Allison Francis


Allison Francis is a writer, public relations and marketing communications professional with experience working with clients in industries such as business technology, telecommunications, healthcare, education, the trade show and meetings industry, travel/tourism, hospitality, consumer packaged goods and food/beverage. She specializes in working with B2B technology companies involved in hyper-converged infrastructure, managed IT services, business process outsourcing, cloud management and customer experience technologies. Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations and marketing from Drake University. An Iowa native, she resides in Sydney, Australia.

Security Central: Cybersecurity Gaps 'Down Under', ShieldX and Iowa State University Join Forces
G'day, mates, and greetings from 'down under!" The land of roos and rugby cropped up in the news this week with a report on their state of cybersecurity.
Security Central: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Yahoo Triples Down
Well here we are, five days into October - the month of Halloween, Pumpkin Spice Lattes and... wait for it... cybersecurity awareness. Yes, October is officially National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity.
Security Central: Deloitte Hit by Cyber-attack, New Verizon Leak Discovered

Deloitte, one of the world’s “big four” accountancy firms, announced on Monday that it was hit by a sophisticated cyber-attack. The hack, one that apparently went undetected for several months, compromised the confidential emails and plans of some of the company's blue-chip clients.

Security Central: Glitch Leaves Alaskan Voters Out in the Cold, SEC Reveals Breach
A cache of voter records containing the personal information of nearly 600,000 voters in Alaska was accidentally exposed online. The culprit? An unsecured CouchDB database. And just, you know, a giant oversight.
Security Central: Equifax Struck Down in Spectacular Breach, U.S. Bans Kaspersky Lab
So, not a great two weeks for credit-reporting company Equifax. If you've set one toe out of the house or even glanced at any form of media since last Friday, you know about the Equifax security breach that exposed the personal information of 143 million customers in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
Security Central: U.S. Energy Grid Powers Up, Avast Secures SMBs and MSPs
Over the course of the past nine months, there has been an attack on power. An organized hacking group has wreaked havoc on dozens of U.S. power companies, compromising them to the extent that some of them could have been shut down - production, distribution, everything.
Security Central: Hurricane Harvey Breeds Hackers, PoS Systems Fatally Flawed
Hurricane Harvey hammered Houston, TX and the surrounding areas last and this past week, resulting in unimaginable flooding, damage, loss, and of course, disaster-exploiting scams.
Security Central: Chicago Voter Info Leaked, Fortune 500 Fails at Phishing Fight
Late last week, the personal data of 1.8 million Chicago registered voters was accidentally exposed by a third-party vendor.
Security Central: HBO Plays the Game of Hacks, Ransomware Leaves SMBs Reeling
Well, it seems as though winter has arrived at HBO. The company's security was compromised again this week, after having already been hacked a number of times in the past few weeks.
Security Central: UK Faces Cybersecurity Fines, NotPetya Strikes Europe
Organizations in the UK could now face serious consequences for having cracks in their cybersecurity armor.
Security Central: Anthem Reports New Data Breach, Prankster Foils White House
Anthem Health Insurance has reported a new data breach, this time affecting 18,500 members. Victims had their records emailed to the private email address of a staffer at a third-party vendor.
Security Central: Sweden Springs a Leak, Healthcare Suffers Security Woes
Sweden’s government is reeling from a huge breach of confidential data that happened this week. The kicker? It was the Swedish government's fault.
Security Central: Oracle Patches Major Vulnerabilities, Singapore Tests Cybersecurity
It was a week of securing, testing and reporting on cybersecurity vulnerabilities. In terms of securing, things at Oracle this week got a bit patch-y (in a good way).
Security Central: Verizon Proves Vulnerable, Apple Plays Nice with China
Security Central: Verizon Proves Vulnerable, Apple Plays Nice with China

When it comes to organizations protecting their customers' data, it takes a village and requires a colossal amount of effort. Put simply, it ain't easy. On top of that, an organization is only as secure as its most vulnerable partner. Unfortunately for Verizon, they rather 'stepped in it' with that one this week.

Security Central: United Nations Exposes Security Gaps, Russia Issues Kaspersky Threat
I think we can all agree that our country's cybersecurity defenses need some work. A lot... of work. From individuals, to small to large businesses, to our own government, we are in dire need of a serious reevaluation/massive overhaul of our cyber defense strategy. But, as it turns out, we're not the only ones.

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