18

Oct 2018

GDPR Regulators Announce Fines Coming by Year’s End

Recently, an announcement was made stating that the first GDPR fines will be levied before the end of 2018. This article describes what the announcement means and how it can affect your organization. The GDPR Regulation On May 25, 2018, the General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) went into effect in the European Union. The purpose of this regulation is to protect the privacy of EU...

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10

Oct 2018

Does HIPAA Apply to Me?

Over the course of Sword & Shield’s years of HIPAA compliance consulting, we have been asked many times, “Does HIPAA apply to me?” In this post, we describe how your organization can determine whether or not you are required to be compliant with the HIPAA regulations for privacy and security of protected health information (PHI). Introduction to HIPAA The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)...

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02

Oct 2018

Why Sharing Credentials is Dangerous and How to Stop It

In many cases, sharing your access credentials to a computer or software doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. If you’re in a hurry or out of the office, sharing credentials can allow someone else to give you a hand by performing a simple task or checking something for you. If the other person has the same level of access as you (like having...

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26

Sep 2018

What Personal Information Can Anyone Learn About You on the Internet?

When you think of people collecting personal information about you, you probably think about the data leaked in corporate data breaches and information for sale on the Dark Web. But have you ever wondered what kind of information the average person could learn about you on the Internet? The Internet can make social engineering a past time for some, or a dangerous cybercrime conduit for...

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25

Sep 2018

Eight Considerations for Remote Worker Cybersecurity

Working from your desk in the corporate office is probably the safest way of doing business since you have both physical and technological protections provided by your organization.  However, this may not always be feasible for either personal or business reasons.  By taking the appropriate remote worker cybersecurity precautions, you can work from home or on the go without jeopardizing your personal security or that...

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Sep 2018

MSSP Alert names Sword & Shield to its 2018 Top 100 MSSPs

Leading national cybersecurity firm ranked as a top 100 managed security services provider second year in a row KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Sept. 20, 2018 – Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, a leading cybersecurity firm headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and serving clients nationally, was named by MSSP Alert, the global voice for managed security service providers (MSSPs), to its 2018 Top 100 MSSPs list. Sword & Shield...

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18

Sep 2018

Practicing Strong Password Security to Protect Yourself from Hackers

Having a weak password might not seem like a big deal, but it can be dangerous both personally and professionally.  In this post, we discuss what makes a password weak, how attackers take advantage of weak passwords, and how you can practice strong password security to protect yourself from hackers. What Makes a Password Weak? Everyone talks about the fact that strong passwords are a...

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10

Sep 2018

New PCI SSC Payment Security Tool Helps Small Merchants

The Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report found that small businesses made up 61% of the organizations surveyed. These highly-targeted businesses often do not have the technical expertise on staff necessary to effectively thwart or manage security attacks. PCI Payment Security Tool Purpose To assist small merchants in fighting cybercrime, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) recently announced the launch of the PCI Data Security...

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28

Aug 2018

Locked Out: Ransomware Prevention and Incident Response

A ransomware attack can be a debilitating event for an unprepared person or organization.  Depending on the type and value of the data stored on an infected computer, the impact of an incident can range from a minor hiccup in operations to the death of the company. The impact of ransomware on small to medium size businesses (SMBs) can be particularly devastating. In its Second Annual...

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23

Aug 2018

Making PCI DSS Business as Usual

Learn how to achieve PCI DSS Business as Usual as part of your compliance. The PCI DSS standards are designed to ensure that companies processing, transmitting or storing customer credit card information are protecting it appropriately. The process for becoming PCI certified includes passing a yearly audit where security controls are evaluated, meaning that the minimum requirement for certification is ensuring that systems are compliant at...

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