Cybersecurity Incidents Double in 2017; More on the way?

Cybersecurity incidents doubled in 2017 compared to the previous year, from 82,000 incidents in 2016 to an roughly 160,000 in 2017, marking the worst ever year for data breaches.   Why the sudden and dramatic rise in cybersecurity incidents? Ransomware, experts at the Online Trust Alliance say, which accounted for an estimated 134,000 of the attacks, or 83 percent. Because many data breaches go unreported, especially ransomware attacks, the total number of cybersecurity incidents could actually be much higher. The most dramatic cybersecurity incidents, like the infamous WannaCry attack, infected over 300,000 devices across 150 countries. The cost of a…Read More

Can the Private Sector meet the Government’s Cybersecurity Needs?

The government’s cybersecurity needs can’t be understated. Unfortunately, according to many government IT workers, those needs are not being met by the private sector. The history of cooperation between the private and public sector is long. The U.S. military, as the most obvious example, relies on close partnerships with companies like Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin to create equipment, vehicles and technology that allow them to do their job: protect the country. Cybersecurity companies hoping to serve the government must take a closer look at the specialized needs of the agencies they target, such as ensuring that their technology is…Read More

Realtor Cybersecurity Checklist: Best Practices in an Industry at Risk

Real estate transactions are just the latest favorite target of cyber criminals looking to exploit and profit off of U.S. businesses’ weak points. Besides the costs associated with a large scale data breach, a single data breach can have a devastating impact on a Realtor®’s reputation. Here are recommendations to keep you and your clients’ information safe and secure. Realtor Cybersecurity Best Practices Email and Password Security Encrypt your communications, preferably through a secure document-sharing program like CertainSafe’s Secure Portal. Do not click on attachments or links in mysterious or untrustworthy emails; you maybe downloading malware; Closely guard login information…Read More

This Caused 41% of Health Data Breaches in 2017

As the volume of protected health information and health records maintained by healthcare organizations has increased, their vulnerability to large breaches have increased in turn. In the last year, 41% of health data breaches were caused by unintended disclosure followed by hacking or malware. We’ll tell you what that means for your organization and tell you how CertainSafe’s data protection technology can protect your patient’s information better than the competition can. “CertainSafe’s cloud-based service not only encrypts your data, its MicroEncryption® system scatters the encrypted bits across multiple servers. A hacker who breached the encryption on one server would get…Read More

10 Questions Every Business Should Ask Their Cloud Security Provider

You put a lot of faith in your cloud security provider. You trust that their security is better than yours. Nut how much do you really know? Here are 10 questions to ask your cloud security provider. What cloud security aspects is your business responsible for? Where does your responsibility end and where does theirs begin? Will your data be encrypted in transit and at rest? Don’t settle for general statements like “We will encrypt your data.” What security certifications does the provider possess? In addition to being certified SAS 70, CertainSafe® maintains databases in PCI DSS Level 1 Certified,…Read More