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    Will Compliance-Driven Investment Help or Hinder Information Security?

    If information security is your objective, compliance should not be your north star. However, data show that for most organizations compliance is the driver of information security investment. That means compliance is also the objective and information security is not necessarily the intended outcome. Data from the 2016 Vormetric Data Threat Report show that although 91% of survey participants were concerned about the security of their data and 61% had experienced a data breach, only 21% “cited a past data breach as a reason for securing sensitive data.” You would…

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    IKANOW Chosen as the Leader in Enterprise Security Solutions in the 2016 Cyber Defense Magazine InfoSec Awards

    RESTON, VA – February 29, 2016 – IKANOW, the leader in open-source information security analytics, announced today that Cyber Defense Magazine, the industry’s leading electronic information security magazine and media partner of the RSA® Conference 2016, has named IKANOW as the Leader in Enterprise Security Solutions in its annual Cyber Defense Magazine Awards program. The award was announced after many months of review by leading independent information security experts. “We’re thrilled to recognize next-generation innovation in the information security marketplace. That’s why IKANOW has earned this award from Cyber Defense Magazine. …

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    Significant Data Breaches – December 2015

    As 2015 came to an end, the number of significant data breaches did not slow down. IKANOW’s major breach index along with a recap of the major data breaches that took place in December 2015 are listed below. Hyatt Hotels – Unknown Number of Records Exposed – Malicious Outsider Hyatt Hotels recently discovered malware on it’s network designed to steal credit card information. There are few details about this breach however it makes our monthly breach list as it’s a major organization that joins other hotel chains in having major breaches this…

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    Significant Data Breaches – November 2015

    IKANOW’s major breach index along with a recap of the major data breaches that took place in November 2015 are listed below.   VTech – 5 Million Records Exposed – Malicious Outsider   Vtech, manufacturers of e-learning products and cordless telephones, was breached this month, exposing the records of approximately 4.8 million adults and 200,000 children. Exposed data included contact information, login credentials, download histories and personal information such as children’s age, gender, and birthdays. Photographs and chat logs of children and parents using the Kid Connect service were also…

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    Significant Data Breaches – October 2015

    IKANOW’s major breach index along with a recap of the major data breaches that took place in October 2015 are listed below.   Emergence Health Network – 11,000 records exposed – malicious outsider   Emergence Health Network, a nonprofit health service in El Paso, released a statement this month saying that one of its computer servers was compromised “Through an unauthorized Internet connection” as far back as 2012. The breach exposed the information of about 11,200 patients. Although the organization is confident that no medical records were contained within the…

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    Significant Data Breaches – September 2015

    Apple / iPhone – 225,000 records exposed – malicious outsider Malware was discovered in iPhone’s that have been “jailbroken”. This has affected nearly 225,000 iPhones and the login credentials have been comprised. Read more here. This breach actually was announced late last month but we are including in the September blog post since it wasn’t mentioned in our previous post. Grupo Financiero Banorte – 20,000 records exposed – malicious outsider Grupo Financiero Banorte is a Mexican banking and financial services holding company with headquarters in Monterrey and Mexico City, Mexico…

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    Significant Data Breaches – August 2015

    It looks like even hackers take vacations. The month of August only had one significant data breach.   Carphone Warehouse – $2.4M exposed – Malicious Outsider Carphone Warehouse is an independent mobile phone retailer, with over 1,700 stores across Europe, discovered that someone had unauthorized access on their network on August 5th and stopped it right away. They believe it the attack happened within the last 2 weeks. 2.4M customers were affected and up to 90,000 of them could have had their encrypted credit card details accessed. The company’s investigation…

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    IKANOW’s major breach index along with a recap of the major data breaches that took place in June 2015 are listed below.   Japan’s National Pension System – Malicious Outsider – 1.25M records exposed Japan’s national pension system was attacked and information such as names, ID numbers, date of births, were compromised. The attacked was first discovered on May 28th and was the result of an employee opening a malicious email. According to authorities, more sensitive information (payment info) was not compromised. iiNet – Malicious Outsider – 31,000 records exposed iiNet, Australia’s second-largest internet service…

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    Significant Data Breaches – May 2015

    IKANOW’s major breach index along with a recap of the major data breaches that took place in May 2015 are listed below.   mSpy – Malicious Outsider – 400,000 records exposed KrebsonSecurity broke the news that mSpy, a brand of mobile and computer monitoring software for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac OS, had been massively hacked. A huge amount of data was (apparently) stolen from the company’s servers and posted on the deep web. Emails, text messages, payment information, location data and more were exposed. World Trade Organization (WTO) – Hacktivist…

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    IKANOW’s major breach index along with a recap of the major data breaches that took place in April 2015 are listed below. HSBC Financial Corporation – Unknown # of records – Accidental Loss The financial services company discovered the breach on March 27th and began sending letters to their customers on April 9th. The breach affected 10 HSBC subsidiaries and compromised social security numbers, account numbers, and some phone numbers. The data was accidentally made available online. “HSBC regrets this incident, and we take our responsibility for the security of…