10 things I know about… Public Wi-Fi

By Michelle Drolet . 2 May 2017

10. Freely hackable Free public Wi-Fi connections are treated like a public utility, but they can be making you vulnerable to hackers. 9. Sign me up By default, most mobile phones/devices are set to ask your permission to join a network. Once you obtain credentials, the known network will join your phone automatically. 8. Sniffing … Continue reading 10 things I know about… Public Wi-Fi

Protect your unstructured data with user behavior analytics

By Michelle Drolet . 4 Apr 2017

User behavior analytics sniffs out anomalies in users’ actions and alerts IT security teams of suspicious behavior The theft of unstructured data is extremely common. It can be very difficult to safeguard emails and files when a lot of people have access. Even the CIA is not immune, judging by the recent exposure of its … Continue reading Protect your unstructured data with user behavior analytics

5 Cybersecurity Trends to Watch for 2017

By Michelle Drolet . 9 Jan 2017

Fresh and familiar threats to concern IT departments.   As we embark on 2017, it’s time to reflect on a year where cybersecurity has played a major role. Even presidential campaigns haven’t been free from hacking scandals and data leaks. The average cost of a data breach for companies grew from $3.8 million last year … Continue reading 5 Cybersecurity Trends to Watch for 2017

IoT Could Be Our Downfall

By Michelle Drolet . 3 Jan 2017

We need to secure the internet of things. The internet of things (IoT) is all about connecting devices to the internet so that they can talk to each other and to us, to make life more convenient. That might mean turning on the lights when we get up, or allowing us to use our phones … Continue reading IoT Could Be Our Downfall

What is the General Data Protection Regulation and why should you care?

By Michelle Drolet . 15 Nov 2016

Find out how to prepare for new EU legislation on data collection and security In 2012, the European Commission proposed new regulations on data protection that would supersede the national laws of the 28 EU member states. It was formally approved in April this year, and it will go into effect May 25, 2018. This … Continue reading What is the General Data Protection Regulation and why should you care?

How Much Does a Data Breach Actually Cost?

By Michelle Drolet . 28 Oct 2016

The average cost of a data breach involving fewer than 10,000 records was $5 million The American public has become so inured to data breaches that it’s difficult to remember them all. Infamous breaches like the ones at Target and Sony become almost forgettable when confronted with the recently disclosed half-billion accounts compromised at Yahoo … Continue reading How Much Does a Data Breach Actually Cost?

Always be Prepared: Monitor, Analyze and Test your Security

By Michelle Drolet . 11 Oct 2016

Stay vigilant, plan your response and test your defenses with CIS Controls 18, 19 and 20   This is the final entry in our series on the 20 Critical Security Controls devised by the Center for Internet Security (CIS) as best practices to help the public and private sectors tighten their cybersecurity. We started down … Continue reading Always be Prepared: Monitor, Analyze and Test your Security

Marijuana Industry Brings Compliance to a High Bar

By Michelle Drolet . 10 Jul 2016

Ensuring overall compliance with strict regulations is the next growth opportunity.   Whatever you think of it, marijuana is here to stay and coming to full legalization in a state nearest you. Controversy follows cannabis into every branch of society: political, cultural, science, health, education, legal and finance. A quick search on YouTube will show … Continue reading Marijuana Industry Brings Compliance to a High Bar

5 InfoSec concerns for colleges and universities

By Michelle Drolet . 14 Jun 2016

Higher education institutions are a prime target for cybercriminals, and IT needs resources to prevent attacks and provide a proper level of security   No industry or sector is immune to data breaches, but some are targeted more often than others. Education came ahead of government, retail and financial sectors, and it was second only … Continue reading 5 InfoSec concerns for colleges and universities

10 Things I Know About… Ransomware Protection

By Michelle Drolet . 11 May 2016

10. Backup files every night. If you can access yesterday’s files, then there is no need to pay to unlock them today. 9. Patch automatically. Make sure operating systems software on all devices (phones, tablets, laptops) and browsers are patched automatically with security updates. 8. Update software. Make sure your endpoints and network devices are … Continue reading 10 Things I Know About… Ransomware Protection

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