Could Your Company Handle an Insider Threat?

If you’ve been following my writing, you know that I believe one of the biggest security threats a company may face is not from outside sources—it’s from their own employees (or former employees). Many companies think they are prepared to handle an insider threat, but are they? Here are the 5 things your company should…

Who’s In Charge of Keeping Your Company Secure?

Even if your company has strategies in place to handle malicious attacks on your security, you may still be at great risk for insider threats.  Why? According to a Forrester study, “insiders” were involved in 39 percent of data breaches—of that 39 percent, 27 percent came from inadvertent misuse of data by employees, making your…

The Threat of File Sharing

The Threat of File Sharing A surprising number of companies suspect their employees are using online file-sharing services to store and share company files. This is a dangerous situation. How dangerous? It really depends on how sensitive, regulated and critical the documents are. However, many of the companies are unaware that employees are even using…

The Cost-Saving Reasons for Conducting Background Checks

As more and more personal and professional information is available online (Hello, Facebook!), some companies are cutting corners by failing to do thorough background checks on all employees—even those part-time folks that have been hired for the summer.  While this may seem like a good way to save some corporate dollars, it could end up…

Insider Threat Program Development Training Course February 23 – 25, 2016 – Annapolis, MD

Security First & Associates in cooperation with NCMS Chesapeake Bay -Chapter 26 has coordinated to have the Insider Threat Program Development Training Course delivered to Defense Industry and Commercial Enterprise security professionals at a steeply discounted rate. The Insider Threat Program Development Training Course, is taught by Insider Threat Defense. The training will be hosted…

National Association of Professional Women Honors Diane Griffin President / CEO of Security First & Associates into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Diane Griffin President & CEO of Security First & Associates. as a 2015-2016 VIP Woman of the Year. Ms. Griffin is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting 850,000 members and over 200…

October is CyberSafety Awareness Month

Be wary of “skimmers” on ATMs, gas station pumps, and other machines with credit card readers. Skimmers are small devices installed over the normal reading slot. The skimmer reads your credit or debit card’s information. The crook then returns later to remove the skimmer and retrieve the stored information. Skimming devices are not always noticeable,…

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Cyber Security

Security First & Associates states  that when National Journal former Justice Department official Mike DuBose said, “Amidst all the concern and discussion over foreign hacking, what gets lost is the fact that the vast majority of serious breaches involving trade secrets or other proprietary or classified information are still being committed by insiders.” As I’ve…

CNN: Reports Russian spies in New York

Russian spies used tickets and hats to try to hide New York activities, FBI says; http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/27/us/new-york-alleged-russian-spy/index.html

Security Clearance used by Airline Worker to smuggled Guns on Airplane

Atlanta (CNN) — The breakup of a gun smuggling ring allegedly involving a current and former Delta Air Lines employee has exposed what a New York prosecutor described as an “egregious breach of security” at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said Tuesday that the investigation was “deeply troubling” — not only…