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U.S. Public Sector Organizations Hit by Ransomware in 2022

2022 saw the usual rates of public sector organizations in government, education and healthcare hit by ransomware, while the severity increased, according to data from Emisoft.  The public sector organizations hit by ransomware included up to 1,981 schools, 290 hospitals, 105 local governments and 44 universities and colleges were hit with ransomware in the US …

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Implementing Identity Security Best Practices Year Round

Implementing identity security best practices is essential in today’s fast moving business world.  During the third quarter of 2022 alone, approximately 15 million data records were exposed worldwide through data breaches. This alarming figure is an increase of 37 percent when compared to the previous quarter. (Source: Statista) Driving this upward trend is the trend …

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Major Data Breaches of 2022

Despite huge strides in cybersecurity, data breaches are still an issue. In fact, the number of data breaches in the first quarter of 2022 was higher than in 2021, and in the second quarter 2022 alone there were nearly 52 million data breaches reported. The industry hit hardest by data breaches was the healthcare industry, …

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36 Percent of Americans Have Fallen Victim to Online Holiday Shopping Scams

While overall holiday shopping traffic is predicted to be down for 2022 by the National Retail Federation (NRF), the number of consumers shopping online continues to grow. 36 percent of Americans have fallen victim to online holiday shopping scams, according to Norton. Nearly 80 percent of adults in the U.S. shop online, according to Statista, …

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Tips to Identify Scams During Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Millions of shoppers will take advantage of sales Black Friday weekend and throughout Cyber Monday. The sales, unfortunately, also attract cyber criminals. We’ve compiled a list of tips to avoid scams during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Cybercriminals take advantage of the onslaught of shoppers by posting online scams. Consumers, meanwhile, are caught up in …

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TransUnion Breach Exposes Consumer Financial Information

TransUnion, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies, was breached earlier this month. The exact number of individuals affected is unknown as the agency did not release this information upon reporting the breach to the Massachusetts Attorney General. The breach potentially exposed private data of  TransUnion customers nationwide – names, Social Security Numbers, …

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Understanding (and Avoiding) Data Breaches at Mid-Size Companies

Understanding (and avoiding) data breaches is a necessary step for businesses of all sizes if they are to recover from these costly growing threats. Businesses of all sizes are susceptible to data breaches, but mid-size companies are especially vulnerable. Throughout 2020 and 2021, the number of cyberattacks against midsize businesses in every industry examined jumped …

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