International flagsThe Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) recently announced new sanctions on entities and individuals in Iran and Mexico. These sanctions were designated against individuals associated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (“the Quds Force”), Iranian entities involved in hacking against American financial institutions in 2011 and 2012, and Mexican businesses and individuals associated with drug trafficking.

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Social media cubesIt seems like we hear about a new data breach every week. Thanks to one of the most recent breaches, you could be only ten dollars away from getting in touch with your favorite A-list celebrity. Instagram — the Facebook-owned photo sharing company — was recently hacked due to a flaw in the program. Most recent reports indicate up to six million Instagram users’ email addresses and phone numbers may have been made public due to the data breach.

While the breach initially appeared to affect only celebrities and verified accounts, it has now been shown to affect a much wider range of accounts.

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Data computerData security breaches are impacting long-standing and start-up corporations, as well as public and private entities. No one is immune from these threats and understanding the prevalence is the first step in best preventing this from impacting your organization.

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shipping containersFollowing the recent release of a joint analysis report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and sanctions issued by the Obama Administration on December 29, 2016 (as previously reported here), the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding five (5) Russian entities to the Entity List.  The entities identified below have been determined to have been involved in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States:

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Almost every day brings a new report of a significant cyber-security breach. National retailers, large financial institutions, and local entities large and small have been recent victims of cyber-hacking. Financial institutions, health care providers, and retailers are frequent targets of cyber warfare, but virtually every business is at risk. The St. Louis Business Journal’s Oct. 10-16, 2014, cover story, “Why no company is safe in the age of cyber warfare,” (Felt, Brian) reports the staggering costs in lost business and post-data breach losses associated with cyber attacks. According to a local cyber security expert quoted in the Business Journal, “executives should be operating under the assumption that they’ll soon be hacked if they haven’t been already.”

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Cloud computing technology has been recently touted to have a number of benefits from a management and productivity standpoint.  Cloud systems can provide businesses with improved capabilities to access, share and manage electronic data and can further enable employees to work and collaborate from remote locations.  Such technology can additionally reduce operational expenses by outsourcing certain IT costs to third-party service providers. 
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