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Anatomy of a DDoS Attack Part 1: Botnets

October 24, 2014 10:49 am | by Dr. Bill Highleyman, Availability Digest | Blogs | Comments

Dr. Bill Highleyman, Managing Editor of Availability Digest, discusses Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, including botnets, various attack strategies and how they can impact an organization.  This is part one of a two part series on DDoS attacks.

Top Five: 2014 Data Breaches

October 24, 2014 10:26 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Data breaches, both large and small, are of great concern to business continuity professionals...

Apple Posts Security Warnings for Chinese Users

October 24, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Apple has posted a new security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service...

Obama Announces Security Measures for Government Issued Cards

October 21, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama...

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Member of Cyber Crime Ring Will Serve Prison Time

October 21, 2014 9:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Massachusetts man who was part of an international cybercrime ring that the government says hacked into the computers of more than a dozen financial institutions and the U.S. military's payroll service was sentenced Friday to 2½ years in prison.

Widespread Data Breaches Could Cost South Korea Billions

October 17, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After an avalanche of data breaches, South Korea's national identity card system has been raided so thoroughly by thieves that the government says it might have to issue new ID numbers to every citizen over 17 at a possible cost of billions of dollars.

Kmart Targeted by Hackers

October 14, 2014 9:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sears Holdings Corp. said Friday that a data breach at its Kmart stores that started last month may have compromised some customers' credit and debit cards.  The data theft at Kmart is the latest in a string of hacks at big retailers including Target, Supervalu and Home Depot.

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Small Businesses Also a Target for Hackers

October 10, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

It's not just big businesses like JPMorgan Chase, Target and Home Depot that get hacked. Small companies suffer from intrusions into their computer systems, too.  The costs associated with computer and website attacks can run well into the thousands and even millions of dollars for a small company.

Business Continuity Professionals Faced with Increasing Technology Challenges

September 26, 2014 11:37 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Technology is a critical part of business continuity planning and many of the challenges the BC community faces when it comes to that technology are very similar.  In such a connected world, business continuity professionals need to be aware of any number of technology disruptions, as well as new products to help in planning.

Nine Charged with Fraud in Alleged Hack of Bank's Card Payment System

September 22, 2014 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Spanish judge charged nine people with fraud Sunday for allegedly participating in the theft of $45 million after a massive hacking of a bank's card payments system.  Judge Eloy Velasco of Spain's National Court said the suspects include seven Romanians and two Spaniards, who allegedly fraudulently extracted money from ATMs.

Scaling Backup Capacity the Easy Way

September 19, 2014 11:36 am | by Chris Schin, VP of Products, Zetta.net | Blogs | Comments

Chris Schin, Vice President of Products for Zetta.net, discusses storage capacity, how it is increasing and the difficulty that causes when backing up data.  He discusses using cloud-based storage as a way to alleviate the ever-increasing amount of data most companies are faced with.

Continuity Q&A:The Cloud

June 16, 2014 9:10 am | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights spoke with Mark Carroll, Senior Vice President and Business Risk Officer at Income Research + Management, to discuss the cloud, its various business applications and some of the risk factors it brings for business continuity professionals.

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Avalution Releases New Educational Video Series: Business Continuity Management 101

June 6, 2014 1:53 pm | by Avalution | Avalution Consulting | News | Comments

Avalution Consulting – a leading provider of business continuity consulting and software solutions – announced today the release of the Business Continuity Management (BCM) 101 educational video series. The six videos in BCM 101 provide straightforward answers to the most common business continuity-related questions

US Disrupts Hacking Schemes That Stole Millions

June 3, 2014 1:56 pm | by Joe Mandak, Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

A band of hackers implanted viruses on hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, secretly seized customer bank information and stole more than $100 million from businesses and consumers, the Justice Department said Monday in announcing charges against the Russian man accused of masterminding the effort.

Europe's Move to Rein In Google Would Stall in US

May 27, 2014 12:24 pm | by Martha Mendoza, Toby Sterling, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

"The ruling has significant implications for how we handle takedown requests," Google spokesman Al Verney said. "This is logistically complicated, not least because of the many languages involved and the need for careful review. As soon as we have thought through exactly how this will work, which may take several weeks, we will let our users know."

