JPMorgan’s Data Breach to Affect 76 Million Households, Prompting Doubts Over Network Security

Written by Tiffiny Hladczuk. Posted in ITS Blog

network security systemsJPMorgan Chase has become the latest major corporate entity to suffer a cyberattack that has exposed the personal information and data of as many as 76 million households and 7 million small businesses across America.

According to the New York Times, JPMorgan announced last week that the data breach took place over the summer. The news, which follows similar massive data leaks at Target and Home Depot, continues to erode many consumers’ confidence in the effectiveness of network security systems at large corporations.

JPMorgan’s data breach stands apart from similar breaches at retail companies, however — as the country’s largest bank, JPMorgan’s databases contain their customer’s private banking information such as account numbers, passwords and Social Security numbers.

In its statement, JPMorgan maintained that their customers’ sensitive banking details were not compromised in the data breach of their network security systems, according to the New York Times.

Yet the information that was exposed — customers’ addresses, phone numbers and other information — could still allow hackers to steal their identities. At press time, JPMorgan stated it has detected no evidence of customer fraud in its system.

How are the nation’s largest corporations — companies that undoubtedly have the budget required to invest in high-security and advanced computer services — still falling victim to these data breaches?

“We’ve migrated so much of our economy to computer networks because they are faster and more efficient, but there are side effects,” Dan Kaminsky, a researcher and network security specialist at White Ops, a network security management company, said.

According to the New York Times, JPMorgan’s hackers operated from overseas. They somehow obtained a “road map” of JPMorgan’s computer applications and programs, a list of computer services the company uses. The hackers then crosschecked this list with known weaknesses in the programs to find a way in to the bank’s databases.

The cyberattack reveals much about the weakness that even the largest financial entities possess against computer hackers — and does little to improve consumer wariness of how secure their data may be.

Charleston South Carolina 2014 Regional Economic Scorecard – Advancing Information Technology City

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2014 Regional Economic Scorecard

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The Charleston Regional Development Alliance partnered with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce to produce the 2014 Regional Economic Scorecard for the community.

“It is intended to be a resource; to guide & inform discussions by local leaders regarding strategies for building a globally competitive economy now and into the future.”

The Chamber’s Center for Business Research facilitated the research & analyzed the data, which was primarily sourced through the Charleston Regional Competitiveness Center.  The Lowcountry Graduate Center and the Riley Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston provided the academic lens.

Highlighting data captured from 2005 to 2013, the 2014 Scorecard uses data to measure how our market is performing compared to six similar communities in the Southeast and two leading economies of Austin and Raleigh.

Want to talk about the Economic Scorecard? Click here to join the conversation.

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Click here to download a PDF Version – Charleston Economic Scorecard


DIG South hosts Silicon Harbor Shindig Oct. 3 – Join Us

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DIG South hosts Silicon Harbor Shindig Oct. 3

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DIG South announces the first annual Silicon Harbor Shindig to be held Oct. 3, 7-10 p.m., at Harborside East, 28 Bridgeside Blvd., in Mount Pleasant.

The event celebrates the launch of the 2015 DIG South Festival tickets and program, the opening of DIG South’s Silicon Harbor Welcome Center at 637 King St. in Charleston and the announcement of the 2014 Regional Economic Scorecard for Metro Charleston.

Silicon Harbor Shindig tickets are $75 in advance, $90 day of show, and include live music, DJ Professor Ping, hors d’oeuvres by featured chefs and bar by Icebox served at the elegant Harborside East along the Charleston Harbor in Mount Pleasant.

“Metro Charleston’s technology and start-up sector is red hot,” says Stanfield Gray, founder of DIG South. “It’s time to bring national attention to our progress and invite the world to take notice.”

Silicon Harbor Shindig sponsors include: Harborside East, Charleston Regional Business Journal, SCRA, Lowcountry Local First, Icebox, Technical Event Company, Snapcastr, Mixon Bath and Racquet Club and the Town of Mount Pleasant.

