What If “Big Brother” Was Watching Your Data?

March 25th, 2015

Edward Snowden was in the news again this month, speaking (via teleconference from Russia of course) at an event hosted by Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Apart from the designated topic of classified government documents making their way into public hands, the concept of communications privacy was broached by the famous ‘whistle-blower’.   Mr. Snowden said that he himself avoided any digital communications “for anything that could be considered sensitive just because it’s extremely risky” and framed these thoughts with a series of software tools he recommended to protect the privacy of your data.
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Do Newborns Really Need a Name? The Top 10 Reasons Organizations are Not Naming Their Data Babies

March 11th, 2015

Think about this…on that special day when we are born our parents give us a name. Makes sense, right? Having a name keeps you from getting mixed up with the other babies. If you are late for supper and your mom needs to find you right away, she calls your entire name just to make sure the right “Mike” comes home. Should you get lost, it would be pretty difficult for your parents to say to police: “Well, he is 7 years old but doesn’t have a name. See if he answers to ‘Steve’. We always liked that name…”

I digress…

Your company’s data isn’t much different, is it? Without a unique identifier your sensitive data is subject to misuse or improper handling. Everything from securing, storing and retrieving your information is much more difficult, time consuming, and less efficient without first properly identifying—or classifying —your data.

Many organizations are beginning to see the value in “naming their data”, or data classification, and are starting to do something about. However, there are still some organizations out there that do not classify their data. Here is a top 10 list of excuses why organizations DO NOT classify their data “babies”.
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Data Classification Key to Effectively Protecting Information in the Financial Services Industry

March 6th, 2015

For financial services organizations, protecting their customers’ sensitive information is a top priority. When sensitive financial information is breached, fines, lawsuits, and embarrassing headlines are just a few of the many consequences that can occur. Read the rest of this entry »

A Zero Trust Network Demands Data Classification

March 4th, 2015

Think fast – your house is on fire and you only have time to run in once to grab the valuables.

What do you grab?

Most people would (hopefully) grab, in this order, their children, pets, and then—if there is time—family heirlooms and personal/financial documents. But this assumes that you know the location of your belongings, and that they were not left in flammable areas. The same holds true when talking about enterprise data. There are data “arsonists” running around with lighters and matches, trying to ignite your data and leave you with a singed reputation and charred bottom line.
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Top 6 Reasons Financial Services Companies Classify Data

February 25th, 2015

Next week, SC Magazine will be hosting a webinar on how Provident Bank transformed their information protection strategy [link updated to webinar recording]. While it might be a bit of a spoiler, I will let you know that Provident Bank thought enough of classification to make it central to their data protection transformation, as have many other financial organizations. I have worked with a number of different financial services companies, and while each might deal with much of the same kinds of data – payment card information (PCI), personally identifiable information (PII), and intellectual property (IP) – they all had their own unique drivers for implementing classification. It made me wonder — what are the top 5 reasons that financial organizations have asked TITUS to help them classify their data? Here is what I found:
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TITUS Named One of the ‘500 Hot Cybersecurity Companies to Watch in 2015’

February 24th, 2015

We were pleased to learn last week that TITUS has been named to the Cybersecurity Ventures first annual list of top 500 Hot Cybersecurity Companies it Watch in 2015. TITUS was ranked 167 on the list, placing it firmly in the top half of list of cybersecurity companies to watch in the coming year.

According to the press release from Cybersecurity Ventures, they “selected thousands of potential companies for inclusion in the Cybersecurity 500 by soliciting feedback from CISOs and end-user security practitioners, researching hundreds of cybersecurity events, and researching dozens of cybersecurity news sources”.

Their selection criteria included a number of factors including security problems solved by the company/software; customer base; feedback from CISOs and decision makers; feedback from IT security evaluators and recommenders; company growth; media coverage; and more.

Remarked TITUS Co-Founder and CEO Tim Upton, “We are pleased to be among such an impressive group of international security companies as the ones included on this list. For over a decade, TITUS has been developing information security solutions that are being used in some of the largest and most reputable enterprises around the world. Our customers know the importance of accurately identifying and classifying their information in order to effectively protect it, and we are seeing significant growth as more and more organizations realize the importance of information identification and classification as a way to increase the effectiveness of their existing security infrastructure.”

Targeting Healthcare Data

February 9th, 2015

In light of last week’s announcement that the records of 80 million customers were stolen from healthcare insurer Anthem, it is worth noting that healthcare organizations have a particularly heavy data protection burden to bear. As the NY Times reported, Protected Health Information (PHI) is incredibly valuable. Where credit card records were selling for just 33 cents each, a patient medical record on the black market sold for $251.

Why is PHI so valuable?
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World Data Privacy Day

January 28th, 2015

It’s Data Privacy Day today, and TITUS is participating with other organizations around the world to raise awareness about the need to protect personal data. While much of the focus of Data Privacy Day is on how individuals can protect their data from the mischievous, the opportunist and the criminal, here at TITUS we like to look at it from the other side. How can the bank, the clinic, the department store, the utility, the educational institution, and all of the other legitimate organizations that collect personal details be good stewards of this information?
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