Virginia Senator Mark Warner and Massachussetts Senator Elizabeth Warren have a new bill aimed at preventing the next #equifaxbreach. CyberScout Chairman and Founder Adam Levin shares his analysis on WTOP-FM.
Adam Levin, chairman and founder of CyberScout, tells the Detroit Free-Press that the settlement represents a step in the right direction for consumer privacy and sends a message to other companies that might be tempted to cut corners in safeguarding information, especially when it relates to smart toys that could collect personal information from children.
Uber left the keys to its Amazon Web Services platform where hackers could grab them; many other AWS-powered companies may be similarly exposed. Learn more in this article from Adam Levin, a consumer advocate with more than 30 years of experience and a nationally recognized expert on security, privacy, identity theft, fraud, and personal finance. A former Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Mr. Levin is chairman and founder of CyberScout and co-founder of Credit.com. Adam Levin is the author of "Swiped," available in book stores now. @Adam_K_Levin
In a global market where 144 million unique U.S. Social Security numbers have been released into the wild, the time to integrate added security into our identity verification regime is upon us. However, doing so requires a careful consideration of the downstream consequences and unintended uses of new technologies like biometrics. Learn more in this article from Eduard Goodman, global privacy officer at CyberScout.
Consumers are wondering what they can do to protect their identities from cyber crime and data breaches. In this era of growing concern about security around personal information, community banks have an opportunity to position themselves on the front line as the safest, most secure vehicle for financial products and services. CyberScout customers David Kreiman at Glenview State Bank in Glenview, IL, and Penny Gray from First Security Bank and Trust in Charles City, Iowa, share their experience and advice.
Fashion retailer Forever 21 has confirmed unauthorized access to data from payment cards used at some of its stores. Because a number of stores did not upgrade their point of sale devices, said Adam Levin, "Hackers had the opening they needed to access payment card information.This is yet another cautionary tale that POS systems can become Points of Sabotage when businesses fail to implement proper security measures."
While locking your credit reports is a good idea, it doesn’t prevent against every type of theft. Consumers should still monitor their insurance accounts and health records to be sure identity thieves don’t use their information to pay for medical procedures, for instance.
The localities that manage the voting precincts on Election Day are now on the front lines in defending the security and privacy of voting against enemies. Eric Hodge outlines five steps to secure local elections.
The secret ballot presents a paradox: How can the validity of each vote be confirmed without being traceable to any individual voter? Ballots must be “anonymous and yet verifiable, secret and yet accountable,” says Eric Hodge of CyberScout's consulting service. The article profiles a security expert who champions the move to paper ballots.
In the wake of the Equifax breach, the insurance industry has a unique opportunity to step up to help millions of people reduce their risk, while promoting greater engagement, adding new revenue streams and building loyalty and retention. It is the industry’s cyber moment of truth.