The 2014 Regional Economic Scorecard is the fifth annual assessment of the three-county region’s economic progress compared to six similar metro areas and two leading economies. The scorecard provides the region’s business, government, community and academic leaders with unbiased data to help focus a collective effort to address the area’s weaknesses and maintain positive momentum.

DIG South is the Southeast’s interactive festival held April 28 through May 2 in Charleston. The festival welcomes more than 200 presenters, 650 companies and 5,000 attendees to explore technology, entrepreneurship, media, marketing and culture. DIG South includes the DIG Conference, DIG Show, DIG Demo Day, HACKCharleston, Wild Pitch, nightly shindigs and more. To learn more, visit

For additional information on the event, email or call 843-693-4183. – to purchase tickets

Three Reasons Why Your Company Might Need an IT Consultant

Written by Tiffiny Hladczuk. Posted in ITS Blog

it consultingAs companies become increasingly reliant on technology and IT compliance to run their everyday operations, the need for assistance and support for the IT that keeps companies running has become more pronounced.

If your company or business hasn’t yet invested in onsite computer services, there has never been a better time to do so, as today’s IT consulting firms offer specialized, high-tech help and advanced computer services that will make your company run more efficiently than ever.

So should your company ultimately look into hiring an IT consulting firm? Take a look at these three ways you’ll benefit if you do:

More free time to focus on your company
Think of all the time you or someone else at your company spends on making sure the computers and networks are running properly. Now imagine how much more you might be able to get done if you no longer had to worry about maintaining all these things every day. With IT managed services providers and IT consulting firms, you’ll free up hours of extra time each week to devote to more pressing aspects of your job.

Cut operating costs and control company expenses better
When you and your workers have more time to spend on their jobs, your entire company becomes more cost-efficient — more work will get done in less time. This will allow you to streamline your operations and use that extra money to expand your company, rather than stick with the status quo.

Heightened network security and functionality
Data breaches at companies seem to make the headlines every few weeks, and while no company is truly immune to these breaches, it’s a good idea to have an IT consultant on hand so your network’s security can be strengthened against these types of things from taking place. This is especially true considering that 57% of small businesses have experienced a data breach in recent years!

How else have you benefitted by hiring an IT consulting firm? Share with us in the comments below!

The Mobile Marketing Strategy That 90% of Web Retailers Are Pushing

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types of marketing servicesWhen push comes to shove, this technique could provide some of the biggest benefits of mobile marketing.

The technique in question, push notifications, is now being used by an incredible 90% of the top online retailers, according to a September 9 Mobile Marketing Watch article.

The retailers surveyed are all on 2015’s Internet Retailer Mobile 500 list, and nine out of 10 of these retailers say they use push notifications to market products and services to consumers via their mobile devices.

If you’re a newcomer to all the benefits of mobile advertising and creating a mobile website, a push notification is a pop-up notification from an app that’s been downloaded onto a user’s smartphone or tablet. When the user receives the notification, he or she can choose to go to the app to see what’s new.

“For example, if a retailer has a sale that starts at 10 a.m., a notification could pop up at that time on a shopper’s phone whether or not she has the app open,” an InternetRetailer post explains.

And it’s easy to see why so many retailers are looking to “push” push notifications more than other types of marketing services — according to Mobile Marketing Watch, consumers who opt in for push notifications from their retail apps tend to open these apps 40% more often than those who don’t. These app opens lead to increased consumer engagement, and ultimately to increased purchases.

While this “push notification marketing” is one of the more emerging types of marketing services for mobile platforms, it’s also incredibly easy for a company to take advantage of it — all the business needs is an app.

And, according to recent studies, more and more businesses and retailers are jumping on the app development trend. Mobile Marketing Watch reports that 77 of the top 100 online retailers had their own app in 2013; this number is surely to have grown by 2014.

Of all the different types of marketing services for the mobile world, including the obvious benefits of a website geared toward mobile use, push notifications are definitely one to keep an eye out for.