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11 Ways To Mitigate Insider Security Threats Posted By: Robert Siciliano Companies are constantly attacked by hackers, but what if those attacks come from the inside? More companies than ever before are dealing with insider security threats.Here are 11 steps that all organizations should take to mitigate these threats and protect important company data: Always encrypt your data AND nbsp;If you want to minimize the impact of an insider threat, always encrypt data. Not all employees need access to all data and encryption adds another layer of protection. Know the different types of insider threats AND nbsp;There are different types of insider threats. Some are malicious, and some are simply due to negligence. Malicious threats may be identified by employee behavior, such as attempting to hoard data. In this case, additional security controls can be an effective solution. Do background checks before hiring AND nbsp;Before you hire a new employee, make sure you are doing background checks. Not only will this show any suspicious history, it can stop you from hiring any criminals or those associated with your competitors. Personality tests can also red flag the propensity for malicious behavior. Educate your staff AND nbsp;Educating your staff on best practices for network security is imperative.



cybersecurity Pay Attention To Your Iot Device Security Posted By: Robert Siciliano Wow cool! A device that lets you know, via Internet, when your milk is beginning to sour! And a connected thermostat AND mdash;turning the heat up remotely an hour before you get home to save money AND hellip;and AND ldquo;smart AND rdquo; fitness monitors, baby monitors, watches AND hellip; Slow down. Don AND rsquo;t buy a single smart device until you ask yourself these 10 questions. And frankly, there AND rsquo;s a lot of effort in some of these questions. But, security isn AND rsquo;t always easy. Check it out. Was the company ever hacked? Google this to find out. If so, did the company try to hide it from their customers? Review the privacy policies and ask the company to clarify anything AND mdash;and of course, if they don AND rsquo;t or are reluctant AND hellip;hmmm AND hellip;not good. Don AND rsquo;t buy a device that collects data from vendors that fail to explain data security and privacy. Does the product have excellent customer support? Is it hard to get a live person? Is there no phone contact, only some blank e-mail form? Easily accessible customer support is very important and very telling of the product AND rsquo;s security level.


digital devices Keep Accountant Happy And Thieves Out Posted By: Robert Siciliano Are you a shredder? I hope so. No identity thief on this planet is going to want to attempt to reconstruct cross-shredded documents. So what, then, should you make a habit of shredding? All financial documents and information, including financial information you AND rsquo;ve jotted on a Post-it note. Credit card receipts unless you want to file these away for end-of-month calculations, but ultimately, you have your monthly statements so you will not have use for them anyways. Old property tax statements (keep the most current one). But any other tax documents you should retain. Voided checks. Most things with your Social Security number on it that aren AND rsquo;t tax related. Any other piece of paper that has your or a family member AND rsquo;s personal information on it, including envelopes with your address. Never assume AND ldquo;that AND rsquo;s not enough AND rdquo; for a skilled identity thief to use. Ask your accountant what they think. Now, what kind of shredder should you get for your home or office? There are all kinds of makes and models out there. Do not buy a AND ldquo;strip AND rdquo; shredder that simply slices thin strips in one direction. Identity thieves will actually take the time to reconstruct these.



online privacy Career Criminal Goes Down Posted By: Robert Siciliano A sharp nine-year-old girl has a biting message to a 51-year-old man, according to an article on myfoxboston.com: AND ldquo;You deserve to stay in jail because you break into peoples houses. Stop breaking into peoples houses and do something with your life. AND rdquo; This advice was directed to Pedro Gomez, whom police are labeling a career criminal. According to investigators, he attempted to break into over a dozen houses AND mdash;all within the span of hours. One of the failed attempts occurred to a house where the nine-year-old was at at the time. Gomez AND rsquo;s floundering break-in attempts occurred in Shrewsbury, Mass. I AND rsquo;m not so sure he AND rsquo;s a true AND ldquo;career criminal, AND rdquo; because he certainly didn AND rsquo;t do things like a prolific burglar would. This sounds more like random, haphazard, desperate, non-calculated attempts to bust into the nearest homes. Pedro even apparently stacked patio furniture up against windows in one of his break-in attempts. There are different kinds of robbers, and one of them is that of the unskilled kind who breaks into homes to get whatever cash or small sellable items he could get his hands on to support his next drug fix.

