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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, data breaches increased 40 percent in 2016, with a total of 1,093 reported breaches. This trend continued in 2017, with over 1,120 cases reported by October. Businesses, both large and small, are..

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Beware of COVID-19 Phishing Scams

Author: HJI | BSG

Category: Cyber Liability, COVID-19

Cyber criminals increased their volume of phishing attacks by more than 667% in March 2020. Three waves of phishing templates related to COVID-19 have been observed with significant growth in activity during the last week of March. It's important to educate yourself and your employees on how to..

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New Cybersecurity Mandate for DOD Contractors in 2020

2020 is here. And if you’re looking to do business with the Department of Defense, that means your organization will have new cybersecurity certification requirements you must comply with if you’re hoping to win a DOD contract. 

Wisconsin alone has over 3,600 companies that have been awarded..

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The Cyber Paradox

Author: David Kruse

Category: Cyber Liability

Sometime during my sophomore year at Marquette University, in between classic college trips to the dining hall and walking down to throw a Frisbee around by the lake, I made the decision to add a philosophy major to my degree.

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School Districts: How Pairing Cyber Security and Cyber Insurance Can Keep Your Finances on Track

Author: David Kruse

Category: Cyber Liability

On Thursday, February 14th, HJI's Cyber Practice Leader, David Kruse, will be speaking at the 2019 National Conference on Education in Los Angeles. Along with one of the nation's leading voices in K-12 cyber security, Ryan Cloutier (CISSP, Principal Security Architect at Sourcewell Technology),..

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Hackers Aren’t Looking For You. That Doesn’t Matter.

I sometimes have to take a step back and remember that not everyone’s LinkedIn feed is filled with cyber insurance companies, digital forensics firms, information security systems providers, and the like. I see news reports on breaches, network extortion attacks, and computer fraud on a daily..

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KOTR: The Importance of Crisis Communications During a Cyber Breach

Ken Labelle, Cyber Risk Expert with Burns and Wilcox Brokerage, recently sat down with me to discuss why crisis communications is so vital during a cyber breach. You can watch the full interview below, or read on for the transcript. 

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Episode 1.3: What is the Legal Impact of a Data Breach?

Discovering and diagnosing a Data Breach is scary enough as is, but the legal implications of being breached might be even more frightening.  What are you required to do? Can you be fined? If so, how much can you be fined? Who should you even turn to for help?

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Episode 1.2: Why you Need Forensics IT During a Data Breach

What would you do if a message popped up on your computer that said, "Unless you pay $10,000 you'll never see your data again"? Should your internal IT staff attempt to fix the issue? If not, who should your company turn to for help?

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Episode 1.1: What is Cyber Risk?

There's a good chance that at least one of your favorite businesses has been the victim of a data breach over the past few years. With more than a thousand data breaches happening in any given year, how would you respond if you were to fall victim to one?

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