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Keep Your Shoppers Safe With These 4 Non-Technical PCI-DSS Tasks

Delano Collins   ::  11/22/17 4:44 PM

I have a hunch: as a merchant, keeping your shoppers secure is of utmost importance to you. But PCI-DSS requirements can be overly technical, confusing, or simply not applicable to your situation.

When holiday shopping season rolls around, you might feel as though you're simply hoping for the best. 

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Topics: Cyber Security, Cyber Security Policies & Procedures, PCI, PCI-DSS, Cyber Security Tips

4 Ways to Safeguard Your Credit Card This Holiday Season

Charles Johnson   ::  11/22/17 4:42 PM

While payment card theft is a year-round problem, criminals take particular advantage of the rush of the Holiday Season.

Rushed, enthusiastic shoppers are less likely to take notice of phony URLs or payment card skimmers. Here are a few ways you can stay ahead of the criminals this season and safeguard your card:

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Topics: Phishing, Security Tips, PII, PCI, PCI-DSS

The 5 Most Common Network Security Threats Uncovered in Law Firms

Charles Johnson   ::  11/21/17 9:34 AM

EDTS Cyber has the immense privilege and responsibility of working closely with federally regulated industries as a third party auditor and Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP).

The legal industry shares many characteristics with federally audited industries like medical and financial, not the least of which are: 

  • Valuable data: lost legal records cost firms an average $221 per record 1. Data from legal files can be sold on the black market for $1 to thousands, depending on the nature of the information. 
  • Heavily targeted by attackers: 24% of law firms surveyed for the 2017 Ransomware Report reported attacks between Q2 2016 and Q2 2017. 

Through our independent security assessments of law firms, our engineers have identified a number of cyber security threats common to the legal industry—especially small to mid-sized firms.

Interestingly, only 1 of these 5 threats comes from outside  a firm's walls.

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Topics: Cyber Security, Security Alerts, EDTS Cyber, Security Monitoring, Cyber Security Policies & Procedures, Legal, Security Tips

5 Questions to Ask Your Accountant About Their Cyber Security

Charles Johnson   ::  11/14/17 10:56 AM

Your social security number, address, and birthdate might go for a few bucks on the black market. Sadly, when sold in bundles,  $2 per record is enough to bring in a legitimate cash prize for hackers—giving them ample motivation to hack into your accountant’s network.

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How to Identify a Qualified Cyber Security Company

Charles Johnson   ::  11/14/17 10:17 AM

According to 2016 research by Sophos, 32% of people advising others on cyber security matters fail to recognize today's basic threats.

With the growing national attention on cyber security, it's no surprise that opportunists are flocking to capitalize on fresh business opportunity. As a business owner or IT decision-maker looking for cyber security services, how can you identify the qualified providers?

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Topics: Cyber Security, EDTS Cyber

Data Backups Vs. Business Continuity

Delano Collins   ::  10/26/17 2:10 PM

Don't worry about data backups anymore. That's right, I said it. Don't even concern yourself with backing up your company's data.

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Topics: Backup and Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, Datto

3 Cyber Security Discussions That Have Moved from the Server Room to the Board Room

Charles Johnson   ::  10/25/17 12:01 PM

By 2021, cybercrime will cost the world economy an estimated $6 trillion annually, up from $3 trillion in 2015 (Cybersecurity Ventures). No longer solely the concern of IT departments, the greatest transfer of economic wealth in history must be addressed — as a top priotity — by stakeholders of businesses and nonprofits of all sizes. 

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Topics: Cyber Security, EDTS Cyber, Cyber Security Policies & Procedures

3 Essential Certifications for a Third-Party CJIS Vendor

Delano Collins   ::  9/22/17 3:42 PM

Aligning your criminal justice organization’s practices with CJIS standards has most likely presented continual challenges. Time, resources, and budget approval are just a few concerns we hear from agencies seeking to prepare for the next CJIS audit.

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Topics: Cyber Security, CJIS, Compliance

5 Basic Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Business from Ransomware [Infographic]

Delano Collins   ::  9/20/17 1:42 PM

Ransomware is not just "trending" among hackers. The first known case occurred in 1983 and, over the past 24 years, has evolved into cyber criminals' most favored tool for making fast cash from unwitting businesses of all sizes. 

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Topics: Cyber Security, Phishing, EDTS Cyber, Most Popular, Ransomware

3 Must-Read Articles on the Equifax Data Breach

Delano Collins   ::  9/15/17 3:38 PM

It's already been a week since Equifax announced the massive security breach that affected 137 million consumers.

Out of the 100's of news pieces and social media comments, here are 3 articles you should read (or re-read) to help you cut to the chase and respond effectively:

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