Malware Is Surging: How Can Employers Avoid Being Swamped?

Experts recently released a report of malware attacks on U.S. organizations of varying sizes. They found that 46 percent of respondents experienced an attack that had significant repercussions on their business operations. These attacks included ransomware, distributed denial of service (DDoS), and advanced persistent threats (APT) like keyloggers or phishing. The report indicates organizations spend…

Your Cyber Security Rests on Your Weakest Link and Your Lawyers

According to the Association of Corporate Counsel, “employee error” is the most common cause of data security breaches for employers. Other common causes of security breaches included insiders stealing company data and phishing attacks. The survey of 1,000 in-house lawyers for organizations in 30 countries found that most respondents anticipate that their role in cybersecurity,…

The Hyatt Data Breach: What It Means for Employers and Employees

A number of hospitality firms were victimized by hackers in 2015. On November 30th, Hyatt Hotels discovered that hackers “managed to breach its network, access the payment processing system and possibly steal payment-card information belonging to visitors.” The spokesperson for the hotel chain did not give details about the scope of the attack: how many…

Personal Data: Enjoy May Without a MayDay!

From identity theft to viruses to online scams, our personal digital data is under constant attack. Yes, the truly sophisticated intrusions may be aimed at retailers and other businesses with massive data bases. (Like Willie Sutton, hackers go where the money is.) Yet there are also digital cousins of local thieves or vandals who have…

New Malware Targets Smart Phones – What Is It And What You Need To Do To Avoid Infection

Blue Coat Labs, a cybersecurity firm, recently investigated one of the most sophisticated malware attacks to date. The new malware is designed to target the “smartphones of business, government, and embassy officials around the world.” Hackers first send a spearphishing email claiming to be a “What’s App” application update to select users in 37 countries.…