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3 Third-Party Risk Management Challenges of 2016 & How To Conquer Them

  Since the massive Target data breach in December 2013, third-party risk stopped being an afterthought and started becoming one of the top priorities for CISOs and Risk Departments. As a response, Third-Party Risk Management (TPRM) underwent a transformation in early 2014, and has continued through 2016 to keep up with today’s modern risks. With … Continued

Why Employees Are Your Most Vulnerable Asset: Social Engineering Explained

Why Employees Are Your Most Vulnerable Asset: Social Engineering Explained

  Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report marked Social Engineering attacks as the 3rd highest threat action, behind hacking and malware. Those attacks have been rising over the years due to the relative ease of execution and lack of technical knowledge needed. Social Engineering, unlike common hacking methods such as brute-forcing, cross-site scripting, or keylogging, … Continued

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3 Security Approaches CISOs Must Embrace To Mitigate Third Party Risk

3 Security Approaches CISOs Must Embrace To Mitigate Third Party Risk

  Guest post by Sam Kassoumeh, COO and co-founder of SecurityScorecard. A seasoned cybersecurity professional, he has been the Head of Security and Compliance at Gilt and led Global Security at Federal-Mogul. Sam has over 10 years of experience leading security teams. In this guest blog post, Sam offers a critical perspective of how CISOs … Continued

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Hilton and Starwood Data Breaches Spotlight Retail Malware

Hilton and Starwood Data Breaches Spotlight Retail Malware

Point of Sale Malware at Retail Stores Inside Hilton & Starwood Hotels The last few weeks have seen several major hotel chains including Starwood Hotels and Hilton Hotels report data breaches targeting the credit card data used at retail outlets inside the hotels. In both cases, Point of Sale (PoS) malware was the attack culprit. … Continued

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An Analysis of the Pearson VUE Data Breach

An Analysis of the Pearson VUE Data Breach

Cisco Shuts Down Cert Tracker After Pearson Breach A third party technology examination company, Pearson VUE, was recently a victim of a malware attack that has exposed personal user data and passwords, according to Network Computing. Pearson VUE is one of the largest handlers of technology exams for companies and organizations that test individuals for … Continued

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The Holiday Shopping Season's Retail Security Reality

The Holiday Shopping Season’s Retail Security Reality

Ranking Retail Security: Web Applications & Legacy Systems Are Weak Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost here. Earlier this week, we released our 2015 Retail & eCommerce Security Report that examines a variety of security risk trends and problem areas within the top and bottom 10% of retail companies which represent roughly 200 retail … Continued

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New Research Calls Out Today's Vendor Risk Challenges

New Research Calls Out Today’s Vendor Risk Challenges

New ESG Report: “Intelligence-driven Vendor and Supplier Security Risk Management” A recent study conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), an IT research and strategy firm based in Milford, MA, looks at the issue of third party supplier and partner security in depth. The new report discusses approaches to today’s vendor risk management challenges and emerging technology solutions … Continued

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SecurityScorecard Honored to Be a Part of the SINET 16 Showcase

SecurityScorecard Honored to Be a Part of the SINET 16 Showcase

SecurityScorecard Wins Coveted Innovation Award SecurityScorecard was recently named a top 16 winner from SINET, the Security Innovation Network. SINET chose SecurityScorecard as one of the winners out of over a hundred security companies. SecurityScorecard is one of the youngest companies on the winning roster. Our CEO and Co-founder, Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy, is presenting today … Continued

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How Shadow IT Complicates Vendor Risk Management

How Shadow IT Complicates Vendor Risk Management

Third Party Dangers in Shadow IT The shadow information technology (IT) services provided by unknown third-party vendors introduce multiple risks. Any time data is moved to a vendor or accessed outside the corporate network by a third- or fourth-party, the risk of loss increases. Companies have, in one sense, lost control of IT. A Forbes article reported … Continued

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Use Vendor Risk Management Templates to Establish a Baseline

Use Vendor Risk Management Templates to Establish a Baseline

Level the Vendor Risk Playing Field With Templates Two facts have radically transformed vendor risk management and the need for template use in just the past few years:   There’s increased awareness that vendors are often the weak links that allow data breaches to occur; Federal regulators are increasingly vocal about the need for aggressive … Continued

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How Strong Is Your Vendor Management Program?

How Strong Is Your Vendor Management Program?

Vendor Management: You Need a Strategy Like the game of chess, vendor management requires understanding all the moves of all the pieces of vendors themselves. The more vendors differ in what and how they supply your company, the more challenging your vendor management (VM) program will be. Vendor management processes for companies with minimal vendor diversity … Continued

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A Closer Look at Experian’s Scorecard

A Closer Look at Experian’s Scorecard

T-Mobile & Experian: The Fallout From Big Brand Breaches Update: Class-action lawsuits for Experian are increasing, according to The Hill. Experian, who released half-year financials yesterday, was quoted as saying: “It is currently not possible to predict the scope and effect on the Group of these various regulatory and government investigations and legal actions, including their timing … Continued

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The Target Breach: A Study in Vendor Risk Gaps

The Target Breach: A Study in Vendor Risk Gaps

Verizon Report to Target Reinforces Need for Instant Risk Visibility Target has become a case study in the long-term effects of security risk via a third party. A class action suit brought by banks, credit unions, and financial firms was recently approved by a Federal judge, so the legal costs are still being added up. The … Continued

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The 10 Best & Worst College & University Security Rankings

