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huffingtonpost.com
October 3, 2014
Here are a few numbers to consider. Last year's Target breach, which resulted in the loss of more than 40 million customer debit and credit cards, has cost the company more than $148 million dollars. This doesn't included losses related to lost business and impact on the company's stock price.
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huffingtonpost.com
September 29, 2014
Imagine that your daily activities are being recorded and collected: your early morning jog in the park, your daily trip to the local coffee shop, your commute to work. No, I am not talking about the NSA here. I am referencing an emerging class of location-based marketing companies that rely on a cell phone's Wi-Fi signal and a sensor to track customer habits so they can better market and sell to them.
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privacyassociation.org
August 26, 2014
Roughly 16 minutes out of every hour spent online are dedicated to social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Social networking sites like these have become a major part of our culture today.
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huffingtonpost.com
August 15, 2014
There's a movement happening in the payments world. With so many retailer data breaches in the past year, consumers, financial institutions, retailers and security professionals are wondering, plain and simple: how can we make shopping more secure?
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entrepreneur.com
August 12, 2014
For many business owners, avoiding identity theft means taking steps to prevent the loss of data that could lead to financial fraud. But there is another type of business identity theft emerging: online identity theft related to review and social sites such as Yelp, Google, Facebook and UrbanSpoon.
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usatoday.com
August 6, 2014
OK, now it's really time to change your password. With news this week that as many as 1.2 billion user names and password combinations had been stolen, security experts are urging consumers to be more vigilant online.
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cnbc.com
August 6, 2014
It's time to change your passwords, again. All of them. A Russian crime ring has stolen a staggering amount of confidential information: 1.2 billion username and password combos and more than 500 million email addresses from some 420,000 websites, according to a report in The New York Times.
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mystatesman.com
August 5, 2014
In the wake of reports of a major international data breach by a Russian crime ring, Adam Tyler, chief innovation officer at Austin-based CSID, a company that specializes in dealing with data breaches and identity protection, offered the following cybersecurity tips for consumers who are worried about their personal data.
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huffingtonpost.com
July 31, 2014
I believe relatively soon we will all agree -- and write into national law -- that PII includes more than your Social Security number, and that name, address and ZIP should be not be shared on media sources or other public forums without extreme cause.
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entrepreneur.com
July 30, 2014
Securing your company's data may be the last thing on your mind when launching a startup, but it shouldn't be. Protecting sensitive material like customer information, employee files, financial materials and intellectual property can be extremely daunting and expensive.
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bizjournals.com
July 22, 2014
Whether it’s handling the due diligence on a $1 billion acquisition deal, dealing with the intricacies of international tax laws or providing key advice to a company’s leadership team, Amanda Nevins has taken it all in stride.
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huffingtonpost.com
July 1, 2014
Small business (SMB) cyber security is a hot topic for us. On a weekly basis, we at CSID see many SMBs dealing with the aftereffects of getting breached and losing sensitive information. To raise awareness of the importance of SMB cyber security, we surveyed small-to-medium businesses to get an inside look at what concerns them most about cyber security and how they address these concerns.
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entrepreneur.com
June 17, 2014
The to-do list for launching a new business is incredibly long and labor intensive. Consequently, security tasks usually fall by the wayside for reasons like lack of funds, resources or know-how. Because security is often at the bottom of a startup’s checklist, new businesses are at the top of cyber criminals' target list.
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scmagazine.com
June 13, 2014
The biggest security concern for small businesses is undetected malware, according to a survey – conducted by CSID and Research Now – of 505 owners of U.S. companies with one to 99 employees. Nearly two-thirds, 63 percent, of those surveyed agreed that undetected malware is a security concern, according to the report.
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businessnewsdaily.com
June 12, 2014
It's no secret that small businesses lack in the cybersecurity department. In fact, a recent survey by fraud detection and identity protection provider CSID found that nearly one-third of businesses with fewer than 100 employees don't take measures to protect themselves against security breaches.
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businessnewsdaily.com
June 11, 2014
If you're a small business owner, you might not be doing enough to protect your business from cybersecurity threats. New research from fraud detection and identity protection provider CSID shows that 63 percent of small businesses worry about undetected malware, 38 percent worry about phishing attacks and 41 percent worry about potential breaches due to human error.
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businesswire.com
June 9, 2014
CSID recently conducted a survey to determine what security threats small businesses (under 100 employees) are most concerned about and how they are addressing these threats. The survey results demonstrate that while small businesses are concerned about the growing number of cyber security threats, there is a disconnect between awareness and action.
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bizjournals.com
June 9, 2014
Small businesses must bridge the gap between cyber security threats awareness and business action, a new study released Monday shows. The survey, conducted jointly by Austin-based global identity protection and fraud detection technology provider CSID and global digital data collection firm Research Now, reveals that 31 percent of small businesses are not doing anything to protect themselves against cyber threats.
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bizjournals.com
June 9, 2014
Small businesses are increasingly worried about cyber threats today but are still doing little to address those concerns, according to a new survey. In a recent survey by CSID, small businesses with fewer than 100 employees shows a disconnect between awareness of the cyber threat and actions that would address the problem.
