CYBERSECURITY

How Can CFOs Improve Cybersecurity? Start with the Numbers

The CFO is an important ally in the fight to keep information and IT assets safe and secure. “Given the risks that cybersecurity threats pose in a technology-driven, global economy, today’s CFO must ensure that adequate steps are taken to protect the company’s reputation, stock price, and mission-critical assets,” said information security expert and former [...]

2019-09-05T10:39:29-05:00September 5th, 2019|BUSINESS CONSULTING, CYBERSECURITY|

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Capital One Breach?

Headlines about data breaches seem to hit us nonstop. The March 2019 hack of Capital One’s databases exposed the personal information of over 100 million people. Capital One says its stolen data probably wasn’t used by the hacker or disseminated to anyone else, but even if that’s true, data breaches are all too common. Equifax [...]

Should Your HITRUST CSF Assessor Be a CPA Firm?

In today’s hyperconnected environment, many different stakeholders expect assurance regarding your information security practices. Increasingly, major companies are expecting their business partners to achieve certification against the HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF). This robust risk management framework builds on many established security and data privacy standards, such as the ISO 27000 series, HIPAA, PCI Data [...]

For Strong Data Security, Give Your Employees Some Backup

You may already know that the biggest data security risk for businesses of all sizes is employee negligence. People fall for simple phishing scams and leave their work phones unlocked, and we’ve all seen that file named “passwords.txt” right on someone’s desktop. Data security training is crucial, and it can go a long way toward [...]

The Impact of the New Data Security Law for Insurance Providers

As of May 1, 2019, Alabama became the latest state to sign into law heightened standards within the insurance industry for cybersecurity and data privacy. The new Law implements an exhaustive set of requirements for data security pertaining to entities or individuals licensed through the Department of Insurance. Both persons and institutions have one year—until [...]

What You Need to Know Before Engaging in a NIST CSF Assessment

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created a Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) that suggests procedures and controls that help enhance an organization’s cybersecurity posture. An independent NIST CSF assessment conducted by a CRI professional assesses an organization’s specific cybersecurity needs using five distinct functions, from what precautions need to be in place to [...]

2019-08-19T21:25:49-05:00August 19th, 2019|CYBERSECURITY, NIST|

Understanding the Benefits of Engaging in a NIST CSF Assessment

A cyber breach can have potentially devastating effects on a company. It can erode public trust, cause millions of dollars in losses, and even lead to fines and lawsuits. In order to help organizations improve cybersecurity, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), which provides several guidelines related to [...]

2019-08-15T22:07:26-05:00August 15th, 2019|CYBERSECURITY, NIST|

Are You Considering a NIST CSF Assessment for Your Organization?

In February of 2013, Executive Order 13636, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” was introduced as a means of sharing cybersecurity threat information. The goal was to build a framework around standardized security for the United States to reduce potential risks to critical infrastructure. One year later, the National Institute of Standards and Technology released version 1.0 [...]

2019-05-29T10:51:28-05:00May 6th, 2019|CYBERSECURITY, NIST|

4 Steps to Assess Your Cybersecurity Risk

Do you know where an attacker could break through your company’s cyber defenses? Chances are, there are more points of vulnerability than you realize, and the stakes are high to protect what’s important. Customers, employees, regulators, boards of directors, and many other stakeholders hold businesses accountable for securing sensitive data. Customers in certain highly regulated [...]

2019-03-19T10:01:56-05:00September 20th, 2018|CYBERSECURITY|

Start From the T.O.P Down: Ways You Can Improve Your Organization’s Cybersecurity

Until the last couple of years, data breaches seemed to be the domain of major corporations—Target, Home Depot, Sony, JP Morgan. However, in recent years, as businesses of every size become increasingly reliant on data and information systems, it is becoming clear that no business is too small to be a target. And yet, only [...]

2019-02-15T11:40:37-05:00May 24th, 2018|CYBERSECURITY|

Will Your Cybersecurity Defense System Protect Your Organization?

