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To Adopt the Privide Approach To Security Awareness

  • Everything including the kitchen sink. You simply get the most comprehensive and flexible employee security awareness solution ever created, one that requires almost no work on your part, and at a price anyone can afford.
  • Did we mention affordable? At just $499 per month, all in, for up to 2,500 employees, that works out to less than $3 per employee per year. And we have even more affordable plans for smaller firms
  • Get that critical post-breach protection. When you invest in Privide, you're investing in a powerful post breach defense by being able to clearly demonstrate that you did everything and more you reasonably could to secure the human perimeter. Even if a threat makes it through.
  • You'll have plenty of options and tools to maximize awareness, so you're never stuck in the same gear.
  • Your security awareness program will be open all hours, 24/7, all year round. Just like awareness, it never sleeps.
  • By making security personal to your employees, and turning it into a benefit that most employees will appreciate, you're significantly increasing the likelihood of employee buy-in and engagement and ultimately awareness success.
  • You can constantly test and measure the effectiveness of your program and any improvements in awareness.
  • We're constantly adding new tools, at no extra cost, including our soon-to-be-launched phish testing.
  • Relax, we got this. We do it all. We host, manage, customize, brand, promote, engage, remind, test, track, and report. All you do is get the credit.
  • We know people security, more than any other security company on the planet. 35 years and counting has to count for something.

Are You Breach Ready?

Security experts disagree on many things. One of the things they don't disagree on is the fact that a data breach is a matter of when and not if. Data breaches are so difficult to defend against, understanding the consequences of a breach and how to respond afterwards has to be a key part of your security planning.

The statistics are sobering:

  • There were 1,500 reported data breaches in 2014, with 75% of those in the U.S. Those are only the discovered and reported breaches.
  • Those breaches exposed more than 1 billion personal records, and identity theft was the #1 criminal motivation. Not corporate espionage or sabotage.
  • In just the month of March 2015, data breaches exposed the Social Security Numbers of one in every two adults in America. That could expose those consumers to identity theft for the rest of their lives and is having a corrosive effect on trust.
  • Over the last 5 years, more than 50% of data breaches in the U.S. have exposed Social Security Numbers.

The risk of a data breach is high, as are the costs you'll face. Preparation is vital, and the latest breach preparation and response guide from the Online Trust Alliance is a must-have and must read.

The 2015 Data Protection & Breach Readiness guide includes:

  • A template with recommended language to use when notifying the public of a data breach
  • An expanded examination of the importance of completing security and privacy assessments, and audits of vendors and cloud providers
  • Details regarding the importance of sharing not only breach data with law enforcement, but also threat intelligence, including attempts and suspicious activity
  • An expanded section on security best practices to help prevent, detect, contain and remediate the impact of a data loss incident

To download the guide, click here.


Two Birds. One Stone.

As you can probably tell throughout this site, we're very fond of pointing out that while employees might appear to be indifferent to security in the workplace, it doesn't mean they're indifferent to security.

Quite the opposite in fact. Thanks to near-saturation media coverage for well more than a decade, consumers like your employees are very worried about security. Worried to the point of paranoia.

So we thought. What if we could tap into those fears and achieve two monumental goals at the same time? What if we could help consumers manage their worries over things like identity theft, online safety, scams, and privacy, and at the same time help them bring that newfound sense of awareness, responsibility, and participation into the workplace? Could that herald in an entirely new approach to security awareness?

Your Employees Really Do Care About Security

Consumers have always cared about their personal security. Identity theft has been the number one complaint to the Federal Trade Commission every year for the last 14 years. Hardly surprising, when identity theft claims more than a million new victims every month, or one every three seconds. Almost everyone knows someone who's been a victim.

Data breaches have fuelled that fear – 1,500 in 2014 alone - with each massive data breach leading to another media frenzy that in turn further worries consumers. And the polls back it up.

A Gallup poll released in October 2014 found that the biggest worry for consumers in America was identity theft, causing concern for nearly 70% of respondents. That was followed by the fear of having a computer or smartphone hacked (62%). And those were the only two crimes in the poll that worried the majority of Americans.

According to Gallup, more than a quarter of Americans say they or another household member had a credit card stolen by hackers in the last year, which made it the most frequently experienced crime on a list of nine crimes. More than ne in every ten Americans say they or a household member have had their computer or smartphone hacked in the last year.

And the 2014 Chapman University Survey on American Fears found that while walking alone at night was the #1 fear for most consumers, it was followed closely by identity theft and internet safety. When the Chapman study looked at consumer concerns instead of fears, identity theft came in at number one while internet surveillance by businesses was number two.

And numerous other studies over the last three years have shown that the vast majority of Americans have serious concerns over things like online surveillance, personal privacy, data breaches, and keeping the kids safe online.

Let's Join the Dots

Consumers worry about security, all the time. And most of them take precautions, all the time. What if we could give those consumers, your employees, the help they need to become more cyber-secure citizens, and help them keep those shields raised when they're at work too? By partnering with Privide, we think we can not only help you protect your workplace, but also protect your employees and their families. And if we rebuild consumer and employee trust and confidence, we think that will make for a better and safer world for everyone.