The 10 Best & Worst College & University Security Rankings

A University Security Audit for 2015 Data breaches and data theft at colleges and universities are a very common occurrence. From the 80,000 students recently affected at California State colleges to the 29 employee records hacked at the University of Calgary last week in Canada, higher education is a frequently targeted playground for security attacks. This week, Rutgers University … Continued

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Announcing the First Collaborative Security Risk Platform

Announcing the First Collaborative Security Risk Platform

Our Mission is to Empower Every Company with Collaborative Security Intelligence Today, we are proud to launch the first fully collaborative platform for closing the security loop with partners. Via the ‘Invite a Vendor’ function, customers can now directly share detailed Scorecard information with strategic partners, suppliers, and vendors. SecurityScorecard customers can speed up the … Continued

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Addressing The Vendor Risk Management Dilemma

Addressing The Vendor Risk Management Dilemma

It has happened in retail, in hotels, in healthcare, and in many other verticals with many suppliers or partners. Exactly how has vendor risk management missed the mark so often? It has become an old story. A large company’s network is gravely breached and, after weeks of investigation, a finger is pointed at a minor … Continued

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The Vendor Risk Checklist You Need Before Signing a Contract

The Vendor Risk Checklist You Need Before Signing a Contract

Validate Vendor Risk Management with a Security Checklist We’ve compiled a checklist of items that your company can use to protect its infrastructure whenever it starts working with a new vendor, as part of routine vendor risk management processes. A vendor’s systems can be a threat to you  when both parties’ systems are connected together. This … Continued

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Why Supply Chains Need Strong Vendor Risk Management

Why Supply Chains Need Strong Vendor Risk Management

The New Attack Perimeter: Third-Party Suppliers As technology becomes more tightly integrated with traditional manufacturing processes, OEM components and capital equipment are vulnerable to intrusion. Ultimately, companies that rely on suppliers to secure their own products are falling behind the regulatory and reputational curve. Security is front of mind for government scrutiny and consumer awareness. … Continued

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The Security of Mobile Apps Starts and Ends With Developers

The Security of Mobile Apps Starts and Ends With Developers

Third Party Development Adds to the App Security Dillema According to a story from Business Insider, mobile device users spend 86 percent of their time using mobile apps, as opposed to the mobile web. Businesses cite the rapid adoption of apps as a way to cut costs and increase productivity, but apps suffer from insecure … Continued

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Security DNA Is the Foundation of SecurityScorecard

Security DNA Is the Foundation of SecurityScorecard

SecurityScorecard Expands Security Talent with New Hire Today, we announced the appointment of Steve Thomas as Director of Sales Engineering and Business Development. In this new position, Thomas will be responsible for applying his extensive technical security engineering background to help the company provide exceptional customer support services. Prior to joining SecurityScorecard, Thomas served as … Continued

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Third-Party Security Breaches Sign of Growing Vendor Risk Problem

Third-Party Security Breaches Sign of Growing Vendor Risk Problem

Third Party Breaches Continue to Remain in the Media The long term effects of data breaches that have originated via third parties have the attention of executive boards of directors, but the C-level may not be as keen on dealing with the problem as you might think. These long term effects include: legal action from customers, damage … Continued

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[Case Study] How To Operationalize Third Party Risk Management

[Case Study] How To Operationalize Third Party Risk Management

Harry’s Automates Vendor Risk Management Harry’s, an online retailer, was looking to solve the paradoxical challenge of having accurate, precise security information about partners, vendors, and suppliers whose networks they cannot access. Organization’s such as Harry’s cannot directly log in and access a partner’s network to readily view the security posture of that third party’s … Continued

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Monthly News Roundup: Q2 Small Business Data Breaches

Monthly News Roundup: Q2 Small Business Data Breaches

Keep Track of SMB Security & Third Party Security Risks The big name brands may get all the security and data breach attention, but that does not mean that is where all of the data breaches and hacks are occurring. As we look closer at the entire security and risk management threat landscape and include small and … Continued

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Healthcare Breach Shines Spotlight on Third Party Security Risks

Healthcare Breach Shines Spotlight on Third Party Security Risks

6 Reported Medical Centers, Hospitals in Indiana Have Patient Records Breached Update: According to the Department of Health and Human Services, this third party data breach from Medical Informatics Engineering and NoMoreClipboard has now affected a whopping total of 3.9 million individuals, making it the fourth largest breach in 2015, according to Data Breach Today. … Continued

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The Current State of UK Bank Security

The Current State of UK Bank Security

SecurityScorecard Digs into the Grades of UK Banks A Freedom of Information request in the UK has revealed 791 data breaches occurred at most of the region’s major banks since the start of 2013 (with 585 of the incidents occurring in 2014).  The FOI request was spawned by Egress Software Technologies, an email encryption provider, that recently reported … Continued

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How to Leverage Business Continuity for Security

How to Leverage Business Continuity for Security

CISOs: Use Business Impact Reports To Prioritize Risk There are a few themes we see emerging for security professionals, especially those leading the charge, (we’re talking to you, CISO). One theme is that operating a more risk-aware security organization requires an understanding of what to prioritize. A related theme is: How do you actually prioritize security risks based … Continued

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Download 2016 Biggest Holiday Retailers Cybersecurity Report

Find out the names of the 10 biggest holiday retailers with the best security posture in 2016. From April 2016 to October 2016, SecurityScorecard analyzed the security posture of the 48 'Biggest Holiday Retailers' to find the most prevalent security vulnerabilities and compliance issues.