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January 18, 20162 years ago

"The Great Brain Robbery"

In case you missed it, 60 Minutes on CBS aired an excellent report on the threat faced by American Corporations from cyber-attacks.

In the report titled “The Great Brain Robbery” which aired on 60 Minutes on Jan. 17, 2016, correspondent Lesley Stahl wasted no time in identifying the primary offender.

“If spying is the world’s second oldest profession, the government of China has given it a new, modern-day twist, enlisting an army of spies not to steal military secrets but the trade secrets and intellectual property of American companies. It’s being called ‘the great brain robbery of America.’

In the report Stahl spoke with John Carlin, the assistant attorney general for National Security. Speaking about the Chinese government Carlin told Stahl, “They’re targeting our private companies. And it’s not a fair fight. A private company can’t compete against the resources of the second largest economy in the world.

To see the full report please go to:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-great-brain-robbery-china-cyber-espionage/

If you would like to learn more about our data centric security solution that extends control and protection of confidential information within and beyond the perimeter of an organization. At a high level, it provides attribute-based security/encryption that stays with the file when it is shared, copied, forwarded, edited, etc. ensuring that sensitive information stays protected. Please feel free to contact us at 615-242-7226 or tom.beasley@accuimagellc.com

July 28, 20153 years ago

Information Security Focus: Enterprise vs. SME

Cyber-attacks affect businesses of all sizes. These attacks can range in complexity from isolated malware infections to fully executed APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats). Cyber criminals can be highly indiscriminate of whom they attack; in many cases, they scan for soft targets and breach with automated tools. When necessary, skilled hackers can employ sophisticated reconnaissance for extended periods before launching an highly customized attack. Regardless of the method of ingress, the critical requirement for attack execution is the discovery of a vulnerability – preferably an easily exploitable one.

Large businesses and organizations generally have dedicated security teams and hardware/software solutions to detect and prevent internal and external breaches. They are able to spend large amounts of money to protect their critical data assets, and generally represent a greater challenge to would-be intruders. Small and medium sized businesses, on the other hand, do not have the resources to spend on complex intrusion and prevention systems, or the dedicated staff required to monitor them. As such, a hacker’s “hit rate” will generally be higher in the SMB category. Smaller business are highly interconnected – both to other small/medium-sized business and to major corporations. This interconnectedness is just the type of low-hanging fruit that attackers can use to gain entry into enterprises of any size. This is one reason that the SMB segment is under increasing attack. Consider the following:

  • Many vulnerabilities are found simply by scanning with rudimentary tools; this “low-hanging fruit” is generally the first to fall.
  • Smaller companies are more vulnerable because their security spend (in terms of hardware, software, and personnel) is necessarily low.
  • Small/medium-sized companies are interconnected with each other and with large enterprises.

The facts above provide a compelling ROI proposition for attacking smaller businesses. Easy discovery and penetration combined with the potential of unsecured data of other connected businesses is a winning combination.

The article below highlights some of the points we discussed earlier:

  1. Criminals don’t care who they attack – they scan for a target and breach with automated attacks. Low hanging fruit falls first.
  2. Smaller companies are more vulnerable because they cannot afford the security spend (in terms of hardware, software, personnel)
  3. SME’s are interconnected. A breach at a smaller company can be an inroad into a large enterprise (NOTE: most large breaches are not discovered by the major entity, but by a business associate – vendors and contractors, or the FBI)

http://www.csoonline.com/article/2866911/cyber-attacks-espionage/why-criminals-pick-on-small-business.html

Recent trends and statistics:

  • Firms with annual revenues less than $100M cut infosec spend by 20% last year, whereas those between $100M and $999M increased spend by 5% (PwC Global State of Information Security Survey, attached)
  • In 2013, 62% of attacks in 2013 were against SMEs (Verizon DBIR 2013)

In brief, the overall trend of cyber-attacks is toward small/medium sized businesses – primarily because they are not as well defended and represent an easy point of entry to into the larger companies with which they do business.

Contact AccuImage, LLC today for information on how our SmartCipher™ suite can help protect your company’s data.

June 19, 20153 years ago

Accuimage Develops ePAV System For The Metropolitan Government Of Nashville & Davidson County

The Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County uses AccuImage’s ApplicationXtender system for document management. As most of their documents are a matter of public record, Metro Government decided it would be more efficient to empower the public to retrieve their own documents rather than utilize internal manpower fulfilling these requests for documents. The process needed to be simple enough for the average citizen to easily use and also had to accommodate a variety of operating systems and web browsers since Metro Government had no control over the public users’ computers.

