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May 2016

Merchants Should Develop a Clear Path to PCI Compliance that Includes Security

While the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) lays out clear industry-standards for merchants to follow regarding how they protect sensitive customer data, the path an organization takes to security and compliance should be based on each company’s needs. Most merchants are familiar with the 12 requirements of PCI DSS and many assume that merely meeting the compliance requirements means that they are also...

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28

Apr 2016

New HIPAA Workshop Helps with Writing Policies and Procedures

In order to comply with HIPAA  guidelines, healthcare organizations and the Covered Entities and Business Associates that support them are required to have a comprehensive set of policies and procedures that cover all the requirements of the HIPAA Security, Privacy, and Breach notification rules. But, let’s face it, writing policies and procedures from scratch can be a difficult and time-consuming process for many companies. As a result, Sword...

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27

Apr 2016

Cyber Liability Insurance: A New Normal for Business Risk Protection

The global cost of data breaches will rise from about $600 billion in 2016 to more than $2.5 trillion in 2020. Even in years when severe weather disasters wreak havoc, the price tag on the damage these natural disasters cause doesn’t equal the losses a data breach can incur. So why is insuring against natural disasters fully understood as a cost of doing business, but...

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Apr 2016

Bill Dean to Speak at New Horizons Cyber Security Event

Sword & Shield Director of Computer Forensics and Security Assessments Bill Dean will present “Addressing Your Advanced Cyber Threats” at the New Horizons Computer Learning Center’s Cyber Security Event on Wednesday, April 27 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Dean will describe the threat landscape and the steps organizations should take to protect themselves during this presentation. The Cyber Security Event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m....

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21

Apr 2016

Sword & Shield Nets Speaking Positions at BSides Knoxville

Sword & Shield Principal Analyst Matt Smith and Security Analysts Russel Van Tuyl and Andrew Smith will be presenting talks at BSides Knoxville on Friday, May 20 at Scruffy City Hall. Matt Smith is discussing, “The Natural Laws and Consequences of Cyber Insecurity,” Russel Van Tuyl will speak to the “PowerShell for Cyber Warriors,” and Andrew Smith will present, “Microsoft Windows Privilege Escalation.” BSides Knoxville is a...

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21

Apr 2016

Detecting ATM Skimmers

Sword & Shield Security Analyst Russel van Tuyl talks with WVLT Channel 8’s Kyle Warnke about how to detect skimmers on ATMs. Customers of a local credit union recently were victimized as a result of a skimmer placed on one of the credit union’s machines. Watch the news report here.  


14

Apr 2016

What is Your Appetite for Cyber Security Insurance?

It’s no secret that the cost of cyber attacks is increasing. The damage to first and third parties, the cost of regulatory fines, the loss of reputation and the price to clean it all up is also a new consideration for businesses, particularly mid-market companies without deep pockets. So what is the appetite for cyber insurance? According to Marsh, a leading insurer, companies in ever-larger...

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13

Apr 2016

Bill Dean to Speak at the KBA’s Law Today Expo

Sword & Shield Director of Computer Forensics and Security Assessments Bill Dean, along with Lewis Thomason Attorney Chris McCarty, will present information about ethical issues surrounding technology use in law practices at the Knoxville Bar Association’s Law Today Expo on Friday, April 22 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dean and McCarty will provide attorneys with a practical guide to significant ethical issues when lawyers use common...

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08

Apr 2016

OCR Issues New HIPAA Audit Protocol

Last week, federal regulators released a revamped protocol to use in phase two of HIPAA compliance audits of covered entities and business associates. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights posted this updated protocol on its website with a request for feedback. “It is refreshing to see that the OCR has refined many of the outdated or “grey area” controls found...

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07

Apr 2016

To Combat Cyber Risk, Retailers Should Consider Cyber Insurance

Between fickle sales volumes, fluctuating profit margins and frugal competition, retailers often forget – or don’t understand – the complexities of digital security and cyber risk. Recent cyber-attacks on Target, Home Depot and, now, smaller and mid-sized merchants show that retailers are a favorite target for cyber thieves, hackers and other online criminals. Rapid business growth can lead to gaps in data security and these highly-skilled bad actors know...

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