June 19, 2018
HALOCK Annual Outing at Arlington Park
June 15, 2018
Schaumburg firm HALOCK celebrates over 20 years as an information security firm at the annual outing at Arlington Park. This year is quite special, as HALOCK co-developed with CIS® (Center for Internet Security), CIS RAM, an information security risk assessment method that helps organizations implement and assess their security posture against the CIS Controls cybersecurity best practices.
NetDiligence® CyberRisk Summit
June 1, 2018
The NetDiligence® CyberRisk Summit features leading experts in cybersecurity and cyber risk management participating in comprehensive panel discussions on hot topics, current issues and evolving trends in the cyber risk management industry.
Why a Chicago-Based Cybersecurity Firm Just Released its Prized IP.
April 14, 2018
It was the right thing to do
My employer, HALOCK Security Labs, just gave away our highly valuable intellectual property. For years, we have been developing and improving a method for assessing cyber risk that acts as a universal translator for executives, regulators, judges, attorneys, and subject matter experts. The method, “Duty of Care Risk Analysis” has been very advantageous to us as we described our services to our clients.
CIS RAM Puts the CIS Controls™ into Action
April 4, 2018
CIS Controls™ Version 7 Launched
March 19, 2018
A panel including Greg Johnson, Vice President and Assistant General Auditor of the Federal Reserve Bank and Chris Conin, a Partner in Halock Security Labs discussed the CIS Controls V7.
Women in Cybersecurity Conference (WiCyS) in Chicago
March 10, 2018
The Women in Cybersecurity Conference (WiCyS) will be held in Chicago on March 23-24 and HALOCK is a proud sponsor of this important event. WiCyS is a community in which women in the cybersecurity field can engage, encourage and support one another in order to empower not only themselves, but also the cybersecurity industry at large.
Your Spring Break Checklist: Cyber Edition
March 10, 2018
Equifax breach fuels digital mortgage doubts
September 20, 2017
Digital mortgages are improving the borrowing experience for consumers, but they may also complicate fraud risks stemming from the Equifax data breach.
Stronger security and disaster planning fuel healthcare’s migration to the cloud
August 15, 2017
New cost reductions make cloud options more compelling than ever but, in a twist, experts say cloud platforms can be more secure than managed data centers.
7 Tips to Protect Against Ransomware
June 14, 2017
Ransomware is one of the most insidious and diabolical weapons in a hacker’s arsenal because it effectively locks you out of your entire network — until you pay the ransom, that is.
10 Myths About Risk Management
March 16, 2017
The following guide points out 10 of the most common myths organizations have when it comes to cyber-security risk management and compliance, as well as the facts. Knowing the difference between the two may be critical for your company as you navigate the often difficult-to-understand nature of today’s cyber-security and compliance landscape.
How Safe Is Your Mortgage?
October 25, 2016
Mortgages can be problematic and even unsafe in a number of ways. Learn what to look out for and how to reduce your risk.
World’s oldest hacking profession doesn’t rely on internet
May 13, 2016
As the number of reported data breaches continues to blitz U.S. companies — over 6 million records exposed already this year, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center — IT budgets are ballooning to combat what corporations see as their greatest threat: faceless, sophisticated hackers from an outside entity.
Negligence And Risk: The Imperfect Balance Of Cyber Security
September 2, 2015
Terry Kurzynski is the founder and Senior Partner of HALOCK Security Labs. With a background in security, networking, application development, audit, project management and consulting, Terry has a unique skill set in providing strategic advice to clients. Terry has two related areas of focus; Incident Response Readiness and Risk Management. Terry has pioneered a service philosophy that he calls Purpose Driven Security. This philosophy can best be summarized as measured and preemptive. Together the dual emphasis allows organizations to utilize a limited security budget to maximize protection of their critical information assets.
With a Major Cybersecurity Job Shortage, We Must Act Like We Are at War
August 24, 2015
The U.S. needs much more than the recent $14 billion cybersecurity budget increase to keep up with the bad guys.
Are Risk Assessments Increasing Your Risks?
March 2, 2015
Risk assessments are important not only because they are required, but because they help to secure a balance between our concerns with what may go wrong and our ability to invest against those threats. But if we are unaware of the potential harm that can come when strangers read our risk register, or if we do not write risks so that they reflect the obligations we owe others, then, ironically, we are allowing our risk assessments to increase risks.
Tech 10 Security Products: Advanced Threat Protection
June 16, 2014
Businesses often fail to proactively manage new technology and lack the budgeting for an in-house incident response team to investigate and contain security incidents, said Terry Kurzynski, a senior partner at Halock Security Labs.
Dorota Dyman and Associates Real Estate: How to Protect Your Personal Data in a Real Estate Transaction
April 12, 2014
In a recent study conducted by HALOCK Security Labs, a cyber-security consulting firm based in Schaumburg, Ill., it was discovered that seven out of 10 mortgage companies allow information-sharing practices that put your personal and financial data at grave risk.
According to Terry Kurzynkski, founder and senior partner of HALOCK, “the entire [real estate industry] ecosystem is bad.” Kurzynski used Experian’s (one of the three major credit bureaus) recent involvement in an identity theft scheme affecting 500,000 Americans as an example.
Universities struggle to keep personal data safe from theft
April 12, 2014