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April 25

RSAC 2018 in Review: Highlights, Key Sessions and Emerging Industry Trends

Last week, the RSA Conference 2018 drew 45,000 attendees to San Francisco’s Moscone Center for a week of education on the latest security trends, threats and solutions.

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April 19

Malware Attack on Vendor to Blame for Delta and Sears Data Breach Affecting ‘Hundreds of Thousands’ of Customers

Data Breach Friday: Delta Air Lines and Sears Holding Corp. disclosed a data breach that may have exposed the payment card details of hundreds of thousands of online customers.

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April 13

Panera’s Data Breach Puts Attention on the Risks of Loyalty Programs

Data Breach Friday: Panera Bread last week became the latest company hit by a data breach, acknowledging that customer information was vulnerable on its company website for at least eight months.

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April 06

Card Data Stolen From 5 Million Saks and Lord & Taylor Customers

Data Breach Friday: Saks has been hacked — adding to the already formidable challenges faced by the luxury retailer. A well-known ring of cybercriminals has obtained more than five million credit and debit card numbers from customers of Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor, according to a cybersecurity research firm that specializes in tracking stolen financial data.

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March 30

Under Armour Says 150 Million MyFitnessPal Accounts Hit by Data Breach

Data Breach Friday: 150 million usernames, emails, and passwords have been compromised in a hack of the MyFitnessPal app. If users reused their password anywhere else, those accounts are compromised as well if multi-factor authentication isn't enabled!

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March 14

Who Owns Identity and Access Management?

This editorial looks to solve the issue of security being seen as a roadblock to getting things done. If security is an inconvenience, people will circumvent it and it protects no one!

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March 09

Equifax Data Breach Affected 2.4 Million More Consumers

Data Breach Friday: The massive Equifax data breach affected even more people. The startling total is now 147.9 million U.S. consumers who had their information stolen by hackers.

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March 08

3 Reasons to Deploy an Identity and Access Management Solution

Providing users with secure access can be challenging, but identity and access management solutions deliver improved security, as well as cost and time savings.

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March 02

Key Lessons Learned from Data Breaches Caused by Privilege Abuse

Data Breach Friday: Privileged account abuse tops the list of the most dangerous threat patterns. It is relatively easy for insiders to steal sensitive data, but it can take organizations months or even years to detect and investigate such incidents.

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March 01

Top Five Ways to Improve Your Company’s Password Security

While the password may seem archaic, it still acts as the first line of defence against hackers. We outline five ways companies can improve their password hygiene to better protect themselves in an increasingly hostile digital world.

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February 23

Allscripts Ransomware Attack: Lawsuit Already Filed

Data Breach Friday: A week after Allscripts was hit with a ransomware attack that disrupted patient care services of hundreds of its healthcare clients, a class action lawsuit has been filed against the cloud-based electronic health records vendor for allegedly "failing to secure its systems and data from cyberattacks, including ransomware attacks."

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February 22

Seven out of 10 Customers Would Boycott a Brand That Mishandled Their Data

Most customers (69%) would boycott a brand if it repeatedly showed no regard for protecting customer data, a YouGov survey reported.

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February 16

Uber Data Breach Aided by Lack of Multi-Factor Authentication

Data Breach Friday: For Uber CISO John Flynn, having to explain the company’s massive 2016 data breach to a senate hearing was never going to be an easy day out.

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February 14

Cybersecurity is 'Greatest Concern' at Senate Threats Hearing

At the Senate Intelligence Committee’s annual "Worldwide Threats" hearing, the top US intelligence agencies put technology front and center.

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February 09

The Cost of a Data Breach in 2018

Data Breach Friday: 58 data records are stolen every second at an average cost of $141 each. Trading in intellectual property and personal data is so widespread that someone invented a calculator that can estimate the potential harm to your own business.

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February 06

A Safer Internet Needs Smarter Fraud Defence

Safer Internet Day is upon us on February 6. Although the national day is run for the benefit of young digital natives, aiming to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology, it’s a good marker for people of all ages to consider how they stay safe online.

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January 29

Data Privacy is for Life, Not Just for a Day

Data Privacy Day is observed on January 28th each year. As well as being an awareness day, it also commemorates the January 28 1981 signing of Convention 108; the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. So, in line with this international holiday and the greater ‘stay safe online’ movement, here’s our top tips on how to keep your SME safe from cyber criminals.

