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Why Are School Districts The New Favorite For Hackers?

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, August 19, 2019

A lack of funding and IT staff makes for an inviting target… An article review. While it seems like everyone from individuals to major corporations are targeted by hackers these days, one group has been targeted with increasing frequency—and success: school districts. That’s according to a recent article in The New York Times, which notes […]


NSA to Establish Cybersecurity Directorate

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, August 12, 2019

In a change for the Agency, the new directorate will have a defensive focus… An article review. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a cat and mouse game between hackers and the good guys: from potential foreign influence in elections to the establishment of the US “Cyber Command” and, of course, the steady announcement […]


Subdomain Hijacking Attack Gives Hackers Access To Legitimate Sites

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, July 22, 2019

The attack hinges on a common mistake made by large organizations… An article review. When evaluating a suspicious link, you probably scrutinize the URL to make sure it’s the site you intended to go to—not one that is slightly misspelled or has a zero in place of an O, for example—but what if the bad […]


KPMG Admits “Astonishing” Misconduct, Accepts Record Fine

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, July 1, 2019

The firm edited workpapers ahead of examinations, and had employees cheat on certification exams… An article review. We rely on accounting firms to provide us with accurate, unbiased information, but it appears that KPMG—one of the largest firms in the world—has been engaging in misconduct that the SEC has called “astonishing,” according to an article […]


Equifax Downgraded Over Data Breach

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, June 17, 2019

For the first time, a data breach has triggered a financial downgrade… An article review. If you’ve been following our blog–or just been watching the news–for the past couple of years you’re no stranger to coverage of the massive data breach suffered by Equifax in 2017. While much of this coverage has focused on the […]


Interns Present New Social Media Risk

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, June 3, 2019

A new generation of interns may open organizations up to new risks… An article review. If you’ve been paying attention to the world of breaches and other security lapses over the years, the idea of the “insider threat” is probably nothing new—your own employees can sometimes be as likely to cause an incident as a […]


Many School Districts Are Still Vulnerable To WannaCry

By Vigilize - Last updated: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Years after patches were released, many systems remain vulnerable… An article review. While it has been over two years since the WannaCry exploit was publicly announced, a new report submitted by our own Sean Waugh says that hundreds of thousands of internet-connected machines are still vulnerable…and many of those machines belong to government agencies and […]


Google Nest Highlights IoT Risk

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, May 13, 2019

Product longevity and data privacy have been called into question… An article review. When Google announced it was absorbing smart thermostat maker Nest in 2018, many customers were concerned about the future of their internet-connected devices and the privacy of their data. Those fears were realized during Google’s I/O 2019 event, where several changes to […]


Fiserv Sued Over Alleged Security Lapses

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, May 6, 2019

The nation’s largest core processor has been accused of multiple security lapses… An article review. For smaller banks and credit unions the resources needed to create and maintain their own online banking presence can be daunting. Even after the website is running and customers have a smartphone application they can use, maintaining those platforms and […]


Microsoft Considers Changing Password Guidance

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, April 29, 2019

Password expiration rules can create more problems than they solve… An article review. Passwords, it seems, are a lot like diets. They’re often necessary, but no one really wants to have to deal with them–and we’re always looking for the next trick to make the process easier. And just like there’s always a new diet […]