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Target Breach Update – January 10th, 2014

Update January 10th, 2014 – Today Target released new information about the breach.
We expected new information to be released from Target as the investigation continues,
but we didn’t expect the new information to be so important as to warrant an update.

The new information:

  • There may be an additional 70 million customers affected.  These 70 million may be in addition to the original 40 million customers in the original announcement; however, there is expected to be some overlap between the two ...
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Target Breach FAQ

There have been many conflicting stories and there’s been plenty of advice given
by information security and cybersecurity “experts” since the story first broke
on December 18th.  FRSecure has put together this series of frequently asked
questions to help set the record straight.

We are tired and disappointed by many of the so called “experts” and fear mongers.

Date of Occurrence

November 27th – December 15th, 2013

Who does this affect?

According to all credible reports, the breach affects people who used their credit and/or ...

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Target Breach: What Do We Know?

By Evan Francen, President FRSecure

info@frsecure.com

 

The story broke this week on Brian Krebs’ blog, “Sources: Target Investigating Data Breach”.  My first though was (just like it was mentioned on KARE11’s 10 o’clock news last night) OH CRAP!  This thought is justified by the fact that Brian is a very credible investigator and he relies on very credible sources.  I have a lot of respect for Brian; his investigations, his writings, and his logic.

Brian broke the story yesterday afternoon.  What ...

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KARE interviews Evan Francen over Target breach

KARE 11 interviews FRSecure’s Evan Francen:

Watch the interview

 

 

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KSTP Report Featuring Sean Seamans

FRSecure’s Sean Seamans (PCI QSA, PCIP, CISSP) comments on the recent
Target breach affecting an estimated 40 million credit and debit card accounts.

View the interview

 

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What does Target’s breach mean to consumers?

By Sean Seamans, CISSP QSA

info@frsecure.com

 

I have been following the security breach at Target since Brian Krebs broke the story yesterday. The secret service has confirmed that they are assisting with the investigation. This morning when I dropped off my daughter at daycare, my provider was extremely concerned about the breach of credit card data at Target. Surely, this concern is shared with many of us that shop regularly at the large retailer. However, being a security professional that primarily ...

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Evan Francen Speaking at The Minnesota Government IT Symposium

Evan Francen Speaking at The Minnesota Government IT Symposium

Wed December 11th Evan Francen will be speaking at the Minnesota Government IT Symposium at the RiverCentre in St.Paul.  Evan’s presentation will be titled “People are your biggest risk, not technology.” This is the message that FRSecure has been broadcasting since starting in 2008.

In a recent report by Symantec, 54% of data breaches occurred because of  human failures such as; theft, loss of hard drives or computers, accidents etc..  People are your biggest risk. They always have been and they always ...

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Join Our Team

Join Our Team

FRSecure is actively looking for qualified information assurance/security professionals. Information security is a fast growing and rapidly changing industry and we want you to be a part of it with us . If you want to work in a collaborative culture that is challenging, rewarding, and lots of fun check out our careers page for our current opportunities.

 Email resume to careers@frsecure.com

FRSecure’s Culture 

We strongly believe that we have something special at work here at FRSecure.  There are certain ...

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Photocopier breach costs Affinity Health Plan $1,000,000+!

Photocopier breach costs Affinity Health Plan $1,000,000+!

Under a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Affinity Health Plan, Inc. will settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules for $1,215,780.  Affinity Health Plan is a not-for-profit managed care plan serving the New York metropolitan area.

Affinity filed a breach report with the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on April 15, 2010, as required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical ...

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Two Factor Authentication – Pros and Cons

Two Factor Authentication – Pros and Cons

Lets say your IT department has been harping on you for years about how you should start picking better passwords than password123 or vikings1 or twins2 for your accounts.  So you decide to make them happy (or just go away) and spend an evening strengthening passwords on all your important work and personal accounts – email, Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, LinkedIn, etc.  Maybe you even went extra geeky and used a strong password-generating program to create long, gnarly passwords like 4Af0jy8E#tvs#dtA.

 

You ...

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