SanDisk Unveils Enterprise Security Software Providers for SanDisk X300s SSD Deployments

May 13, 2014 11:13 am | by SanDisk | News | Comments

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK ), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the inaugural members of its broad ecosystem of independent software vendors (ISV) for security management. This unique ecosystem provides SanDisk customers with fully certified solutions to ease the deployment...

Continuity Insights and KPMG LLP Survey: Oversight of Business Continuity Management Increasing; More Oversight Still Required

April 28, 2014 10:06 am | by Continuity Insights and KPMG | News | Comments

 According to a new survey report released today by Continuity Insights and sponsored by KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, there are varied levels of business continuity management (BCM) program maturity across organizations as well as significant opportunities....

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Avalution Snags Business Continuity Provider of the Year Award

April 21, 2014 12:37 pm | by Avaluation | News | Comments

The 2014 BCI North America Awards, held during the DRJ Spring World Welcome Reception, span 10 categories and recognize the outstanding contribution of business continuity professionals and organizations living in or operating in North America. Winners were chosen by a panel of BCI-appointed judges.

IBM Delivers Disaster Recovery, Security Services to SoftLayer Clients

April 15, 2014 11:30 am | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it is delivering SoftLayer clients a new set of cloud-capabilities and services that accelerate cloud adoption by securing vital company assets and maintaining continuous businesses operations, even in the event of a disaster.

Sungard Availability Services Now An Independent Company

April 1, 2014 11:00 am | by Sungard AS | News | Comments

Sungard Availability Services has announced that it is now a standalone company, following its split-off from SunGard Data Systems Inc. The new company will remain headquartered in Wayne, PA.                                                       

UK Holds Cyberwar Game In Churchill's WW2 Bunker

March 17, 2014 1:25 pm | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Under London's streets in Winston Churchill's World War II bunker, young techies are fighting a new kind of war. Dozens of amateur cyber security experts spent Friday racing to understand why Britain's banking network suddenly seemed to have gone offline. 

BAE Report: Ukraine Has Faced Cyberattacks

March 10, 2014 1:50 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spies used "Snake" malware that allowed them to gain control of the computer systems of large organizations and steal information. Snake's design "suggests that attackers possess an arsenal of infiltration tools and bears all the hallmarks of a highly sophisticated cyber operation."

Weather & Computer Outage Cause Flight Delays

February 19, 2014 9:37 am | by DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

More than 600 U.S. flights were canceled and about 2,600 were running late on Tuesday, and travelers took to Twitter to complain. United wasn't the only airline struggling to stay on schedule. Southwest had even more delays: 700, according to FlightAware.     

Sands Websites Restored A Week After Hacking

February 18, 2014 10:19 am | by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. has restored its websites a week after they were hacked. The company pulled down its sites after hackers defaced them with images condemning comments CEO Sheldon Adelson had made about using nuclear weapons on Iran. 

HP Identifies Top Enterprise Security Threats

February 10, 2014 3:59 pm | News | Comments

HP has published the Cyber Risk Report 2013, identifying top enterprise security vulnerabilities and providing analysis of the expanding threat landscape. This year’s report details factors that contributed most to the growing attack surface in 2013 and outlines recommendations for organizations to minimize security risk and the overall impact of attacks.

Nine First-Responders Die In Fire That Destroyed Bank Archives

February 5, 2014 1:07 pm | by MICHAEL WARREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine first-responders were killed, seven others injured and two were missing as they battled a fire of unknown origin that destroyed an archive of bank documents in Argentina's capital on Wednesday. The fire at the Iron Mountain warehouse took hours to control and the sprawling building appeared to be ruined. 

Shoppers Fret About Authenticity Of Target Emails

January 20, 2014 3:42 pm | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

An email sent to the roughly 70 million Target customers who may have been affected by a pre-Christmas data breach is causing panic among those who fear it could be an attempt to victimize them again.             

Snapchat: Will Make App More Secure

January 7, 2014 10:48 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The disappearing-message service popular with young people said in a blog post late Thursday that the updated version of its app would allow users to opt out of its "Find Friends" feature, which was apparently at the heart of the breach, and would stem future attempts to abuse its service.

Stolen Laptop Held Member Data

January 2, 2014 3:21 pm | by SEANNA ADCOX, Associated Press | News | Comments

A laptop stolen from an auditor's car contained the personal information of more than 3,400 members of a high-risk insurance pool set up in South Carolina for those unable to find coverage because of a medical condition, an attorney hired by the pool told The Associated Press on Monday.

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