Sean Mackey

Sean Mackey is an information security marketing and training specialist at Commonwealth Financial Network®, member FINRA/SIPC, an independent broker/dealer–RIA. With the firm since May 2012, Sean helps plan and run Commonwealth’s security awareness training program, as well as conceptualizes and writes the team’s marketing materials. He completed both his BFA in writing, literature, and publishing and his MFA in creative writing at Emerson College. He holds his Associate of (ISC)2, Security+, and Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) designations.

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Recent Posts

Vetting Your Vendors: A Guide to Performing Due Diligence

Do Financial Advisors Need Cyber Liability Insurance?

Don't Get Hooked: 5 Signs of a Phishing E-Mail

How to Help Your Clients Avoid Tax-Related Identity Theft

8 Tips for Developing a Security Awareness Program

Vetting Your Vendors: A Guide to Performing Due Diligence

Posted by Sean Mackey

March 29, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Your clients rely on you to protect their sensitive information, so it’s important that the vendors you work with have safeguards in place to keep this information safe and secure. Not to mention the fact that the law requires due diligence of business owners who have access to, maintain, or store a consumer’s sensitive information.

But with the array of technology products and services available, you may find it difficult to properly assess the security standards of potential vendors and identify any loopholes or red flags. Here, I’ll walk you through the process for vetting your vendors—including how to evaluate whether they are adequately prepared to defend against threats to sensitive information and unauthorized access that could result in harm to your clients.

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Topics: Information Security

Do Financial Advisors Need Cyber Liability Insurance?

Posted by Sean Mackey

March 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM

In today’s connected world, cyber crime is becoming more common and more sophisticated. In fact, nearly half of all cyber attacks are being perpetrated against small businesses. Fortunately, as cyber crime has developed, so have cybersecurity measures to help you protect your business and safeguard your clients' financial information. One relatively new option that you may have heard about is cyber liability insurance. You may be wondering if this option is right for your business, so let’s take a closer look, starting with what cyber liability insurance covers.

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Topics: Information Security

Don't Get Hooked: 5 Signs of a Phishing E-Mail

Posted by Sean Mackey

February 1, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Did you know that phishing (i.e., scam) e-mails account for about 91 percent of all cyber attacks? In other words, nearly every cybersecurity issue you could think of—from viruses, to ransomware, to full-blown data breaches—starts with users accidentally clicking malicious links in e-mails.

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Topics: Information Security

How to Help Your Clients Avoid Tax-Related Identity Theft

Posted by Sean Mackey

January 31, 2017 at 10:00 AM

It’s likely that you and many of your clients have already started thinking about taxes. Unfortunately, another group is also getting ready for tax time: identity thieves.

As you know, there’s a significant increase in the sharing of sensitive information—both online and via mail—during tax season. This presents an ideal opportunity for identity thieves to steal your clients’ personal information and possibly their identities.

How can you help your clients avoid tax-related identity theft? You can start by understanding the problem and then educating yourself on possible solutions.

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Topics: Information Security

8 Tips for Developing a Security Awareness Program

Posted by Sean Mackey

December 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM

When you hear the words “information security,” firewalls, antivirus programs, and strong-password requirements may come to mind. But what you might not think about is the one major vulnerability that every security system has: people.

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Topics: Information Security

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