cyber crime How To Pwn Anyone Posted By: Robert Siciliano Define Pwn: Pwn AND nbsp;is a slang term derived from the verb own, as meaning to appropriate or to conquer to gain ownership. The term implies domination or humiliation of a rival. And when it AND rsquo;s done by hacking email, the person is effectively pwned. No matter how AND ldquo;private AND rdquo; you are on the Internet, no matter how infrequently you post on your Facebook page AND mdash;even if you don AND rsquo;t have a Facebook account AND mdash;your life can be hacked into as long as you own just one password AND mdash;and the ability to be tricked. Such was the case of Patsy Walsh, reports an article at bits.blogs.nytimes.com. She gave a few white hat hackers permission to try to hack into her life, and they accomplished this in under two hours, without even entering her house. She figured it would be next to impossible because she had no smart gadgets in the home and rarely posted on her Facebook page. The AND ldquo;ethical AND rdquo; hackers, part of a security start-up, quickly found Walsh AND rsquo;s Facebook page (which presumably contained personal information such as her town, since there AND rsquo;s many AND ldquo;Patsy Walsh AND rdquo; accounts).


online privacy Is That Viral Story Real? Posted By: Robert Siciliano The Internet has almost as many videos as there are stars in the heavens. And you know that some have to be hoaxes. Sometimes it AND rsquo;s obvious, while other times it AND rsquo;s easy to be fooled. For example, the hoax of the AND ldquo;angel AND rdquo; intercepting a truck just about to run over a bicyclist is obviously fake. Isn AND rsquo;t it? But what about the video of the man cut in half by a bus while riding a bicycle, lying on the ground, staring at his intestines, talking for a full five minutes, while his pelvis and legs lie catty-corner to him? That video looks eerily real. And so did the enormously viral one of the Syrian refugees holding the ISIS flags and assaulting German police officers. There are free, non-techy ways to check if a video or image is a fake, from an article at gizmodo.com: AND ldquo;Reverse Image AND rdquo; Simply right-click an image, and a selection box will appear. Click AND ldquo;Search Google for this image. AND rdquo; Different sources for the same image will appear, but this won AND rsquo;t necessarily rule out a hoax.


online privacy Do You Know What Your Kids Are Doing Online? Posted By: Robert Siciliano Your child is active online. Did it ever occur to you that he or she uses a fake name so that they can AND rsquo;t be identified by you? Chances are, you, the parent, also uses a pseudonym. It AND rsquo;s very common. Cyberspace is full of obvious pseudonyms, but a phony name can also be a regular name that many people have. Your child will be lost in a sea of David Johnsons or Amanda Millers. Intel Security did a study and found that 40 percent of kids use aliases or alternate accounts. Intel Security also found: Many kids fessed up to cyberbullying, including making threats. Far fewer parents in the survey, however, believed their kids were capable of cyberbullying. Over 25 percent of the kids admitted they AND rsquo;d meet someone in person after first meeting them online. Wayne State also conducted a study: Over 50 percent of juvenile respondents admitted to tracking or stalking a romance partner or harassing/bullying them. Parents really need to monitor their kids AND rsquo; cyber lives. However, there are obstacles facing parents such as being intimidated by technology and feeling awkward requesting their kids AND rsquo; passwords.


kids online safety Eight Security Tips For Travelers With Laptop Posted By: Robert Siciliano These days, who doesn AND rsquo;t travel with their laptop? But commonality doesn AND rsquo;t make it inherently safe for your sensitive information that AND rsquo;s stored in the device. In fact, traveling with your laptop is inherently unsecure. Whether you AND rsquo;re traveling for business or to visit family this holiday season, here are some ways to protect your laptop and your personal data: Get a cable lock for your laptop. It AND rsquo;s a great way to deter a potential thief, especially if there are lots of people around. Register with an anti-theft service to track your laptop should it get stolen or AND ldquo;lost. AND rdquo; Carry your laptop in a bag that AND rsquo;s made specifically for these devices. If it AND rsquo;s awkward for you to carry a suitcase in one hand while the laptop bag is slung over the opposite shoulder, consider packing the laptop with lots of tight padding in your suitcase. (But only if the suitcase will be a carry-on that you AND rsquo;ll be gently handling.) This way it AND rsquo;ll be invisible to thieves. If you go with the special laptop bag, don AND rsquo;t leave it unattended while you make a trip to the bathroom or food court.


