Data Breach Prevention

Lesson Learned, Again: Patch Your Software
Lesson Learned, Again: Patch Your Software

In prepared testimony for this week’s congressional panel on the Equifax breach that led to the theft of personal information of more than 145 million people, former CEO Richard Smith said the breach was the result of an unpatched Apache Struts software vulnerability within the company’s online disputes portal. According to Smith, Equifax did in fact receive notification of the vulnerability first from U.S. CERT and then from their...

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Fostering Digital Citizenship in Education
Fostering Digital Citizenship in Education

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a global campaign run annually to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. We’ve asked some of our leading security experts here at Absolute to chime in on some of the most pressing issues in cybersecurity today. In Part 1 of this series,  Harold Reaves, Global Director for Safe Schools and Investigations, shares his insight on cybersecurity in our schools. His extensive...

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Detect and Respond to Malware Attacks
Detect and Respond to Malware Attacks

2017 has been a record-setting year for malware. Organizations and individuals around the world have been repeatedly under attack by aggressive, pervasive strains of malware, from WannaCry, Mamba and Petya to the most recent Locky strain, already pegged as the largest malware campaign of 2017, with over 23 million messages sent out in 24 hours on August 28, spiking just as US workers arrived at their offices to start the...

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88% of Retail Organizations Vulnerable to Data Threats
88% of Retail Organizations Vulnerable to Data Threats

Target. Kmart. Home Depot. Neiman Marcus. Some of the biggest names in retail have been hit hard by data breaches in past years. Despite increased IT security spending, data breaches across all industries are accelerating. 88% of retail organizations in the US consider themselves vulnerable to data threats, with 19% experiencing a data breach in the past year, a figure which jumps to 43% for the global retail marketplace....

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A Hard Lesson in Vulnerability Management for Equifax
A Hard Lesson in Vulnerability Management for Equifax

Since announcing its breach on Thursday, Equifax has taken a formidable beating in the media, and I suspect at virtually every office water cooler in the U.S. Waiting six weeks before telling consumers about the breach of their sensitive, personal information to first ‘get their story straight’ has many up in arms – and rightfully so. The company’s response has been no better, and likely made matters worse, with...

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