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Banking – An In-Depth Look at Security Breaches

Banking – An In-Depth Look at Security Breaches


This infographic tells us that in June 2011 Citigroup announced that their computers were hacked and that 360,000 credit card accounts were compromised.  In this particular case, social security numbers and birth dates weren’t shared, but in some other cases they are.  Hence begins an exploration into how vulnerable your personal details really are.

Finding Fraud

A 2010 survey by the Information Security Group revealed that 82% of responding banks and credit unions have experienced fraud.  55% say they still use manual reports to detect fraud.  32% say they feel prepared to prevent online bank fraud.  23% of respondents learned of their fraud through their own auditing process.  Scary.

How Do Banks Protect Themselves?

The Information Security Group says that the best way to fight fraud is through employee and customer education and by promoting awareness.  70% of banks indicated that improvements could be made to their awareness programs.  14% of institutions said that they didn’t have a customer education or awareness program in place.  44% of banks said they planned on investing (when?) in intrusion detection technology.

89% of agencies that experienced fraud didn’t achieve PCI Security Standard Council compliance.  They aren’t doing the simplest things to prevent fraud.

Is Fraud a Common Issue?

1000 IT managers were surveyed by Websense and when asked “Which of the following occurred to you in your organization in the last 12 months” they had some shocking results.

32% reported data lost by employees.

27% reported company data taken from an unprotected mobile device.

20% reported that a CEO or other executive’s confidential data had been breached.

18% reported that confidential data regarding customers was lost.

18% reported that employees had stolen data.

18% reported that systems had failed to pass an internal compliance security audit.

17% said that confidential information was posted to a social networking site.

16% said that system field to pass a third-party compliance security audit.

16% said that the company was victim to advanced and persistant threats.

Preventative Measures

Ponemon did a study that was sponsored by Symantec and it confirmed that cyber attacks were causing organizations to become more conscientious about preventing security breaches.  Companies are more vigilant about preventing system failures, respondents are using training and awareness programs folloing a data breach, and organizations are implementing encryption.

Encryption and data loss prevention have increased by only 17% since 2008.


Design:  A

It’s pretty.

Information:  A

It’s scary, but good to know.  Time to start putting your cash in your mattress, yes?

Source:   thinkgig.com

Intel Serves Up Christmas

Intel Serves Up Christmas


Better than try to explain it myself, here is how the infogrphic explains itself – “We know that people are going to be busy watching movies this Christmas and that movie making today is heavily reliant upon computer server technology….But did you know that Intel based servers are also working behind the scenes to bring you all of these other Christmas experiences?”  Let’s take a look:

Watching  A Movie

The average film runs about 127 minutes.  It takes multiple servers one week to render 3 seconds of a movie.  So, if there are 60 seconds to every minute, and roughly 127 minutes to each movie…well, you do the math.  That a lot of computing.

Searching For Gifts Online

800 million European web users use the internet to find gift ideas.  Intel is inside over 90% of the annual 8 million times 86 servers shipped globally.

On-The-Go Shopping

eBay anticipated 3 purchases from a mobile device every second in 2011.  For every 600 smartphones or 121 tablets one Intel server is needed to get the content to load.

Shopping Online

UK consumers will spend £3.72 billion in the two weeks leading up to Christmas.  Intel works with MasterCard to make your shopping experience secure.

Intel and Christmas Dinner

Intel is everywhere.  From the potato chips you eat to the cardboard boxes your gifts arrive in, Intel is involved with all of it.

Gift Delivery

DHL, the shipping company, manages a million transactions per hour.  That is managed by a data center that is powered by Intel.  Most logistics companies use Intel technology.  The basic top of the line Intel server can handle 2,500 online transactions per second.

Christmas Wishes

In 2010 209 million European Facebook users accounted for more than 10% of web activity on Christmas Day.  Most of your phone calls and emails pass through an Intel server at some point – in fact, 75% or more of Google and Facebook’s traffic are handled through Intel-based servers.  Facebook saw a 62% performance improvement after switching to Intel’s latest servers.  As many as 25 million people will send holiday wishes over Skype this year.