Laptop Security Infrastructures Under Attack Posted By: Robert Siciliano It AND rsquo;s been stated more than once that WWIII will most likely be cyber-based, such as dismantling a country AND rsquo;s entire infrastructure via cyber weapons. And don AND rsquo;t think for a moment this doesn AND rsquo;t mean murdering people. A report at bits.blogs.nytimes.com notes that foreign hackers have cracked into the U.S. Department of Energy AND rsquo;s networks 150 times; they AND rsquo;ve stolen blueprints and source code to our power grid as well. Some say they have the capability to shut down the U.S. The bits.blogs.nytimes.com article goes on to say that cyber warfare could result in death by the masses, e.g., water supply contamination of major cities, crashing airplanes by hacking into air traffic control systems, and derailing passenger trains. So it AND rsquo;s no longer who has the most nuclear missiles. The list of successful hacks is endless, including that of a thousand energy companies in North America and Europe and numerous gas pipeline companies. The U.S. AND rsquo;s biggest threats come from Russia and China. So why haven AND rsquo;t they shut down our grid and blown up furnaces at hundreds of energy companies? Maybe because they don AND rsquo;



cyber security Work From Home Isn’t The Scam It Used To Be Posted By: Robert Siciliano Many, including me, have reported for years about all the AND ldquo;work at home AND rdquo; scams. And frankly, there are still plenty out there, unless you know where to look. There has never been more opportunity to legitimately earn a living working at home, and NOT get scammed. Mothers with young kids aren AND rsquo;t the only ones working at home (telecommuting) these days. The AND ldquo;WAHMs AND rdquo; have lots of company. The Internet has allowed people of all ages and educational levels to do this, including retirees. Many online jobs are linked to legitimate companies that have made provisions for the telecommuting. More and more companies are recognizing the cost savings of setting up telecommuting positions. Telecommuting boosts morale and thus, productivity, which includes increased work duration. Positions involving 100 percent telecommuting often mean making up ones own schedule. There really is no limit to the flexibility telecommuting allows. The definition of AND ldquo;telecommuter AND rdquo; traditionally has been that of someone employed full-time by a business but spends at least 50 percent of worktime at home. Nowadays it refers to even working just one day a week at home. Telecommuting also refers to the entrepreneur, such as the prolific blogger. AND ldquo;Telecommuting AND rdquo;

online safety Work At Home Environment Is A Safe, Secure Solution Posted By: Robert Siciliano There was a time when online dating was a novelty, perceived as unsafe. Today, 59 percent of people agree that online dating is a good way to meet others (Pew Research, 2015). In fact, it AND rsquo;s the preferred method of matchmaking. A different online environment with similar views from the public is working from home. People who want to work at home fear its safety and security, understandably. But working from home is already a safe and secure proposition as far as finding a job and creating a safe environment in your home. Start with reputable AND ldquo;outsource AND rdquo; companies. Avoid the potential of being scammed. Outsourcers are the companies that agents form partnerships. The big, well-known organizations that want the best people at its frontlines go to outsourcers that have already vetted work at home agents. Additionally, outsourcers that provide work at home opportunities often provide clients with secure platforms and the best tools necessary for both agents, clients and customers to be successful in their interactions. Outsourcers often provide the most legitimate telecommuting opportunities. One such provider is Arise Virtual Solutions. Customer service jobs. Think of companies that have big customer support departments.


online safety Human Error Is Inevitable: Ways To Protect Your Business Posted By: Robert Siciliano National Preparedness Month is happening right now. It AND rsquo;s the perfect time to take action for you and your community. It AND rsquo;s all about making plans to remain safe, and when disasters do strike, to keep communications going. September 30th is the culmination of NPM, with the National PrepareAthon! Day. If a burglar sees your Facebook status that you are traveling on vacation and then enters your house, and takes $10,000 worth of valuables, it AND rsquo;s safe to say you as the homeowner facilitated the theft. This is no different than leaving your doors unlocked when you head to the store. This lack of attention to security is why crime often happens. These lapses in judgement are akin to how human error enables data breaches. Even worse, for a small business, employee behavior accounts for a significant number of hacking incidents AND ndash; and the costs of data breaches are tremendous. A study from CompTIA says that human error is the foundation of 52 percent of data breaches. The CompTIA report also says that some of the human error is committed by IT staff.