NealOFarrell 020 headshotwithframe1bwYou won't find a more entertaining, insightful, and informative speaker than Neal O'Farrell, the founder of Privide. Neal has been fighting cybercrime and identity theft around the world for more than thirty years, which has given him the insight and credibility to speak to any audience about almost any security, identity or privacy topic.

Neal spoke at his first security conference in 1988, when he co-hosted with IBM Ireland's first network security conference. Since then Neal has spoken at hundreds of conferences, seminars and workshops and for all kind of audiences.

He has been invited to speak at the Information Integrity World Summit, the Network Infrastructure Conference, the Financial Network Security Conference, the Computer Security Institute Annual Conference, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, the Identity Management Summit, the California Financial Crimes Investigators Association (CFCIA) Annual Conference, High Tech Crimes Investigators Association (HTCIA) International Conference, the California Crime Prevention Officers Association (CCPOA), and the International Payments Summit. He was also invited to Chair the first "Cybercrime On Wall Street" conference in 2002.

In 2003, he was the first security expert to train and entire police department in identity theft awareness, and in 2004 he headed Think Security First, a unique experiment to raise security awareness across an entire city.

The award-winning initiative was launched in partnership with Microsoft, AT&T, McAfee, Cisco and many others, and provided unique insight into how consumers and employees learn better security practices.

As part of his community volunteering, Neal now presents almost weekly at community events where he teaches consumers, employees, and law enforcement about a range of security topics, both personal and business.


Guarding the Candy Store

guardingthecandystoreAs cybercrooks, hackers, identity thieves, and other miscreants and opportunists zero in on the wealthy, a little knowledge may often be the best medicine.

Guarding the Candy Store is a new guide from Privide that offers a concise overview of the rapidly changing threat landscape, what the crooks are after,  and what options you have for protecting yourself.

Written by one of the top consumer security experts on the planet, Guarding the Candy Store explores:

Who are Candy Stores and why have they become such big targets?

  • How cybercrime has changed things for the affluent.
  • Which weak links crooks are most likely to focus on.
  • Why professional advisors are often used as a back door.
  • The growing threat of data extortion.
  • Why bank and investment accounts are a big target.
  • The growing threat of spear phishing.
  • Why your current security may be worthless.

Simple things you can do to minimize your risk.

To download a free copy, click here. No registration or personal information required.

If you’d like to know more about Privide and how we can help you, please contact us.


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Protecting Your Employees

employee securityDid you know that mistakes by employees may be the cause of the majority of security and data breaches? Or that your next security incident could already be on your payroll?

Employees are often the weakest link in security, and often because they lack the skills and awareness to spot the risks and traps. Risks that can so easily be avoided. One bad decision, one careless click can undo all your security efforts and let hackers through the gates.

As a Privide member you can enroll up to 50 employees in a comprehensive workplace and personal security awareness program, at no extra charge.

Our Employee Security Program (ESP) includes:

Monthly Awareness Newsletter

It may seem like a very simple tool, but security experts agree that the best way to build long-term employee security awareness is regular, meaningful, and brief reminders. Our monthly email newsletter is packed with simple advice, tips, and reminders to help you employees maintain their guard.

Security Alerts and Reminders

A key step in minimizing risks is knowing what those risks are before it's too late. By enrolling your employees in our email security alerts, we can alert them quickly about all the latest security threats, scams, and schemes before they can do any harm. And we'll include simple advice on how to spot and avoid these threats.

Privide Presents! Monthly Video Webinars

Privide offers a series of weekly online seminars on a wide range of security topics. The seminars are short, typically no longer than 5 minutes, and provide an up-to-date snapshot of best practices in workplace security. Topics include security vigilance and awareness, data protection, understanding malware, Trojans, and keyloggers, protecting laptops, tablets, and phones, best password practices and tools, phishing and social engineering and many other topics.

If your employees have internet access, that's all they need to participate. Learn more here.

Unlimited and Free Personal Security Software

There is a very thin veil between an employee's personal life and their workplace when it comes to security. A piece of malware that sneaks on to a home computer used by other family members can easily be walked into the workplace. And sensitive data and passwords on work laptops or phones can be unprotected at home or on the road.

As part of your Privide plan, we can provide all your employees with all the personal and home security software they need, all free, and ready to protect their computers, laptops, phones, tablets, surfing, shopping, and family. And the more connected they are to security in their personal lives, the more it seeps into their workplace habits and behavior.

Employee Identity Protection

When you enroll your employees in our ID Educate program, we'll teach them how to protect themselves and their family members from identity theft, scams and fraud. We'll send them alerts and reminders about important tasks they need to remember. We'll show them how they can protect their entire family. And we can even help them if they ever fall victim to identity theft.

Coming Soon

Privide will soon be unveiling a host of new features that will be included into your plan, including testing and certification for any employees who take part in our awareness program, and a Security Seal confirming that your firm has adopted the workplace-wide Privide security and privacy program.


Targeting Wealth and Financial Advisors

Building A Story?

