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A Security Analysis of ​the VTech Data Exposure

A Security Analysis of ​the VTech Data Exposure

Hacker Goes Directly to Media to Expose VTech Security Issues The Hong Kong-based toy company, VTech, recently experienced a data breach that exposed the customer data of 6.2 million children and 4.9 million adults across 13 different countries, with the bulk from the U.S.. VTech has a number of electronic toys, some which are using … 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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Tips for Vetting the Security of Cloud Service Providers

Tips for Vetting the Security of Cloud Service Providers

How to Vet Cloud Vendors and Make Sure CSPs Are Used Securely A modern enterprise uses the cloud and cloud service providers (CSP), period. Your employees might use DropBox or OneDrive to access work data remotely. You might communicate with your vendors mostly through a portal that accepts invoices and generates work orders. At the top … 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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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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Research Reflections from Black Hat 2015

Research Reflections from Black Hat 2015

Members of SecurityScorecard’s R&D Team Attended Black Hat USA 2015 The following post includes reflections and impressions from Black Hat USA 2015 by two security researchers, John Mullins and Greg Lindor, who work on SecurityScorecard’s Research & Development team.  This team is led by Head of Threat Intelligence, Marcello Duarte, who manages and advises a team … 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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Echoes of Target Breach In Recent CVS Photo Partner Hack

Echoes of Target Breach In Recent CVS Photo Partner Hack

PNI Digital Media Was A Third Party Entry Point Into Big Retail: CVS, Walmart, Possibly Others Update: PNI Digital media is facing multiple class action lawsuits, according to Law 360 and Class Actions Reporter. One suit is centered on CVS in the state of Georgia; the other suit is focused on Costco which was filed … Continued

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The Problem With Corporate Email Addresses on Social Networks

The Problem With Corporate Email Addresses on Social Networks

SecurityScorecard Finds Grainger Susceptible to Social Engineering In a July 14 press release, the B2B industrial distributor, W.W. Grainger reported that it had experienced a security attack. The company stated in this press release that there was “no evidence there is any impact to customers, suppliers or employees because there is no indication that information … 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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U.S. Military Manufacturer Experiences Data Breach

U.S. Military Manufacturer Experiences Data Breach

Over 3,700 Customers’ PII, and Credit Card Information Breached Durham, North Carolina-based LC Industries has recently reported a security data breach, according to SC Magazine. The breach, which occurred in early June, affects a total of 3,754 customers, and affected 22 specific customers in New Hampshire, hence a public notification to the Department of Justice in the … Continued

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Major Travel Brand Shines Spotlight on Weak Partner Security Issues

Major Travel Brand Shines Spotlight on Weak Partner Security Issues

Phishing Scam on Expedia Customers Underscores Third Party Breach Issues Update: Trump Hotels is the latest carding victim, reports security journalist Brian Krebs. Krebs outlines how Trump is one victim in a string of hotel, restaurant, and other retail establishments being targeted in 2015. Another week, another big brand’s customers are targeted through a third party. The … 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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SecurityScorecard CRO Talks LastPass Hack in Business Insider

SecurityScorecard CRO Talks LastPass Hack in Business Insider

We Monitor Hacker Chatter in Our Platform Our Chief of Research, Alex Heid, was interviewed yesterday by Business Insider on the LastPass breach that the company announced earlier in the week. Heid told the business website that there is evidence that LastPass had been probed by a hacker over two years ago in September of 2013. … 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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UPDATE: Feds Breached Again, Lose 21.5 Million Records

UPDATE: Feds Breached Again, Lose 21.5 Million Records

SecurityScorecard Finds Federal Department Had Poor Security Hygiene, Especially in IP Reputation LATEST UPDATE: The number of people affected by the OPM breach is now over 21.5 million, according to The New York Times. UPDATE: BloombergBusiness reported the numbers of employee and contractor records stolen could now be up to 14 million. The news organization … Continued

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The Calm Before the Mobile API Data Breach Storm

The Calm Before the Mobile API Data Breach Storm

Prediction: Mobile App Security Practices Will Become a Third Party Data Risk Mobile security may not be as easy to exploit as other established attack styles, but this latest news could change that for the worse. The Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED) in Germany has responsibly disclosed a cloud application security issue it discovered and published … Continued

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CISOs: Pay Attention to the Cost of Lost Customers

CISOs: Pay Attention to the Cost of Lost Customers

If you haven’t downloaded the latest Ponemon Institute report on the cost of data breaches, well, you might want it… Is that a yawn? A groan from data theft marketing fatigue and breach boredom? We get it. Talking about the financial impact of data breaches isn’t nearly as cool as dissecting hacks (ahem, Adult Friend Finder and … Continued

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Credit Union Groups Are Bickering Over Cybersecurity Risk

Credit Union Groups Are Bickering Over Cybersecurity Risk

Credit unions are in the third party security risk news again. This time it’s for wanting Congress to allow the regulatory body that aims to protect credit unions to gain more ability to actually monitor and guard against third party risk emanating from credit unions. The credit union lobby, however, not as supportive of this as … Continued

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Financials Cheer Target's Failed Settlement with MasterCard

Financials Cheer Target’s Failed Settlement with MasterCard

Third Party Breaches Can Have Long Term Impact on Cost Breaches happen in minutes. Lawsuits happen for years. The total costs of Target’s 2013 data breach of 40 million customer credit card numbers will continue to be an unknown for a whole lot longer than the giant retailer would likely want after financial institutions rejected a proposed settlement from Target with MasterCard … Continued

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Third Party Risk in Business Units Is Festering

Third Party Risk in Business Units Is Festering

Vendor management offices, risk management programs, and security leaders are all being asked to manage third party risks buried in business units. They are all looking at it from their own unique, but disparate disciplines and points of view. The reason it is so difficult to discover risk is for one, simple reason: the volume … Continued

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