If we look back at some of the recent cybersecurity headlines, it’s clear to see that it’s been a year full of ransomware and cover-ups. We saw a significant uptick in the maturity and sophistication of attacks. Not only was more data stolen than ever before, the biggest hacks we’ve ever experienced occurred. It short, it was a banner year for hackers.  

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Topics: Cyber Defense

Threat Hunting: Six Cyber Adversaries to Pursue

When threat hunting, you must first understand the adversaries you’re facing. While their techniques may be very similar, what motivates them can be very different. Understanding these motivations can provide you with a better understanding of where and when a cyber attacker may strike or when an unwitting accomplice takes measures that present undue risk to the organization.

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Topics: Threat Hunting, Cyber Defense

Cyber Threat Hunting and Indicators of a Cyber Attack

As the number of successful cyber-attacks continues to soar, it's time to take a proactive stance to detect them. You can’t simply sit back and wait for an automated alert to let you know you’ve been breached. You need to actively seek out potentially malicious behavior on your network. Hunting down indicators of attack, so you can detect and contain an incident as quickly as possible.

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Topics: Threat Detection Tips, Cyber Defense, Threat Hunting

Meltdown and Spectre: How to Move Forward

News that a fundamental security flaw impacting nearly every computer chip manufactured in last 20 years began spreading in the early days of 2018. Two variants – named Spectre and Meltdown – were identified. While their mechanisms are slightly different, both variants exploit a chipset hardware vulnerability allowing rogue programs to read protected memory. That means that attackers can obtain secret information from memory – previously considered completely protected – including passwords and encryption keys.

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Topics: Cyber Defense, Risk Management

Disrupt and Transform but Don’t Neglect Cybersecurity

Information security professionals can hardly be blamed if they’re ambivalent about digital disruption and digital transformation. On one hand, they’re getting traction with disruptive security technologies, whose automated, real-time capabilities help transform the security function. On the other, they’re facing mounting cybersecurity challenges as their organizations leverage IoT, AI, social tools, and mobility to become more efficient, effective, and engaging, said Don Anderson, a presenter at Sage’s 2017 CyberCrime Symposium.

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Topics: Cyber Defense, CyberCrime Symposium

Assume Compromise: Protect, Detect and Respond

In 2012, when Sean Sweeney became CISO for a large university, info-security strategies focused on preventing breaches. At that time, “CISO stood for ‘chief information scapegoat officer,’” said Sweeney, a presenter at Sage’s 2017 CyberCrime Symposium.  “It was my job to prevent every possible attack against the university 24x7x365. That’s an unwinnable job, right?”

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Topics: Cyber Defense, CyberCrime Symposium

Lessons from the 2017 CyberCrime Symposium

Cybercrime’s a global pandemic, and no organization, large or small, is immune. When everyone’s at risk, everyone’s responsible. And how they handle this responsibility has global implications.

If there’s any good news, it’s that everyone’s in it together. By making “Think Global, Act Local” the theme of its 2017 Cybercrime Symposium, Sage Data Security issued a call to action. Every organization’s charged with investing in the right people, training, technologies, and services to protect themselves, while striving to be an asset to a global community where collaboration’s critical.

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Topics: CyberCrime Symposium, Cyber Defense

Implications of the Equifax Data Breach and Steps to Protect Yourself

The Equifax data breach is the worst corporate data breach to date, impacting more than 140 million people. The cybercriminals struck gold when they exploited a known vulnerability, and gained access to a treasure trove of personal information, including names, social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, and driver’s license numbers, along with credit card numbers from more than 200,000 people and dispute documents from more than 180,000 people. There are serious implications for this information getting out. Here are a few, and what you can do to protect yourself.

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Topics: Cyber Defense

Lessons Organizations Should Learn from the Equifax Data Breach

In early September, Equifax, one of the largest credit agencies in the country, announced a major cybersecurity incident. Initial projections stated that 143 million US consumers were affected, however later findings added 2.5 million more people to the list of those impacted, including people in Canada and the United Kingdom. It's easily the worst corporate data breach to date. Let's take a look at what happened, and explore some important lessons that can be learned from the attack and Equifax’s subsequent response to help organizations of all sizes strengthen their cyber resiliency.

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Topics: Cyber Defense