Organizations rely on third-party vendors for a variety of services, from payroll processing to HVAC maintenance to information technology services. Every vendor relationship brings potential security risks, and shortfalls in one vendor can compromise sensitive data throughout the supply chain. Vendor management programs, service level agreements, and long-term monitoring are valuable tools for managing vendor…

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Password Security

You’ve just discovered there are compromised employee credentials or other sensitive data of your company exposed and available on the Dark Web. The reality is, once exposed on the Dark Web, your information cannot ever be completely removed or hidden. You cannot file a complaint or contact a support line to demand your data be…

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DFARS Interim Rule

What Is DFARS Interim Rule? DFARS is a set of legal requirements demanding that all Department of Defense (DoD) contractors meet predefined cyber security standards. In September 2020, the DoD released the DFARS Interim Rule that took effect on November 30, 2020. The new interim rule introduced three additional clauses to DFARS: 7019, 7020, and…

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Build a Corporate Privacy Program

In this age of rapidly evolving technology, a privacy program is indispensable to a large organization. Regulations that govern personal data collection and storage are becoming more stringent worldwide. An organization needs a dedicated team to keep everyone up to date on the latest rulings and risks. A formal privacy program establishes leadership and sets…

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Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification

On January 31, 2020, the US Department of Defense (DoD) rolled out the long-awaited Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). So if you’re a DoD contractor, how does the CMMC affect you, and what should you do now to prepare for implementation? Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know. What is the CMMC? The CMMC…

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Remote Workers Security

The COVID-19 era has succeeded in making remote work mainstream, mainly because of quarantine and social distancing policies. While some companies and employees have been able to make the change quite easily, remote work is not without its complications and risk. Many corporate networks are protected by layers of security. However, with most companies having…

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CMMC compliance

The DoD’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is now in force, but what does this mean for DoD contractors? Well, every company must now prove they have sufficient cyber security in place to protect sensitive data before they can work for the DoD. So if you plan on bidding for DoD contracts, here’s a brief practical guide…

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Third-Party Cyber Security Service

Cybercriminals and terrorists never rest, not even during global pandemics. The cost will almost always weigh heavier on smaller businesses and organizations that lack the expertise to protect themselves against online threats. In-house security requires businesses to invest heavily in hiring or training qualified staff. However, many organizations struggle to find sufficient resources to cover their…

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Cybersecurity Threats

4 Tips for Managing Cybersecurity Threats from Within Most companies usually develop and implement cybersecurity strategies aimed at external threats. However, according to the Ponemon Institute’s and IBM Security’s “2019 Cost of a Data Breach Report,” cyberattacks from the outside only account for half of data breaches; the other half stems from internal factors, including…

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Third-Party Versus First-Party Cyber Insurance Loss

With the world’s economy and governments disrupted, cybercriminals have reportedly stepped up their efforts to take advantage of the situation. Whether they come from rogue nations, terrorist groups or criminal organizations, cyber-attacks continually evolve in sophistication. They also steadily strive to broaden their field of action. No matter how small or remote your organization, you…

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