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    Three Best Practices for Creating and Implementing an Incident Response Plan

Three Best Practices for Creating and Implementing an Incident Response Plan

A cyber incident can have serious consequences. When a potential incident occurs that could negatively impact the confidentiality, integrity and authenticity of your company’s data, fear and confusion can consume the organization. In the military, we refer to this as “the fog of war.” To avoid a misstep during the critical post-incident response time, the organization should […]

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    ‘Tis the Season to Protect Your Identity: Online Shopping Security

‘Tis the Season to Protect Your Identity: Online Shopping Security

by Alayna Pehrson, content management specialist for Best Company, November 26, 2018

It’s the time of year when people start making both online and in-store purchases for their loved ones. When holiday deals appear, most people enjoy indulging the spirit of giving. Unfortunately, many identity thieves and cybercriminals don’t feel the same spirit and often target holiday shoppers.

According to a […]

Cybersecurity Tips for the Holiday Season

In my last post I offered tips to keep personal online holiday shopping safe and to help prevent fraud on any of your accounts. Today I’d like to offer small retailers some advice to make sure their IT infrastructure is up-to-date and ready to handle the holiday rush.

Before the holiday season kicks into high […]

Cybersecurity Do’s and Don’ts for the Holiday Season

As the holiday season quickly approaches, I thought it appropriate to share some tips I’ve talked about in the past to keep your online holiday shopping safe and to help prevent fraud on any of your accounts. That leads to my first tip:

  • Consolidate all of your online purchases onto a single credit […]

Protect Your Network with these Three Steps

In addition to being a security consultant by trade, I am a Chief Warrant Officer for the Massachusetts Army National Guard, where I mentor incident handlers and senior leadership on offensive and defensive cyber warfare. In this position, I am regularly asked for advice on all things related to cyber. One recent query from a newly promoted […]

Protecting from Phishing and Spear-Phishing

SystemExperts Corporation is aware that many companies are seeing spear-phishing attempts where the emails purport to be from internal employees. We have also heard reports that compromised email accounts have been used to send spear-phishing emails to third-parties and the owner of the compromised accounts do not see the emails being sent on their behalf, nor the […]

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    Employers overlook a key ally in preventing cyberattacks: HR departments

Employers overlook a key ally in preventing cyberattacks: HR departments

by Caroline Hroncich, associate editor Employee Benefit Advisor, September 26, 2018

Everyone gets them — an email message that looks exactly like it came from a co-worker or a supervisor. It may come with a link that asks an employee to log in with a company username and password. To the untrained eye it seems harmless.

But employees need to […]

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    Employers overlook a key ally in preventing cyberattacks: HR departments

Employers overlook a key ally in preventing cyberattacks: HR departments

by Caroline Hroncich, associate editor, Employee Benefit News, September 24, 2018

Everyone gets them — an email message that looks exactly like it came from a co-worker or a supervisor. It may come with a link that asks an employee to log in with a company username and password. To the untrained eye it seems harmless.

But employees need to think […]

Crisis Management Centers and Cyber Security

I was asked to contribute to an article about 911 communications centers recently based on my experience with large crisis management centers (think the 2014 Boston Marathon bombing). Below are my responses to the questions:

What are the common vulnerabilities communication centers face?

24-hour crisis managements centers often have shared computers. I would expect that they conduct […]

How to Protect Your Security Online

I was recently asked a series of questions about how to protect your security online. I’d like to share the answers here – and please feel free to reach out if you have any comments.

1. How can you create the best passwords that are hacker-proof but easy to remember?  

The best passwords aren’t […]

How Do You Define Success for a Cyber Security Team?

Is it risk reduction? Training employees? Fighting back against targeted attacks?

The easy answer to this question is to build a comprehensive and mature Security Program. The difficult part is identifying every critical component that make this a success. Remembering that any security program is only as strong as the weakest link, you must build […]

The data security threat is complex and constantly changing

by Adam Muspratt, content editor, CX Network, August 16, 2018

Adam Muspratt, content editor for CX Network, interviewed several experts in cyber security. In this report Muspratt delves into data security and discusses how complex the threat is and the fact that it is constantly changing.

Data security in customer experience: Are CX teams cyber-aware?

Going into […]

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    Business Continuity Plans and Disaster Recovery Plans (Part 2)

Business Continuity Plans and Disaster Recovery Plans (Part 2)

Comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery plans are must-haves for companies of all sizes that are dependent on their systems to run their businesses. In Part 2 on this topic, I discuss factors that have to be considered when building a plan.

Preparing for a disaster can be a daunting task, involving many factors. A company will have […]

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    Business Continuity Plans and Disaster Recovery Plans (Part 1)

Business Continuity Plans and Disaster Recovery Plans (Part 1)

Comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery plans are must-haves for companies of all sizes that are dependent on their systems to run their businesses.

The definition of a disaster is anything that can impact the continuation of business operations. Most people think disasters would just include major weather events (snowstorms, hurricanes, flood, and tornadoes), fire, […]

Q&A On Reconstructing Data After a Disaster

I was recently asked about best practices for a business to reconstruct its data after a disaster by John Edwards, TechTarget. John included my tip noting that once a disaster involving data loss is identified, you must act fast to preserve your environment to prevent further damage, and to protect the archived data itself. Here are some addition […]