Data Breaches Threaten Companies Worldwide

Monday, July 15, 2013 Posted by

As technology staffs contend with ongoing changes to the data distribution landscape, it is important to keep abreast of data security risks and to understand the significant importance of properly managing customer’s private data.

data breachThe Ponemon Institute recently released its annual data breach report which provides stats on data security issues and trends.  With more than 277 companies involved and 1400 individuals interviewed, this report provides a current and unique perspective of potential security risks associated with even the smallest data breach.

Below are highlights of the report which indicates data breaches remain a difficult challenge.

  • The report identifies three key causes of data breaches worldwide:
    • Malicious Attacks – 37%
    • Negligence – 35%
    • System Errors – 29%
  • The average per capita costs of a data breach increased to $136 per capita over the $130 per capita from the previous year.
  • The US had the highest total per incident cost of $5,403,644.
  • In 2013 the average number of breached records was 23,647
  • Healthcare, Financial and Pharmaceutical industries continue to be the top industries with the highest per capita costs incurred.

Ironically, the report noted that organizations that notified victims too soon following a data breach actually incurred higher costs. This is an indication that an incident management plan should be in place to properly mitigate the data breach event.

It’s clear, based on the data in this report, that companies need to look beyond technology solutions that secure systems and communications.  It is important that the human factors are considered like employee training and creating an incident management plan to provide a full proof data security strategy.

Take a look at the full 2013 Ponemon Institute Data Breach report for more information on the top reasons that data breaches occurred and ways to decrease the risks and costs associated with them.

For information on how your company can build a better strategy to avoid data breaches, download our free white paper “Defending Against Data Breach: Developing The Right Strategy for Data Encryption.”

 

DB2 Field Encryption Has Been Simplified

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Posted by

Compliance regulations like HIPAA and PCI DSS have us all looking for more efficient and secure ways to keep sensitive data protected, especially the personal information fields we’ve all come to rely on: social security numbers, credit card numbers, birth dates, driver’s license numbers, insurance policy ID numbers, etc.

Register for DB2 FieldProcs WebinarFortunately, IBM is working hard to meet the growing demands of companies who must store and share private information and compliance auditors who govern how it must be done.  When it released IBM i 7.1, it included a feature for encrypting DB2 form fields to give IT staffs more control.

Surprisingly, not everyone is taking full advantage of these DB2 FieldProcs either because they’re not aware of their benefit, or because they’re waiting for an even more comprehensive approach.

If you fall into either of these groups, then we’ve got good news.  The Linoma Software team is hosting a webinar next week to share tips for how to maximize the DB2 FieldProcs feature in IBM i 7.1.  In addition, we’ll provide some options that could give your processes even more functionality, making things more efficient.

We invite you to grab some lunch and join us for IBM i Field Procedures Simplified with DB2 Field Procedures on June 13 at noon central.  There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions, and we’ll also record the webinar so you can share it with your colleagues.

Hope you’ll be able to join us!

Linoma Posts Another Year of Record Growth

Friday, April 19, 2013 Posted by

We’ve had lots of reasons to celebrate lately at Linoma Software, and here are just a few.

Sales Are Soaring

GoAnywhere, Crypto Complete, Surveyor 400, RPG ToolboxThanks in no small part to having well designed and executed products and a superior support team, our enthusiastic sales team spent 2012 shattering sales records, and have already topped themselves in the first quarter of 2013.  We’ve been able to help customers from virtually every industry, including healthcare, finance and banking, insurance, manufacturing, education, retail, and government, and as we hear back from them about how GoAnywhere or Crypto Complete or Surveyor or RPG Toolbox has made their lives easier and their data more secure, we can share their stories with others seeking an affordable, enterprise-level solution.

Trade Show Season Is In Full Swing

We’ve already met lots of new people — and reconnected with old friends — at the RPG Summit, RSA Conference, COMMON, and InfoSec in Orlando, and this weekend we’re exhibiting with HANDD Business Solutions, one of our partners in the UK, at InfoSec Europe.  Then, we’re first-time exhibitors at the FOSE government conference in Washington D.C. in May and then we’re back in Europe for the COMMON-Europe conference in June.

We’ve Launched a New Website

If you haven’t visited our new GoAnywhere.com website yet, you should check it out.  Our team worked very hard to redesign not only the look and feel, but also the navigation to make it easier for visitors to find what they need.  We hope you’ll take a look and let us know what you think.

GoAnywhere OpenPGP Studio is Now Available

Last month we published a free desktop tool that can encrypt and decrypt files using OpenPGP encryption.  It’s a great solution for those who need to occasionally encrypt files, and OpenPGP Studio also helps organize and manage keys.  You can download OpenPGP Studio for free here.

We’ve also added some new faces to our team and are working on some pretty cool software enhancements as well as our first mobile app, which should be available very soon.

As always, we welcome your ideas and your feedback, and if you’ve got a great story to share about how one of our products has helped you work more efficiently or kept your data better protected, let us know. We’d love to hear it!

 

 

Stop by and say hello at the COMMON Users Conference

Monday, April 8, 2013 Posted by

COMMON User's GroupThe Linoma team is once again exhibiting at one of our favorite conferences — the COMMON User’s Group Annual Meeting, hosted this year in Austin, Texas.  It’s a great opportunity to see customers and meet lots of new faces.

Bob Luebbe, our Chief Architect, is presenting two sessions:  Beyond FTP — Securing File Transfers at 5:00 tonight and Encryption with DB2 Field Procedures in V7R1 at 8:00 tomorrow morning.

We’ve got a brand new booth design (and a brand new website design), and we’re giving away prizes to anyone who stops to spin the prize wheel.  In addition, we’re sponsoring two drawings. Customers can register for a $100 gift card giveaway, and anyone can register for our drawing to award a Google Nexus 7 tablet.  We’ll be drawing the winners right after the Passport Drawing tomorrow, and you must be present to win.

If you’re in Austin, be sure to stop by Booth #500 and say hi to Bob, Brian, Donnie, Ron or Susan, and we’ll see if we can get you some Baker’s chocolate and another prize or two.

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