Cloud storage is a wonderful tool, but only when done right

Quebec’s minister for the Government’s Digital Transformation submitted his long-awaited Act to facilitate the public administration’s digital transformation last week. The legislation would create an internal department staffed by experts in cybersecurity and would be tasked with protecting data belonging to the province’s public sector and its citizens. Minister Éric Caire said that 80% of the province’s data will be stored on private data servers through the cloud. They claim that the most sensitive content will be stored on secure local servers, but without seeing more technical details, we can’t help but be skeptical that either of these storage methods will be fully secure.

We commend the Minister on his intentions to protect our personal information, but we’ve seen time and time again that cloud-based servers aren’t impregnable. An all too familiar example would be the iCloud account hacks that plagued Hollywood in 2014. WhatsApp, the popular “secure” messaging app with over 1.5 billion users, was hacked last May and should serve as a rude awakening for those who rely solely on cloud-based communications tools. According to Business Insider, the NSO Group, an Israeli cyberwarfare firm, was able to access users’ phones and subsequently, their information, through relatively simple hacking measures.

We recognize that cloud-based storage is a wonderful tool, but it needs to be done right. In addition to having up-to-date cybersecurity software, users of the cloud should make sure to have solid passwords and use multi-step log-in verification to better secure the data they store. For government systems where large numbers of people have access to sensitive information, a proper governance system must be put in place.

That’s why we created Evizone. With Evizone Secure Communications (ESC) and Evizone Communications Governance (ECG), your bases are covered with proprietary technology that offers the strongest commercially available system for the secure exchange and compliance archiving of electronic communications. Mr. Caire, if you’re reading this – see for yourself by signing up for a free trial of Evizone today!

Digital IDs : a tempting shift for consumers and hackers alike

A recent study conducted by Interac, a leading debit payment service, suggests that two out of three Canadians would rather have their IDs offered through a digital format than through a physical document or card. Though they also claimed some form of weariness on the matter of cyber-security threats, 86% of the 1,500 people polled wanted a digital version of at least one of their official documents stating it would be “more practical”.

It’s very clear: Canadians want more practical digital options to manage their ID documentation, be it though online formats or through their mobile phones.

However, these findings bring up important questions. Where does the information for these digital IDs come from and where does it get stored? The practicality of such a service might attract many to make the shift, but we can’t forget to think about how the information will be sent and where it’ll be stored. How easy could it be for hackers to come upon IDs directly from people’s phones? The recent data leaks plaguing government agencies must be kept in mind before making such a big leap towards a digital ID system.

At Evizone, we’re proud to offer the best of both worlds. Practical and easy to use software that can be easily integrated even into a mobile phone, as well as a software built with encryption and proprietary clauses that take away the risk of having personal information stolen. See for yourself by signing up for a free trial today!

Another week, another data leak

Last week, Revenu Québec, the Canadian province’s tax collection agency, suffered a serious data breach. An internal leak of some 23,000 files contained the names, salaries, and Social Insurance Numbers of government employees.

Two suspects have been charged and fired. But we are still left asking ourselves: why was it so easy for these individuals to bypass the security system of a government agency tasked with collecting the most sensitive information on 8 million people? Are all their files as vulnerable as the data that was leaked? How can we put a stop to these all too frequent occurrences?

Data breaches and leaks come in many forms, from disgruntled workers to external contractors to belligerent actors, but the song remains the same. All organizations need to implement better data protection barriers in their servers and software. While all culprits need to be caught and charged when a hack occurs, it would be better to take better care of our data and make sure cybercriminals can’t access sensitive information in the first place. Government agencies should be the first to understand this.

Evizone is proud to offer our clients with state of the art, military-grade data protection and communications governance. Our software is built with encryption and proprietary clauses that take away the risk of having personal information stolen. See for yourself by signing up for a free trial today!

2018 taught us the importance of cybersecurity

The global community continues to experience a growing number of cyber threats impacting industries from tourism to retail. As technology advances, so do the complex methods utilized by hackers. If 2018 has taught companies anything, it is that their data is one of their most valuable assets.

Data breaches not only have negative long-term impacts on consumers and their privacy, but also on the companies involved.

