Author: Melody Kaufmann

Melody Ann J. Kaufmann is a security specialist at Saviynt (www.saviynt.com) and has a Master of Science in Information Systems with 20-plus years of diverse technology experience including designing, developing, and implementing applications, systems, and enterprise-level solutions that improve organizational agility. Kaufmann is an information security professional with a passion for cloud security whose expertise covers a range of IT verticals, from health care to higher education.

Why Being Proactive Is The Best Cyber Defense Just as the world seems to finally be recovering and re-opening, a cyber pandemic is looming large on the horizon. Bad actors continue an unrelenting cyber assault that the pandemic did nothing to diminish. In fact, cybercrime has been on the rise. Open-source software supply chain attacks have surged by 430% in the past year, cyberattacks on healthcare organizations have risen by 45% since November 2020, and credential theft accounts for about 56% of attacks organizations experience. Companies like Colonial Pipeline, SolarWinds, and Experian keep showing up in the headlines because organizations…

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On an ordinary Wednesday in a not so ordinary July 2020 with a world already in chaos one of the most trusted verification systems in social media was cracked wide open in the flashiest display of account hijacking this decade. High-profile Twitter accounts such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Barack Obama suddenly began tweeting out offers of two for one bitcoin exchange. Your average tech savvy person would immediately realize this was likely a hack or at best a really bad joke. Unfortunately, due to the reliance on the “blue checks” that indicate the accounts are verified to belong…

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