Google Search

Some of the most searched terms on Google leading up to this Christmas are:

10. Christmas Gifts

9. Christmas Songs

8. Christmas Trees

7. Christmas Markets

6. Christmas Decoration

5. Christmas Cards

4. Christmas Gifts

3. Christmas Ideas

2. Christmas Tree

1. Christmas Lights


Design:  A-

Very attractive, though some of the text is hard to read.

Information:  A

Though the data pertains to Europe, I think we can assume that Intel’s pretty important in the U.S. as well.

Source:  Intel Server Products

Technology and Medicine Infographic

Technology and Medicine Infographic


This extremely attractive infographic address how technology has changed the medical industry.  It starts off by stating “medical technology is the application of devices, procedures, and knowledge for diagnosing and treating disease for the purpose of maintaining, promoting, and restoring wellness while improving the quality of life.”  On the left of the entire infographic is a timeline of technological advances in the medical industry, starting with the invention of the stethoscope in 1816 and ending with the production of the first commercial hybrid PET/MRI scanner in 2008.  Check out the entire timeline for the whole scoop.

US Med Tech Companies By Segment

A pie chart shows us that a great many medical technology companies are focused on therapeutic devices, while the next biggest segment belongs to non-imaging diagnostics.  The next largest segment is dedicated to research and other equipment, and the next segment (second to the smallest) is dedicated to imaging.  The smallest segment is designated as “Other.”  In the therapeutic devices category, the largest piece of that piece of the pie goes to cardiovascular and vascular developments, and the smallest to urology/pelvic with many other therapeutic devices in between.

3 Ways Medical Technology Has Improved Treatment Processes

1. Faster Diagnosis

2. Less Invasive Treatments

3. Shorter Hospital Stays

Survival Rate

It is noted that the survival curve has flattened because of lower mortality and has become increasingly vertical with older people because of the technological advances.  A graph shows the percentage of people who lived until a certain age between 1900 and 1902, when only about 10% of people lived past the age of 85, and 2002, when almost 30% of people lived past the age of 85.  Based on this graph, most people live to age 55 or older, and around 50% of people live to at least age 80.

Advances in Medical Technology

Some of the advances mentioned are wireless heart monitors, skin cell guns, the STEM microscope, Nexagon healing gel, Berkeley Bionics’ eLEGS, and the iPhone Blood Pressure Monitor.  A description of each of these advances is included on the infographic.

Advancements in Health Record Technology and More

Sprint has something called M2M healthcare initiative that provides GPS tracking for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and offers faster access to more unified personal data like heath records and test results.  Now there is also a “know before you go” option for hospital emergency rooms.  Some hospitals place their wait times on billboards, make them available on their website, and even offer the wait time via text.  Some hospitals participate in a service called InQuick ER where a patient can pay a $9.99 fee and hold a place in the ER online.

Helpful Healthcare Apps

Some of the apps listed are My Medical, which allows you to store medical histories for you and your whole family, BP Buddy, that helps you track your blood pressure levels, Glucose Buddy, which helps you manage diabetes, and iTriage, that is a diagnostic tool.  Also listed is the Ovulation Calendar – guess what that does?  Also, the Mediquations Medical Calculator brings 231 medical calculations and scoring tools right to your mobile device.


Design:  A

Like I mentioned before, this is a very attractive infographic.  It manages to get a lot of information across in a way that does not confuse you or frustrate you, and the colors used are easy on the eyes.

Information:  A

The information given is complete and well-researched.

Source:  SmallCellLungCancer.net

Evolution of the Microprocessor Infographic

Evolution of the Microprocessor Infographic


This infographic teaches us about the history of the microproccesor, which celebrated its 40th birthday this year.  Let’s take a look.


The decade the microprocessor was born, it started with huge calculators and even bigger computers.


The first enormous laptop was created, and game consoles emerged as a new generation turned to a new way to have fun.


By this time, computing became widespread.  Computers were introduced to the business world, into people’s homes, and computers come in all shapes and sizes, from laptops, desktops, and even some early tablets.


Thanks to the introduction of a slew of mobile devices, the internet is mainstream and media and technology grow exponentially.