The Marriott International scandal that exposed up to half a billion guests is now facing a class action suit and shares have fallen 5.6%. Who can forget the Facebook data breach that turned the company upside down, with over 80 million accounts compromised? And what about the UnderArmour scandal, when the breach of over 150 million led to a media frenzy and a 3.8% price drop in shares?

Without compromising the growth of the digital economy, companies are increasingly advocating for the protection of consumers to avoid harmful data breaches.

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that a coalition of over 200 retailers, banks and technology companies is releasing new recommendations for national privacy legislation that calls on the United States government to adopt a national privacy law that would apply the same data collection requirements to all companies.

“We see a real need to both protect consumers at a time when digital services and the digital economy is so important and expanding, and at the same time, making sure we’re advancing global competitiveness,” said Julie Sweet, chief executive of Accenture North America.

Evizone provides its customers with the best data protection services. Our military-grade encryption and our proprietary software allow you to share information with no fear of being hacked. Try for yourself by testing our free trial.

The US is taking a big step on cybersecurity

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Today’s hackers are professionals who have mastered the art of breaching servers and stealing data. Small businesses, multinationals and even governments are investing record amounts on cybersecurity. Yet hackers always seem to always find a way to get the information they are looking for using sophisticated methods.

The European Union acted on this issue with regulation, forcing companies to maintain a high level of protection to avoid big fines if data isn’t secured properly.

Now, the United States followed through with their own piece of legislation which passed both Houses of Congress and is now on the President’s desk awaiting his signature.

The bill will establish the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a new cybersecurity agency within the Department of Homeland Security, replacing the National Protection and Programs Directorate. Even though its main focus is to protect the .gov domain against cyberattacks, this initiative is a step towards acknowledging the seriousness of new sophisticated data threats.

Tom Kellerman, chief cybersecurity officer at Carbon Black and a member of former president Obama’s Commission on Cyber Security, talked about the positives of CISA in a recent interview:

“The Achilles heel of America is her cybersecurity posture. This new agency represents a cosmic shift in governance toward civilizing American cyberspace.”

The US government is taking a step towards protecting its own domains, but unlike the EU legislation, it does not protect personal data held by private corporations.

Because of this, it is up to small businesses and multinationals to take the responsibility into their own hands. For this, companies should turn to Evizone.

Evizone provides the best cybersecurity software that will protect your data through high-end encryption. Make sure to try our services by signing up to our free trial here.

About Evizone Ltd.
Evizone Ltd. is a revolutionary secure communications, encryption and compliance software and service provider based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Evizone offers innovative enterprise solutions in secure messaging (next generation beyond encrypted e mail) and encryption, encryption at rest, regulatory compliance, compliance archiving, WORM compliance, 17a-4 compliance, document life cycle management and communications governance and risk management. Evizone’s services protect organizations through best in class security, encryption, recipient controls, document life cycle management, discovery management, compliance management, compliance archiving, tamper proof WORM and 17a-4 compliance archiving and complete audit records against the enormous damage caused by communications breaches. Evizone’s patented technologies offer a level of security impossible to obtain with conventional or encrypted email and fast, powerful, user friendly compliance archiving. Evizone’s services are immediately available on multiple platforms and provide the strongest commercially available communications security and compliance archiving. You can follow Evizone on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 

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Cybersecurity is only expensive when you don’t have any

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In business, protecting your data (as well as your customers’) is fundamental for mutual trust. That’s why rigorous cybersecurity is becoming the norm in all fields of business activity. More and more companies are realizing that investing in cybersecurity today is a better business decision than being stuck with the consequences of a cyberattack later on. They’re putting in good risk management procedures to counter or react quickly to possible breaches in their systems. This is very positive news compared to what was the standard a few years ago.

But unfortunate, not all companies are so rational. Let’s take the case of Tesco Bank. Multiple warnings were sent to the British retail bank regarding deficiencies in the cybersecurity measures and software they had in place. However, Tesco ignored the notices and – surprise! – was a victim of a cyberattack. Tesco Bank chief executive, Gerry Mallon, confirmed to the Guardian that following the attack, they made sure to upgrade their cybersecurity measures.

