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As Data Concerns Grow, Can DRaaS Help Business Continuity Professionals?

April 16, 2015 11:54 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

As organizations gather more data and turn to cloud-based solutions to store it, disaster recovery has become an even bigger focus.  Some companies have turned to disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) solutions in an effort to find a balance between cost efficiency and security.

NIST Framework Can Help Business Continuity Professionals Prepare for Cyber Attacks

April 14, 2015 11:37 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Serious, targeted cyber attacks are a relatively new threat that have become more and more...

Hackers Keep Trying New Targets in Search of Easy Data

April 14, 2015 11:03 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The health care sector has become the hot target for hackers in recent months, according to...

Federal Agents Accused of Siphoning more than $1 Million in Bitcoins

April 1, 2015 1:42 pm | by Kristin Bender and Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two former federal agents are accused of using their positions and savvy computer skills to...

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Most Personal Information Safe After British Airways Hack

April 1, 2015 12:48 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some British Airways frequent flier accounts have been hacked, but the airline says that most personal information is safe.  The London-based airline did not say how many accounts were compromised, but said they have been locked down and can no longer be accessed.

New Cyber Security Bill Could be Coming Soon

March 25, 2015 4:21 pm | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

House intelligence committee leaders unveiled a bipartisan cyber security bill  amid signs of broad agreement on long-sought legislation that would allow private companies to share with the government details of how they are hacked, without fear of being sued.

Washington Announces Investigation Into Premera Cyber Attack

March 25, 2015 2:51 pm | by Derrick Nunnally, Associated Press | News | Comments

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said he plans to work with his counterparts in Alaska and Oregon to look into operations at Premera, which is based in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. The investigation will explore the cyber attack disclosed by Premera last week, in which hackers accessed the personal information of 11 million consumers, including 6 million in Washington, between last May and the exploit's Jan. 29 discovery.  

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Hacker Must Disclose Assets to Federal Judge

March 23, 2015 10:19 am | by Martha Bellisle, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses to steal thousands of credit card numbers has two weeks to provide a list of all of his assets to a federal judge, who will then decide if he has to pay for his federal public defender.

Social Security Data Error Raises Red Flags

March 16, 2015 3:36 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old age of 112.  Social Security does not have death records for millions of these people, with the oldest born in 1869, according to a report by the agency's inspector general.

Dutch Judge Scraps Data Retention Law

March 12, 2015 10:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A judge scrapped the Netherlands' data retention law , saying that while it helps solve crimes it also breaches the privacy of telephone and Internet users.  The ruling by a judge in The Hague followed a similar decision in April by the European Union's top court that wiped out EU data collection legislation it deemed too broad and offering too few privacy safeguards.

Journalist Once Again Targeted by Hackers

March 9, 2015 4:16 pm | News | Comments

Internet watchdog group Citizen Lab said in a report  that hackers who attacked a U.S. employee of Ethiopian Satellite Television in 2013 have recently launched a new round of attacks using upgraded espionage software.  Citizen Lab, which is based at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, says the hackers used three booby-trapped emails sent out in November and December.

Air Traffic Control System at Risk of Being Hacked

March 4, 2015 4:16 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration has taken steps to protect the air traffic control system from cyber-based threats, but "significant security control weaknesses remain, threatening the agency's ability to ensure the safe and uninterrupted operation," said a report by the Government Accountability Office.

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Getting Hacked Could Have Legal Repercussions

February 17, 2015 11:54 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Whether data is hosted on private servers or in a public cloud, every organization faces a litany of legal liability if they are ever victims of a breach.Experienced business continuity professionals understand that recovering from a data breach is expensive and can cause massive down time. They need to work with their organization's IT/DR staff to prevent them.

Can You Trust Your Public Cloud?

February 12, 2015 11:11 am | by Bill Highleyman, Managing Editor, Availability Digest | Blogs | Comments

Bill Highleyman Managing Editor of Availability Digest, discusses placing trust in the public cloud and how specific examples of cloud failures, some by large and well respected companies, demonstrate that the technology still has a long way to go,

New Agency Would Coordinate U.S. Cyber Threat Intelligence

February 12, 2015 10:28 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House is setting up a new agency designed to coordinate cyber threat intelligence that currently is spread across the U.S. government.  Currently, government expertise in analyzing the various cyber threats resides in a number of agencies, including the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.

