Cyber Liabilities Expanding for Government Contractors

With data breaches increasing in frequency, severity and complexity, government contractors at the federal and state levels are being asked to assume higher levels of liability as contracts are awarded or renewed.

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How Will Your Business Handle An Extortion Threat?

No matter what the circumstances, managers of small businesses may not know how to discern whether the threat is credible or where to go for help, particularly in a foreign country. Managers will want to keep their employees and their families safe, remain in business and resolve the situation as soon as possible. But they face the dilemma of paying the demand and running afoul of U.S. law, which in some circumstances prohibits extortion payments, or the expense of shutting down or relocating the business to avoid the extortionist. Continue reading

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Hackers Dialing Up Phone System Fraud

That new phone sitting on your desk may look innocent enough, but the fact that it’s connected to a network leaves your company vulnerable to hackers unless you take active steps to lock it down.
Companies of all sizes are increasingly being affected by toll fraud that takes advantage of the network capabilities of digital phone systems. Continue reading

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Cyber Extortion Poses Threat to Small & Large Business

Today, extortion has entered the digital age, with businesses increasingly at risk from criminals who hack their systems, steal private information and then impose demands — or else. While companies have been busy combatting the threat of hackers and data breaches, the threat of cyber extortion is often overlooked. Continue reading

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Hackers On Line One

As more companies shift their phone systems to Internet-based networks and protocols, it’s important to remember that Internet connectivity makes phones and data as vulnerable to hackers as servers, computers and other connected devices.

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Data Diligence in Health Care

Protecting patient information is a serious concern for the health care industry as a whole, but doctors’ offices and smaller medical facilities are particularly vulnerable to data breaches because they often lack the resources to implement robust security measures.
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Strengthening Mobile Device Security

Nearly 75% of all businesses today allow at least some of their employees to use their own personal mobile devices for work, according to a 2014 Chubb Multinational Risk Survey. But by allowing BYOD (bring your own device), businesses open themselves up to potential security threats.
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Heavy Metal for Thieves

When you think of hot commodities, copper isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. But copper theft has soared over the past few years. Continue reading

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Blind Eyes Can Hurt the Bottom Line

Large and small companies alike are vulnerable to employee fraud. However, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), smaller companies are often disproportionately victimized by fraud because they typically lack the anti-fraud controls of larger companies and are less likely to have the resources to survive employee embezzlement. Continue reading

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Triangle of Temptation

Globally, businesses lose about $3.5 trillion, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners 2012 Report to Nations. The median loss caused by the occupational fraud cases in the study was $140,000; more than one-fifth of these cases caused losses of at least $1 million.

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