Tesco now has to pay £16.4 million ($21.5 million USD) to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). In addition, the bank invested massively in a “comprehensive redress programme” to improve their cybersecurity measures in order to avoid being a victim again down the line.

“We have significantly enhanced our security measures to ensure that our customers’ accounts have the highest levels of protection.’’ Mallon affirmed.

Case study after case study shows that you shouldn’t wait until after you’ve been hacked to protect yourself. As we’ve argued before, security breaches are expensive and lead to a loss of trust. Don’t let this happen to your company. Make sure you have the best cybersecurity software protecting your data. You can try our services by signing up to our free trial here.

About Evizone Ltd.
Evizone Ltd. is a revolutionary secure communications, encryption and compliance software and service provider based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Evizone offers innovative enterprise solutions in secure messaging (next generation beyond encrypted e mail) and encryption, encryption at rest, regulatory compliance, compliance archiving, WORM compliance, 17a-4 compliance, document life cycle management and communications governance and risk management. Evizone’s services protect organizations through best in class security, encryption, recipient controls, document life cycle management, discovery management, compliance management, compliance archiving, tamper proof WORM and 17a-4 compliance archiving and complete audit records against the enormous damage caused by communications breaches. Evizone’s patented technologies offer a level of security impossible to obtain with conventional or encrypted email and fast, powerful, user friendly compliance archiving. Evizone’s services are immediately available on multiple platforms and provide the strongest commercially available communications security and compliance archiving. You can follow Evizone on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 

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‘GDPR: A Move Forward’ webinar

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This past July, Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was passed into law. This new ePrivacy law brought forward two major changes: the first being tougher regulation on data collection and increased security measures to protect that data; second was new financial penalties for non-compliance that can go up to 4% of a company’s revenue or $25 million (whichever is higher).

Some companies already face huge fines as the result of GDPR. According to Erin Winick, associate editor at MIT’s Technology Review, British Airways might have to pay $650 million USD following a hack on their database.

“If it’s determined that British Airways didn’t do enough to protect consumer information, it could be facing a fine of up to 4 percent of its annual revenue (that works out to about 500 million pounds).”

In an upcoming webinar on the subject, Evizone Chairman William Wells, along with Joseph Rossi, Principal TurtleBay Advisory Services, and Mary Beth Borgwig, CEO of Standish Cyber Corp, will be discussing the post-GDPR changes, the timetable for implementation, the implications to Financial Service Organisations-Policies, Operation and Technology issues and how businesses can prepare for those changes.

This webinar, organized by FSO Knowledge Xchange, will inform business executives and tech specialists on their responsibilities and their obligations before and after a data breach, the penalties and liabilities imposed on processers and controllers, and most importantly, practical advice on how to improve your overall information security in line with the GDPR’s requirements.

The webinar is set to take place on September 13 from 10 am to 11:30 am EST. Interested parties can sign up at https://www.fsokx.com/Webinar/WebinarIntroduction.aspx?evId=63.

“Evizone’s military grade encryption is exactly what the GDPR webinar viewers are looking for,” said Mr. Wells. “Company executives today know how important it is to safely keep and protect their customer’s data and compliance archiving are for their businesses. With Evizone Communications Governance (ECG) they finally have a simple, secure, and easy way to meet their regulatory needs.”

Evizone is the perfect solution for your business’ electronic communications. Multinationals have failed to properly protect their clients’ data in accordance to the GDPR standards. Don’t wait for your company to face fines before getting your data protection to conform with GDPR. Visit our website to learn more about the Evizone Communications Governance which will allow you to be up to date with the latest regulations. You can test our free trial here.

About Evizone Ltd.
Evizone Ltd. is a revolutionary secure communications, encryption and compliance software and service provider based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Evizone offers innovative enterprise solutions in secure messaging (next generation beyond encrypted e mail) and encryption, encryption at rest, regulatory compliance, compliance archiving, WORM compliance, 17a-4 compliance, document life cycle management and communications governance and risk management. Evizone’s services protect organizations through best in class security, encryption, recipient controls, document life cycle management, discovery management, compliance management, compliance archiving, tamper proof WORM and 17a-4 compliance archiving and complete audit records against the enormous damage caused by communications breaches. Evizone’s patented technologies offer a level of security impossible to obtain with conventional or encrypted email and fast, powerful, user friendly compliance archiving. Evizone’s services are immediately available on multiple platforms and provide the strongest commercially available communications security and compliance archiving. You can follow Evizone on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 

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New York will have its own GDPR, and companies must be prepared

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GDPR has now been in place for a couple of months in Europe, and other jurisdictions around the world are following close behind. New York State’s own data protection regulation, voted into law in March 2017, will be fully implemented come September 4.

