January 21, 2019

Since Recorded Data Breaches Doubled In 2012, Zephyr Networks Asks How Big Will The Increase Be In 2013

In the final months of 2013, Zephyr Networks wants to point out that the number of recorded data breaches more than doubled in 2012 to 2,644 incidents. It is important to realize that these are only the recorded incidents. Companies often cover-up data breaches to protect the estimated public integrity of their business. Still, even without the additional numbers due to unrecorded data breaches, this was still a 117% increase, according to a report by Open Security Foundation.

Recorded Date Breaches

 

data breaches, cyber security, network security

Data Breaches Are Like Open Books

A co-author of the report, Risk Based Security CEO Barry Kouns agrees with Zephyr Networks when it comes to the final estimation of data breaches during any calendar year. Kouns explained the need for discrimination when analyzing the given statistics: “We must exercise caution when analyzing the number of exposed records since on average, 26 percent of the incidents tracked do not report the number of exposed records.”  

If your company had an unrecorded data breach in 2012 or 2013 that you chose to keep under the covers, please do not remain in denial. The data breach did happen, and, without proper network security precautions, it most likely will happen again. Zephyr Networks is a top provider of network security options and services. In 2012, data breaches in the business sector accounted for 60% of total incidents, followed by government (17.9%), Education (12%) and Medical (9.5%).

External Data Breaches

Nearly 77% of reported incidents were carried out by external agents or activity outside the organization, and 68.2% of the data breach incidents were carried out through hacking. In fact, hacking was responsible for 22.8% of exposed records in 2012. Internal data breaches accounted for 19.5% of incidents as company employees crossed the line into criminality.  66.7% of the data breaches led directly to exposed records of confidential information and client data.

Overall, when compared to the rest of the world, the United States amazingly accounted for 40% of recorded data breaches. Considering the population size when compared to the billions of people across the globe, this figure is both impressive and scary. What will the increase in the number of recorded data breaches be in 2013?  If you need help preventing future data breaches, please call Zephyr Networks toll free at (800) 884-7559 or fill out our handy contact form.

 

 

Orange County IT Services Provides Company Stability So You Can Work On Your Business, Not In Your Business

The key to Zephyr Networks approach to providing Orange County IT Services is stability. By ensuring that your company has the very best in information technology, system virtualization and network security, we give you the freedom to work on your business and not in your business. How many top executives have seen time and resources drained by network interruptions, data breaches, and poor technological planning? At Zephyr Networks, we truly believe that such challenges should be non-issues that no longer present problems or take up the time of our client companies.

By focusing on solutions that are both proactive and preventative, Zephyr Networks provides our clients with the freedom to do what they do best. After all, the point of going to work every day is not to work in your business, but to work on your business, being productive and profitable. Technology is supposed to make work easier. The very point of technological innovation is to improve your productivity and profitability. When IT issues get in the way of your core business, something clearly is not right and needs to be addressed. Zephyr Networks is designed to provide effective solutions to such problems.

The four-tiered approach of Zephyr Networks is at the very heart of why we do what we do so well. The beating core of this heart is setting the technological groundwork of consistent stability for our clients when it come to their IT needs. Like the consistency of a heartbeat, we want your company’s technology and networks and computer systems to operate consistently, effectively and efficiently. After ensuring stability, Zephyr Networks delivers ongoing maintenance and monitoring to help with business continuity. Business continuity is not merely an issue of what to do during a catastrophic event. Rather, business continuity is an ongoing day-to-day focus on the smooth and reliable operations of a company’sinformation technology, computer systems, and networks.

The third part of Zephyr Network’s four-tiered approach is like the armor a knight wears to protect the stability of his heart. Network security, cyber defense and contingency planning make up the defensive attributes of this armor. By making sure that your company is protected from data breaches, cyber criminals and casual hackers, Zephyr Networks prevents problems before they happen. The fourth part is about helping you do what you do best: Zephyr Networks helps you work on your business by keeping your computer systems up-to-date and making sure you remain on the cutting edge of technological updates. If there is an innovation that can help your company without consuming too much time or too many resources, Zephyr Networks wants you to have the freedom of knowledge to make such a choice.

Zephyr Networks understands that the focus of our work remains the IT stability and security of your company. By making sure that your technology base is strong, we help to give you the freedom to grow and improve your core business.  If you want to take your Orange County IT services to the next level of excellence, please contact Zephyr Networks today. To learn more about how we can help your company, call Zephyr toll free at (800) 884-7559 or fill out our handy contact form.

British Report Reveals Data Breaches And Cyber Security Incidents Increasing As Cyber Criminals Attack Both Large And Small Businesses

Data Breaches and Cyber Security incidents are not only a problem in the United States. Zephyr Networks was not surprised when a detailed British study of the state of cyber security and data breaches by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) revealed extensive threats and vulnerabilities in the UK. The study – The 2013 Information Security Breaches Survey – reveals the threat of cyber attacks for both large and small businesses.

Like in the United States and specifically in Southern California, it does not matter whether you have a large, small or mid-sized company. Without taking the proper cyber defense precautions, your company is vulnerable. In the UK, attacks against small businesses increased by 10% in the past year, costing up to 6% of their turnover. Zephyr Networks knows from experience that these companies could have protected themselves for much less. Small businesses were advised by the British Government  to ensure that they are protected through managing risk, staff training and increased network security. Cyber security is not just an IT challenge, it is critical to the running of any business.

