Archive for 2014

Shoppers Urged to Use Caution with Credit Card Purchases

Friday, November 14th, 2014

With Black Friday approaching, shoppers are urged to be cautious about credit card purchases after several data breaches in the past year. It started at Target last year where a security breach was believed to have involved 40 million credit card and debit card accounts. Other large retail stores like Home Depot have also been […]

Small businesses must follow the law, report cybersecurity breaches

Monday, October 27th, 2014

For the cybersecurity story, I reached out to multiple sources to connect with businesses that might have experienced a breach. Everyone (except franchisees that are associated with national breaches) declined to talk because they didn’t want to be associated with such a story. When I looked at the 12-page list of businesses that have reported […]

Small-business owners need to understand and protect customers’ and employees’ data and intellectual property

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Knowing what data owners have and where it is located will allow them to explore their risks, related state and federal regulations, and designate a privacy officer at the company. The plan should also include some simple workforce education on how data breaches come about and what can be done to prevent them. In addition, […]

More Retailers Keeping Tabs on Credit Card Security

Friday, September 26th, 2014

In light of recent credit card security breaches, retailers are keeping tabs on credit card security. Target was hit with a credit card security breach earlier this year and Home Depot is investigating a possible breach. Craig Petronella, president of Petronella Computer Consultants, said hackers are getting better at infiltrating systems. “They’re really exploiting the […]

Experts advise staying smart with personal info on the Internet

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Cybercrime has reached an all-time high, affecting business, the government and everyday people. And security experts say it’s going to take a concerted effort to get ahead of cyber criminals. Craig Petronella, with Raleigh-based Petronella Technology Group, is an Internet security consultant and author of several books on cyber issues. He says there are thousands […]

Malware threatens small businesses’ data, livelihood

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Craig Petronella, president of Petronella Technology Group, has seen three small businesses hit with the CryptoLocker since October, and each company has spent about $300 to save their data. Petronella learned about CryptoLocker after Jerry Hall, who owns Total Systems Heating & Cooling in Spring Lake with his wife, Brenda, shared his concerns about a […]