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Calif. data breaches affected 18.5 million residents, state attorney general says

A host of high-profile security breaches at large businesses has contributed to record levels of exposed records.

Home Depot Breach: SilverSky Analyst Roundtable

By SilverSky

Late last week, it was reported that Home Depot was the latest retail giant to fall victim to a massive credit card breach. Brian Krebs broke the story on Krebs on Security, suggesting the transactions from more than 1,700 stores had been compromised for many months. Home Depot was slow to confirm and only said that it had been comprised and that the investigation was ongoing. Finally, in the afternoon on Monday, September 8, Home Depot released a statement confirming that its payment systems had been hacked in a data breach that could affect millions of shoppers who used credit and debit cards at its more than 2,000 U.S. and Canadian stores as far back as April 2014. This breach could surpass the 40 million accounts stolen from other retail giant Target in December 2013.

Complaints site aims to right consumer wrongs

People angry with companies and governments can now share their pain via a crowd-sourced complaints site.

Created by notorious tech entrepreneur John McAfee, the Brownlist aims to find solutions for people treated badly by organisations.

Mr McAfee said the site was a way to channel impotent anger into something more positive.

Ultimately, he said, the site could spur direct action against arrogant firms to make them change their ways.

John McAfee at Def Con: Don’t Use Smartphones

LAS VEGAS – John McAfee, a pioneer of antivirus software, made a surprise appearance at a hacker conference here to warn that smartphone apps spy on consumers.

He also mentioned death threats from people in Belize, smoking marijuana while listening to a Bible recording, the age of consent and the popular computer program that, until recently, bore his name.

The Pinnacle Group ranking # 390 on CRN's 2014 Solution Provider 500 list!

The Pinnacle Group, today announced it has been named to the 2014 Solution Provider 500 (SP500) list by The Channel Company’s CRN. The list ranks the top revenue-generating technology integrators in the U.S. and Canada whose forward-thinking approach to the channel has helped them evolve and thrive in today’s cloud and services-driven IT era. The list spans eight categories from hardware and software sales, to managed IT services. The Pinnacle Group placed 390 in the annual ranking.

Revenue size is determined by the amount of annual products and services sold over the course of 2013. Companies with no public documentation were required to submit a notarized affidavit attesting to their 2013 revenue.

Hacker calls health security 'Wild West'

Kevin Johnson is a professional hacker -- albeit a self-described ethical one. As head of the security consulting firm Secure Ideas, his job involves probing into organizations' networks and applications to identify vulnerabilities. And what he sees in healthcare terrifies him.

Johnson, who will moderate a panel ­– "Frontline Perspective: Combating Cyber Crime in Healthcare" – at the HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News Privacy and Security Forum June 16-17 in San Diego, has conducted tests for health insurance companies, hospitals and medical app companies. For the majority of them, he said, "security sucks."

How to Support BYOD without Putting Your Company at Risk

There is a way businesses can embrace BYOD while still ensuring security of corporate data. Download this white paper to learn more about BYOD support that makes sense for both your users and your company.

Top 5 Reasons to Deploy Desktops as a Service (DaaS)

Desktops as a service (DaaS) may be an excellent fit for organizations that need new end-user computing solutions. This whitepaper explores the top 5 reasons organizations are deploying DaaS as a solution to the challenges of the mobile-cloud era.

The Smart Disaster Recovery Strategy: Desktops as a Service (DaaS)

Many businesses are turning to Desktops as a Service (DaaS) for an affordable, easy way to ensure worker productivity and business continuity, whenever or wherever disaster strikes. Download this white paper to learn more.

Virtual Desktops in the Cloud: Changing the Face of Desktop Security

It's a logical evolution for virtual desktops to be provided as a service from a cloud based provider. This paper will briefly examine how organizations can reduce the security risk of Desktops as a Service.

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