Some small to mid-sized businesses, whether in the UK or in Southern California, don’t have the resources to hire a full team of information security staff. To help these businesses to protect themselves, the British government has introduce Innovation Vouchers with a value of over $7500 to be used to improve their IT security with outside expertise. Zephyr Networks wishes that either the federal government of the state government of California would follow this smart path laid out by the British authorities. If you need affordable help in Southern California, please contact Zephyr Networks for cyber security solutions that will help ensure the safe future of your business and safeguard your company’s data. To prevent data breaches, call Zephyr Networks for a free consultation at (800) 884-7559.

data breaches, cyber security, information security, cyber defense

Cyber Security Incidents & Data Breaches Increasing All Over The World

This infographic by Via Resource highlights the growing trends in UK information security breaches.

 

The United States And Japan Hold Bilateral Cyber Dialogue Conference On Cyber Security

In May of 2013, the United States and Japan held their first ever bilateral talks on cyber security and cyber defense. The focus of the Tokyo conference was the prevention malicious and intentional cyber attacks and data breaches. The genesis of the conference between the United States and Japan were the cyber attacks and data breaches by government-sponsored hackers traced back to China. Zephyr Networks fully supports such international efforts by states to address questions of cyber security and cyber defense.

Cyber Security, cyber defense, cyber dialogue

Cyber Security Leads To Bilateral Conference

Both the United States and Japan view such cyber attacks, including, hacking and the use of viruses, as a growing threat to national security. Being state-sponsored in China, the cyber attacks are becoming more and more sophisticated, demanding greater measures to ensure cyber security. The two-nation conference came in the wake of a report by the US Pentagon accusing China of cyber spying against the American government. Beijing naturally denies the allegations, saying it’s impossible to tell where the attacks originated.

Joint Statement From Cyber Security Conference

Here is an excerpt from the joint statement after the conference:

The U.S.-Japan Cyber Dialogue deepened bilateral cooperation on a wide range of cyber issues and strengthened the U.S.-Japan Alliance by:

  • Exchanging information on cyber issues of mutual concern and discussing possible cooperative measures.
  • Affirming common objectives in international cyber fora, especially the application of norms of responsible state behavior in cyberspace.
  • Supporting the development of practical confidence-building measures and the implementation of national whole-of-government cyber strategies in an effort to reduce risk in cyberspace.
  • Confirming support for the preservation of openness and interoperability enhanced by the multi-stakeholder system of Internet governance.
  • Coordinating cooperation on cyber capacity-building efforts in third countries.
  • Identifying actions governments and private sector entities can take to secure critical infrastructure.
  • Addressing the increasing role of cyber defense in national defense and security strategies and discussing new areas of bilateral cyber defense cooperation.

If Japan and the United States are able to turn these common objectives and goals into actual reality, Zephyr Networks believes the Cyber Dialogue Conference produced some real value. It will take time to see what happens, but without question as the hackers get more sophisticated, cyber security experts must do the same. If you want to learn more about how we can help your company with cyber security, please call Zephyr Networks toll free at (800) 884-7559 or fill out our handy contact form.

 

HIPAA Increases Financial Penalties For Repeat Violations To Address Increasing Healthcare Data Breaches

We at Zephyr Networks like to make sure our clients and potential clients are kept current on the latest HIPAA penalty updates. While the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) initially established a tiered penalty structure for healthcare data breaches, it has not been revised until now. The final HIPAA omnibus rule includes revisions to the penalties applied to each HIPAA violation category for healthcare data breaches. Section 160.404 refers to the amount of civil monetary penalty as administered under the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act.

New Healthcare Data Breaches Penalty Structure:

Violation Type                                        Each Violation         Repeat Violations/year

Did Not Know                                          $100 – $50,000            $1,500,000

Reasonable Cause                                  $1,000 – $50,000         $1,500,000

Willful Neglect – Corrected                     $10,000 – $50,000       $1,500,000

Willful Neglect – Not Corrected              $50,000                       $1,500,000                          

One-time violations stay under $50k, but repeat violations within the same year can hold a fine of $1.5 million across all HIPAA violation categories, up substantially from the previous $250k minimum. The new penalty structure for healthcare data breaches aligns with recent data from the Ponemon Institute that found recurring healthcare data breaches are increasing among respondents, with 45 percent (up from 29 percent in 2010) reporting more than five incidents in the last two years.

The average economic impact of healthcare data breaches has also increased by $400k to a total of $2.4 million since 2010. In addition to federal fines, investigation, legal, business downtime and decreased credibility all contribute to the economic loss suffered by businesses undergoing such healthcare data breaches. The increase in HIPAA violation fines are a direct response to the epidemic of repeat healthcare data breaches and the rising costs to the healthcare industry.

What is essential to understand is that HIPAA’s standards and monetary penalties now apply to a wide range of healthcare vendors and their subcontractors. Even if you didn’t know you were violating HIPAA, you can still be penalized and charged accordingly. This means that if you support the healthcare industry or deal with patient data in any way, you should be up on the requirements of HIPAA to avoid significant government fees.

Zephyr Networks Helps End Healthcare Data Breaches

If you are worried about potential healthcare data breaches at your company and HIPAA violations, please contact Zephyr Networks today. When it comes to ensuring and maintaining your network security, we are your solution. To learn more about how we can protect your company, call Zephyr toll free at (800) 884-7559 or fill out our handy contact form.