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What’s the Buzz About DFARS?

It seems as if every day, more and more regulations are being implemented across a broad range of industries. Consequently, more and more compliance and data breaches are making their way to the news. One of our previous posts, “Export Control Compliance,” outlined some of the most prominent defense regulations instated today – ITAR and […]

Why Comply With PCI?

There were 26.2 billion credit card transactions, 47.0 billion debit card transactions, and 9.2 billion prepaid card transactions that occurred in the U.S. in 2012. 1 That totals 82.4 billion transactions required to fall under PCI DSS Compliance and this number is only predicted to rise each year. Any business that stores, processes, or transmits […]

Stolen Devices: The Latest Epidemic in Healthcare

Technology innovations within the healthcare industry have risen exponentially in the last decade – consequentially, so have data breaches and theft. In 2013 alone, millions of patients’ protected health information (PHI) was compromised, costing healthcare organizations billions of dollars. Some of this information was even dated back decades prior, affecting individuals no longer affiliated with […]

What is NERC CIP Compliance?

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) develops and enforces CIP (Critical Infrastructure Protection) Reliability Standards corresponding to the Bulk Power System (BPS). Users, owners, and operators of the BPS under NERC jurisdiction serve more than 334 million people in the US, Canada, and northern Baja California, Mexico with their electricity. The NERC Security Guideline […]

Who has access to my sensitive cardholder data? PCI DSS 3.0 says, “You better know!”

As we ring in the New Year, I think it’s important to take a moment to reflect upon and analyze some of the changes or updates to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, commonly referred to as PCI DSS. Version 3.0 is effective and although Version 2.0 will remain active until December 31, 2014, […]

Discovering ITAR Related Content

This is a follow-up to a previous blog post of mine. In my first post on Export Control Compliance, I tried to explain what ITAR is and why it’s important for defense contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers. Knowing or learning about it is great, but what we have learned from conversations with current customers is that […]

Export Control Compliance

I was asked the other day by a colleague: “What is ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) compliance and why is it important?” So my research commenced. My findings, plentiful to say the least, was that ITAR, along with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), is two of the most important United States Government export control […]

Universities a Top Target for Data Theft

While researching data breach incidences within Universities and places of higher education, I stumbled upon the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse; an organization dedicated to consumer privacy and “raising awareness of how technology affects personal privacy”. According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (, over 3,500 data breaches have been made public in US universities and educational institutions […]



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