Financial institutions will be particularly affected by this new cybersecurity law. They will have to retain an audit trail of all financial transactions, which must be keep for at least five years. Authorities will be able to verify whether or not financial institutions are keeping customer information secured to their liking. Additionally, all companies will have to encrypt their business operations data. Once that data isn’t pertinent anymore, it will have to be erased using safe deletion procedures under the new law.

The Department of Financial Services’ press release quotes the DFS’s Superintendent, Maria T. Vullo, on the new regulation:

“New York stepped into the void and took decisive action to ensure appropriate minimum standards protecting financial institutions’ data systems, including consumers’ sensitive personal information. These new protections, which include encryption, access controls and audit trails, add crucial tools to the regulation’s prior requirements in protecting the institutions and consumers.”

There are many similarities when comparing the cybersecurity requirements in both Europe and New York. However, these two cases vary significantly in one way: the New York legislation has no clear consequences or penalties for not following the letter of the law. Those will be determined on a case by case basis.

The first noncompliants caught will be the ones to set the tone, and future penalties will be based on that precedent.

The fact that there are no precisions on the penalties associated to each violation means companies can’t compare the cybersecurity costs to the risk they are taking not properly investing in security.

Nicole Clement, a senior manager in the financial services security practice at professional-services firm Accenture, addressed the Wall Street Journal on this new regulation:

‘’That lack of specificity increases the risk to a financial institution because it is unable to say here is that true financial risk we are taking on, or the true regulatory risk. Time will tell as to what the penalties will be on this.”

Evizone is the perfect solution for your business’ electronic communications. We provide our customers with high-end data encryption and our proprietary software guarantees security for our user’s clients; all in compliance with new regulations. Don’t wait for your business to get caught before investing in cybersecurity. You can test Evizone in a free trial here.

About Evizone Ltd.
Evizone Ltd. is a revolutionary secure communications, encryption and compliance software and service provider based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Evizone offers innovative enterprise solutions in secure messaging (next generation beyond encrypted e mail) and encryption, encryption at rest, regulatory compliance, compliance archiving, WORM compliance, 17a-4 compliance, document life cycle management and communications governance and risk management. Evizone’s services protect organizations through best in class security, encryption, recipient controls, document life cycle management, discovery management, compliance management, compliance archiving, tamper proof WORM and 17a-4 compliance archiving and complete audit records against the enormous damage caused by communications breaches. Evizone’s patented technologies offer a level of security impossible to obtain with conventional or encrypted email and fast, powerful, user friendly compliance archiving. Evizone’s services are immediately available on multiple platforms and provide the strongest commercially available communications security and compliance archiving. You can follow Evizone on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 

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Hackers can easily get access to your data. You can thank Wi-Fi for that

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Researchers have long said that all our networks and devices are susceptible to hacking if not protected properly. This was re-emphasized following the ‘’KRACK’’ Wi-Fi breach that happened last fall. It’s remarkable that after all these years of wireless internet, there still are some flaws in its security. This is due to failings in the WPA2 protocol.

Key Reinstallation Attack, or KRACK, occurs when a hacker breaks the encrypted code that connects your router to other devices connected to that particular network. When hacked, the network is breached, and the hacker has access to the information circulating on it, from pictures to contact lists, all the way to emails.

Thankfully, there is a remedy to this kind of cyberattack that can be applied to your device. Users can install a backwards-compatible patch; however, this is not feasible for everyone. The patch requires the device to be running on the latest update of the operating system and some devices can’t support these updates.

