Data privacy is often overlooked in today’s digital landscape, but stakeholders are increasingly recognizing privacy as a competitive imperative, leading many companies to update their compliance and audit standards.

In many ways, 2020 was a year of reckoning for data privacy on the internet. After more than a decade of enthusiastically embracing a “freemium” model in which consumers traded copious amounts of personal data for access to digital platforms, many are adopting a rapid about-face.

Now, privacy is essential, and stakeholders are taking notice. To date, it’s clear that many companies see this as an obstacle, not an opportunity. Rather than embracing privacy compliance audits as a way to demonstrate care and integrity, they are pursuing the path of least resistance. …


Tips and considerations for productively managing a distributed workforce in the new era of remote work

As we come to the close of the year, we can say that 2020 has been a very long decade. Along with the personal difficulties and uncertainties, businesses faced a real struggle as they navigated how to keep the lights on and their people employed.

During these early months through the Spring and Summer, survival for businesses was the name of the game, finding work arounds to implement stop gap measures as they moved their operations remote.

Some companies handled the Great Scramble of…


Ransomware has been the scourge of cybersecurity and may have led to a recent death. Now it soon may get way more dangerous

The threats to cybersecurity are constantly evolving. As security teams develop solutions to the threats, malicious actors change their tactics to keep chasing their ill gotten gains.

After all, the Game is the Game.

And the game keeps changing. In recent years, ransomware has been the weapon of choice for hackers looking for a payday.

In 2017, the WannaCry ransomware attack put this threat on the map when it took the United Kingdom’s National Health Care Service…


Disagreement is one of the defining trends of 2020. However, I think most of us would agree that this year hasn’t turned out to be the kind of year that many of us anticipated when we celebrated on December 31st.

Difficulty abounds on many fronts, reducing our ability to operate with precision and excellence.

For companies balancing concerns about employee health, adjusting to a new hybrid workforce, and responding to shifting consumer demands, the challenges are many.

Of course, in the digital age, cybersecurity is at the center of each of these priorities. A company’s data and IT infrastructure are…


The takeover of high profile Twitter profiles last month on July 15 made headlines when public figures like former President Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk began announcing that they wanted to “give back” to the community.

But instead of making a donation to a COVID-related charity or something similar, they were promising that if people would send them Bitcoin, then they would return twice as much as they were given.

This type of social engineering scam is a common one. Bad actors will pretend to be someone famous and use a fake account to trick people into sending…


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Making the transition to a work from home arrangement has been a heavy lift for a lot of organizations.

However, due to various risk factors and regulations, making the sudden shift to working from home has been more complicated for some sectors than others.

Industries such as the financial and healthcare sectors, as well as those working for the government, face tighter restrictions on how they are allowed to work remotely. This is because the risks to these sectors are deemed to be higher due to privacy and security considerations.

In many cases, it is against the rules for certain…


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As the Coronavirus is disrupting the day-to-day lives of billions of people around the world, businesses are in the middle of what Time Magazine describes as the “world’s largest work-from-home experiment.”

Practically overnight, many companies have been forced to adjust their operations by moving millions of workers out of their offices and into their homes. While this functionality is mission-critical, allowing employees to remain productive and companies to stay operational even as offices are closed, it also comes with significant cybersecurity risks.

Cybercriminals, always ready to take advantage of a crisis, have crafted and distributed a deluge of COVID-19 phishing…


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Due to COVID-19, companies have found themselves in the middle of the world’s largest work-from-home experiment. Many hail remote work as a blessing, allowing employees to continue working while practicing social distancing during this uncertain time.

Of course, even before coronavirus grabbed our attention, many companies were already adapting various telecommuting and remote work policies. A 2019 study by Owl Labs found that 16% of global companies were fully remote, and 40% were hybrid (companies who offer both remote and in-office options). There are good reasons why companies have been embracing the remote work culture. …


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Teramind has been a passionate supporter of RSA. It’s a place where top cybersecurity leaders and community peers come together to exchange the biggest, boldest ideas that help propel the industry forward. I like that RSA conferences feature a key theme that’s predicated on an industry movement, contribution, or idea that has the potential to significantly impact or disrupt the status quo. This helps professionals like us focus on the most prescient trends impacting the industry. This year’s theme is “human element,” a topic that we highly value at Teramind.

Information security professionals often interpret the human component of IT…


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Be ready for CCPA with these top 10 critical factors by January 1, 2020

While people are excitedly making plans to celebrate the new year, many CEOs and CTOs are anxiously counting down the days until California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect.

The new data privacy standard officially begins on January 1, 2020, and it brings privacy regulation to the U.S. in a big way, serving as both an addition to and a complement of Europe’s sweeping General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), enacted in 2018.

The law reflects shifting consumer and regulatory priorities surrounding data security and personal…

Isaac Kohen

VP of R&D for Teramind, a leading, global provider of employee monitoring, insider threat detection, and data loss prevention (DLP) solutions.

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