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July 18, 2017

The Rising Cost of Containing a Data Breach in the US

In June 2017, IBM Security and Ponemon Institute released the 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Overview. The study provides a snapshot of the cost of a data breach across the globe, using data from 419 companies in 11 countries and two regions, which includes the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Categories: Cyber Liability , Industry News

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June 12, 2017

Insurance Industry Evolves with Increasing Exposures and Losses

 
On December 21, 2016, the social media team at Netflix woke up to see their Twitter account had posted the following tweet:
"Hey, it's OurMine, Don't worry! We are just testing your security. Contact us to tell you more about that."

Categories: Cyber Liability

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April 12, 2017

How to Avoid Public Wi-Fi Security Risks

By Robert Pizarro

It seems easy and convenient to use public Wi-Fi – there are free connections in almost any airport, hotel, restaurant or coffee shop – but for your clients, it's important to remember the risks. Can your client really afford to expose valuable business or personal data? There’s no need to if agents and clients use these safeguards to avoid becoming a victim and putting business data at risk.

Categories: Agent Resources , Cyber Liability

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January 3, 2017

Is Your Organization Prepared for a Data Breach?

By Robert Pizarro

In recent years, many of the biggest companies in the world have been victims of major data breaches. During that same time, thousands of small- and medium-sized businesses, including nonprofit organizations, have also had their data compromised. Whether your clients' organizations are large or small, it’s critical to make sure they are prepared for a data breach.

Categories: Cyber Liability

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December 5, 2016

Shining a Light on the “Dark Web”

The Dark Web is not as mysterious as you might think. In fact, most of the sites that exist on the Dark Web are public sites that can be accessed by anyone, provided you know where to look. If your clients don’t secure their company’s data and a cyber crook hacks their system – valuable data could be sold to the highest bidder.

Categories: Cyber Liability

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November 21, 2016

Are Your Clients Protected from Ransomware?

According to a recent report by Microsoft, there's been a 400 percent rise in ransomware encounters affecting Windows since 2015, with older versions of the operating system being more prone to infection. Large companies are often late adopters to new operating systems since they require extensive testing to ensure hardware compatibility, which leaves them prime targets for this form of malware.

Categories: Cyber Liability

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