Staying Secure & Safe This Holiday Season

As most of us are frantically running around to find the last minute gifts for family and friends, we seldom think about security. Most of us trust the places we shop and assume they have all the latest and greatest sure payment methods. Here are a few ways to stay safe when shopping online and in store this holiday season.

1. Cash? What's that?

Reminder to Change Passwords

This article doesn't have much in the manner of specifics, however I have no doubt that out of the hundreds of billions of passwords for web applications, at least 1 Billion have been stolen.

NY Times article

Anywho, still a good reminder to change those passwords regularly, especially for your 'higher risk' sites such as online banking,

A Banker's Guide to Bitcoin

Bitcoin has brought virtual currency into the spotlight, but few understand how it works and why it matters. Garland Heart webinar this month feature guest presenter Andy Beal from Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy introducing you to the technology behind Bitcoin, its relationship with banks and its potential effects on the global financial system.

How We Made Our Virtual Team Feel More Connected

Each and every week we send off our people out around the country to help our client's become more secure and compliant. Due to that fact, we found we didn't have a great need for our own physical office space. We have had offices in the past but they were mostly used as a meeting spot rather than our everyday office space. As busy as we have been

Our Culture - Unlimited Vacation Policy

Culture is a tricky thing. You want one that stands out from the pack of other small businesses but you also realize that you don't have the resources of a Google, Facebook or Amazon. So a few years ago, we decided to opt-in to one idea that we think is not only the right way to go in our company but in any other modern day business. We

The Heartbleed Bug (SSL/TLS)

By now you might have heard of the Heartbleed bug (CVE-2014-0160). The bug is a vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. The Heartbleed bug affects any sites and services running specific versions of OpenSSL (1.0.1 and 1.0.2-beta releases of OpenSSL are affected including 1.0.1f and 1.0.2-beta1). The bug received its

Future of Compliance Webinar

Today's compliance environment in most organizations is run as reactionary and in 'just enough to get by' mode. Why? Is it lack of time? People? Training? If you would like to hear our CEO Brad Garland address these issues and give you his view on what the future of compliance holds, this webinar will cover some of his ideas on how your

Expanding the Horizon for Garland Heart

When my father and I started this company over ten years ago with only three people, we just hoped to have a few clients and be happy to support those clients as best we could. Fast forward to's truly humbling to see how this organization has grown, both in size and its core purpose, with well over 80 clients in multiple states and

Webinar - Vendor Management & Information Risk


Are your vendors walking a tight rope and risking the information you share with them?

This topic of Vendor Management seems to be very popular these days.....we had a tremendous response to our monthly webinar this month. Our SVP of Compliance Services, Courtney Treadaway, presented some best practices of Vendor Management - specifically on

Welcome Eric, Our Newest Member of Garland Heart

We are kicking of 2014 with a new member to our Garland Heart team....Eric English. His background and experience in Network Administration in the banking industry along with his CISSP certification will allow Eric to hit the ground running as a consultant for us. We are all excited...especially the very busy consultants.... to have him come work