A lot of the data breach stories we read about seem to focus on America. Even with cyber attacks and threats against Sony Pictures, which lead to The Interview not making a theatrical release, felt more like an American story than a Japanese one. Make no mistake, though: Japan faces a great deal of cyber-crime, […]
Criminals steal sensitive data for a living.
In a previous blog post, we went over how important it is for hotels to take PCI Compliance seriously. Believe it or not, this week, both the Trump and Hilton hotel chains confirmed they have suffered data breaches, resulting in the loss of customer data at multiple locations.
Does anyone still believe hackers are basement-dwelling nerds who stick their hard disks in microwaves the moment they hear a knock on their front door? Today’s hackers are organized, as skilled as they come, and creative.
Most hackers breaching networks are looking to steal anything they can monetize, such as PII, cardholder data, or information they can sell. Other hackers just want to watch the world burn.
The aftermath of the Ashley Madison hack that aired the details of its 37 million users has been anything but pretty. News of divorces, lawsuits, and even suicide relating to the hack are being reported on a daily basis, and in a completely understandable move, Ashley Madison’s parent company CEO no longer holds his title. […]
In May, IBM and Ponemon Institute released a study on the cost of a data breach, and found startling statistics: Average cost per lost record is $217. Average total cost of a data breach is $6.5 million. And, as if the one-two punch of monetary and reputation loss a data breach hits you with is […]
On July 19, well-known security blogger Brian Krebs reported that the online cheating site AshleyMadison.com had been compromised. A group known as The Impact Team released a cache of data stolen from Avid Life Media (ALM), the parent company of Ashley Madison and two other hookup sites, Cougar Life and Established Men. The data released […]
Over the years we’ve spent working in the data security industry, we’ve talked to countless QSAs, and companies that have had QSAs audit them. Observing from a neutral perspective, it became clear to us that how quickly a company can attain PCI compliance (or, how quickly they can get secure), is dependent on the quality […]
In just a little over a month, Windows will end its support for Windows Server 2003. If your server is one of the millions still running the platform, it’s time to abandon ship. Why does this matter? Because if any new vulnerabilities or exploits are discovered for the platform, big brother Windows is not going […]
Visa has hosted security summits in the APAC region for 11 years now, and while much has changed, some topics remain as relevant as ever.