Blogs & Analysis

No website too small for hackers, firm says

This article featuring Sera-Brynn’s CEO and COO originally appeared on PilotOnline.com By Dave Forster The Virginian-Pilot © March 23, 2015 Rob Hegedus likens website and other malicious data hacks to cockroaches. “If you see one, there’s 20 you’re not seeing,” said Hegedus, the CEO of Suffolk-based cybersecurity firm Sera-Brynn. A recent run of website breaches… Read more »

Healthcare Related Cyber Attacks – What’s Going On?

Over the last few months, there has been a rash of successful healthcare related cyber-attacks in the news. These breaches range from hundreds of thousands to tens of millions of compromised records. LifeWise Health Plan. LifeWise is notifying more than 250,000 patients who may have had their personal data compromised by a cyber-attack in late… Read more »

Will your cyber insurance policy save your business if it’s breached?

Cyber insurance has actually been around since the 1990’s, but it’s only recently become a hot topic. With Target, Home Depot, Anthem, Sony and other large breaches grabbing headlines, business owners are showing more interest than ever in cyber insurance. If businesses with six and seven figure annual cyber security budgets are getting breached, it’s… Read more »

Value of a Company Includes Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity — and the lack of it — can affect the valuation of a companyCompany owners and executives should treat cybersecurity as an investment Sony, JP Morgan Chase, Home Depot, Target, Anthem. And these are just the big American companies that have made the news recently after being victimized by cyber thieves. Countless other companies… Read more »

Va. labs, businesses engineer ways to fight hackers

Excerpt from a Virginia Pilot article where Sera-Brynn’s CEO, Rob Hegedus, discusses Cyber Insurance. http://hamptonroads.com/2015/02/va-labs-businesses-engineer-ways-fight-hackers#Insurance Revolution Compromised iPads. Scheming employees. Those are just two of countless ways a company could be hacked. How is a CEO supposed to sleep? Enter Sera-Brynn, a cyber-risk management firm based in Suffolk. The 4-year-old company leads clients through three… Read more »

Data Breaches are Inevitable. How you Prepare Matters.

You cannot protect your business from a data breach. You can only prepare for it. Given enough time, the odds that your business will be the victim of some form of data breach are 100%. As the only Payment Card Industry (PCI) Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) in Southeastern Virginia (and one of only four in… Read more »

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 »