Risk Assessments, Security, Privacy

Turn Down That Noise! Tuning into Cybersecurity for the Financial Sector

"Turn down that noise!" I suspect that at some point in your life you’ve uttered those words or perhaps had them spoken to you. In my case it was my parents telling me to turn down my music when I was a teenager. What I never understood was why they viewed my music as noise. To me, it was a symphony of sounds that I connected to in a variety of ways. I realized, as I got older, that noise was really just another term for “I don’t understand, like or connect with that.”

Sometimes it’s just about volume. Sometimes it’s about something else.

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By Alain Espinosa on Oct 18, 2018 1:44:12 PM
Security, Privacy, Leadership, Passwords, PasswordComplexity, PCI, SystemAdministrators, Authentication, Captcha

Password123! - Why Does Authentication Have to Be So Hard?

Password complexity and authentication has always been a subject of contention both for users and system  administrators. Many assume that forcing users to create more complex passwords, and changing them frequently,   will lead to greater system safety - in theory this may be true. Given human nature, things rarely go as planned and research has shown that forcing users to comply with these additional requirements has actually had a detrimental effect on system security.

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By Security Consulting Team on Sep 13, 2018 11:28:04 AM
CCPA, GDPR, Privacy, Security, California, Regulators, Misconduct, Statutory Damages, Attorney General

The Name of the Game is Privacy, Especially in California: Part Three

In Part One of this blog we introduced the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) and highlighted some of the important points organizations need to look out for to be compliant. In Part Two we elaborated on the scope of the CCPA in terms of businesses covered and their obligations. In this final part we will discuss how the CCPA will be enforced and what you can do now to become CCPA compliant.

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By Laura Sulymosi and Eugene Tyrrell on Sep 6, 2018 11:27:02 AM
CCPA, Privacy, GDPR, Security

The Name of the Game is Privacy, Especially in California: Part Two

In the first part of this blog series we took a look at the the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) that is coming into effect in January 2020. The implications of being off side with the new regulations are not trivial and apply to more than 500,000 US businesses according to the IAPP - not to mention any business around the world that has the personal data of California businesses and meet the relevant threshold. That is A LOT of businesses. Now how is that possible you ask? Let’s take a closer look at the businesses who will fall under the CCPA’s umbrella come 2020. 

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By Laura Sulymosi and Eugene Tyrrell on Aug 7, 2018 1:20:01 PM
Privacy, GDPR, CCPA, Security

The Name of the Game is Privacy, Especially in California: Part One

Privacy and protection of personal information has almost always seemed like it should be a basic human right everywhere in the world, not only in the European Union where it has long been acknowledged as such. Within the last 10 years, however, that notion has been blurred by social media, the rise of online shopping, and subsequently the hacking of just about everything that lives on the Internet. For the longest time people have sort of just accepted this overreach and misuse of their personal information as the price you pay for using the Internet. Sure, maybe they delete Facebook for a while or change their passwords, but now that is starting to seem like it is not enough and governments from around the world are beginning to step in, in a big way.

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By Laura Sulymosi and Eugene Tyrrell on Jul 20, 2018 1:02:51 PM
Security, Privacy

Looking Back at RSA Conference 2018

With RSA Conference 2018 behind us, we asked Onliner Derek Nwamadi to share some of his observations from the conference floor. 

This year’s RSA Conference did not disappoint. Once again attendees were treated to a great line up of presentations, events, and an always impressive expo floor. Looking back at my week at RSA, one word kept coming to 

mind – 

Trust; we seem to be living in an age where we are technology and data rich but trust poor. 

As always, there are some technologies and buzzwords that become industry hot buttons and generally drive it for the rest of the year (more on that later). 

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By Security Consulting Team on Apr 24, 2018 2:00:06 PM