15

Jan 2016

A Strategic Security Assessment Helps You Understand Your Security Posture

As a result of the many large and damaging data breaches that have graced the headlines of the news over the past few years, many business owners have just now come to the realization that they don’t have a good understanding of how all the security pieces of their company puzzle fit together. Knowing how to effectively protect your clients’ personal data and your own...

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07

Jan 2016

A Security Assessment is Worth a Pound of Cure

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  The saying is nearly as old as the United States: coined by Benjamin Franklin regarding fire safety, but can easily apply to healthcare, regular mechanical maintenance and even data security assessments. But since data security is nearly invisible – set up and then forgotten – we have to remind ourselves that our networks need annual...

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22

Dec 2015

The PCI Council Extends Transition to Secure Version of TLS to June 30, 2018

The PCI Security Standards Council is extending the migration completion date to 30 June 2018 for transitioning from SSL and TLS 1.0 to a secure version of TLS (currently v1.1 or higher).  These dates provided by PCI SSC as of December 2015 supersede the original dates issued in both PCI DSS v3.1 and in the Migrating from SSL and early TLS Information Supplement in April...

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10

Dec 2015

Is 2016 The Year of The Managed Security Services Provider?

If 2015 has proven anything, it’s that we will not see a decline in the number of malicious cyber-attacks on our networks and data any time in the near future. Studies now show that Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) and other advanced attacks are driving more North American businesses to turn to Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs). Not only are data security professionals in high demand,...

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09

Dec 2015

Online Technology Magazine Features Three-Part Series on Sword & Shield

Teknovation.Biz, an online technology magazine out of East Tennessee, has featured a three-part series on Sword & Shield and the company’s President and CEO John McNeely. The magazine is sponsored by Pershing, Yoakley & Associates, P.C. and features “all things” related to technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. The website’s goal is to help create more awareness of East Tennessee’s assets. The series was written...

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03

Dec 2015

Don’t Let Cybercriminals Dampen the Holiday Spirit

Forget your New Year’s resolution to get back to the gym: your credit and debit cards are probably already getting a workout both in stores and online as gift-buying season is upon us. While it may be a busy time of year for you, it’s an even busier time for cybercriminals who are on the lookout for easy targets amidst the stream of in-store and online...

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30

Nov 2015

Mid-Market Businesses: The New Target of Advanced Attacks

Google, Sony and even RSA have been the targets of advanced attacks. But just because these are large organizations that have fallen victim doesn’t mean mid-market companies should assume they’re immune. In fact, most recent studies suggest that mid-market businesses will face these types of breaches more often than their bigger counterparts, in large part because they lack the means to hire a dedicated IT...

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11

Nov 2015

Advanced Attacks Can go Unnoticed for Months

A Data Breach Threat Analysis (DBTA) can find where they’re hiding Your company’s data is like a Thanksgiving feast to an identity thief. Access to personal records can provide a big payday for a cybercriminal. They can infiltrate your system, undetected, and reside there for a long period of time, scarfing up your company’s intellectual products and/or gobbling away at your employees’ and customers’ personal...

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29

Oct 2015

Hiring a vSCC can Protect your Data without Busting your Budget

As cyber-attacks grow, more companies see the need for cybersecurity, but few have the resources to hire someone with information security expertise. According to Cisco’s 2015 Annual Security Report, 91 percent of companies have an executive charged with overseeing data security, but only 29 percent of those companies have a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Many of these executives lack the security background to build...

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