Cyber Security Is a CEO Problem Now

Did you ever watch The Office and think about how ridiculous it would be to run such a dysfunctional company? Thank goodness you aren’t the CEO of that mess.

Then you get a phone call from your CIO about a major cyber attack and suddenly you’re channeling your inner Michael Scott.

Now you have to worry about how you’re going to maintain the company morale and deal with any PR nightmares. But luckily, you’ve always been able to rely on your CIO and IT department to take care of cyber security, so things should be fine, right?


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Continue reading the blog on Avalon’s website – Cyber Security is a CEO Problem Now

When You Travel, Your Data Travels Too


man-person-people-trainFor the advantageous traveler, flying is a comfort. Your seat folds into a bed, your meal is prepared by five-star chefs, and your email is hacked via the in-flight WiFi.
Wait, what was that last one?

It turns out that when you travel, your data is at a greater risk than usual. In-flight WiFi is just one example—hotels, airport lounges, and even cars have vulnerabilities that can allow hackers to glean valuable data while you’re in motion.

These vulnerabilities all have a common root—publicly available WiFi is easy to hack. The business owners who set up these networks aren’t security professionals, and may overlook common security measures. This makes it easy for hackers who are on the same network to intercept other communications conducted via WiFi.

Continue reading the full blog on Avalon’s site to learn how you can stop hackers from accessing your data while you’re on the go.

3 Ways to Secure Your Corporate Network in 2017

It’s pretty safe to say that 2016 was a rough-and-tumble year for a number of industries, and the number, size, and scope of cyber security breaches was off the charts. These include two huge data attacks against Yahoo! users, as well as smaller breaches of sensitive data from the FBI and the IRS, among many others. Even the United States Presidential Election is rumored to have been tampered with by hackers.

stockvault-fuzzy-virtual-padlocks-on-screen208205-768x512So what does this mean for business owners, medical clinics, and law firms that need to protect both their own private data and the data of their customers, patients, and clients? It means that 2017 needs to be the year of network security. Let’s take a look at the best ways to make that happen.

Check out the three ways to secure your network over on the Avalon blog…


Keep Your Friends Close and Your W-2s Closer, Beware of Tax Identity Theft

If Melissa McCarthy was behind every identity theft, it might not be so terrifying. Unfortunately, that is likely not the case (although, it has not been confirmed).

melissa-mccarthyIdentity thieves are getting more sophisticated by the day. They used to steal your credit card number to buy a video game and grab a slice at the food court, but now they’re stealing identities to file tax returns and collect refunds.

The IRS has certainly improved its defense against phony refund requests—last year, as of March 5, 2016, the IRS identified 42,148 fraudulent tax returns involving identity theft, and identified 20,224 prisoner tax returns for screening, with $227 million claimed in fraudulent funds.[1] But these are simply the cases the agency is aware of, and there are likely many more. The IRS continues to expand its efforts to detect tax refund fraud.

Read more about fraudulent tax returns over on the Avalon blog…


Common Causes of a Network Breach


Nothing illustrates root causes of data breaches (among other things) quite like a nice pie chart. The Ponemon Institute’s 2016 study showed that malicious or criminal attacks still contribute to half of the pie, while negligent employees and system glitches share the other half.

The three top ways the 50% get to your sensitive data is insecure passwords, outdated software, and careless downloading.

Read more about the most common network breach vulnerabilities over on the Avalon blog…

E-mail Security: A Growing Concern


If my inbox had a bouncer, I would make sure it kept out the “work from home”s and the “financial freedom”s that continue to find their way into my e-mail — and my heart. I’d like to think I’m not the only one still falling for these e-mail subject buzzwords, but I know you’re all smarter than that.

The recent major security breach that caused e-mail leaks from top Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials is increasing concerns associated with e-mail security. WikiLeaks released almost 20,000 confidential e-mails of the DNC’s staff members. Following this revelation, businesses need to ask “are we the the next target?”

To continue reading this article, please continue to the Avalon blog here…

Data Security with Eyes on the Future – Rochester Radio

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On Saturday, December 13th at 11:00 am, DIGITS LLC‘s President and CEO, Michael McCartney will be taking part in a LIVE radio show discussing the impact a data security breach can have on your business.

This radio interview will feature Paul Greene, Partner at Harter Secrest & Emery, the largest law firm in Rochester, NY and ranked #1 among all Western New York law firms according to the U.S. News and Best Lawyers national rankings.

Michael McCartney is President and CEO of DIGITS LLC, whose core business is designed to help companies take full advantage of today’s information technologies, guarding against the ever-changing threats posed by those very technologies.

Tune into WHAM 1180 at 10:00 to catch the complete Eyes on the Future radio show.

Eyes on the Future is sponsored by Harter Secrest & Emery; Eastman Business Park; CDS Monarch; Greater Rochester Enterprise; and Mengel Metzger Barr.

December 18 – Cyber Security: When Hackers Strike Your Business, Will You Be Prepared?

Due to the “Snowvember” storm we had in Buffalo, the Cyber Security CLE event has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 18, 2014.  Same great programming will be provided!


SUNY Buffalo Law School & the Law Alumni Association’s GOLD Group presents a CLE* program.

When: Thursday, December 18, 2014 – 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. (registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Where: The Buffalo Club, 388 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo NY (free parking)


Cyber Security: When Hackers Strike You Business, Will You Be Prepared?



Presentation Costs
-FREE to paid 2014-2015 LAA Members at the $60 level
-$15 for GOLD Group Members
-$20 for all other
-Cost includes lecture, handouts, and breakfast


RSVP:  Call the Law Alumni Office at (716) 645-2107 or register at:

Questions? Contact Pat Warrington at (716) 645-7885


*Earn 1.0 CLE credit in the area of skills – these credits qualify as transitional or non-transitional credits.


Rescheduled: Hodgson Russ Public Company Update & Cyber Security Presentation

Hodgson Russ Public Company Update & Cyber Security Presentation.

Due to the Snowvember storm in Buffalo, the Hodgson Russ Public Update and Cyber Security Presentation has been rescheduled to Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

Michael McCartney, President/CEO of DIGITS LLC will be joining Hodgson Russ for their Public Company Update and Cyber Security Presentation.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The Offices of Hodgson Russ
140 Pearl Street, Buffalo, NY
Registration and breakfast at 8 a.m.

Speakers: Ronald Battaglia; Richard Kaiser; Kevin Kearney; Robert Lane; Robert Olivieri; John Zak; David Schmidt, Ernst & Young LLP; and Michael McCartney, DIGITS LLC

Interested in attending?  We recommend that this event will be appropriate to the following: In-house counsel, board members, CEOs, CFOs, controllers, finance and external reporting managers, and anyone interested in current issues facing public companies

  • Continental breakfast and box lunch will be provided
  • This seminar is complimentary. 1.5 hours of CPE available
  • CLE credit requested, including 1 credit in the area of ethics

To Register, for Hodgson Russ Public Company Update & Cyber Security Presentation, click here.

For any additional questions or comments, please email:

Hodgson Russ Public Update and Cyber Security Presentation