Cloud Risk – Chance of Showers

February 10, 2015 11:41 am | by Pete O'Dell | Articles | Comments

Cloud computing is an increasingly important IT option for organizations of all sizes.  There are many different ways of sizing, configuring and implementing cloud based solutions and new security methods are continually evolving. Like every legitimate IT option, there are trade-offs and risks associated with the deployment and continued used of a cloud architecture

Health Care Records a Prime Target for Hackers

February 9, 2015 4:09 pm | by Tom Murphy and Brandon Bailey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Those seemingly harmless medical forms everyone fills out before seeing a doctor can lead to identity theft if they get into the wrong hands.  Names, birthdates and — more importantly — Social Security numbers can help hackers open fake credit lines, file false tax returns and create false medical records. And health care businesses can lag far behind banks, credit card companies and retailers in protecting such sensitive information. 

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Sony Says it Will Not Suffer Significant Long Term Damage from Hack

February 5, 2015 10:51 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Corp. trimmed its forecast of losses and gave a figure for damages from the Sony Pictures hack, but said it would suffer no significant harm from the cyberattack in the long run. The entertainment and electronics giant delayed the announcement of its earnings for the October-December quarter because the hack affected its ability to compile its complete results in time.

Dutch Judge Approves Extradition Request for Russian Hacker

January 29, 2015 10:56 am | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | News | Comments

The ruling at The Hague District Court clears the way for Vladimir Drinkman to be sent to New Jersey, where he is one of four Russians and a Ukrainian charged in a sophisticated data breach that netted at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers and resulted in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars over seven years.

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Targeting Army, Microsoft

January 21, 2015 3:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors have obtained a third guilty plea involving an international hacking ring that gained access to a U.S. Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers.  Authorities say 20-year-old Nathan Leroux of Bowie, Maryland, pleaded guilty  to conspiracy to commit computer intrusions and criminal copyright infringement.

Kenya Could Send Hackers Back to China

January 21, 2015 3:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A Kenyan official says the government is considering a request by the Chinese government to repatriate some of the 76 Chinese nationals arrested in Kenya for hacking.  Police arrested the 76 Chinese nationals and one Taiwanese early December with sophisticated equipment in houses in plush neighborhoods of the city.

Some of Obama's Cyber Threat Plans are Similar to Previous Legislation

January 16, 2015 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President, Obama laid out his plans this week as part of a push for new cybersecurity legislation that increases government information-sharing and protects businesses from lawsuits for revealing cyberthreats.  Yet the president's proposals are similar to congressional legislation that has been languishing on Capitol Hill, in part over privacy concerns. 

Russian Hacker Fighting Extradition to the U.S.

January 16, 2015 10:30 am | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawyer for a Russian accused by U.S. authorities of involvement in a huge computer hack that stole and sold at least 160 million credit and debit-card numbers called on a Dutch judge  to ban his extradition to the United States.  U.S. prosecutors have called the hack the largest data breach scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.

Could New Cyber Security Regulations be On the Way?

January 13, 2015 11:07 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

In light of breaches at companies like Home Depot and Target, the president is proposing legislation that would require companies to inform their customers whether their data has been compromised within 30 days called the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act.  The act would also make it a crime to sell customers’ identities overseas. 

New Legislation Could Require Companies to Inform Customers of Hack Within 30 Days

January 13, 2015 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus.

Speaker's Soapbox: Lori Cunningham of Aetna

January 2, 2015 11:28 am | by Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Lori Cunningham, Lead IT Service Management Specialist for Aetna, will present "From Checking-the-Box to Truly Resilient: Case Studies in Disaster Recovery."  She will focus on public and private sector case studies that show why having a strong disaster recovery program is important for any organization. 

Business Continuity and the Sony Data Breach: Part 1

December 23, 2014 11:48 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

A massive data breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which experts believe was targeted by North Korea as retaliation for a film depicting the assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un, has led to an international incident that has gained the attention of business continuity professionals.

South Korea Power Company Preparing for Cyber Attacks

December 23, 2014 11:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company said it began drills against possible cyberattacks after online threats of attack against its plants.  State-owned Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. said the two-day drills are meant to prepare workers in the event of hacking attacks aimed at disabling the plants' controlling systems.

Officials Calling Sony Hack 'Most Damaging Ever'

December 19, 2014 8:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.  The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to cancel release of the North Korean spoof movie "The Interview."

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