data breach Back To School Tech Security For College Students Posted By: Robert Siciliano Some of us remember college dorm days, when students were envied if they had their own typewriter. These days, college students must have a personal laptop computer, and a smartphone, and their lives revolve around these connected devices. AND nbsp; Such dependency should be proactively protected from loss or theft. AND nbsp; Campus security now means more than just being beware of who might be hiding in the bushes at night. When you send your college kid off into the world, you want them to be prepared for life AND rsquo;s curveballs, and unfortunately, the occasional criminal too. How prepared are they? How prepared are you? Do you or they know that if they leave their GPS service on, some creep could be AND ldquo;following AND rdquo; them? Are they aware of how to lock down their devices to prevent identity theft? For cybersecurity and personal security, college students should: Disable the GPS option on mobile apps AND nbsp;unless the app is specifically meant to track for personal security reasons. Be very cautious about the personal information they share such as home address, dorm address, phone number and e-mail. Enable privacy settings on social media accounts. Learn how to manage cyberbullying.



online safety Phishing Scams: Don’t Click That Link! Posted By: Robert Siciliano You AND rsquo;re sitting on your front porch. You see a stranger walking towards your property. You have no idea whom he is. But he AND rsquo;s nicely dressed. He asks to come inside your house and look through your bank account records, view your checkbook routing number and account number, and jot down the 16-digit numbers of your credit cards. Hey, he also wants to write down all your passwords. You say, AND ldquo;Sure! Come on in! AND rdquo; Is this something you AND rsquo;d be crazy enough to do? Of course not! But it AND rsquo;s possible that you AND rsquo;ve already done it! That AND rsquo;s right: You AND rsquo;ve freely given out usernames, passwords and other information in response to an e-mail asking for this information. A common scam is for a crook to send out thousands of AND ldquo;phishing AND rdquo; e-mails. These are designed to look like the sender is your bank, UPS, Microsoft, PayPal, Facebook, etc. The message lures the recipient into clicking a link that either leads to a page where they then are tricked into entering sensitive information or that link is infected and downloads malware to the users AND rsquo; device.


cyber security Things To Tell Your Kids About Privacy Online Posted By: Robert Siciliano Those were the days when all parents had to worry about was the creepy guy lurking near the playground. Now parents have to worry about creeps all over the world reaching their kids via computer. And there AND rsquo;s more to worry about. Here AND rsquo;s what to teach your kids: Screen names should not be revealing about location, age or even gender. Never use the full name. Choose a name that would never outright point to the user, such as AND ldquo;Chris J, AND rdquo; when everyone knows the user as Tina Jones. AND ldquo;Chris AND rdquo; can make Tina (Christina) still feel connected to the screen name. And AND ldquo;sweetcheeks AND rdquo; isn AND rsquo;t a good screen name for anyone, especially a kid. Before posting anything, make sure the answer would be AND ldquo;yes AND rdquo; if asked if your grandmother would approve. Deleting an image or comment doesn AND rsquo;t mean it AND rsquo;s removed from cyberspace. While it was up, it could have been shared and recirculated. The No. 1 rule is: Once it AND rsquo;s online, it AND rsquo;s permanently there, no matter what you do with it afterwards. Don AND rsquo;



kids online safety Don’t Rely On The Password Reset Posted By: Robert Siciliano Think about your keychain. It probably holds the necessities: car keys, home keys, work keys, miscellaneous keychains you bought on your previous vacations. Now, imagine you have a keychain full of these keys that all look the same, but each only opens a specific door. Sounds kind of like your list of passwords, right? But what happens when you have all of these keys, and you need to get into your house? In either situation it can be easy to forget which key, or password, goes to what door or website. So, back to the locked door situation, what do you do? A friend wouldn AND rsquo;t have a key that opens your house, and breaking down the door isn AND rsquo;t a good option for obvious reasons. Would you rely on a locksmith to come change the locks every time you forget your key? That would get old very quick. It AND rsquo;s essentially the same thing when it comes to your passwords. It AND rsquo;s almost like you AND rsquo;re having to call a locksmith every time you want to get into your house because every time you leave, the lock changes. If you wouldn AND rsquo;



