June 6, 2016 •
Have you been told your organization needs to comply with certain information privacy and/or security standards, such as PCI, HIPAA, etc.? If so, you may find yourself quickly overwhelmed with all the requirements for bringing people, processes and technology into “compliance.” Yes, compliance can suck.
Firewalls • Network Security • Security Awareness
May 20, 2016 •
Your Company is Under Attack Your company’s networks are being probed, prodded and attacked countless times every day. Unless you’re watching your logs, you’re likely unaware all this activity is taking place. Awareness, being a critical element of an effective defense, is important to cultivate and nurture. The Science Behind the “Pen Test” How do […]
Network Security • Physical Security • Security Awareness
May 2, 2016 •
Split Decisions Cost Big Bucks One of the worst things that can happen to a convenience store manager is their cooler shutting down without their knowledge. Beer gets warm and food spoils, translating into hundreds of dollars lost. But what’s worse than a cooler shutting down? A firewall “shutdown.” Let’s assume a third party comes […]
Firewalls • Internet of Things • Vulnerability Management
January 25, 2016 •
Whether it is PAN data (credit card numbers), ePHI, PII or intellectual property, the rationale is all the same; disclosing any sensitive data can be a nightmare for your company or product’s future. This post, however, is focused on cardholder data, because businesses with POS environments are the most commonly breached entities that exist and quite frankly, their average security posture is pretty low.
Encryption • Point of Sale
November 18, 2015 •
Cloud Security • Internet of Things
Moving infrastructure and applications to the cloud enables a whole new level of connectedness for your organization and customers. Its accessibility and on-demand scalability make it an ideal platform for many evolving businesses. But, because it changes much of what we know about the traditional IT environment, there are some very real risks involved—even if hosting with a major service provider. Learn more about balancing the risk and reward of going to the cloud.
August 12, 2015 •
Google has published some interesting statistics in continuation with their #NoHacked campaign: Over the past year, Google has noticed a 180% increase in the number of websites getting hacked. Google also offers some tips to protect your website from getting hacked. Unfortunately, the advice they offer, while good, is very basic and will only protect you to a point.
July 1, 2015 •
You may have heard that EMV is a safer technology, which is why the banks and card brands want you to use it. So why would I say that EMV is not a security technology?
EMV • Encryption • Point of Sale
June 17, 2015 •
Password managers are a critical component of authentication security. The average user has no less than 40 online accounts, and people who work in IT can easily have over 1000 accounts. Unless you somehow possess the mental capacity to memorize unique, random passwords for all of those accounts, you need a way to securely create and manage passwords for you.
Network Security • Website Security
April 17, 2015 •
Earlier this year, information began to filter out to SMBs regarding America’s shift to EMV payment technology. Unfortunately, you may have found these communications left you with more questions than answers. While it may be confusing, your business’s shift to EMV is essential to its long-term success.
EMV • Point of Sale
February 4, 2015 •
The rapid growth and infusion of the Internet of Things (IoT) in everyday life has correspondingly seeped into the workings of everyday business. Security cameras, energy management systems, digital menu boards, kiosks, LED light bulbs, thermostats, medical devices, etc., are examples of Internet-connected components that, when connected to a business network, become points of vulnerability (PoVs) and therefore must be securely managed.
Internet of Things • Malware • Point of Sale
December 2, 2014 •
Last week, Inc.com featured a great piece by Electronic Transactions Association CEO Jason Oxman. “A Cybersecurity Checklist for Online Retailers” lists important steps online startups and small businesses can take to protect sensitive data. As the U.S. migrates to EMV (i.e., chip cards), it is expected that fraud activity in the world of ecommerce will increase significantly.
Firewalls • Vulnerability Management • Website Security