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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.
Organized retail crime is continuing to grow, with nearly three-quarters of retailers surveyed reporting an increase in the past year, according to the 14th annual ORC study by the National Retail Federation.
A total of 293 firearms have been found in carry-on bags and as improperly packed or undeclared guns in checked luggage at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport so far this year. The TSA reports that 80 to 90 percent of them are loaded.
A small subset of professional criminal actors is responsible for the bulk of cybercrime-related damage, employing tools and techniques as sophisticated, targeted and insidious as most nation-state actors, says the State of Cybercrime Report 2018.
The number of children and adolescents visiting the nation’s emergency departments due to mental health concerns continued to rise at an alarming rate from 2012 through 2016, with mental health diagnoses for non-Latino blacks outpacing such diagnoses among youth of other racial/ethnic groups, according to a retrospective cross-sectional study presented during the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition.
The frequency with which Americans worry about becoming the victim of a variety of different crimes is similar to last year, as they remain much more likely to fear being victimized by cybercrimes than traditional crimes.
The 2018 State of Cybersecurity in Small and Medium Size Businesses study, conducted by the Ponemon Institute, sponsored by Keeper Security, revealed that small businesses increasingly face the same cybersecurity risks as larger companies, but only 28 percent rate their ability to mitigate threats, vulnerabilities and attacks as “highly effective.”
The United States House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass legislation creating the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Hate crimes in America rose 17 percent last year, the third consecutive year that such crimes increased.
A Janrain survey shows that U.S. consumers still generally trust brands but welcome consent-based relationships following the recent spate of breaches and controversies affecting data privacy.
Experts from The Chertoff Group, a global security advisory firm that enables clients to navigate changes in security risk, technology and policy, developed a list of the biggest cyber threats to watch out for in 2019.
A new $4.73 million U.S. Department of Defense grant will enable the University of Southern Mississippi and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) to identify gaps in security for sports and entertainment events, review and test innovations provided by the DoD, and potentially commercialize them for use at venues around the U.S.
Employer demand for cybersecurity professionals across the United State continues to accelerate, according to new data published on CyberSeek™.
Despite almost half of U.S. consumers (49 percent) believing their security habits make them vulnerable to information fraud or identity theft, 51 percent admit to reusing passwords/PINs across multiple accounts such as email, computer log in, phone passcode, and bank accounts.
New research shows a clear association between increased use of internal hotline reporting systems and improved business performance.
Police allege that a fired Chicago Public Schools employee took a personal database of about 70,000 people contained in a CPS private database with her.
47% of emergency decision-makers said severe and extreme weather events are their leading concern when it comes to emergency communications and response, outpacing other events such as active shooters (23%), cybersecurity attacks (13%), IT outages (10%) and workplace violence (6%).
Eighty-four percent of CISOs in North America believe cybersecurity breaches are inevitable, and a lack of influence in the boardroom is making it difficult to justify the necessary cybersecurity budgets.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a final rule last week approving three new Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards addressing supply chain risk management for bulk electric systems.
A patient at TriStar Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tenn., was charged with aggravated assault after police say he cut a security officer at the hospital.
President Donald Trump has signed opioid legislation into law.
A report illustrates how cyber criminals are increasingly targeting retailers and their customers through digital and social channels as retailers leverage new channels for increased revenue opportunities.
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the launch of the Water Security Grand Challenge, a White House initiated, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water.
A new research report published by cybersecurity experts, BestVPN.com, reveals the state of online privacy in the United States.
Almost half (44%) of US consumers have suffered the negative consequences of a security breach or hack, according to new research conducted on behalf of secure payments provider to contact centers, PCI Pal.
New Jersey is considering requiring most hotels to provide employees with panic buttons they can use to summon help if they are threatened or attacked while working.
New Mexico is awarding money to 222 school campuses for security upgrades, including new doors and locks, fencing and surveillance cameras.
The Transportation Security Administration unveiled a multistep plan earlier this week to expand facial recognition and biometric use to improve security efficiency and reduce wait times at airport security.
New data shows that the U.S. public is surprisingly forgiving despite data breaches and controversies as long as companies demonstrate good faith.
Research shows a widening of the global cybersecurity workforce gap to nearly three million across North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific (APAC), and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
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