password Managing Your Online Reputation Posted By: Robert Siciliano You AND rsquo;ve been AND ldquo;Googled. AND rdquo; No matter how small a speck you think you are in this universe, you have without a doubt created an online footprint that is attached to your name. Chances are high that someone out there has followed this footprint of yours via a Google search. Whether by a business colleague, family member or even a significant other, it AND rsquo;s reasonable to assume that your name will be AND ldquo;searched AND rdquo; online for personal information about you. But, what are the results of these searches? Are you comfortable with what they might have discovered? Online reputations are a part of everyday life that should not be taken for granted; they can be key factors in finding (and keeping) a job, not to mention personal and professional relationships. Make sure your online reputation isn AND rsquo;t tarnishing your personal image. First step: search yourself! You can use any or all of the popular search engines, such as Bing and Google. You will want to make sure to view the search results when you AND rsquo;re logged in and out of your browser, as this can alter the outcome.


online privacy Time To Tighten Up Google Privacy Settings Posted By: Robert Siciliano There is good news for the tech-unsavvy out there: Google has made their privacy settings easier to work with. This day has not come a moment too soon. AND ldquo;My Account AND rdquo; is Google AND rsquo;s new dashboard. When you use any Google account, the giant company collects information on you. The new dashboard will reveal what information this is. My Account also has other privacy related features; check it out first chance that you get. It has the following three sections. Security If you get locked out of your Google account, Google will contact you via the phone number and e-mail address you AND rsquo;ll see in this section, and you can change them, too. You can look over a list of apps, websites and more that have access to your Google account info. You can place restrictions on permissions. Lists devices that have connected to your Google account. You can change your password. Privacy Google collects information on you including what you watch on YouTube; this section reveals which information on you is saved. This section controls what phone numbers people can reach you on Hangouts. Additionally you can adjust your public likes and subscriptions on YouTube.



google Don’t Name Your Dog After Your Password Posted By: Robert Siciliano Recently I got a puppy for my child. We decided to name the puppy 4wgu23x5#9. My wife,8yysH3m, thought we should name the dog 0x2%#b5. But I AND rsquo;m sure she AND rsquo;ll get over it. Meanwhile, I AND rsquo;m helping my older child with setting up a few social media accounts, and I suggested the two passwords: Rover and Spot. Is there something wrong with this picture? Of course! But this picture replays itself millions of times over all the time, as people name their passwords after their pets, family members or favorite sports teams. Don AND rsquo;t do online what you wouldn AND rsquo;t do in real life. When creating passwords remember that you should avoid using things that are personal to you and that could be easy for a hacker to find out about you. Things like your pet AND rsquo;s name, maiden name, birthday, name of your high school and child AND rsquo;s name can be easily found on social networks, making it even easier for hackers to crack your passwords.



password Most Toxic Superheroes 2015: Super Powers, Super Risky! Posted By: Robert Siciliano The King of Atlantis! The Protector of the Seas and Oceans! A beloved member of the Justice League! It AND rsquo;s none other than Aquaman! While he is most well-known for his ability to control marine animals and breathing underwater, he is also the superhero who poses the biggest threat to you online, according to Intel Security AND rsquo;s list of Most Toxic Superheroes. Superhero movies and television shows are booming like never before. They have been resurrected and reinvented with the new and improved costume designs and insane special effects we see on the big screen. This superhero craze is drawing in everyone from the youngsters, who tend to idolize the men and women of courage, all the way up to the older generations, who grew up with some form of these heroes, and everyone in between. With the advancement of technology and accessibility, information on these superheroes can be retrieved online at all times. As a result, adults and kids alike need to be wary of the websites they use when they are accessing information on their favorite characters. While you might not think searching for one AND rsquo;


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