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By Kenneth Sprague | February 14th, 2018
Microsoft released the February 2018 Patch Tuesday security updates, and this month’s release comes with fixes for 50 vulnerabilities, along with additional patches for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities (ADV180002).
By Kenneth Sprague | January 11th, 2018
Microsoft published the January 2018 Patch Tuesday security updates this week. The release includes fixes for 56 vulnerabilities and three special security advisories with fixes for Adobe Flash, the Meltdown & Spectre flaws, and a defense-in-depth update for Office Applications.
The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has published a new version of the industry standard that businesses use to safeguard payment data before, during, and after purchase. PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) version 3.2 replaces previous versions in addressing the growing threats to customer payment information.
During a recent data security expo hosted by Taiwan’s Presidential Office, 54 malware-infested thumb drives were handed out to the public by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. These infected USB sticks were among the 250 drives the bureau gave to winners of a game about cybersecurity knowledge at their exhibit.
By Roger Murray| October 20, 2017
The need for strong security measures to protect sensitive government data from hackers has never been more pertinent. To address this problem, the Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards & Technology has released NIST Special Publication 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Infromation Systems & Organizations. If you are a contractor to governmental agencies, SP800-171 impacts your ability to continue doing business with the Government unless you are compliant. Continued
By Roger Murray| December 5, 2017
Massachusetts has a high standard for consumer protection that most states look to as a source to frame their own laws. 201 CMR 17.00 requires any business that stores or licenses personal infromation of residents in the state to notify the Office Of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation, as well as the Office of Attorney General and those affected, within a reasonable amount of time of suspecting a breach of security. The notifications must include... Continued
By Roger Murray| October 4, 2017
In 2016, the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) collected over 23 Million in Civil Money Penalties (CMPs) related to businesses violating patient data privacy provisions. Over half of the cases involved organizations who failed to even have a proper risk assessment conducted. The cost for violating HIPAA privacy protections continue to grow, which is why we decided to provide a list of the most common violations, as well as how to avoid them. Continued