We all know how crucial it is for you and your business that you stay abreast of proper cybersecurity protocols. It is necessary for your safety as well as that of your employees and clients. Beyond that, have you thought of cybersecurity as a central issue of branding? If your company has been the victimContinue reading “Why Cybersecurity is Important for Your Brand’s Image”
This year has certainly been unprecedented — from political debates to natural disasters to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Central to it all has been how we interact with technology, how it is at the center of day-to-day life and how proper cybersecurity practices are necessary in keeping ourselves and others safe. Now, 2020 is beingContinue reading “Why 2020 Has Been a Bad Year for Cybersecurity”
Anyone who has any kind of smartphone, a Mac or a Dell computer knows that updating your device’s operating system is part of the regular routine. Periodically, your device will receive a notification that a software update is ready. Why is it necessary to click “download?” Not only does it ensure your computer or phoneContinue reading “Why It’s Important You Update Your Device’s Operating System”
Geoff Dabelko, Professor and Associate Dean at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University and Senior Advisor to the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program, recently spoke about the impact of climate change on security. According to New Security Beat, the blog of the Wilson Center’s Environmental ChangeContinue reading “Why Climate Change is a Security Issue”
Since COVID began, cyclists have increased everywhere. Many prefer to ride bikes to work instead of using public transportation. Others find cycling an enjoyable way to get exercise and fresh air. Here are some of the best tips for staying safe on two wheels, from SF Weekly. 1. Wear a face mask Wearing the rightContinue reading “COVID-19 Safety Tips for Cyclists”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have issued an announcement to help the public recognize and avoid spoofed election-related internet domains and email accounts during the 2020 election year. “Spoofed domains and email accounts are leveraged by foreign actors and cybercriminals and can be easily mistaken forContinue reading “How to Recognize and Avoid Election-Related Fraud”
Security expert Brian Krebs has provided an in-depth explanation of why the U.S. government is discouraging ransomware victims from paying their extortionists. “In its advisory (PDF), the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said “companies that facilitate ransomware payments to cyber actors on behalf of victims, including financial institutions, cyber insurance firms, and companiesContinue reading “Ransomware Victims That Pay Up Can Be Fined by Government”
The COVID pandemic has spurred the C-suite to recognize that ineffective health and safety protocols expose their people and their businesses to serious risk, according to a new article in Security Management Magazine. According to author Brian Phillips, CPP, PSP, “senior leadership is more concerned with physical security than ever before, advancing many security and risk professionals into a strategic position within the business.”
“While organizations should run risk assessments on a regular and ongoing basis,” he says, “most risk assessments tend to take place after a specific event or incident. COVID-19 has created a point in time where all companies must reevaluate their physical security program to factor in both current and future pandemic-level threats. If you haven’t already, it’s time to dust off those risk evaluations and take a serious look at your security posture.”
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The school year got off to a rocky start in Hartford, Connecticut this month. On top of all of the complications brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the beginning of the academic year was delayed because a ransomware attack hit the city, according to the Hartford Courant.
The system that provides real-time information on school bus routes was targeted, affecting the 4,000 students in the district who rely on buses to get to school.
The Courant reports that this unfortunately isn’t a rare phenomenon. Ransomware attacks in 2019 hit at least 89 school systems in the United States. This had wide ranging impacts — from surveillance systems going down to student grades being lost.
It’s back-to-school season, and even during the uncertainty of COVID-19, students across the United States are carrying out that age-old tradition of packing their belongings and dorm furniture and getting ready for that college move. It also starts the perennial parental and student concern: How safe and secure are college campuses?
Campuses are always hotbeds of security and safety threats. For instance, in 2018, there were 1,908 reported hate crimes at colleges nationally — based on data from 11,013 campuses — according to the U.S. Department of Education. They also report there were 44,567 arrests of all kinds on campuses that same year.
College sexual assault is a major safety concern. RAINN reports that 11.2 percent of all students experience rape or sexual assault. This breaks down to 8.8 percent of female and 2.2 percent of male graduate students, respectively, and 23.1 percent of female and 5.4 percent of male undergraduate students, respectively. About 4.2 percent of students have reported stalking.