Data Breach

Caution: Web-searchable servers and databases

August 2011:  Yale University announced that 43,000 social security numbers posted to an insecure FTP server have been available to Google search engine users for the past 10-months. May 2011:  Southern California Medical-Legal Consultants (SCMLC) disclosed that the medical records of 300,000 injured workers were available online to the public […]

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Citi fined $500K

Citi was recently fined $500,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for its failure to pick up on an employee skimming over $750,000 from the accounts of 22 Citi customers over the last eight years . When I first read the headline, my initial thought was that this was […]

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When transferring files, isn’t all encryption the same?

Definitely not. To begin with, there are numerous kinds of encryption—some of which can actually be broken quite easily. One of the earlier common forms of encryption (around 1996) relied on encryption keys that were 40 bits in length; surprisingly, many technologies and products continue to use this older, weaker form of encryption. […]

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You must protect the security AND privacy of confidential information

Here’s a great article by Brian O’Connell of CPA Site Solutions on how to deal with email security difficulties.  The context of the article is from the perspective of the accounting industry, but I’d say it’s an extremely universal topic that actually impacts almost every kind of company today. The […]

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Email – Rethinking how files get shared

Email is the world’s collaborative tool and is the electronic ‘sending’ system of choice between people, both within and across organizations. While the capabilities of transferring files via email hasn’t improved much in the past 10 years, the size and sensitivity of files has multiplied ten-fold. Email usage is ungoverned […]

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Good Morning! You’ve Been Breached!

In my many travels visiting customers and IT professionals around the world, I ask a simple question, “What do you do when you have to send a file to someone that’s just too big?”  They ask me how big is big?  I say too big for your email or even […]

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We warned you!

Ipswitch has been cautioning companies about the dangers of private/confidential information being sent through Google (and other hosted and person-to-person services), both from a security and a responsibility perspective. Last week’s GMail hack further drives home the point that organizations must proactively manage and have visibility into what information is […]

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