Sep 19, 2014

Ask The Experts: What If I’m a Home Depot Data Breach Victim?

By | September 19th, 2014|Ask The Experts, Security Awareness Fails, Tips and Tricks|

So what can you do? The short answer is: not much. Once there's been a data breach, there's no way to know for sure whether or not your card is one of the unlucky ones that will be exploited. But that doesn't mean you can't take action. Change your credentials [...]

Sep 09, 2014

Are YOU A Security Fail?

By | September 9th, 2014|Security Awareness 101, Security Awareness Fails|

  We've talked about this before–messy desks ARE security risks. They are a breeding ground for disaster. Not only do you lose track of what sensitive data is buried somewhere on your desk, you'll never notice if someone STEALS that confidential information, because you couldn't see it right in front [...]

Aug 05, 2014

Security [NON] Fail: Phishing

By | August 5th, 2014|Security Awareness 101, Security Awareness Fails|

Last week, one of SAC’s family members was sent an urgent email from his Regions bank. At least, that's what it looked like. The email had the bank's logo at the top of it, a professional looking signature at the bottom and the sender email address seemed to be legitimate. [...]

Jul 29, 2014

Security Fail: What Happens When Security Breaches Walk Through Your Front Door

By | July 29th, 2014|Security Awareness Fails|

One of our production team members has a friend, we’ll call her Sally, who recently agreed to let another girl take up residency in her house and pay rent. Who doesn’t love a good roommate, right? Especially if you already know the person, which was the case here. Unfortunately, within a [...]

Jun 17, 2014

Security Fail: Back It Up!

By | June 17th, 2014|Security Awareness 101, Security Awareness Fails|

Recently a SAC employee was getting her daily dose of caffeine at a local coffee shop when she overheard a conversation of a man trying to help recover a woman’s computer. “The good news is your client information was on the server, so you should be able to access that [...]

May 30, 2014

Security Fail: Gift Card Fraud

By | May 30th, 2014|Security Awareness Fails|

A security breach is similar to a home invasion – no one thinks it will happen to them, until it does. Some are more prepared than others – installing alarm systems or purchasing guard dogs. But others? They just hope locking their doors is enough. And some don't lock their [...]

May 08, 2014

Chase & Reebok: An Epic Fail in Security Response

By | May 8th, 2014|Security Awareness Fails, Winn Schwartau|

I am extremely security aware. Almost to the point of paranoid... but certainly acutely aware of what can go wrrrroonnngggg. Just the other day, I was checking a credit card and noticed a charge from Reebok for $345. Huh? What's that? I called Reebok, who responded, "We have no way [...]

Sep 23, 2013

BYOD? Bring Your Own Doom

By | September 23rd, 2013|Ask The Experts, Security Awareness Fails, Winn Schwartau|

IT’s efforts to protect information security can cause other problems. Mimecast CEO Peter Bauer lost a whole gallery of irreplaceable family photos and other personal information thanks to a BYOD policy he helped create. His daughter tried to open his smartphone. She tried to guess the phone’s PIN, and after [...]

Jul 09, 2013

Chase Breach Part III – Lessons We Can Learn

By | July 9th, 2013|Security Awareness 101, Security Awareness Fails|

Lessons I Would Suggest Financial Services Industry Members Take to Heart and Practice: Please, please, please make sure your staff is properly trained to recognize and report security issues from customers. “I don’t know…” is completely unacceptable. You hopefully provide your employees with security awareness and training for the sake [...]

Jul 02, 2013

Chase Breach Part II: A Continued Failure

By | July 2nd, 2013|Security Awareness 101, Security Awareness Fails|

A couple of other customer service reps (from which internal departments, I do not know as I was shuffled,) were completely flummoxed by the words “possible data breach,” “potential security incident,” and similar terminology that should have made the Red Flags wave wildly. Only one person had any clue of [...]

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