Terry Corbell, The Biz Coach
By Terry Corbell
Business Consultant

What Your Company Can Do to Combat the Malware Epidemic



Arguably, the nation’s leading Internet security expert agrees with published reports that an epidemic of malware has been unleashed on the Web – and he provides solutions.

“There has been a sea change in cybercrime,” wrote Stan Stahl, Ph.D. “Threats are more sophisticated than ever, weaknesses and vulnerabilities abound. Defenses have not kept pace.”

Dr. Stahl is a principal in Citadel Information Group, and is president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association.

                    Stan Stahl

He says every organization must look critically look at its defenses – everything from policies and employee-awareness training to modern intrusion prevention systems.

“It needs to make sure it’s employing a cost-effective defense-in-depth strategy covering all three critical security management domains,” he explained.

“It’s also a time to talk to your attorney and your insurance broker,” he adds. “Your attorney can make sure you’re aware of your legal responsibilities and can provide counsel on sharing sensitive information with 3rd parties. Your insurance broker can help you mitigate some of your security risk through cyber-insurance policies.”

He said the security-management of domains include:

1. Corporate security management

2. Security management of the IT infrastructure

3. Point-in time security of the IT infrastructure

“It’s also a time to talk to your attorney and your insurance broker,” he adds. “Your attorney can make sure you’re aware of your legal responsibilities and can provide counsel on sharing sensitive information with 3rd parties. Your insurance broker can help you mitigate some of your security risk through cyber-insurance policies.”

The malware epidemic has regularly prompted Microsoft to issue emergency patches, an event the company calls “Patch Tuesday.”

Dr. Stahl’s Web site: www.citadel-information.com, which has a link to his informative blog.

From the Coach’s Corner, here’s sampling of more critical information from Dr. Stahl:

Lesson about Passwords after Theft of 16,000+ UCLA Patient Records –  Unfortunately, we’ve learned another lesson about passwords at the expense of 16,288 patients who’ve been treated at UCLA’s network of hospitals and clinics.  The patients’ sensitive information are in the wrong hands following a burglary of a doctor.

Why Many Healthcare Workers Are Alarmingly Responsible for Medical ID Theft — Medical identity theft is skyrocketing. It’s the fast-growing trend in ID thievery, and the data shows it adversely impacted 1.42 million Americans in 2010. That’s according to a 2011 study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). PwC reports medical ID theft aggregately cost more than $28 billion.

Security Precautions to Take Following Citibank’s Second Reported Online Breach – Citibank’s admission that private information of 360,083 North American Citigroup credit card accounts was stolen by hackers in 2011, which affected 210,000 customers, serves as a warning for all businesses and consumers to take precautionary steps.

Has Security Bloom Fallen off the Rose for Macs? – For years in terms of security, Windows has been considered inferior to Macs. But no longer thanks to malware security epidemics.

Tips For Internet Security to Prepare you for New Cyber Attacks – Do you need more evidence to be diligent in using best practices for security on the Internet? According to a Web security study in 2013, Internet attacks have been impacting businesses, with the majority of them reporting significant effects in the form of increased help desk time, reduced employee productivity and disruption of business activities.

“Precaution is better than cure.”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 


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Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.






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