For a homeowner, the knowledge that a trained eye has evaluated the home security system — and attested that it is in good working order — can go a long way toward a good night’s sleep. The same goes for business owners and executives in charge of keeping the company’s digital assets safe. Recent global [...]

2018-11-12T15:42:56-05:00March 12th, 2018|CYBERSECURITY|

Protecting Your Company Against Executive Impersonation Fraud

A company’s employees are generally expected to strive to protect the organization from a cybersecurity breach. Yet, thousands of team members unknowingly allow imposters to infiltrate businesses and steal millions of dollars by falling victim to executive impersonation fraud. Surveying the Landscape A variant of business email compromise (BEC), executive impersonation fraud entails a skilled [...]

2019-01-29T12:52:57-05:00March 27th, 2017|CYBERSECURITY, MARCH 2017, May 2017|

You Just Rolled Cybersecurity Attack Snake Eyes. Now What?

In the game of cybersecurity, betting the farm on an ironclad perimeter defense is a losing strategy. “There is a good chance that hackers are already in your system,” a privacy attorney recently told Data Breach Today. “Your focus should turn to not only protecting your perimeter but also identifying hackers within your network and [...]

2018-11-12T15:47:37-05:00July 26th, 2016|CYBERSECURITY, JUNE 2016|

Cybersecurity Penetration Point Roulette

For most business owners and executives, cybersecurity can feel like a game of roulette. No one is ever quite sure when an attack could occur. In reality, the sources of cyberattacks are sometimes more predictable than many might think. Here is one rule of thumb on which business leaders can rely: Their most vulnerable cybersecurity [...]

2018-11-12T15:48:55-05:00April 11th, 2016|CYBERSECURITY, OCTOBER 2016|

How to Become the Boss of Your Digital Assets

Cybersecurity is a high-stakes game. Understanding the key differences between various types of cyber information is critical to a strong information security program. After all, we protect what is important to us. Organizations that take the time to understand the value of the digital assets they are protecting are more likely to leave the table as [...]

2018-12-17T12:52:55-05:00April 11th, 2016|CYBERSECURITY|

Grow Your Business’ Protection Level with a CRI Cybersecurity Assessment

Cybersecurity threats exploit the increased complexity and connectivity of critical infrastructure systems to gain access to digital assets. CRI’s cybersecurity assessment is based on the National Institute of Standards in Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework – a living document, which includes three parts. Framework Core (Core): This common set of activities, outcomes and references used across [...]

2018-11-12T15:49:08-05:00March 28th, 2016|CYBERSECURITY|

Whaling Cyberattacks: What You Need to Know

Cyberattacks are here to stay—partially because the financial result is lucrative for the criminal and partly because the bad guys can easily hide from law enforcement. It seems to have started with three common types (one of which that has morphed) and have taken off in the below order: phishing*, which includes blast emails designed [...]

2018-11-12T15:49:31-05:00February 2nd, 2016|CYBERSECURITY, FEBRUARY 2016|

Guarding the Data Vault: How to Reinforce a Cybersecurity Employee Culture

As phishing and other social engineering scams become more commonplace and sophisticated, the human factor often is the weakest brick in the walls of a company’s information security. Consider this statistic from a recent cybersecurity study: The average employee will click on one out of every 25 malicious messages. A layered strategy that includes firewalls, [...]

2018-11-12T15:50:39-05:00December 1st, 2015|CYBERSECURITY, DECEMBER 2015|

Only in the Movies: Cracking Strong Password Fact from Fiction

Anyone who enjoys crime dramas may have seen the following less-than-accurate scenario in a recent flick. After evading about a dozen bad guys, the hero makes it to the office where the villain keeps evidence that will put him away for good—but the laptop is secured with a password. The hero connects a device to [...]

2018-11-12T15:50:43-05:00November 25th, 2015|CYBERSECURITY, OCTOBER 2016|