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Allied World Announces Enhanced Services from Kivu for Allied World//FrameWRX℠ Cyber Risk Management Platform

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, GmbH announced today an enhanced service to the Allied World // FrameWRX℠ (“FrameWRX”) cyber risk management solution. The new service, offered through Kivu Consulting, Inc. (“Kivu”), provides Allied World’s U.S. Cyber policyholders with access to a suite of flexible consultative services, including a vulnerability assessment, a log monitoring consultation or a CISO […]

Five Things Hackers Don’t Want SMB’s to Know

#1. Anti-virus programs are generally ineffective #2. Your firewall faces the wrong way #3. You are the weakest link in the Cloud #4. Advising your employees not to open emails from “strangers” is counter-productive #5. Encrypting your company’s portable devices isn’t enough Many small-to-medium (SMB) sized businesses believe that they aren’t important or large enough […]

Identifying the Presence of Encryption

In yet another laptop data breach incident, Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Riverside, California reported that a lost laptop containing Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”) and Protected Health Information (“PHI”) for about 7,900 patients went missing in December 2014. According to a letter filed with the California State Attorney General, potentially exposed PII and PHI […]

Gambling with InfoSec in the Cloud

The enduring onslaught of data breach events such as the theft of 4.5 million health records from Community Health Systems or the recent staggering loss of information for 76m JP Morgan accounts continues to highlight the need for robust information security and the ability to proactively prevent and redress potential security incidents. In response, organizations […]

Cyberization – The Aggregation of Cyber Risk

The financial industry has long been known for “repackaging risk” – slicing and dicing investments to lessen their aggregate risk. During the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis, the repackaging process eventually reached the point where no one knew the real financial risk, who exactly was exposed to it, and where and how the risk was concentrated. […]

Ten Common Computer Security Misconfigurations – Here’s What to Avoid

Cyber incidents and data breaches are often the result of computer security misconfigurations in a system’s network or software. We have found at Kivu Consulting that many of the same misconfigurations have allowed an intrusion to happen, an exploit to be executed or data to be extracted from a particular system. Security misconfigurations can also […]

How Small Businesses Get Hacked – What Hackers Don’t Want You to Know

Many small-to-medium (SMB) size business owners believe that they aren’t important or large enough to be targeted by hackers. Unfortunately, we have found at Kivu Consulting that’s not the case. Smaller companies in general have fewer resources to spend on defending their networks, yet they have substantial assets that hackers can take. As larger organizations […]