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January 24

Hackers Will Target Small Business Through the Internet of Things in 2018, New Report Says

A new report finds hackers are poised to target small businesses that use Internet of Things (IoT) technology to gain access to data from larger global firms in 2018. The 2018 Cybersecurity Predictions by Aon’s Cyber Solutions predicts a small business Internet of Things (IoT) breach will create a domino effect that damages a larger company.

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January 19

'Hacking Incident' Impacts Nearly 280,000 Medicaid Patients

Data Breach Friday: A health data breach reported to federal regulators as a "hacking/IT incident" impacting nearly 280,000 Medicaid patients in Oklahoma has experts wondering exactly what happened.

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January 17

Why is Multi-Factor Authentication so Important?

A password isn’t enough for modern day security – it’s time to layer up.

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January 12

Winter Olympics 2018 Under Siege From Hackers, McAfee Warns

Data Breach Friday: The Winter Olympics set to take place next month in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are under siege from hackers, a leading cybersecurity company has found.

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January 05

The Great Data Breach Disasters of 2017

A week hardly passed this year without a major data breach to remind us of how precarious the state of security was throughout 2017. And while I’d love to report otherwise, you’d be hard pressed right now to find anyone in the know who thinks things are looking up.

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December 21

Cybersecurity and Privacy Predictions for 2018

The past year in cybersecurity has been one of combating ransomware extortion attacks, bracing systems against DDoS attacks and securing internet of things (IoT) systems. Looking to next year, cybersecurity experts at McAfee Labs laid out their predictions for the industry's top concerns in 2018.

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December 13

Top Cybersecurity Risks in Education

In this blog post, we'll highlight the main concerns of educational organizations worldwide using feedback gathered from IT specialists working for educational institutions. authen2cate works with higher education customers to help them with identity management strategy and implementation.

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December 07

Hackable Holidays: Dangers of Toys That Spy on Kids

Smart toys that connect to the internet are at the top of kids’ wish lists this year, but experts say the toys can be used to spy on them and expose children to predators.

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December 01

Uber Paid Hackers $100,000 to Keep Secret a Massive Data Breach In 2016

Data Breach Friday: Uber Technologies Inc paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret a massive breach last year that exposed the data of some 57 million accounts of the ride-service provider, the company said on Tuesday. Could authen2cate's services help prevent future risks?

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November 30

5 Ways Users Circumvent Security Measures and How to Prevent It

Workers usually choose convenience over security, especially if you force them to jump through too many hoops. But there are steps you can take to shift the balance back in security's favor.

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November 22

How To Give Your Parents The Security Talk This Thanksgiving

Explaining why you shouldn't use the same password for every account can be difficult. Here's some help.

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November 13

Privileged Account Management Remains Problematic

A new survey finds that 86% of security pros do not consistently change privileged account passwords, and 40% of respondents don't change default admin passwords! A proper IAM solution like Authen2cate's is essential to safeguarding these critical accounts.

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November 10

Jaywing Suffers Data Breach Affecting CollectPlus, Vodafone, and Other Clients

Data Breach Friday: It appears little personal information was obtained, but internal documents and other info for UK firm Jaywing's clients were publicly accessible on its intranet for over a month! Perhaps this could have been avoided if 2-Factor Authentication was required for access...

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November 09

Senators Push to Ditch Social Security Numbers in Light of Equifax Hack

With over 140 million Social Security numbers compromised in the Equifax hack, clearly the SSN is too vulnerable to continue using as a primary factor of identity management. Authen2cate applauds the discussion around adopting a more secure, digital system with multi-factor authentication features.

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November 03

AMP Among Companies Affected by Data Breach of 50,000 Staff Records

Data Breach Friday: Over 50,000 staff records from Australian companies and government agencies were found on an improperly secured AWS server. It included out of date credit card data, but also contact information that could still be used in phishing or social engineering attacks!

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November 01

IoT Security Fail: Hacked Vacuum Cleaner Becomes Spy Cam

After bypassing many of the LG Hom-Bot vacuum's security features, researchers were able to simply change their usernames to gain access to the device's camera and live-stream video! IAM and IoT must go hand-in-hand!

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October 27

Biggest Ever SA Data Breach: 60 Million ID Numbers Leaked on Real Estate Server

Data Breach Friday goes international: ID numbers and other personal info of 60 million South Africans was found easily available on a real estate company's servers! Did they really need to store this info? And why didn't they have the Identity & Access Management measures in place to adequately protect it?

