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Consumer publication Consumer Reports will soon begin considering cybersecurity and privacy safeguards when scoring products.
The group, which issues scores that rank products it reviews, said it had collaborated with several outside organizations to develop methodologies for studying how easily a product can be hacked and how well customer data is secured.
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Security experts prepared a list of a dozen tips for implementing secure business practices during the 2016 holiday season.
1. Limit temporary worker privileges
Many organizations employ temporary workers during the holidays to address increased demand for their products or services, and backfill employees on vacation. Criminal organizations know this and seek to take advantage of the potential “insider threat,” specifically that temporary workers may be less familiar with corporate policies and practices. Organizations should limit temporary employees’ access to corporate systems based on those individuals’ needs to do their jobs. Therefore, if a criminal successfully social engineers a temporary worker in order to carry out an attack on the organization, the fraudster’s access to sensitive company data will be kept to a minimum.