Category Archives: Cyber Risk

Phishing Works

hooked fish

Phishing continues to be a significant part of the increase in identity theft. Phishing happens when attempts are made to fraudulently acquire sensitive personal information like usernames, passwords, credit card, or health insurance information by a person or group masquerading … Continue reading →

More Regulation, Bigger Hacks, Less Clarity, Higher Costs

computer securitiy

There has been much press in recent months regarding a growing spectrum of data breaches involving credit card, health care and financial data. Over the past year, the severity of data breaches is on the rise. Hackers had been targeting … Continue reading →

How Hackers Use Social Engineering to Breach Your Company’s Defenses

handing over the keys

It’s easier to exploit an employee’s natural inclination to trust than it is to hack security software for unauthorized access. Continue reading →

Scariest Risks of 2014

Scariest risks 2014

As risk advisors, WillisWire bloggers tend to think less of ghouls and goblins during the Halloween season than of the frightening real risks our clients face. This year they faced more than their share of new ones, with ISIS, Ukraine, … Continue reading →

Safeguarding Asset Managers Against Mounting Cybersecurity Threats

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On 15 April 2014 the Securities and Exchange Commission Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a cybersecurity initiative risk alert announcing it would be examining 50 registered broker-dealers and investment advisors to assess their cybersecurity preparedness. The announcement … Continue reading →

Retailers Shopping for Cyber Coverage Face Tight Market


Shoppers aren’t the only ones feeling the jitters after the recent string of high-profile cyber events at large retailers. The cyber insurance marketplace is nervous, too. Underwriters are evaluating retailers with increased scrutiny, and upward pricing pressure appears to be … Continue reading →

Is International Hacking an Act of War?


Historians will tell you that, despite the bloodshed in the Middle East and Africa, we are currently in one of the most peaceful periods in human existence. However, this era of ostensible peace has us wondering what future war will … Continue reading →

Open Source Software & Risk Management – The Perils of FREE

Free* (neon)

Wouldn’t it be great if you were developing a software application and instead of building a program from scratch you could pull “free” software from the web to help save time and money? Imagine if there were over 5,000 different … Continue reading →

Sound the Alarm: Legal Profession Vulnerable to Data Breaches

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The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office recently highlighted the risks that barristers and solicitors face when handling personal information–but they apply equally to anyone in the legal profession around the world. The ICO sent out the warning after being notified of … Continue reading →

Identity Theft is on the Rise. Are You Protected?

Digital Identity (identity theft, digital security)

Last week’s staggering headline that, Russian hackers stole over 1 billion internet passwords, is yet another example of how global the business of identity theft has become. A breach of this size should be enough to convince anyone about the … Continue reading →