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Verizon Data Breach

Verizon insider data breach

Telecommunications and media giant Verizon suffered a data breach impacting over 60,000 employees after one employee gained unauthorized access to sensitive files containing personally identifiable information.  How did the Verizon data breach happen? According to a data breach notification shared with the Office of the Maine Attorney General, a Verizon employee “inappropriately handled” a file […]

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Data security controls

NASA’s DLP program fails to lift off

Houston, we have a problem. NASA may have put men on the moon, but its privacy program is in need of some rocket fuel.  That’s according to the aerospace agency’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), who recently reviewed NASA’s privacy program and found its data loss prevention (DLP) approach to be astronomically lacking.  In an […]

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Artificial intelligence

How to shine a light on shadow AI

Generative AI is like the Internet of the late 1990s. It’s going to completely reshape the business world, and make employees way more productive, innovative, and efficient.  In fact, already, Nielsen Norman Group has found that employees using generative AI tools like ChatGPT perform 66% better than those who don’t.  There’s just one problem. A […]

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Insider threat detection

The insider threat in the age of generative AI

Imagine this scenario: Your sales team, in the midst of a hectic period, rushes to finalize a proposal for a crucial prospect. Strapped for time, they turn to ChatGPT for assistance, feeding it sensitive contract and company data to speed up the process. Seems harmless, right? Actually, the data your sales team entrusted to ChatGPT […]

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Sensitive data exposure

Are your customer service agents being exposed to sensitive customer data?

Customer service teams are often the first point of call for your customers. Armed with tools like Zendesk, Salesforce, HubSpot, Kustomer, and more, they’re on the front lines, tackling order disputes, service issues, inquiries, and account updates. Beyond that, they also play a vital role in upholding cybersecurity. While they’re certainly not expected to find […]

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Data privacy

Is insurance industry data safe in cloud apps?

In January of this year, the personal data of over 2 million Aflac life insurance and Zurich auto insurance policyholders ended up on the dark web. How? Because hackers used a contractor’s stolen credentials to break into a cloud server used for marketing purposes.  The information stolen included policyholder names, ages, genders, insurance data, coverage […]

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Medical Patient Data Leak Security

How to protect patient data against insider threats?

It’s no secret that the healthcare sector is a prime target for cyber-attacks. Research shows healthcare organizations in the US experienced 1,426 attacks per week in 2022 – up 60% from the year before.  But while healthcare companies spend their limited resources and time shielding patient health information (PHI) from external threats, they forget that […]

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CFPB Data Criminal

CFPB employee steals data of more than 250,000 consumers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is in the hot seat this week after it came to light an employee forwarded the sensitive data of over 250,000 consumers to their personal email account.  But this wasn’t just an isolated incident. The employee responsible exfiltrated sensitive information numerous times, sending over 60 emails to his personal […]

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Data Breach Procedures

What must companies disclose to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the event of a data breach?

Over the past 18 months, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has levied an onslaught of fines against public companies for inadequate disclosures of cybersecurity issues. In the latter half of 2021, British company Pearson agreed to pay $1 million, while First American Financial agreed to a settlement of $500,000.  Then, just last week, the […]

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Artificial intelligence

How to manage SaaS data sprawl?

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms are wonderful for boosting employee productivity and collaboration. Apps like Slack, Microsoft Teams and Google Workspace are essentially a prerequisite in the modern workplace, facilitating remote and hybrid work setups, while empowering employees to enhance efficiency.  However, while executives and employees love SaaS, security teams often have a different opinion. These apps […]

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Data breach

What is the difference between SaaS security posture management (SSPM) vs cloud data loss prevention (DLP)?

So, you want to secure your SaaS apps. You’ve realized that Slack and Teams are a potent source of data leakage and you’re increasingly worried about the threat of credentials compromise.  Chances are, you’ve taken to the web to look for a security solution to solve all your SaaS woes, only to end your search […]

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