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Could Your Business Partners Be Your Weakest Link?

Posted May 3, 2011    Peter McCalister

The drive for greater company-wide efficiencies and overall cost-savings has made the reality of outsourcing a significant part of 21st century business practices. But, by handing over your data and network access to third-parties, no matter how trustworthy, your enterprise could be at risk of suffering a serious and damaging data leak.

According to a new study from the Ponemon Institute, 39 percent of data breaches involve third-party outsourcers. Many companies experienced this problem first hand when a recent, very highly publicized data breach by email marketing service provider, Epsilon, affected some of the nation’s largest banks, and technology and retail brands. Although this specific breach only involved the release of names and email addresses, the exposure of more confidential information, traced back to outside vendors, is occurring on a much more alarmingly frequent basis.

The lesson we can all learn here is that companies not only have to monitor their own security, but also that of their associates and vendors. While it is important to provide the information and access necessary for third-party resources to do their jobs, at the same time it’s irresponsible to allow vendors free reign over sensitive data or network assets. An all or nothing approach to granting users access doesn’t work here. Effective privilege identity management coupled with comprehensive knowledge of your partners’ and vendors’ security policies and practices is the best way to safeguard your company’s most valued assets.

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Big Surprise: Cost of Data Breaches Up; Are you Doing the *Right* Things to Mitigate the Costs?

Posted May 28, 2015    Scott Lang

Ponemon Institute Cost of Data Breach Study – costs are going up – to the tune of a 23% increase in total costs of data breaches, and a 12% increase in per-record cost since 2013. Are you doing the right things to mitigate costs?

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The tip of the IRS data breach – and it IS an iceberg

Posted May 27, 2015    Morey Haber

The IRS has been warned for decades about their security best practices. And now, at least 100,000 Americans have had their records compromised. How? The IRS uses a service called “Get Transcript”.

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Tales from the Datacenter: Vulnerability Management Nightmares

Posted May 27, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Vulnerability scanning, threat management, risk analysis, patching, and configuration management are some of the major activities usually associated with vulnerability management, and none of these are new…so why are we failing so badly at many of them?

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