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huffingtonpost.com
June 5, 2014
Based on the nature of our work at CSID, we get the opportunity to see a lot of security trends as they are taking shape, including types of malware and breaches - all often in real time. The trend we've been seeing as of late is cyber criminals targeting small businesses (SMBs). This renewed focus does not surprise me.
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privacyassociation.org
May 27, 2014
Bring your own device (BYOD), in theory, is a beautiful thing. Employees are free to use their personal devices at work, allowing for more efficiency and flexibility. Not to mention that employers save on outfitting an entire company with PCs, phones and tablets, while at the same time getting a more reachable employee.
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bizjournals.com
May 19, 2014
Austin technology companies are expected to lead the way in innovation, and many of them are setting the pace in an unexpected way: gender balance. It’s a trend that is slow to seep into the C-suite level. For instance, local tech companies aren’t flush with female money managers — I could only track down seven female chief financial officers at local tech companies but there are undoubtedly more.
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huffingtonpost.com
May 16, 2014
Have you heard of the Dark Web? What about the Darknet or TOR? If not, this is the growing, underground web that you will be learning a lot more about in the near future. We all use the web routinely -- Facebook, Google, the site where this article is posted. The websites we visit and post to daily are on what is called the Surface Web -- sites that are indexed and findable via a search engine.
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wordpress.com
May 13, 2014
One of the first internet safety lesson kids learn is never post personal information online; this includes full name, location and birth date. This rule is to keep them safe from identity thieves as well as snooping strangers. But before their first birthday, a child’s personal information may already exist online.
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security-today.com
May 1, 2014
While spending the day connected to Twitter looking for security-related information, I came across a did-you-know tweet from a good friend in the industry, CSID, “#DYK kids as young as two have an online history.” I paused, and reread it, shocked at the age thinking maybe CSID meant 12, not two.
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huffingtonpost.com
April 23, 2014
Every year CSID is lucky to attend South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi), the digital portion of the technology, film and music festival that takes place in our hometown of Austin, Texas. While digital security topics have been incorporated into SXSWi panels and discussions in the past, this year security took center stage.
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huffingtonpost.com
April 17, 2014
When addressing the topic of online identity management, I like to start out by sharing a figure that helps put this issue in perspective. In the past five years, the amount of digital information created and shared globally has increased by 900 percent to two zettabytes. To put this in more understandable terms, if the 11-ounce coffee on your desk equals one gigabyte, one zettabyte would have the same volume as the Great Wall of China.
Press Release
March 27, 2014
CSID, the leading provider of global, enterprise-level identity protection and fraud detection technologies and solutions, was recognized today as one of the healthiest employers of Central Texas by the Austin Business Journal. The company was acknowledged for its outstanding health and wellness programs for employees.
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newsradioklbj.com
March 19, 2014
In the wake of another computer breach of a Texas company, the head of a local company that provides identity protection explains how it may have happened and what you can do to protect yourself. Sally Beauty Supply joins Target, Michael's and Nieman Marcus as the latest company to be hacked by identity thieves. Joe Ross, president of CSIdentity here in Austin, talks about how it could be happening.
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huffingtonpost.com
March 13, 2014
Last month, I wrote about malware and its impact on businesses. I want to expand on that topic this week as malware is one of the fastest growing threats the security industry is facing. As a matter of fact, a 2012 survey conducted by security firm Panda Labs, found that 32 percent of users had malware-infected devices.
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security-today.com
February 27, 2014
Let’s face it, cyber criminals are getting smarter about manipulating, stealing and profiting off of others’ identities. Medical identity theft is on the rise. Tax return fraud is higher than ever. Children are being targeted for identity theft, and large corporations are being compromised more frequently for their customer and employee data. As technology has become cheaper and is more accessible, cyber criminals are engineering new ways to steal personal information and use it for financial gain.
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huffingtonpost.com
February 26, 2014
I've seen some interesting security trends develop over the course of 2013 and in to 2014 -- BYOD security management and the increased scrutiny on cloud security to name a couple. One of the trends that I have found most interesting is the practice of businesses monitoring for employee and customer login credentials, and company devices that have already been compromised.
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austintechnologycouncil.org
February 20, 2014
The Austin Technology Council (ATC), representing the common vision and expertise of over 1200 technology executives and investors in Central Texas, today announced a comprehensive, two-year roadmap to secure the region’s position as a global leader in technology and life sciences. Eight executives from top Central Texas companies join the Board of Directors to guide the execution of the roadmap and initiate a new era of thought and market leadership.
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privacyassociation.org
January 28, 2014
Password reuse across multiple websites and company logins is a major weak link in a company’s security system. In a survey CSID conducted in 2012 on password habits, we found that 61 percent of the respondents reused the same password for multiple sites, and 44 percent of respondents reported they change their passwords once a year or less.
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statesman.com
January 18, 2014
After a series of high-profile data breaches in recent months, you might be wondering: Just how safe is my personal data? The answer, a number of data and online security experts say, is that it’s not very safe at all – and there’s not much the average consumer can do about it.
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huffingtonpost.com
January 16, 2014
As we embark on another year here at CSID, I am reminded of a simpler time when identity thieves only went after credit card information and social security numbers (SSN). We didn't think so then, but those were the good old days. Monitoring this information was enough to keep an identity secure. But that was then -- this is 2014.