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Peter Cavicchia II,
retired U.S. Secret Service Senior Executive,
is Chairman of the security consulting firm
Strategic Services International LLC. 

New Renewable Energy Options Might Pose Cybersecurity Risks

Given that we are in an age where renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuels are being embraced, experts are saying new technologies designed to lead us to a more sustainable future might bring with them surprising cybersecurity risks. A report just out of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a UK-based defense and security think tank, spotlights some of the risks tied to the current move away from fossil fuels. A review of the cybersecurity risks of renewable energy practices “Renewables offer huge opportunities for the UK to become more self-sufficient in energy production whilst mitigating effects of climate change.Continue reading “New Renewable Energy Options Might Pose Cybersecurity Risks”

Android Warns That More Than 500,000 People Hit by Malware

As we look ahead to the start of a new year, we are reminded that cybersecurity threats are decidedly not receding into the background. At the end of 2021, it was revealed that more than 500,000 Android device users installed an app that transmitted “Joker malware.” The app was downloaded from the Google Play store, ZDNet reports. Cybersecurity experts at Pradeo first pinpointed this malware and Google says it has removed it from its Android marketplace. If you are an Android user and you missed this news during the holiday season, end-of-year frenzy of family and activities, take note. TheContinue reading “Android Warns That More Than 500,000 People Hit by Malware”

CISA: This Cybersecurity Vulnerability Will Impact ‘Hundreds of Millions of Devices’

Just this past week, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) issued a serious warning — the Log4j vulnerability, which is a common utility that just runs in the background on many software tools written in Java  — might impact hundreds of millions of devices. ABC News recently covered the announcement, citing a conference call where CISA Director Jenn Easterly sounded the alarm. During the call, she alerted both government officials and cybersecurity industry leaders. “Basically, it’s an open door that could allow a bad actor in to either steal your data to launch a ransomware attack, you name it. It’sContinue reading “CISA: This Cybersecurity Vulnerability Will Impact ‘Hundreds of Millions of Devices’”

Tips for Staying Safe at Work from the Santa Rosa Police

Be alert for pickpockets on crowded elevators. Be aware of escape routes for emergencies and post the police and fire department numbers near telephones. Don’t leave cash or valuables at the office. If you are in an elevator with another person, stand near the control panel. if attacked, press the alarm and as many of the control buttons as possible. If you work alone or before/after normal business hours, keep the office door locked. If you work late, try to find another worker or a security guard to walk out with you. Never leave your purse or billfold in plainContinue reading “Tips for Staying Safe at Work from the Santa Rosa Police”

How to be Prepared, Not Scared

Bill Stanton is a security expert, private investigator and executive bodyguard and former safety and security contributor to NBC’s Today show and ABC’s Good Morning America. He is the author of Prepared Not Scared: Your Go-To Guide for Staying Safe in an Unsafe World. These are some of his tips: Think like a burglar. To know how a burglar might approach your house, get inside their head. Walk around the outside of your home once or twice with the mind of home invader. Think: “If I’m a burglar, which windows look easy to break or climb through?” Then look throughContinue reading “How to be Prepared, Not Scared”

8 Tips for Safeguarding Your Residence

According to the police of Tigard, Oregon, burglars tend to target homes where the resident does not appear to be home and their activities cannot be seen by neighbors. They generally do not want a confrontation or to risk being identified. Many burglaries happen during the day when residents are at work or school. These are their tips for safeguarding your residence: Make it appear as though someone is home when you’re at work or on vacation. Improve visibility to your home so neighbors and passerbys can observe activities on your property. That way they can more easily spot suspiciousContinue reading “8 Tips for Safeguarding Your Residence”

Robbers Are Equal Opportunity Criminals: The National Crime Prevention Council

As a new series of posts, I am republishing key messages from some of the world’s leading organizations in personal safety and crime prevention. The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is the nation’s leader in crime prevention. So, it is a fitting one to start with. As a private, nonprofit organization, NCPC helps millions of Americans keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime. The organization publishes excellent resources for people in all walks of life…as well as their communities. One noteworthy brochure created by the NCPC is Robbers Are Equal Opportunity Criminals. These tips from it are especiallyContinue reading “Robbers Are Equal Opportunity Criminals: The National Crime Prevention Council”

Halloween Safety Tips for Children and Their Parents from the L.A.P.D.

The Los Angeles Police Department has extensive crime prevention tips on its website and compiled the following Halloween safety tips for children and their parents. Wherever you live, these guidelines can help you have a safer, more enjoyable experience. Children should trick-or-treat during daylight hours. Children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween. Children should never eat any treats until they have been examined. All fruit should be cut and closely examined before eating. Advise children that they should never enter strangers’ homes. Never invite children into your home. Children should never accept rides from strangers. ChildrenContinue reading “Halloween Safety Tips for Children and Their Parents from the L.A.P.D.”