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SiteLock Podcast Equihax

Decoding Security Episode 101: EQUIHAX

Nicknamed “Equihax,” the recent Equifax breach is one of the largest data leaks in history, affecting millions of people. There has been a lot of discussion about proper incident response, and whether Equifax is following acceptable procedures.

In the debut episode of Decoding Security, SiteLock Website Security research Analysts Jessica Ortega and Michael Veenstra go beyond the cause of the breach to discuss what consumers can do to protect themselves now. And, even more importantly, what consumers can do to protect themselves going forward.

Listen to Decoding Security Episode 101: EQUIHAX

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The RNC Data Breach: Pitfalls of Neglecting Web Security Best Practices

In a recent security report, researchers revealed an unsecured archive of US voter data collected by Deep Root Analytics, a data firm connected to the Republican National Convention (RNC). The exposed data — which included full names, addresses, and phone numbers of 198 million registered voters — was uncovered by a security researcher in an internet-accessible database with no password protection or any other security measures. The database has been secured at the time of this writing, but it remains unclear how long this data was exposed to the internet.

It may be easy to assume exposures of this nature are an inevitability. After all, a data analytics firm associated with a major political party sounds like a clear target for bad actors. However, the data was discovered by a researcher performing unrelated searches through Amazon’s S3 infrastructure for any unprotected data, not targeted attacks against Deep Root Analytics or even voter data in particular. This fact underscores a critical necessity of the Internet: prioritize the security of your data at all stages of its life cycle. Your data needs to be secure where it’s stored, during network transit, and when it’s in the hands of third parties. This data leak in particular was the result of the RNC failing to properly ensure the security of their data in the hands of a third party contractor.

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The Ballooning Cost of Cybercrime

The legal industry finds itself in the upper echelons of companies when it comes to the fiscal impact of a cybercrime. However, many are ignoring this risk. According to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 2015 Legal Technology Survey, about half of firms said they had no response plan in place to address a cybersecurity breach.

Furthermore, Cybersecurity Ventures predicts the costs associated with a cyberattack could balloon to $6 trillion globally by 2021. To put that in perspective, if cybercrime were a country, the number would represent the fourth highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the world.

To better understand the costs associated with cybercrime it is helpful to group the expenses in two buckets, direct and indirect.

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A Business Case for Website Security

Every business understands their website is a vital building block to establishing an online market presence. However, when it comes to website security, few understand the need or simply feel their company is not at risk.

To make a business case for web security, one must define the target, detail the impact of a hack, outline the mitigation cost and examine any additional benefits of proactive website security. This article will examine those areas to help assist in making a business case for cybersecurity.

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Is Your Voter Data Secure? [Infographic]

Regardless of whether you’re a registered Democrat or Republican, your voter data could be in jeopardy of being compromised by cybercriminals. The 2016 Presidential election has brought on cyberattacks in 20 states, leading to two successful data breaches. Learn why 34 percent of voters believe this election will be or has been hacked.

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eCommerce Website Security

The Basics of eCommerce Website Security

Talking about cybersecurity is equivalent to addressing the elephant in the room. It needs to be addressed, but the issue often gets pushed to the backburner. Studies show that 70 percent of Americans shop online at least once a month. However, over 30 percent of consumers say they hesitate to make those purchases due to security concerns, like credit card data theft.

As an online retailer, it is time to address the elephant in the room by addressing your customers’ fears. To get you started, we cover four basic—yet essential—website security tips to protect your eCommerce site.

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The Cost of a data breach

Calculating the Cost of a Data Breach [Infographic]

The cost of a data breach is rising globally. Learn how different countries and industries are impacted when they’re hit with one.

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Cybercriminals are Oversharing with Social Media Data Breaches

It’s been a busy time for data breaches in the social media world with Myspace, LinkedIn and Twitter all experiencing them. In each of these cases, the cybercriminals behind the breaches were after usernames and passwords. The most commonly used passwords today are, “password” and “123456,” and it only takes a hacker .29 milliseconds to crack them.

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Healthcare data breaches

Healthcare Data Breaches – A Growing Epidemic [Infographic]

More than 90% of healthcare organizations experienced a data breach over the past two years. This could be because health information is 50 times more valuable on the black-market than financial information. Let’s find out why…

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Data Breaches

Data Breaches Hitting the California Coast [Infographic]

California is known for Hollywood, sunny weather, its beaches, and now, data breaches. The Golden State is the most populous state in America, making it an appealing target to cybercriminals. This information was gathered from the February 2016 California Data Breach Report by the Attorney General of the California Department of Justice.

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