Study finds cyber crime as costly as ever

Study finds cyber crime as costly as ever

Hacking continues to be a costly problem for US businesses, according to a Ponemon Institute report released in October 2012.  For each the businesses and organizations studied, the average cost of cyber crime is $8.9 million annually, an increase of 6% from last...

Lax digital security at IRS reads like a “what not to do” list

Each year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is responsible for collecting trillions of dollars in federal taxes and processing about 140 million tax returns.  Because the agency’s computers house a vast amount of personally identifiable information, the potential...
Lessons learned from LinkedIn breach

Lessons learned from LinkedIn breach

As you may have heard by now, LinkedIn notified its users last week that it had been hacked.  Out of about 150 million users, approximate 6 million had their passwords stolen and posted on a hacker web site.  The breach of the social networking giant should come as no...

How secure are your company’s passwords?

Passwords are worth their weight in gold to hackers.  Once a cyber criminal figures out an employee’s password, he has an entry into the company network.  From that point, using other tools, the hacker can steal just about anything he wants, and wreak havoc in the...

FEMA: Government, businesses vulnerable to cyber attacks

The nation is woefully unprepared for a major cyber attack, according to a new report released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Among 31 core capabilities identified as key for disaster responsiveness, cyber security came in dead last, with a...