HIPAA Violations Top $100 Billion

HIPAA Violations have been making headlines recently, and for good reason. Fines for violations can be crippling to companies, and the more mobile our data becomes, the greater the risk for security breech. According to the Health and Human Services website, as of September 30, 2019 the OCR has settled or imposed a civil money penalty in 66 cases resulting …

“Project Nightingale” Raises Data Security Concerns

Ascension is sharing private healthcare information with Google.  The project, dubbed “Project Nightingale,” was put into play to help Ascension centralize its patient database for the over 2600 hospitals in its healthcare system.  Patient information, including names, test results, and dates of birth are also being collected by Google to help develop a new software that will use artificial intelligence …

Wake County leaders trying to get out in front of wave of ransomware attacks

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – As hackers’ attacks impact local governments and other entities across the country, Wake County leaders took a closer look Monday at efforts to detect threats and mitigate their effects. Bill Greeves, the county’s chief information and innovation officer, told county commissioners about training employees receive in identifying risks and how his department has prepared to respond …

A Conversation With NCBA’s Privacy & Data Security Committee Chair

I sat down with Alex Pearce of Ellis & Winters LLP, the current chair of North Carolina Bar Association’s Privacy & Data Security Committee to discuss the current trends he sees in security for lawyers.  PETRONELLA: What is the biggest threat to firms that already have cybersecurity systems in place? PEARCE: One of the biggest threats is phishing. That’s because defending against …

Experts worried high-tech cars more open to hackers

Original story at CBS17.com RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – As automakers add more high-tech features to vehicles, a new report says those features are making cars more and more vulnerable to hijacking. Consider this scenario: You’re on your way to someplace, and you’re ready to jump into our car, except you can’t open it because you’re locked out by a hacker. Or worse: you …

Data-collecting cars can be a convenience, but they also raise privacy concerns

Originally posted on CBS17.com. RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Your car is spying on you and you probably don’t even know it. Late-model vehicles generate tons of data and automakers are now finding ways to collect and sell that data to third parties — but who really owns that information and should it be sold? For consumers, it’s creating a tug …

Your Car is Spying on You

Did you know your car is spying on you? It knows where you’re going, how fast you’re going there, what you’re listening to, and more! Where is your personal data going and who’s getting it? Tune in to CBS 17 after Superbowl LIII to learn more.

Facebook may be gathering data thanks to popular ’10-year challenge’

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Facebook users are being swept up in the latest on-line trend called the “10-year challenge.” People will post side-by-side then-and-now photos, but some say there’s a dark side to it. Facebook is the ultimate “Big Brother” surveillance device. Those using it readily participate in feeding its enormous appetite for data without realizing they’re being spied on. For …

SEO is important to your small business

If you were under the impression that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) might be losing its luster, guess again. According to Craig Petronella, founder the CEO of Petronella Marketing, SEO is the “oxygen in the room for a business. If a business doesn’t market, they don’t get business and don’t survive.” Using the right SEO keywords is imperative for achieving a high …

Unsecured Webcams Leave Open Door for Criminals

Security expert Craig Petronella of Petronella Technology Group said you shouldn’t just take a camera out of the box and use it with its factory settings intact. “You have to configure it,’’ he said. “It has a default user name and password and after you get it all set up, you want to change the password to something complex and secure otherwise some …

Craig Petronella, Raleigh, NC Top Cybersecurity Expert And IT Authority Alerts All Business Owners To the Danger Of Massive Cyberattacks

Craig Petronella, NC Top Cybersecurity Expert And IT Authority has put out a major alert to the immediate threat of massive cyberattacks for all businesses. Recent attacks have spread to more than 200,000 businesses in 150 countries in the last two days. Craig Petronella has issued the following warning. “As you probably heard in the news, there was a massive …

Why Cybercriminals Attack Law Firms

Last December, Chinese hackers tried to breach the computer systems at several big law firms including Cravath Swaine & Moore and Weil, Gotshal & Manges looking for data to exploit insider trading deals, according to the The Wall Street Journal.The alleged attackers attempted and succeeded in accessing data over 100,000 times and were never detected. Their network was like a …

Craig Petronella, North Carolina Cyber Security Expert, Reveals Protection Methods To Safeguard Against Computer Hacking

Craig Petronella was a featured guest on Main Street Mavericks Radio with Joel Helfer, talking about how easily your business information can be hacked and the 3 step process to avoid this before it’s too late. On a recent episode of Main Street Mavericks Radio with Joel Helfer, Craig Petronella discussed how most businesses mistakenly believed they will never be …

Define Your Niche and Be Everywhere With Craig Petronella

What You’ll Learn In This Episode of The Sales Podcast… How to 20x your fees How to set proper goals and expectations for each step of your sales process Why you need a vertical to dominate to grow your sales How to find the under-served segments to dominate faster and easier and more profitably How to leverage the news to create …

Is Your Clients’ Confidential Data Secure?

Since legal matters necessarily involve the client sharing sensitive financial and personal information with their lawyer and support staff, the attorney should ensure the client understands: Who from the firm may communicate with the client to obtain the information Appropriate methods for disseminating information to the law firm The steps the lawyer expects the client to take to ensure they do …