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October 23

Malware Hidden in Vid App Is So Nasty, Victims Should Wipe Their Macs

Hackers gained access to Eltima Software's development servers and were able to inject a particularly sinister malware targeting Macs. Were those servers secured with 2-Factor Authentication?

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October 18

6 Musts When Selecting an A+ Identity and Access Management Solution

An IAM solution for the education space must have single sign-on, easy user provisioning, self-service options, and more. Check out a2c's offerings for education so you can get a better solution in place before the next semester begins!

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October 13

Hyatt Suffers Second Card Data Breach in Two Years

Data Breach Friday: Customer payment information from 41 Hyatt locations has been compromised via "malicious software code." Could 2-Factor Authentication have secured the affected systems and prevented the attack?

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October 11

What Is IDaaS, and Why Does Your Mobile Strategy Need It?

Incorporating Identity-as-a-Service in your BYOD plan can enforce password policies, implement control over remote access of your systems, and introduce context-aware security techniques for improved detection of unauthorized activity. Let a2c be your provider!

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October 06

Yahoo Data Breach Found to Affect All 3 Billion Users

Data Breach Friday: It's been revealed that ALL 3 billion Yahoo accounts that existed in 2013 were compromised in the data breach revealed last December! In addition to updating your password, be sure to enable 2-Factor Authentication wherever possible to protect your accounts!

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September 29

Deloitte Suffers Major Data Breach Without Multi-Factor Authentication

Data Breach Friday: Hackers gained access to a Deloitte admin account that did not have 2-Factor Authentication enabled! For months they had access to usernames, passwords, client emails, and more!

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September 28

Nearly 50% of Organizations Willing to Pay Extra for Security Guarantee from Cloud Vendors

Despite moving to the cloud for cost savings, most companies are willing to pay extra for certain improvements to their service, a 451 Research report found.

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September 22

SEC Admits Data Breach, Suggests Illicit Trading Was Key

Data Breach Friday: The SEC has admitted that a database was compromised last year, and the hackers likely used its business info to conduct illegal stock market trades. Are your crucial databases protected by 2-Factor Authentication?

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September 15

How Much Will the Data Breach Cost Equifax?

Data Breach Friday: The Equifax breach is so massive that the true costs might not be known for weeks, or even months! Can YOU afford all the direct and indirect costs of a data breach? Lock down your customers' or your internal accounts with IAM protection today!

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September 13

3 Security Investments Hospitals Should Make Right Now

Health and Human Services chief information security officer Christopher Wlasich said there are three steps that hospitals should be taking today to bolster their security posture: join forces, treat your patching report like your profit-and-loss report and, at the very least, consider multi-factor authentication.

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September 07

Credit Reporting Firm Equifax Says Data Breach Could Potentially Affect 143 Million US Consumers

Data Breach Friday: In addition to personal information, the breach exposed 209,000 credit card numbers and 182,000 dispute documents with more identifying information! This is all information that criminals could easily use in phishing or social engineering attacks targeting accounts without 2-Factor Authentication!

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September 07

Researchers Reverse 320 Million Hashed Passwords

CynoSure Prime, a “password research collective,” has reversed the hashes of nearly 320 million hashed passwords provided by security researcher Troy Hunt through the Pwned Passwords searchable online database.

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September 01

More Than 711 Million Email Addresses Exposed in Huge Data Breach

Data Breach Friday: A trove of over 700 million email addresses with 80 million valid passwords was found online, with connections to major known data breaches like the LinkedIn and MySpace incidents! Without 2-Factor Authentication, these accounts are prime targets for phishing and other attacks!

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August 25

PlayStation Suffers Social Media Hack, Possible Data Breach

Data Breach Friday: PlayStation's social media accounts were breached by white-hat hackers! It's unclear what other data they may have accessed, but 2-Factor Authentication from a2c could have easily prevented the Twitter hack!

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August 18

Info on 1.8M Chicago Voters Was Publicly Accessible, but Now Removed from Cloud Service

Data Breach Friday: Names, addresses, birth dates, partial SSNs, and drivers license numbers of 1.8 million Chicago voters were publicly accessible on an AWS server managed by a third-party contractor. This type of info could lead to successful phishing & social engineering attacks that would compromise accounts not protected with 2-Factor Authentication!

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August 17

Most Small to Mid-Sized Organizations Don't Use Multi-Factor Authentication

While only 38 percent of large organizations don't use multi-factor authentication to protect user accounts, 62 percent of small to mid-sized organizations do not use MFA, a recent KnowBe4 survey of 2,600 IT professionals found.

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