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Biweekly Cybersecurity Newsletter - Apr 12th, 2017

EU Data Privacy Rules and Penalties Reach America: Are You Ready?

EU’s General Data Privacy Regulation (“GDPR” or “the Regulation”) will be enforceable starting May 25, 2018.  This means that all U.S. based companies offering goods or services in the EU have to fully comply with the Regulation by that date, at the latest. One of the most important new developments from the GDPR is that the same rules apply to all companies, regardless of where they are incorporated.  The EU felt that European companies have to adhere to stricter standards than companies established outside the EU, but that are also doing business in the EU. Under the Regulation, companies based outside of Europe will have to apply the same rules when they offer goods or services in the EU market.  


Urology Austin ransomware attack exposed more than 279,000 records

A ransomware attack on Urology Austin, a healthcare provider with locations throughout central Texas, may have exposed 279,633 patient records. The attack occurred on January 22, although rapid detection of the incident limited the damage caused. While officials said it was quickly notified of the breach and shut down the network, the hackers were able to encrypt the data stored on the servers. Urology Austin didn't pay the ransom and restored patient information from backups.


9 biggest information security threats through 2019

The information security threat landscape is constantly evolving. Each year, the Information Security Forum, a nonprofit association that researches and analyzes security and risk management issues, releases its 'Threat Horizon' report to provide a forward-looking view of the biggest security threats over a two-year period. Here are the top nine threats to watch for through 2019 that your organization may have to manage and mitigate.


Former Employee Accused of Stealing PHI of 160,000 Health Patients

The Kentucky-based 6-hospital health system Med Center Health has reported a data breach affecting approximately 160,000 patients. Med Center Health believes a former employee may have stolen patients’ protected health information (PHI) prior to leaving employment. The former employee is understood to have taken an encrypted CD and encrypted portable storage device. There was no legitimate work reason for ePHI to have been taken, although on both occasions the former employee claimed the data were needed for work-related duties.


What is Three-Factor Authentication?

In the online world, protecting one’s account credentials is the top priority right now. Using a username and a random, secure password is a good place to start, albeit it is not a complete security measure either. Two-factor authentication has been the norm for quite some time now, although some companies are raising the bar. Three-step authentication provides even more security, but some people might see it as a cumbersome security measure as well. So how can we achieve three-factor authentication in a convenient manner?


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HackMiamiCon5 Security Conference - May 19 - May 21, 2017

Michael Brown of 24By7Security, Inc. speaking at HackMiami Security Conference, at Deauville Miami Beach Resort, Miami Beach, Florida.

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Data Connectors Fort Lauderdale Tech-Security Conference - Dec 14, 2017

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