Another solution would be to use a VPN. This creates a virtual layer around your data while being transferred from device to device through the vulnerable network, protecting it from hackers. This is how CEO of AnchorFree and HotspotShield, David Gorodyansky, described the VPN advantage:

“Using a VPN in this situation, to use a very, very simple metaphor, is as if someone has stuck their head through your window as you discuss sensitive matters – but you’re speaking a language they don’t (and can’t) understand,” he said.

Evizone works in a similar way. Any time you store or send a file over Evizone, the information is encrypted and kept wholly within the Evizone platform, making it impossible for anyone to access your data – whether it’s a KRACK attack or a traditional systems breach.

Evizone provides its customers with the best data protection services. Our military-grade encryption and our proprietary software allow you to share information with no fear of being hacked. Try for yourself by testing our free trial.

About Evizone Ltd.
Evizone Ltd. is a revolutionary secure communications, encryption and compliance software and service provider based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Evizone offers innovative enterprise solutions in secure messaging (next generation beyond encrypted e mail) and encryption, encryption at rest, regulatory compliance, compliance archiving, WORM compliance, 17a-4 compliance, document life cycle management and communications governance and risk management. Evizone’s services protect organizations through best in class security, encryption, recipient controls, document life cycle management, discovery management, compliance management, compliance archiving, tamper proof WORM and 17a-4 compliance archiving and complete audit records against the enormous damage caused by communications breaches. Evizone’s patented technologies offer a level of security impossible to obtain with conventional or encrypted email and fast, powerful, user friendly compliance archiving. Evizone’s services are immediately available on multiple platforms and provide the strongest commercially available communications security and compliance archiving. You can follow Evizone on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 

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The cyberattack on Atlanta should be a warning to all municipal governments

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We tend to forget how sophisticated and ambitious hackers can be. With a ransomware attack, cybercriminals managed to freeze the city of Atlanta’s information systems earlier this year. This blocked residents from paying the city, whether it be for utility bills or parking tickets. It also prevented city employees from accessing their computers. This lasted a full five days before it was resolved – and it still left lingering problems.

When it comes to cybersecurity, governments often hold the same view as many naïve businesses – they have a “it will never happen to us’’ mentality. This leads to a blatant lack of investment in secured equipment and services.

Here is what David Jordan, chief information security officer for Arlington County, Virginia had to say to the New York Times:

“It’s going to be even more important that local governments look for the no-cost/low-cost but start considering cybersecurity on the same level as public safety. A smart local government will have fire, police and cybersecurity at the same level.”

The New York Times also interviewed the Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, who said that increasing the city’s digital defenses had not been a high priority, but that now “it certainly has gone to the front of the line.”

The hackers demanded $55,000 worth of Bitcoin to unlock the files and programs. Even though it ended up being paid, the city lost years of video footage and other important data.

This is a common non-financial cost for the victim of hackers. In addition to the ransom payments and the new costs associated with a proper cybersecurity strategy following a cyberattack, there’s other high-level inconveniences as well. Data is lost, regular procedures are delayed, employees are left with restricted access to their computers, and both reputation and revenue can take a hit. The list goes on.

A major American city has now been hit by a cyberattack. It could have been worse, and it could have happened to any business or government. Evizone has what it takes to protect you before an attack ever takes place – as Atlanta should have prepared for. We offer our clients nothing short of the best cybersecurity services in the industry. Our proprietary software and military-grade encryption will keep your data safe and out of the reach of hackers. You can visit our website to test our services with a free trial.

About Evizone Ltd.
Evizone Ltd. is a revolutionary secure communications, encryption and compliance software and service provider based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Evizone offers innovative enterprise solutions in secure messaging (next generation beyond encrypted e mail) and encryption, encryption at rest, regulatory compliance, compliance archiving, WORM compliance, 17a-4 compliance, document life cycle management and communications governance and risk management. Evizone’s services protect organizations through best in class security, encryption, recipient controls, document life cycle management, discovery management, compliance management, compliance archiving, tamper proof WORM and 17a-4 compliance archiving and complete audit records against the enormous damage caused by communications breaches. Evizone’s patented technologies offer a level of security impossible to obtain with conventional or encrypted email and fast, powerful, user friendly compliance archiving. Evizone’s services are immediately available on multiple platforms and provide the strongest commercially available communications security and compliance archiving. You can follow Evizone on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 

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