How can I trust my Vendors with my Data?

By Adam Anderson / October 12, 2017

  If you are thinking about doing business with a vendor who will see your data or connect to your infrastructure, make the following statement. “Before we start working together, please send me your compliance document for the NIST 800-171 Cyber Security Standards.” Chances are they won’t know what that is and won’t have anything to…

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CPAs, the new Vanguard in the Cyber War.

By Adam Anderson / October 8, 2017

  That’s right, in the near future CPAs will become the focal point for conversations around cyber security defence.  The reason?  I’m glad you asked. As the Equifax and other large profile hacks have demonstrated “the adversary” (What security guys call hackers) is after financial and personal data.  What sometimes doesn’t make the news is…

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Equifax – How to Freeze Your Credit

By Adam Anderson / September 26, 2017

As we talked about in an earlier blog post, there are 5 things you should do right now to limit your risk from the EquiFax hack.  It seems that I left out next steps for the most important thing you should do… Freeze your Credit. I read a wonderful article by Clark Howard that breaks…

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The myth cyber security professionals allow

By Adam Anderson / September 23, 2017

I am starting new cyber security consulting firm called Element Security Group so of course I am working with a bunch of wonderful marketing folks and going through their processes for creating marketing copy.  I often enjoy this process as it really helps to clarify my offers but this time around something is off. I keep seeing…

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Equifax hack – 5 things to do right now

By Adam Anderson / September 10, 2017

EquiFax was hacked and all the information in your credit report could be being sold right now on the Deep Web’s black market. This is bad for everyone, but it’s especially bad for business owners.  Imagine someone opening a new business account somewhere and using your credit to get a 100k business LOC.  They run it…

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Business Freedom has a Formula!

By Adam Anderson / September 5, 2017

I was lucky enough to speak with Paul Maskill about Cyber Security and what it takes to survive and thrive as a business owner. We covered a number of topics in a short amount of time.  Here are the major themes: Business Freedom is all about systems that can repeat without you being in the…

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Traction and Cyber Security

By Adam Anderson / August 22, 2017

In the past 6 months I have been given the book Traction on three separate occasions by three different people.  The story is always the same. “Hey Adam, you really need to read Traction.”  It happened so often I began to get a bit defensive!  What do you mean I need business help???  My business is…

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Help! Logging into my applications sucks!

By Adam Anderson / August 13, 2017

Yup.  We moved everything to the cloud.  We store our data there. We run our applications there. We send our customers there.  We are safer and have reduced our liability of business interruption due to a cyber attack greatly. All we have to do is remember 8 different logins and passwords.  Oh, and best practices…

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Cyber Security Hygiene

By Adam Anderson / August 3, 2017

In my TEDx Greenville talk, Cyber Crime isn’t about computer science, it’s about behavioral science, I outlined three beliefs we all share.  While addressing the third belief “There’s nothing I can do to stop them” I spoke about the similarities of cyber infection and biological infection.  The major take away from this connection was that practicing good…

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Your data has been leaked – now what?

By Adam Anderson / July 20, 2017

The good folks over at authentic8.com created a solid blog post on what to do after your data has been leaked.  The post is a bit old, but the content is still relevant.  Go read the full post here. I pulled out some of the stuff that resonated with me. Do this TODAY! Acknowledge that you are…

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