Blogs & Analysis

Tax Season is Also Phishing Season

By John Kipp, Chief Operating Officer at Sera-Brynn The recent TurboTax dust up may be behind us now, but that doesn’t mean the threat to your sensitive tax data went with it. Tax fraud is a multi-billion dollar business. In fact, for 2013, the IRS estimates it paid out just over $5 billion in fraudulent… Read more »

Business Breached? Cyber Threat? Take These Steps Immediately.

2014 was one of the worst years in history regarding the volume and financial damage caused by data breaches. The Identity Theft Resource Center estimates there was an increase of nearly 28% compared to the previous year. Home Depot, Government contractor USIS, JPMorgan Chase, Connecticut Public Utilities, dozens of hospitals, Apple’s iCloud, USPS, Sony Entertainment…the… Read more »

Data Breach Response Action Plan: Seven Steps to an Effective Response

By Billy Poynter, Kaleo Legal The following seven steps can help you prepare for, plan and implement your response in the event of a data security breach. All steps should be conducted at the direction of counsel, so as to preserve all potentially attorney-client privileged information. 1. Institute periodic security system and policy reviews. It… Read more »

What You Should Know About the Anthem Breach

By Heather Engel, Sera-Brynn, Executive Vice President As security professionals, we at Sera-Brynn know how challenging it is to keep information secure. A hacker only has to be right once, IT Security has to be right every single time, thousands of times in a single day. As consumers we have a right to information protection,… Read more »

It’s OK to Lie!

Identity theft prevention tip from Sera-Brynn’s CIO, Darek Dabbs: Identity theft is always a major concern. One way to protect yourself from being hacked via identity theft is lying. Yes – Lying. How many websites ask you for personally identifiable information such as your mother’s maiden name, elementary schools or perhaps even the road you… Read more »

28 January is Data Privacy Day – Some Advice Beyond Strong Passwords

Advice from Sera-Brynn EVP, Heather Engel: Be cautious when using public or unsecured Wi-Fi. It’s easy to hijack an unsecure session, and hard for you to tell if the network you just connected to is legitimate and safe. Just assume someone is looking over your shoulder if you’re going to use a public network, and… Read more »

Zero-Day Adobe Vulnerability

You may have read last week about the zero-day Adobe vulnerability. Sera-Brynn identified this morning that this specific vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild via underground exploit kits. Sera-Brynn recommends that Flash be temporarily disabled in all browsers until Adobe puts a successful patch in place. Find more information on the exploit in… Read more »

Future Cyber Security Army Needs More Than Just Programmers

Future Cyber Security Army Needs More Than Just Programmers Sera-Brynn discusses Cyber Security issues with Vice President Biden and Secretary of Energy Moniz. SUFFOLK, VA – (January 15, 2014) Think the future of cyber security relies solely on computer programmers? Wrong. Securing financial information, personal data and proprietary plans along government, corporate and personal networks… Read more »

The Future of Cyber Security – Sera-Brynn EVP Perspective

By Heather Engel, Executive Vice President, Sera-Brynn This week, Sera-Brynn was invited to participate in a round table discussion with Vice President Joe Biden and the Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. The focus of this discussion was cyber security training, and followed the announcement of a $25 million dollar grant to support cyber security education…. Read more »