The More You Know: Smart devices in the home can lead to a data breach

Smart technology has become ingrained in countless facets of everyday life.  With the conveniences inherent in this come more and more cyber security risks.  Wyze, a company that offers home cameras and other smart devices, recently experienced a data breach reportedly caused by the inability of Amazon Web Service (AWS) servers to handle an outage… Read More

Bank of America customers have data at risk

A Bank of America data breach is the newest major example of how vulnerabilities in third-party vendors can compromise cybersecurity via the supply chain.  InfoSys McCamish Systems (IMS), a consultant and service provider for the bank, experienced a breach that in turn led to Bank of America customers being affected.  Over 57,000 customers had their… Read More

The NEWEST, newest biggest data breach

By now, news about the most recent biggest data breach in history has spread to every corner.  Coined MOAB, or, the Mother of All Breaches, this series of breaches exposed 26 billion records, or 13 terabytes of data.  That’s a lot – for illustration, just one TB can store around 250 HD movies.  Thirteen equals… Read More

SolarWinds hackers hit Microsoft

The infamous SolarWinds data breach made headlines a few years back, in which a Russian cyber crime group breached the US Treasury and Commerce departments through an IT security vendor called SolarWinds. Over a hundred private companies were also affected. The ripples from that incident extended well beyond the initial breach, which we covered thoroughly…. Read More

Medical and Genetic Data Targeted in Breaches

A new healthcare data breach is making the headlines.  The subject: the analytics software vendor HealthEC, whose platform is used by more than a million healthcare professionals across 18 states.  The goods: medical records containing the protected health information (PHI) of 4.52 million people, according to a report to the Department of Health and Human… Read More

Securing vulnerable databases

If you’re an organization that handles personal data, then you use a database to store it.  Whatever variety this may be, whether SQL Server or other, as with all components of data collection, these databases are vulnerable to compromise, intentional or accidental.   One database management system, MongoDB, recently announced a data breach against its corporate… Read More

All personally identifiable data is crucial

Data breaches come in all shapes and sizes, but all are serious incidents.  When personal information that can affect people’s daily lives is at stake, no breach can be ignored.  That said, there are of course some where the subject might appear a bit lighter than others.  Take the recent breach that hit Hershey in… Read More

Data breaches during a supply chain shortage

Recent years have seen supply chain shortages in the realm of products like mobile devices and automotive vehicles.  Often this has been due to a lack of components like semiconductor chips, which are used in these products and can thus impact things like public transportation.  Not only that, but in the event of such a… Read More

Healthcare data risks in the supply chain

The healthcare industry encompasses all sorts of entities, beyond hospitals and medical device providers.  These firms make use of third party vendors that provide various services.  Truepill, a digital health startup company, is the most recent example of this.  A startup that provides certain pharmaceutical management services to healthcare organizations, Truepill revealed that hackers had… Read More

New FTC Breach Notification Rule

The nature and nuances of data breach regulations are ever evolving.  Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a new amendment that requires non-banking financial firms to report certain breaches to the FTC itself.  This is an amendment to the agency’s existing Safeguards Rule, which is a standard string of measures meant to protect… Read More