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New SecurityScorecard Research Can Help You Detect a Data Breach Before It Happens

As a security company, we’re committed to empowering security professionals with the knowledge, and technology necessary to maintain their organization’s security and ensure that they can keep up with the always-evolving threat landscape. We’re happy to announce new predictive research that organizations can use to better secure their networks and react to any changes in … Continued

Information Security and The Rio Games: Was Brazil Ready?

Information Security and The Rio Games: Was Brazil Ready?

  On Friday August 5th, the Rio Olympics kicked off and millions of eyes eagerly anticipated the start of the games. In the eyes of information security, a tentative breath was held to see if a major security incident would affect the opening ceremony or any subsequent events. Large sporting events are increasingly becoming an … 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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