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IoT Devices: Convenience with a Risk

The Internet of Things has developed into a thriving industry estimated at $14 billion and poised for further growth.  Smart thermostats, voice-activated personal assistants, and other IoT devices are no longer novelty items found in homes of tech-savvy early adopters.  In fact, the IoT has gained more mainstream usage as people are enticed by the convenience these devices bring, and manufacturers continue to cast a wider net for consumers by making these devices more affordable. 

IoT usage has spread outside the home and is also growing in public arenas. ...

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The State of Security in 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, we may be celebrating our wins and counting our blessings.  It is certainly worthwhile to do so.  However, the end of the year is also a good time to reflect on what we could have done better.  Regarding information security, Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Report is a valuable resource that reminds us how we can better secure our information going forward.

According to Verizon’s Report, 61% of data breaches occurred in businesses with under 1,000 employees.  The fact that over half of reported breaches impacted small businesses...

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Changes to PCI DSS 3.2

The PCI DSS 3.2 standard includes many improvements from previous versions, all of which aim to increase cardholder data protection.  We have seen the standard evolve from version 1.1 in 2006 which outlined the basics of the twelve PCI requirements to the current version 3.2 where the twelve requirements have been detailed with extensive explanations, testing procedures, and guidance.  Most notably, the current version lists nine requirements that are best practices until January 31, 2018, after which time they will become official requirements under the PCI DSS...

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