Today’s microprocessor delivers performance that the 1970’s may have not even dreamed.  Social media and all the other amazing things you can do on mobile devices and computers is possible because of the latest incarnation of the microprocessor.


Design:  C+

The conflicting design and outdated black and white drawings are kind of creepy.

Information:  B

The information is a little general, but solid.

Source: Microprocessor information from Intel.

Doctor’s Tech Toolbox Infographic

Doctor’s Tech Toolbox Infographic


This infographic talks about modernization of health IT systems, and how $19 billion was allocated to expedite the health IT systems under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  It goes on to talk about spending technology-wise, and how technology is being used in the healthcare system.  It is not only an interesting bit of information about the healthcare system, but an interesting look at what types of gadgets doctors prefer to do their jobs.  The infographic informs us that US hospital spending on IT systems will be $4.7 billion by the end of this year, and will grow to $6.8 billion by the end of 2014.

The Gadgets

The majority of doctors prefer an iPad.  It doesn’t really say what the doctors use the iPads for, and I’m going to go ahead and assume it’s for work.  79% prefer the iPad.  75% of US physicians have purchased an Apple-based product, and that 38% of doctors plan to buy an iPad within a year.  Some of this must be for personal use, considering the next bit of information.

At the Point of Care

This tells us that 40% of physicians use a digital device at the point of care.  So of those 75% of physicians who have bought an iPad… Oh well.  2 in 5 doctors go online during a consultation, often on a handheld device.  The information accessed is usually drug reference, online journals, disease associations, or support groups for patients.

The Convenience of Mobile

This tells you something.  63% of the physicians are using a mobile device that is not supported by their practice in order to find mobile health solutions.  94% of physicians use consulting apps.  I suppose some practices provide mobile devices for their doctors.  The top three things physicians are interested in using mobile technology for are:  electronic medical records, prescriptions, and hospital monitoring of patients.  Mobile monitoring devices are expected to rise in demand – from a $7.7 billion dollar spend to $43 billion in 2011.  43% of the medical apps created are specifically made for health professionals.

Apps for Doctors and Nurses

This gives a brief description of 4 different apps that are used by medical professionals.  They include something that lets you look at the heart from any angle, and something that lets doctors take up-close photos of a patient’s skin.

Social Media

2/3 of physicians are using social media in their profession.  In the social media word, there are 1,188 hospitals, 548 YouTube Channels, 1018 Facebook pages, 788 Twitter accounts, 458 LinkedIn accounts, 913 FourSquare accounts, and 137 blogs.  50% of all doctors say they are influenced by user-generated content.

Design:  B+

The colors are a bit dull, but the graphics are good and the type is easy to read.

Information:  A

All very useful information about how social media and technology are changing healthcare.

Source:  Spina bifida at spinabifidainfo.com


Moblie Marketing & Tagging Infographic

Moblie Marketing & Tagging Infographic

Mobile Marketing and Advertising Landscape Infographic

From the infographic: “People are spending more time on their mobile phones than ever before. As marketers we have to understand these new types of consumers… Technologies like mobile tagging can help us understand the mobile consumer and deliver relevant messages.”

This mobile marketing infographic does a good job at disseminating the information into easy to read bits (USA Today) and uses bright colors against a neutral gray background to help those colors pop even more. While the infographic is a bit longer and thinner than I would like, you have to give full credit for utilizing that thin space very productively. Easy to read text and large numbers make a quick can possible, without having to read every word. You want more information, slow down and look again. In a hurry? A quick scan tells you how plentiful mobile devices are – 4 billion – and how many ways people use their smartphones to socialize (twitter, facebook, youtube, etc.). Basic people objects are used skillfully and a touch of humor has been added without distracting from the data on mobile marketing. A particularly nice touch is using the “f” in facebook to act as a graph, filling it 1/3 full to show the facebook mobile user base.

The content is fun and the data is believable. I don’t think any of the numbers surprise anyone, in fact the very content is probably considered obvious by anyone using a mobile phone, about 4 billion of us. But that is par for the course for most infographics – data you most likely know, but aren’t sure about. The data does do something I like especially and that is comparing mobile devices to other forms of entertainment, after all the mobile device is primarily and entertainment device and a secondarily a communication tool nowadays. One number did surprise me…1/2 of all local searches are performed on a mobile device. I wonder if movie listings were removed from that figure, would the numbers drop drastically? Most SEO companies would find this information about local mobile searches very interesting, I would imagine, as would local businesses.

