Throughout each month Apogee IT Services stays abreast of top news stories in the IT industry. We review the most respected and popular technology websites and publications, and at the end of the month we share what we call a Technology Roundup.
In January 2016, much talk (and text) surrounded cybersecurity. We’ve compiled four stories you’re sure to want to check out and share.
2015 Data Breach Recap
Network World shared several articles recapping 2015 and the biggest technology stories. Not surprisingly, the sheer number of high-profile data breaches were one of them. From the VTech Learning Lodge hack to data stolen from the U.S. government’s Office of Personnel Management, the hackers certainly seemed to have the advantage.
Read the full story here: http://www.networkworld.com/article/3011103/security/biggest-data-breaches-of-2015.html.
IT Security Predictions for 2016
Cyberattacks exposed over 178 million records in the U.S. in 2015, according to the Identify Theft Research Center. So what can we expect in 2016? Unfortunately it seems like cybersecurity will continue to be critical for consumers and businesses alike. NBC News highlighted the Internet of Things, Ransomware, government involvement, and even hacktivism (hacking with motives other than financial gain) as big security stories to watch this year.
Think Your Passwords Are Hack-Proof?
Computerworld’s IT Blogwatch recently posted a blog on 25 of the “worst” passwords. Do yours fall into these categories? If so, you may be even more vulnerable. And if you use the same password for every account, you place yourself at high risk. The article suggests avoiding passwords that include pop culture, numbers that run in a sequence, letters on a keyboard that appear beside one another (like “qwerty”), and more.
Get the full article here: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3024396/security/password-worst-25-itbwcw.html
Healthcare Security and HIPAA – One Doesn’t Automatically Equal the Other
Computerworld published an article about healthcare security and HIPAA. Many sources claim, including this one, that healthcare lags in security. Approximately 91% of organizations in the industry reported at least one breach over the last year, and 2016 may bring even more IT security threats to healthcare. Why? Experts say the systems are old and complex, health IT is a lot of manual work, there’s disjointed monitoring, and health data is very valuable to hackers. But the crux of the matter has to do with the fact that many organizations believe they are secure because they are “HIPAA-compliant”. Being HIPAA-compliant doesn’t automatically mean you’re secure. It’s a basic framework but not comprehensive by any means.
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