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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

How New Technology is Bringing Risk to the Healthcare Industry

How New Technology is Bringing Risk to the Healthcare Industry

  The Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly becoming a popular topic of choice in the cybersecurity industry and for unfortunate reasons. In short, the Internet of Things is the name applied to a wide variety of devices that connect to the internet. These can be routers, cameras, smart light bulbs, and medical devices. Unfortunately, … Continued

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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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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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How Big Is the U.S. Government Cybersecurity Problem?

How Big Is the U.S. Government Cybersecurity Problem?

A look at recent data breaches and how the government is reacting. It seems like the US government is more and more often falling prey to hackers, whether it’s from nation-sponsored organizations or independent organizations. Two government data breaches made the list of Network World’s list of ‘Biggest data breaches of 2015’ citing an IRS … Continued

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What Security Experts Can Learn From The Illinois State University Hack

What Security Experts Can Learn From The Illinois State University Hack

The Illinois State University hack took place in the beginning of March, as reported by Illinois’ own Pantagraph, The Washington Times, and other publications. Direct-deposit payroll information from at least a dozen faculty and staff were diverted to a different account, totaling about $50,000 in lost payments. The affected employees received their payments and ISU is … Continued

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The Healthcare Industry Currently Faces A Growing Cyber Security Crisis

The Healthcare Industry Currently Faces A Growing Cyber Security Crisis

  Hospitals are where you go to get healthy, but they are increasingly becoming playgrounds for hackers, owing to weak cyber security measures. A couple of weeks ago, networks of the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, a California-based hospital, were held hostage, reportedly to the tune of 9,000 bitcoin or over $3.6 million. This isn’t a … Continued

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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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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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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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