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January 29, 2019Published by

A lot of data runs through your business’s network. Data is coming and going, and moving rapidly, as systems and applications “talk” and pass along information to each other. Most SMBs pay no attention to these internal workings and conversations, unless there is a functional failure that requires someone’s review of the system logs to determine where the breakdown occurred. The rapid increase in malware, however, is causing many executives to choose a more active IT security strategy.

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November 15, 2018Published by

Security automation is a hot topic these days, mainly because it’s become humanly impossible to keep up with the sheer volume and variance of cyber threats hitting organizational IT networks at any given time. Even with the best security defenses in place, sooner or later an attacker is going to get through. The goal, of course, is to discover the attack and mitigate it as quickly as possible—and that’s where security automation can be extremely valuable.

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November 5, 2018Published by

Here at ControlScan, a big part of our day-to-day lifestyle is knocking down threats and cyberattacks for our customers’ businesses as well as our own. Cybersecurity is where we live, so sometimes we lose sight of the fact that none of this makes any sense to a non-technical person. One topic we field a lot of questions on is event correlation. Let’s take a look at what it is and how it positively impacts your cybersecurity efforts.

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October 2, 2018Published by

There’s a lot of buzz in the marketplace these days around SIEM, which is Security Information and Event Management. I’ve had people tell me that their SIEM technology isn’t of much use, and others tell me that it’s critical to their business’s everyday security posture. The vast difference between those two is usually the same thing, which is how the related tools are deployed, and what the staff around them looks like.

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August 13, 2018Published by

I’ve found myself in this conversation a few times recently, about what determines that a device on the network is “unapproved.” The fact is, the only unapproved devices on your network are those that defeated your security measures to get on it. If you build the network correctly, then you have lists of monitored and unmonitored devices, but not unapproved.The issue at hand is how to identify and account for your monitored and unmonitored devices. With that accomplished, it’s much easier to spot an anomaly that could lead to a breach.

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August 6, 2018Published by

I hate to say it, but what we all hear way too often is true: Nothing will focus you on your business’ cybersecurity like a data breach. Dealing with the aftermath of a breach is also much more expensive than proactively implementing the necessary security tools. If you’re a small business, a breach of your […]

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April 13, 2018Published by

As a security consultant, I’ve been in a lot of hospitals, clinics and practices—and I’ve seen a lot of “worry” over the cybersecurity threat landscape. I’d like to see more of this worry translate into action, because it’s just not happening.Other than worry, what can healthcare institutions and their IT/IS leaders do to protect electronic personal health information (ePHI)? I have been part of three major healthcare breaches and post-breach forensics revealed that two of them could have been limited in scope if they had been actively monitoring and alerting to changes inside their IT networks.

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March 29, 2018Published by

Outpacing cybercriminals’ tools and techniques is tough work, and that’s why the payments industry is embracing payment security innovation. ControlScan Executive Chairman Tom Wimsett recently sat down with Jason Oxman, CEO of the ETA, to discuss the challenges facing acquirers, ISOs, processors and payment facilitators as they work to assist merchants with security and compliance.

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October 23, 2017Published by

Last week, it was announced that the Wi-Fi security protocol WPA2 has a serious flaw. WPA2 is the current encryption standard; there is nothing generally available that’s known to be more secure.Wi-Fi has become a necessity for businesses everywhere, so disconnecting and waiting for a solution to the current Wi-Fi security flaw isn’t an option. The answer lies in a layered approach to your security efforts.

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July 24, 2017Published by

The ability to devalue credit card data has made point-to-point encryption (P2PE) technology a hot topic among franchisors. And what’s not to love? With a PCI P2PE solution in place, your franchise can check off that PCI compliance box as well as rest assured that your payment transactions are safe and secure.But is securing your credit card transactions between the POS and the payment processor all your business should worry about? Does implementing P2PE make every other security technology irrelevant to your business?

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July 16, 2017Published by

Payment card data security isn’t a new concept, yet businesses everywhere still can’t get it right. The payment card industry has a growing body of standards, merchants and technology providers strive to follow them, and consumers continue to demand them.But payment card data breaches still happen. Regularly. Why?It’s time we upped the ante on our efforts to help merchants protect themselves.

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