There is a growing list of examples of data breaches that can be traced to third-party suppliers. Even Google has been impacted. Enterprises can have vast supplier networks made up of many smaller partners and associates that cybercriminals see as easier targets from which to steal unprotected data. Yet many SMBs are not putting safeguards such as encryption in place, despite regulations such as SOX placing data integrity obligations on service providers. Are your vendors encrypting your data?
To help you manage your 3rd party data risks, this edition of the newsletter contains information for you to share with your vendors. Many SMBs don't have in-house IT teams or infrastructure and are concerned that they don't have the skills or resources to implement encryption protection. It's time to address those misconceptions.
Below there are FAQ’s to address vendors' questions and details about our no-obligation, Free Trial offer so they can see how easy it is to implement. Also, download and share our white paper on how Alertsec supports SOX compliance.
Financial service providers such as accounting firms, brokers and insurers have access to the most sensitive information and should leverage the highest possible standard for data protection: full disk encryption. But small firms may hesitate believing that deployment and management of full disk encryption requires special IT skills or resources.
With Alertsec’s endpoint security as-a-service, data protection is both accessible and easy to use for every business. And we have just updated our order and enrolment process to make it even easier and clearer for new clients who may not have used this sort of technology before.
Use the link below to find out more about the no-obligation 7-day free trial. At the end of the trial, upgrading to the full service will be completely seamless or simply cancel the subscription if you wish.
Alertsec provides a solid foundation for the internal controls that are mandated by regulations such as SOX. For companies implementing laptop encryption for the first time, here are some Q&A’s about how it works. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How does Alertsec support SOX compliance?
A: Alertsec ensures the integrity of data through full-disk encryption and by strictly managing user access. Alertsec also provides audit reports and activity tracking.
Q: Does it take long to install?
A: Encryption of your laptop will happen in the background allowing you to use the computer as normal.
Q: Will Alertsec affect applications on my laptop?
A: No, the software is completely unobtrusive to users.
Q: What happens if I forget my password?
A: You just call our 24/7 help desk and get help over the phone.
Q: Will Alertsec slow down the machine?
A: No, once you are using the machine you will not be able to see any difference.
Q: Can I uninstall the software?
A: Yes, full instructions are provided. If you cancel at the end of the trial, the data on your laptop will be automatically decrypted.
The US Federal Reserve has been breached on at least 50 occasions between 2011 and 2015, according to a report from Reuters. In one of the attacks the breach is alleged to have exposed sensitive credentials, including logins and passwords, as well as other private details, such as mobile numbers, for more than 4,000 U.S. bankers.
Not long after publication of Reuters’ report, another potential incident was hitting the headlines as "a laptop owned by the Federal Reserve with classified bank info" as well as a Fed Blackberry were stolen from a home in Lakeview, just north of Chicago.
The Washington Redskins have confirmed that confidential player data was put at risk of compromise after a laptop computer belonging to a Redskins athletic trainer was stolen in April. The laptop was password-protected, but unencrypted, and contained a cache of electronic medical records for thousands of players.
According to experts, this sort of personal data is valuable to cybercriminals as it can be used for all types of fraud including medical and tax fraud.