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Be aware that there are a number of concerted attacks occurring now through a technique called “spear phishing”. This occurs when someone sends an e-mail that looks like a legitimate communication from someone who seems to be a real person, but it’s not. See the link here to get a good definition and some examples of spear phishing attacks. Never believe that you are not noticeable to someone who might want to target you. Always question any e-mail that you receive. If you don’t recognize the link to something or it has an attachment that you are not expecting, don’t trust it. You can even receive spear phishing e-mails from people you know who have had their e-mail accounts hacked through the same method. This happens daily at all A&M members. Here’s a good article that talks more about this technique to infect our infrastructure, take your information and generally cause havoc.
We must all be aware of the threats that face us. Each of us has a responsibility to not only protect ourselves, but others who share the same information resources such as the network we all share, the e-mail servers we share and so forth. A really good short article by Accenture explains our responsibilities here.
Daily news stories from around the world for the security executive.
(ISC)² announces that all nine of its cybersecurity certifications are now recognized by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).
The global property terrorism insurance market remains strong with sufficient capacity to respond to today’s predominant terrorist threats, according to the 2019 Terrorism Risk Insurance Report.
The Pepperdine School of Public Policy will form an academic enterprise with the Los Angeles Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) focused on disaster preparedness, crisis management, and resiliency through engaging the public, private, and civic sectors.
The Minnesota Senate has approved the House File 400, the Opioid Stewardship Fund bill.
Lyft announced a new suite of safety features and programs for its riders.
A forensic lab in Pennsylvania is using a new Vacuum Metal Deposition, which can reveal latent fingerprints on materials, according to a news report.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) launched the New Jersey Nonprofit Security Grant Pilot Program (NJ NSGPP) open application period which will remain open through June 14, 2019.
U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced the Protecting Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organizations From Terrorism Act (S. 1539) – to authorize $75 million annually for grants to nonprofits and faith-based organizations to help secure their facilities against a potential terrorist attack.
Mississippi, Louisiana, California, Alaska, and Connecticut are the riskiest states in the U.S.A. based on consumer preparedness for cyber-attacks.
A major European, cross-border cybersecurity attack will be simulated on the financial sector next month, according to a news report.
Eight-five percent of US CEOs and business leaders are Artificial Intelligence (AI) optimists, according to a report by EY.
Ninety-two percent of healthcare organizations are confident in their ability to respond to cyber attacks, compared to 82 percent two years ago.
Baltimore has created a Committee on Cybersecurity and Emergency Preparedness, as City Hall struggles to recover from a hack that crippled the government’s email and other computer systems.
Iowa schools are creating new school emergency procedure plans or updating existing plans, according to a news report.
Nearly a quarter of surveyors have been affected by a cyber threat in the past 12 months and more than 10 percent have been affected more than once, according to the 2018 Data Health Check report.
Age ID, a fake ID scanning app, is being utilized by the Greenville Police Department (GPD), Alcoholic Law Enforcement (ALE) and Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to test the accuracy of the app, according to a news report.
U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) introduced the School Security Enhancement Act, a bill that would allow for Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grants awarded to local communities to be used for evidence-based school safety technology and infrastructure.
West Virginia first responders have voted unanimously to oppose any legislation that would reorganize the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, according to a news report.
New CT scanners and body X-rays at Perth Airport are being tested and promise to increase the operational efficiency of security, according to a news report.
Cyber Governance Indexes, a performance benchmarks software, provides market-based proof that companies with good cyber governance outperform peers in shareholder value terms – and vice versa.
U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) introduced the Secure Traveler Act, legislation that would expand enrollment in TSA PreCheck for individuals who have passed extensive background checks.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has enacted to ban the use of facial recognition technology by police and all other municipal agencies.
Employees are aware of the risks associated with inadequate USB drive security, yet aren't following best practices, according to the report, “The State of USB Data Protection 2019: Employee Spotlight.”
U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.), introduced the Secure Traveler Act, legislation that would expand enrollment in TSA PreCheck for individuals who have passed extensive background checks, like federal employees holding an active security clearance and law enforcement officers.
A forensic team in the UK is using a new mass spectrometry technology that could help solve unsolved crimes, according to a news report.
More than 64 percent of people use the same password for some, or even all, of their online accounts, while only 21 percent use a different password for each account, according to a news report in the UK.
Seventy-four percent of unauthorized insider access to patient records was users’ household members and the second most common was accessing high profile (VIP/confidential) patient data, according to a 2019 Measuring Progress: Expanding the Horizon report.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Women in Biometrics Awards, co-founded by the Security Industry Association (SIA) and SecureIDNews and co-presented with sponsors IDEMIA and SIA’s Women in Security Forum.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released an educational video on UAS and Critical Infrastructure – Understanding the Risk.
Missouri House Senate could amend the state's House Bill 324 to include a ban on using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) near stadiums, such as the venues for the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, and the University of Missouri's football stadium.
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