Yearly Archives: 2016


Carrots and Sticks – Incentivized Cybersecurity Measures

The Economist argues that, "Incentives need to change for firms to take cybersecurity more seriously." Businesses need both carrot and stick with regard to cybersecurity measures. Yes, legislation will force companies to do the bare minimum; but leaders need to see the upside of creating a thorough cyber risk management program which will make sharing of cyber breaches and mistakes more palatable for corporate boards. A small investment in cybersecurity can pay huge dividends in the future. There are simple [...]

Layer 8 Security in the News – Modern health IT systems and apps offer Christmas gifts to the hacker

Layer 8 Security's Managing Director, Kevin Hyde, was the featured expert offering his insights in Modern Healthcare's article on the recent Quest Diagnostics breach and its relevancy to HIPAA compliance and to organizations in the marketplace. "“The patients themselves are not typically the threat," said Kevin Hyde, managing director of consulting firm Layer 8 Security. "The way a lot of applications are built is they're pieced together. There are relationships between vendors.” And those relationships can sometimes leave openings for hackers, [...]

2016-12-15T15:52:15-05:00By |

Layer 8 Security in the News – Data Breach of Local Clinical Lab Company

A clinical lab company located in New Jersey was reported victim of a data breach leading to the compromise of approximately 34,000 patients' health records. Layer 8 Security's Managing Director, Kevin Hyde, was interviewed by NBC 10 Philadelphia to give his insights on this particular attack. Understanding the threats and vulnerabilities facing the business is an important step to becoming a secure organization. To get started, contact us at

2016-12-13T18:02:13-05:00By |

Cyber Risk Alerts are a critical component of your Cyber Risk Management Program!

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) have issued guidance as part of their mission to drive Cybersecurity awareness and compliance. The New York State Department of Financial Services announced its first state-level regulation for cybersecurity, which will be moving the country forward. While this legislation will apply to all companies in the financial industry, from Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) to Broker Dealers to Banks, this or similar legislation will ultimately apply to every [...]

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The Cost of Cyber Resiliency: Defend and Spend Wisely

For Immediate Release October 25, 2016  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Kevin Hyde, Managing Director of Layer 8 Security, participated as a cybersecurity expert panelist for The Cost of Cyber Resiliency: Defend and Spend Wisely, an interactive panel, hosted by Layer 8 Security, Odell Studner and Chubb at the Courtyard Marriott on City Avenue. Attendees learned about cybersecurity, breach response, and regulatory & governance trends.  The panel discussed: changes in the regulatory environment, industry costs and trends for data breaches, breach preparation [...]

2016-11-01T13:45:17-04:00By |

Week 4 – Our Continuously Connected Lives: What’s Your ‘App’-titude?

Unfortunately, Week 4’s theme acts as the perfect backdrop to the massive distributed denial-of-service, or DDoS, attacks of Friday the 21st.  The Department of Homeland security appears omnipresent once again in setting this week as the Internet of Things spotlight. With compounding growth of connected technologies – cars, household appliances, finances, healthcare, and more being increasingly managed by smart devices – we are confronted with the need for increased awareness to secure cutting-edge, technical innovations. Week 4 looks to the [...]

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Week 3 – Recognizing and Combating Cybercrime

Cybersecurity must be viewed as a 'top-down' concern; when the executive team takes the time to highlight its Cyber Risk Management Program internally, team members are far more likely to recognize the significance of cyber-hygiene.  Viewed holistically, the entire company is more secure. Layer 8 Security preaches the significance of each individual’s on-line behavior as a critical aspect of producing a resilient team. As technology advances, the impact of cybercrime is becoming more costly and frequent.  Law enforcement, government, industry, [...]

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Week 2 – Cybersecurity from the Break Room to the Board Room

We are all part of protecting personal and organizational data in the workplace. From CEO to incoming entry-level employee, each organization’s cybersecurity posture is reliant on a shared level of vigilance and awareness. Week 2 looks at how every employee can promote a culture of cybersecurity at work. Layer 8 Security loves this week’s topic; understanding that cybersecurity needs to be top-down driven and deserves top-of-mind awareness. The more fully the C-Suite adopts a privacy and security world view, the [...]

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Week 1 – Every Day Steps Towards Online Safety with Stop. Think. Connect.™

Our National Cybersecurity Awareness Month series has begun and Week 1 is upon us. This week, the Department of Homeland Security is proffering their Stop. Think. Connect. campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online. The goal we want to drive home is the cybersecurity is a shared responsibility; the more vigilant each one of us is individually, the stronger we are collectively. When we all employ [...]

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