Spring is Finally Upon Us!

Spring is finally here!  As the seasons change from the dullness of winter to the vibrancy of spring, people start to become more active.  Naturally, spring brings with it an immense amount of change, resulting in the need for what most endure and call “Spring Cleaning”.  A “Spring Cleaning” generally consists of yard work, home re-organization, and decluttering.  As we usually go through this process once a year, we often find things that need to be updated, changed, or simply…

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Meet Jennifer Behrens, Partner & Executive Vice President, Privacy! (AKA. “Alphabet”)

    Kuma is proud to recognize Jenn on her two-year anniversary with the company!  Jenn holds three degrees: A Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia, Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She began her career in Social Work where her duties extended from a social worker to program manager.  Jenn’s career in information technology privacy and security consultancy began at International…

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Kuma’s Ukulele playing Security SME

  Meet Scott Shorter, Kuma’s Vice President of Security! Kuma is proud to recognize Scott on his two-year anniversary with the company and welcomes many returns on the day!  Scott holds two degrees: a Master of Science (M.S.) degree from the University of Maryland in Telecommunications and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Physics from Drexel University.  He began his career in information assurance and identity management as a software developer.  Scott then supported financial industry customers by developing…

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Kuma Joins South Carolina in Celebrating Data Privacy Day!

An organization can have security without privacy, but not privacy without security.  Understanding and awareness of the nuanced ways security and privacy can be managed separately or as a dovetailed approach toward comprehensive risk management for an organization, and for the organizations’ end-users, patients or clients, is a critical step in achieving success.   Information security and cybersecurity practices have traditionally been apportioned higher levels of resource and funding allocation within organizations, as well as commanding greater executive attention. However, recognition…

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“Get your Data Privacy Day on!”

Kuma is delighted to join South Carolina at the Data Privacy Day Seminar and to sponsor an IAPP Privacy After Hours event in Columbia, SC! Data Privacy Day is an internationally recognized day to raise awareness on privacy and data protection.  The Kuma team is honored to participate in the South Carolina Data Privacy Day Seminar, presented by the Enterprise Privacy Office under the South Carolina Department of Administration’s Division of Technology.  Kuma is proud to share our industry knowledge…

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The House that Kuma built, Privacy, Security and…Fixer Upper? #thatsright

    Authored by your Kuma Family – Happy New Year! 2017 was quite a banner year for Kuma. 2016 was an impressive one, we’ll admit. Our foundation was solid, our walls were framed, the lines were plumbed, and there was reliable power in the house. Metaphorically, 2017 was the year that we painted the walls, hung the paintings and moved the furniture in. We continued to serve our marquee clients while we formed strong partnerships with new red-letter ones,…

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Kuma’s Privacy and Security Quick Technology Tips for the Holidays

Hi Friends! The Holidays are here, and technology is a top priority on many wish-lists across the globe. With technology, comes great responsibility for parents and their children, in understanding the impact these devices can have on their day-to-day lives. As busy as life has become, we often fall subject to the complacent nature of the convenience new technology introduces into our lives. However, with that convenience comes a great level of data sharing and implicated privacy risk that must…

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GDPR: “Debunking Myths and Deflating Misconceptions”

Jenn Behrens (Kuma), joined again by Lauren Reid (The Privacy Pro), presented the second in the series of webinars focusing on how to practically approach GDPR strategies for organizational readiness. The November 15th webinar, “GDPR: Debunking Myths and Deflating Misconceptions,” provided vision and clarity about the realistic implications of several GDPR Articles to counter some of the increasing myths and confusion in the market today. Guidance was also provided for how to consider utilizing automated tools to prepare for or…

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Top Questions for Financial Services to Consider for NY Regulation on Cybersecurity

The State of New York Department of Financial Services issued a regulation on Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies (23 NYCRR Part 500), which became effective March 1, 2017 with a 180-day transitional period that ended on August 28, 2017. The regulations include requirements for a Cybersecurity Program led by a Chief Information Security Officer. To assist Covered Entities in reviewing their organization’s compliance with the regulations, Kuma has prepared the following questions for CISOs and the senior management to…

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