AccuImage was tasked with custom development of a system that would fulfill this need for Metro Government, and the solution we provided is now called ePAV. Our software uses the existing ApplicationXtender document repository as a backend, so the data available in our ePAV system is always the most current data in their Imaging System. While Metro Government stores documents in the AppXtender system in a variety of formats (TIF, JPG, DOC, XLS, PDF, etc.), our ePAV system converts each document to a standard PDF file when a public user requests it, ensuring that users can easily open and read the document with a free version of Adobe Reader rather than needing to install the programs associated with the original file types. Users can either print the document or download the digital copy of the document, whichever is their preference.

Users enter search criteria to a web page, which is then passed to our ePAV processing server, where the request is parsed and submitted to the AppXtender database and fulfilled. Because the search interface is a simple web form, Metropolitan Government of Nashville has complete control over the look and feel of the front-end interface that is presented to their public customers. This allows for them to change the web page’s look, content, and more without need to engage AccuImage’s development team when cosmetic changes are necessary for the web page interface.

The Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County has recently announced the two latest departments to go online in our ePAV system, and you can read it in their news article here: http://www.nashville.gov/News-Media/News-Article/ID/4136/New-Metro-Contract-Search-Tools. The Metro article also provides links to two of their departments live ePAV pages.

June 18, 20153 years ago

Control & Protect Confidential Information, Anywhere

SmartCipher™ provides definitive security for any type of file used anywhere inside or outside the organization. A simple yet sophisticated rule set embedded in the file determines where, when, and by whom materials can be viewed, printed, changed and shared.

April 20, 20153 years ago

AccuImage, LLC partners with Covertix

AccuImage, LLC is pleased to announce our new strategic partnership with Covertix. Together, AccuImage and Covertix deliver security solutions that are data-centric, elevating our customers’ information security to a new level designed to protect their data even if documents or devices fall into the wrong hands.

For close to 20 years Accuimage has provided clients document management and business process automation solutions designed to improve business operations. With this new partnership AccuImage now offers a security solution that provides persistent protection to information at rest or in motion.

Click here to read the official press release regarding our newest partnership. Contact us for more information about our SmartCipher™ suite.

April 1, 20153 years ago

Medical Data Security Breaches in 2015

Only three months into the year 2015, and we have already seen two significant security breaches of medical data. In February 2015, Anthem reported that hackers broke into a database that contained information on more than 80 million customers. One month later, Premera Blue Cross experienced a similar attack that exposed personal information on over 11 million of their customers.

The Department of Health and Human Services reports any breach of medical data that affects 500 or more people, and the frequency of such events is staggering. Medical data for more than 120 million people has been compromised since 2009 and the list grows each year. Compromised sources for these breaches include laptops, desktop computers, portable electronic devices, emails, paper or film, network servers, and more. The methods of these breaches run the gamut – everything from theft, hacking, unauthorized access, loss of portable device, IT incidents, improper disposal – the list goes on and on.

How can your organization better secure your confidential records and protect both your customers and your employees data? AccuImage’s SmartCipher™ software secures data at the file level, and this security travels with the file itself. Policies can be set to allow confidential files to be accessed only on certain networks, by authorized users, and even by specific IP addresses. Using AES 128-bit encryption technology, protected documents cannot be accessed if the conditions set by the policies governing this data have not been met.

Organizations using SmartCipher™ Enterprise can set organic policies that watch documents that are created and accessed within the domain so that security is set as soon as a data security policy is triggered. For instance, a policy can be set to automatically secure documents of any type if they contain a string that fits the format of a Social Security number. As soon as such a string is entered and the document saved, the applicable policy takes effect.

SmartCipher™ Mobility allows the same protection for digital documents that travel away from your organization’s office when employees work from home or travel for business.

While standard network and domain security is still important, our SmartCipher™ suite adds an additional layer of security to your company’s files that make your confidential data safe even if it falls into the wrong hands. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help your company with its data security needs.

March 13, 20153 years ago

Data Security Challenges for 2015

After very public security breaches at Target and Home Depot in 2014, both consumers and business executives are paying closer attention to data security. CSO Online has some insights regarding the security challenges that companies face in 2015 and how these challenges will reshape the role of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) in large organizations. This article also does a great job of pointing some fundamental responsibilities that companies should be conscious of in order to adequately secure their intellectual property, sensitive data concerning employees and customers, and more.

Click here to read this thought-provoking article at CSO Online.

AccuImage, LLC has partnered with Covertix to offer our customers a suite of software products that can secure data at the file level. The security travels with the file itself, providing an additional layer of security. Our SmartCipher™ product suite has a solution that works for both on-premise users and mobile workers. Contact us today for more information about our SmartCipher™ products.

April 11, 20144 years ago

FREEDOM!

