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HACK ATTACK ON THE IRS

June 1, 2015

Russian hackers behind $50 million IRS scheme, report says – CNET//

The admission comes just days after the IRS announced that hackers acquired critical taxpayer information from over 100,000 people through its “Get Transcript” tool. The agency said that the hackers used information obtained from previous hacks, including names, Social Security numbers and intimate details on the individuals, to receive a transcript of past tax returns. Those transcripts were then used to file fraudulent returns for the current year before the April 15 tax deadline. According to the Associated Press, over $50 million in tax refunds was handed to the hackers before the attack was discovered this month.

The hack is just the latest evidence that Russian hackers — whether they are part of the government or not — are maliciously infiltrating a number of US agencies , click here and protect yourself

FREEDOM AND REFLECTION

May 22, 2015

I want to thank each and everyone of my followers who view my PayLab Blog.  And I want to thank those of you who allow me to speak, post and share freely in this space.  During this time it may seem we are still not their yet however, we compared to most can continue to speak, post and share who we are as Americans! Make this weekend one of reflection, strive for a better future, it is not the “I” it is the “WE” together!

Have an amazing “Holiday” weekend! I will be with my awesome husband on the Harley!

Reduce The Pain ~ How Does Your E-commerce Return Policy Rate?

May 18, 2015

Retailers hate returns. That’s not a surprise: Returned merchandise costs the retailers money because the sale was lost, and time, because of restocking.What is surprising is the high return rate that E-commerce retailers experience. According to a study from Trueship, roughly 33 percent of all products purchased online will be returned. Reducing that number, therefore, will result in a better bottom line. Click here to see how you compare and discover what’s missing to increase your bottom line.

Hacking Still Leading Cause of 2015 Health Data Breaches

May 11, 2015

There have been 92 incidents reported to HHS between Jan. 1, 2015 and May 6, 2015.  Take a look at the breakdown of those incidents…

  • 30 – caused by either a hacking or IT incident.
  • 27 – unauthorized access/disclosure
  • 22 – theft
  • 10 – loss
  • 3 – improper disposal

Click HERE to see the top 5 largest data breaches and the causes.

New Resource for Understanding EMV

May 4, 2015

The (ETA) Electronic Transaction Association has put together a new resource for businesses to utilize information about EMV and the new Merchant Liability Shift Date 2015. To get all the information go here.

PCI DSS Version 3.0 will be retired on June 30 2015

April 27, 2015

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY PCI DSS 3.1– The revision includes minor updates and clarifications, and addresses vulnerabilities within the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption protocol that can put payment data at risk. Visit their website to read more about the Press Release.

How to Avoid Big Healthcare Data Center Security Mistakes | HealthITSecurity.com

April 20, 2015

How to Avoid Big Healthcare Data Center Security Mistakes | HealthITSecurity.com.

Top 6 Health Data Breaches for 2015

April 13, 2015

The Anthem data breach affected approximately 78 million individuals, while Premera Blue Cross’ incident could impact nearly 11 million members and applicants.

“We believe that many organizations don’t feel confident in their cybersecurity measures because they lack the proper funding and staffing to identify and manage attacks,” Delp said, citing results from a Lockheed Martin cybersecurity survey. “Fifty-six percent of respondents felt that they didn’t’ have expert personnel. This tells us that organization leaders need to allocate more funding to building up their cybersecurity defense structure and also hire or train additional cyber experts to protect their networks.”

Read the full article here and the top 6 health data breaches for 2015.

Don’t Overlook A HIPAA Risk Assessment Or You Could End Up In Legal Trouble

April 6, 2015

Healthcare organizations need to take a look at their federal requirements as well as their local or state laws while conducting a HIPAA risk assessment.

“There are handfuls of different reasons to have security folks look at your systems and audit you and give you various reports, and that’s fine,” Rostolsky said. “Ultimately, you need to have something that’s specifically looking at the security requirements and speaks and uses HIPAA language in the assessment.”

To read more about HIPAA Risk assessment click here and learn how to be proactive to keep your organization secure.

Target Pays 10 Million For Data Breach

March 30, 2015

Each claimant will get up to $10,000 in damages under the proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit, pending court approval. Read the entire article from BBC here.

“We are pleased to see the process moving forward and look forward to its resolution,” said Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder.

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