8 Tips for Securing Your Mobile Devices

Posted by Sean Mackey

October 11, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Would you believe that the iPhone is only 10 years old? If you're like me, you might have a hard time remembering life before smartphones and tablets. After all, most of us rely on our mobile devices for everything from completing daily tasks to connecting with friends.

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Topics: Information Security

October Is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Posted by Sean Mackey

October 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM

With recent events like the Equifax breach affecting millions of people, there's no doubt that cybersecurity is more important than ever before. And for professionals in the financial planning industry, security awareness is imperative. Your responsibility extends beyond your own finances, identity, and privacy. You are also charged with helping to protect your clients' sensitive information. So, where can you start?

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Topics: Information Security

Assessing the Physical Security of Your Information Assets

Posted by Sean Mackey

August 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM

The first time I heard the phrase “physical security,” I immediately thought of Raiders of the Lost Ark, with its booby-trap boulders, moving spike walls, and light beams that trigger darts. Fortunately, it didn’t take me long to figure out that the physical side of information security is (almost) never as wild as an Indiana Jones movie!

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Topics: Information Security

3 Lessons Learned from the WannaCry Ransomware Attack

Posted by Sean Mackey

July 12, 2017 at 1:30 PM

If you follow the news, you’ve likely heard of the WannaCry ransomware attack, one of the most widespread cyber attacks to date. Once infected with this ransomware, all information on the user’s computer is encrypted (i.e., locked away) unless a ransom of $300 to $600 is paid to the attackers in Bitcoin.

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Topics: Information Security

Creating an Incident Response Plan

Posted by Sean Mackey

May 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Advisors often ask me what more they can be doing security-wise—not just to keep compliant with regulations but also to make sure they aren’t putting both their offices’ and clients’ information at risk. After all, most of our advisors have great technical controls due to the Commonwealth Shield, and many blend in some security awareness training for a more comprehensive approach. The gaps appear to be covered.

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Topics: Information Security

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