Efficient
Our Document Management Software, CNG-SAFE is an “out-of-the-box” software package that improves operating efficiency by putting all your documents at your fingertips. CNG-SAFE includes template-based document capture and creation and robust retrieval capabilities including structural, keyword, and full-text search. CNG-SAFE allows you to store, manage and export documents in their native formats. CNG-SAFE includes powerful document workflow capabilities to allow you to route, track and manage documents throughout your operation based on your business rules and practices. Automating these processes in CNG-SAFE improves productivity and accountability by providing a management console to monitor and re-allocate items that are “in-process.” CNG-Forms can be used to replace paper forms to further improve data capture and reporting to enhance your business processes.
Secure
CNG-SAFE provides built-in Rights Management, Audit and Retention capabilities to allow you to control your valuable document assets. CNG-SAFE is a critical element in your HIPAA, SOX, FINRA, SEC or other compliance strategies. Configurable retention policy support within CNG-SAFE lets you make sure you meet your industries’ requirements for keeping certain types of documents.
Integrated
We understand your business is complex and you rely on more than one software product to do your job. CNG-SAFE provides a document management platform that can be integrated with accounting, CRM, practice management and other mission critical applications. This allows your employees to access documents that are stored in CNG-SAFE without switching back and forth between multiple programs. Integration also means elimination of costly and error-prone duplicate data entry. Integration makes CNG-SAFE the ideal document management platform for the small to medium sized enterprise.
Cost Effective
Cabinet NG customers typically report extremely favorable ROI results. Our full featured software can be configured out of the box by non-programmers to meet your specific requirements. That means your time to implement and go live is a matter of days, unlike many systems with similar capabilities.

April 10, 20144 years ago

How AccuImage integrates

Do you realize that the average office worker spends 25-30% of thier time chasing paperwork and documents? The primary reason organizations invest in Document Management Systems is that users are able to access all forms of digital content – images of paperwork, faxes, emails, MS Office documents, electronic documents, forms and more in seconds without leaving their seats! Many organizations have enabled copiers to scan and store images thinking that they have a “system” to manage their vital records. But where?

  • Where are all of those images scanned by individuals today?
  • Can your entire staff locate ALL of your mission critical documents in seconds?
  • How are they filed?
  • Who has access to them?
  • Can they search for documents or images using key words?
  • Are they secure and is your organization compliant?
  • Have you been able to also store electronic documents, emails, faxes and more?

With a true Document Management System in place, mission critical documents and digital assets are secured; password protected and backed up within an Electronic Filing Cabinet.  No longer will documents be stored on individual user desktop computers but in a central repository, ready for access by the entire organization. Massive labor savings are accomplished with workflow.  It speeds business processes and manages the flow of tasks within your organization.  Work is pushed to workers for fulfillment and reporting is available so that management can review and manage the workflow items. In summary, the paper-less office brings numerous cost saving benefits to your organization.  From reducing task completion time lines to eliminating needless filing and retrieval labor waste, a Document Management System enables better control of your digital assets and affords you the benefits of at your fingertip access to mission critical documents. Contact us for more information and an analysis of your current document management situation.

April 9, 20144 years ago

Guide To Going Paperless

Streamline Processes to Reduce Costs 

We talk to people every day who have reached the realization that the time has come to “Go Paperless.” Maybe a document has been lost resulting in a financial loss, or file cabinets are taking over office space, or customers wait for call backs while customer service searches for documents, or people in branch offices have to send documents to the head office every day. Whatever the reason, and there are many more, business owners and managers are looking to get rid of operational bottlenecks caused by outdated methods of storing and retrieving documents. What seems on the surface to be a pretty simple concept – convert paper to images and keep them on the computer – can become a challenge without taking time to put together a plan. The purpose of this guide is to offer ideas for planning and executing this transition in a way that matches your company’s specific requirements and resources.

As you think about the documents you use to run your business, it is impossible not to think about the process each of those documents goes through in order to make things happen. Documents are created, routed, checked, approved, sometimes edited and filed at the end of the process. Most companies have proven processes in place. With a DMS, you can keep those same processes, but move them out of the in-basket and onto your PC. By processing documents electronically, using a DMS to automatically manage, track and report on these processes you have the ability to streamline operations and take better care of your customers.

Because your business is unique, there is no cookie cutter approach that we can give you to solve all of your document process challenges. Our goal is to help you better understand what can be done with DMS and point you in the right direction toward a successful implementation.

The purpose of this “Guide to Going Paperless” is to offer ideas for planning and executing this transition in a way that matches your company’s specific requirements and resources.  Here is the Table of Contents:

Introduction

  • Chapter 1.  Document Management System Overview
  • Chapter 2.  Scanning (Capture)
  • Chapter 3.  Search – Structural, Keyword, Full Text
  • Chapter 4.  Workflow and Business Process Improvement
  • Chapter 5.  Planning and Executing your DMS Deployment

 

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