How to Strengthen Convenience Store Security

High traffic and employee turnover make the more than 150,000 convenience stores (C-stores) in the U.S. attractive targets for cyber-criminals. The nature of the C-store environment makes it difficult to deliver compliance and standardization. So, what can business leaders do to strengthen convenience store security? Why Convenience Store Data Breaches? Some brands in the retail space experience almost no turnover in staff. By comparison, C-stores employ more transient workers. Deploying standards across all the stores proves difficult without having a regional or district manager visit every store on a regular basis. Hence, as studies show, C-stores and gas station chains…

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10 Inexpensive Ways to Improve Small Business Security

You’ve worked hard to create and grow a business that you depend on. The last thing you want is for someone to take it from you. You don’t have a lot of extra cash right now, so you can’t afford to spend much to improve small business security. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot to make a difference. Like you, criminals (cyber-criminals in particular) also run a business. They balance revenues from what they have stolen against expenses—what it costs to run a campaign, find people to buy the stolen items or data, operate servers and pay rent….

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The New Normal COVID-19 Office Security

With continued WFH policies and multiplied COVID-19 scams and threats, the importance of good cyber security stands out. Indeed, with a workforce that is highly dependent on digital services for the foreseeable future, the new normal COVID-19 office security is necessarily stronger, more vigilant, and more dispersed. Yet, a lot of questions remain unanswered. For example, will behavioral surveillance be part of the new normal? As organizations plan to implement contact tracing, privacy advocates voice their concerns. Given the uncertainty, we expect to see these non-intrusive measures with clearly defined benefits coming to the new normal. Thermal Cameras for Passive…

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Unemployment scams and COVID-19: How to identify scams and help protect against them

Unemployment scams and COVID-19: How to identify scams and help protect against them If you’re one of the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, you might seek unemployment benefits to ease financial pressure. The risk? You could become the victim of an unemployment scam. Newly idled Americans have filed millions of unemployment claims during the COVID-19 outbreak. Calls to state employment insurance services have at times overwhelmed phone lines and websites. That’s created opportunity for fraudsters. How? In some cases, scammers are pretending to represent government entities. Their goals include stealing claimant’s benefits,…

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5 Endpoint Security Best Practices When Remote Work Takes Center Stage

With the majority of employees working from home this spring, organizations have encountered new challenges. The increased burden on corporate networks can result in diminished performance and productivity. More important, remote connections increase the security risk. Endpoint security best practices help to mitigate that risk and protect the organization. Endpoints include any devices that connect to the network. Every connection represents a possible point of access for cyber criminals. Endpoint security, therefore, acts as the front line of cyber security for the organization. An effective endpoint security solution uses a multi-faceted approach to detect and minimize threats and control system…

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Cloud-based Security Solutions Deliver Powerful, Scalable Protection for SMBs

The average small to medium business (SMB) has most likely migrated at least some essential data and operations to the cloud. At the same time, SMBs face increasingly strict privacy regulations, as well as a growing number of cyber attacks. And with a mobile, often remote, workforce, the environment demands reliable, cloud-based security solutions. As the security landscape grows more complex, many SMBs find that they lack the in-house expertise needed to keep data safe. And as they move more sensitive information to the cloud, protecting that data requires proactive solutions. Businesses need the ability to predict data breaches rather…

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Protect Your Business from COVID-19 Phishing Scams

The list of states implementing stay-at-home orders continues to grow while the world scrambles to curb the spread of COVID-19. As a result, the number of employees working remotely has skyrocketed overnight. Unfortunately, COVID-19 phishing scams have also skyrocketed, with scammers taking advantage of relaxed security perimeters. To protect the organization, businesses must implement additional security measures for the remote work environment. Employees working at home also need to take common-sense steps to work safely. And through it all, communication remains essential. Examples of COVID-19 Phishing Scams The most common COVID-19 phishing scams involve the tried and true method of…

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Minimize the Cost of Small Business Data Breaches with Proactive Security

Last year, Marriott, Facebook, Capitol One and the Russian government all made headline news with devastating data breaches. However, between 43 and 60 percent of all cyber-attacks in 2019 actually targeted small to medium businesses (SMBs). And the cost of small business data breaches goes far beyond the immediate damages. Small businesses make an attractive target for cyber criminals for two reasons. First, SMBs often lack sufficient security, leaving them vulnerable to attack. Second, criminals see small businesses as a back door to the more lucrative large enterprises. Think of the Target attack several years ago, in which hackers gained…

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Voice Cloning Elevates Security Threats to the Next Level

Last year, scammers convinced a director at a British company to send them $240,000. Using voice cloning, they impersonated a senior executive at the company, instructing the director to wire the sum to a secret account. Recognizing his boss’s voice, he complied, only becoming suspicious when the thieves called a second time. While this may represent one of the first artificial intelligence (AI) heists on record, it will hardly be the last. Consider the possibilities. If bad actors use voice cloning technology to steal money from businesses, they can easily sabotage political elections or impersonate family members. Dangers of Increasingly…

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Focusing on the Future of Authentication

Weak and stolen passwords result in data breaches that cost businesses millions of dollars each year. Biometrics and multi-factor authentication (MFA) offer a stronger solution. And yet, hackers can still spoof fingerprints and voices. Take a look at the future of authentication and determine what options make the most sense for your organization. Most experts agree that MFA provides a more secure environment for valuable data assets. With MFA, organizations require at least two verification methods to establish identity, instead of relying on passwords alone. For instance, authentication could include a password in conjunction with a fingerprint or verification text….

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