IT Security

Small financial institutions need a virtual information security officer

Community Banks and Credit Unions face unceasing attacks on their security along with expanding government requirements and increasingly sophisticated consumer expectations. But for small- to medium-sized institutions, meeting all those demands may be near impossible. The budget may not be there for sufficient staff to tackle such demands. One person may be wearing too many …

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Why GSRM Law relies on ImageQuest’s IT Compliance services

Nashville’s Gullett Sandford Robinson & Martin PLLC hired ImageQuest to provide IT Compliance services. GSRM’s Chief Operating Officer, M. Suzanne Hartness, was kind enough to explain why in this short video. GSRM has an IT department but it “lacked the bandwidth” to make sure GSRM was fully “buttoned up” with its security measures and compliance …

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Mayors Conference resolves to stop paying ransoms to hackers

  In an effort to “de-incentivize” hackers attacking municipalities with an increasing amount of ransomware the U.S. Conference Mayors issued a resolution to stop paying ransoms. At least 170 county, city, or state government systems have experienced a ransomware attack since 2013, and that 22 of them had occurred so far this year, the mayors’ …

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Using data to understand customers comes with responsibilities

Using data to gather insights about your customers is the hot new thing. Everyone wants to understand their clients’ behavior to boost purchasing. But collecting data comes with responsibilities. There are regulations that will take a bite out of your business if you ignore them. And in our experience, regulators are cracking down on third-party …

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Google’s virtual assistant recording requests and conversations

Google Home is recording you. Belgian public broadcaster VRT News posted a 12-minute video report on its site (with English subtitles) showing how Google Home is recording requests and other comments made in its presence. The story said Google Home records the comments for transcription by outside contractors and provided samples of the comments recorded. …

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Layered Security, IT Security, IT Defense strategy, IT security strategy

We recommend layered IT security. Here’s why.

Modern technology blends the convenience of speedy information access – and huge risks of being hacked. To protect your networks and critical systems, you need multiple layers of different IT security measures. Just as castle owners used multiple defensive measures to stop armed invaders centuries ago, modern technology today also requires multiple defensive tactics to …

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US Department of Homeland Security, CISA, cyber, infrastructure, ImageQuest, cyber warning

CISA warns U.S. businesses of potential Iranian cyber attacks

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warned U.S. businesses Saturday that Iranian cyber attacks are on the rise. The announcement follows a rise in tensions between Iran and the U.S. The cyber attacks, according to CISA Director Christopher C. Krebs, go beyond the typical data breach or account theft. …

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