Design: B

The graphic design reminds me of top 40 music, which I like, in that it doesn’t provide anything cutting edge but it has a beat you can dance to. I enjoyed the color scheme and the graphics. Everything meshed well, both colors and graphics) and was designed with a cohesive mindset and that is saying a lot in today’s everyone-is-a-designer-world.

Content B –

Data and facts in this infographic were easy to digest and in line with what I expected for the most part. Very few “Oh, wow?” moments but the topic is fairly popular and well-covered in today’s media. Still, the research appears sound and went further than I suspected so a good effort all around.

The Dangers of Driving Infographic

The Dangers of Driving Infographic

You may remember the graphic we ran about the dangers of driving down a highway at 65 miles per hour with one hand on the radio and the other hand on the keypad of a smartphone. Texting while driving can indeed be hazardous. Today, Autonetinsurance.co.uk presents to you a more over-arching graphic about the hazards of driving in general.

If the purpose of the graphic is to suddenly make you feel less safe about driving, then it’s done its job. Not that a graphic like this would deter anyone from taking a car somewhere instead of a train or plane (people seem to prioritize cost over safety when they travel as a rule), but the infographic might make you think twice about whether or not you should make that illegal u-turn the next time the situation presents itself.

2,538 people die a year as a result of automobile accidents in the U.K. The graphic compares your odds of being killed in a car with your odds of being killed in other situations. In Britain, the odds of being killed in a car are 1 in 200 and in 1 in 65,000 in train. Frankly, I was surprised that the odds of being killed in a train crash were even as high as they are.  You would think, by now, any and all train accidents would be minimized the point where they basically no longer exist. But I suppose it only takes one person at a train station to make a mistake, causing a train to flip off the rails or the like.

Here’s a funny stat about winning the lottery: you are more likely to die during your car ride to buy a ticket then you are to actually win the lottery. So, hopefully that will deter you from throwing your money away at a lottery station. The graphic points out that men account for 76 percent of all auto accidents and examines the other components that play a role: components like speed (yes, shockingly speed impacts your likelihood to get into a car accident), alcohol, time, month,  age, and whether you are using a mobile device (that last one is a shocker I’m sure as well. Road death is also very expensive. The cost of a single road death in the U.K. economy is 1.79 million! No wonder the country is mired in debt.

Design: B+

Let’s toot this graphic’s horn a bit. A very strong graphic–very strong graphic indeed. The combination of images and charts are rock-solid. The only reason we haven’t awarded this graphic an A is because, frankly, we’ve seen so many high-end infographics, that we’ve become desensitized to them.

Content: A-

The content here within in fantastic. It is to the point and fascinating. Far too often graphic creators take interesting stats and present them in boring ways. The creator of this graphic really “gets it” from a content standpoint.

Mobile Gaming Gaining Popularity Infographic

Mobile Gaming Gaining Popularity Infographic

jackpot infographic

Being the proud owner of a iPhone 4 I understand the lure of mobile gaming all to well. This infographic does a solid job of presenting a wide range of information from number of companies developing mobile gaming applications to various characteristics of the mobile gamers. I was more than a little surprised to see that female mobile gamers outnumber the male mobile gamers. I guess us men need the big screen to fully pump up our testosterone to levels high enough to enjoy the gaming experience.

While the graphics are simple, using mostly muted colors and familiar geometric shapes, the vast amount of information almost dictates this type of minimalistic and ordered design. Graphics and words play well together, neither one dominating the other. The choice am modern font was a no-brainer and serves the design well. In fact, the entire infographic has the feel of being read on a mobile device. This is probably my perception and not the intent of the designer but it helps the piece feel more connected with its content.

And with this post, I begin my new rating scorecard.

Design: B-
Solid design, thoughtful use of colors, shapes and space.

Content: B-
Interesting, while not overwhelming.

source: http://jackpotcity.com/