We've assembled some helpful background information and statistics on cyber risks to wealth managers, brokers, and financial advisors. If you need more information, including a variety of experts to speak to, please contact us.

More than 600 private client accounts hacked at Standard Chartered

December 2013 - Bank statements for almost 650 of Standard Chartered Plc's private banking clients have been found on the laptop of an alleged website hacker in Singapore. Singapore Police Force said the data was found on a laptop belonging to James Raj Arokiasamy. Raj is currently in custody in Singapore after he was charged last month under cyber security rules for allegedly hacking into a local government website using the moniker "The Messiah". Read More.

Cyber criminals hack into wealth managers to steal millions

December 2013 - Tech-savvy criminals have stolen millions by hacking into wealth managers systems, according to the Financial Times. The paper, which cites research from investigations agency Kroll, says at least six wealth managers have been targeted in the past four months alone.

According to the report, cyber criminals are accessing wealth managers' systems by setting up bogus WiFi networks at airports and hotels, which wealth management staff use on their travels. Once in, the criminals send an email to a clearing bank asking for money held by the wealth manager to be moved to a separate account. Read More.

SEC fines Wellesley wealth manager GW & Wade $250K after client's email was hacked

October 2013 - Wellesley-based wealth management firm GW & Wade has been censured and fined $250,000 by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for not properly protecting client funds. One GW & Wade client's email was hacked in June 2012, and the hacker posed as the client to wire $290,000 from a GW & Wade account to a foreign bank account. Read More.

Safeguarding asset managers against mounting cyber security threats

November 2013 - "When asked what was the asset management industry's greatest unappreciated threat, a senior US hedge fund executive recently told one of our partners that it was cyber criminals hacking into computer systems. Asset managers and their service providers didn't have sufficient security in place, he said, and this could result in significant financial losses and seriously damage the organisation's reputation.

This conversation took place in early 2012 and we still have not seen any evidence since that the situation has improved. In our view, many asset management firms aren't sufficiently prepared to guard against cyber criminals." PriceWaterhouseGlobal State of Information Security® Survey 2014

Hackers At The Gate

August 2013 - "What's going on in the industry today is full-scale war on financial service companies and institutions all over the world. But beyond an inconvenience and a problem for the technology team to worry about — these attacks spread concern among investors who question the security of their funds and their data at these institutions.......Hearing about these incidents erodes trust."

Other News

"Financial institutions such as investment banks and asset managers are most commonly hacked"

FINRA Issues Email Hack Attacks Advisory

Financial advisers are on the front lines protecting their clients from cybercrime


Hacking Law Firms

Building A Story?

We've assembled some helpful background information and statistics on cyber risks to lawyers and law firms. If you need more information, or would like to interview relevant experts, please contact us.

Law firms loses thousands of files to hacker malware

Law firm admits it list every single legal document, thousands of them to the Cryptolocker malware. Cryptolocker is a ransomware, a type of malware that encrypts all the files it finds on an infected computer or server, and then demands the owner pay a ransom to get the files back. Problem is, even paying the ransom doesn't get the files back and they're gone forever. Learn More.

Hackers steal $300,000 from law firm just using an email

Charlotte law firm Wallace & Pittman PLLC fell victim of a phishing scam that gave hackers access to the firm's computers in May. After figuring out the law firm's online banking passwords, the hackers directed the firm's bank to send a $336,600.01 transfer through JPMorgan Chase & Co. to a "Konstantin Pomogalove" in Moscow. Although the bank initially reimbursed the law firm, it later sued to get the money back, arguing the law firm did not have adequate security in place. Read More.

Chinese hackers target law firm

China-based hackers looking to derail the $40 billion acquisition of the world's largest potash producer by an Australian mining giant zeroed in on offices on Toronto's Bay Street, home of the Canadian law firms handling the deal.

Over a few months beginning in September 2010, the hackers rifled one secure computer network after the next, eventually hitting seven different law firms as well as Canada's Finance Ministry and the Treasury Board, according to Daniel Tobok, president of Toronto-based Digital Wyzdom. His cyber security company was hired by the law firms to assist in the probe. Read More.

FBI warns law firms about hackers

At the Legaltech Expo in New York, a spokesperson from the FBI warned that it has seen hundreds of law firms targeted by hackers. According to Law Technology News reported, the FBI warned that "We have hundreds of law firms that we see increasingly being targeted by hackers." Read More.

ABA Journal, September 2013

"Law firms need to understand that they're being targeted by the best, most advanced attackers out there. These attackers will use every resource at their disposal to compromise law firms because they can, if successful, steal the intellectual property and corporate secrets of not just a single company but of the hundreds or thousands of companies that the targeted law firm represents. Law firms are, in that sense, 'one-stop shops' for attackers." Shane M. McGee, general counsel and vice president of legal affairs at cybersecurity firm Mandiant, speaking to the ABA. Read More.

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Serving the Community

As part of our long-standing commitment to the community and to victims, Privide supports the Identity Theft Council, an award-winning non-profit founded in 2010 to provide free support to victims, free training to law enforcement, and free education to the community.