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‘On the way’: Center Harry Giles brings untapped potential to Portland Trail Blazers | #schoolshooting | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

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Harry Giles III appeared to be at least a little annoyed when asked Tuesday about his past setbacks that have derailed his career to this point. While in high school, […]

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Washington Poison Center warns of Benadryl overdoses amidst TikTok trend | #socialmedia | #children | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

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Teens are getting high off Benadryl due to a new Tik-Tok challenge. (Nicole Jennings/KIRO Radio) COVID-19 is not the only deadly medical threat spreading this year — the Washington Poison […]

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#schoolsafety | Culver School Board Receives Project Update – WKVI Information Center | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

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Several projects are ongoing at the Culver Community School Corporation.  Superintendent Karen Shuman gave an update to the school board on those projects on Monday night. “Our roofing project is […]

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Group claims Eastern Kentucky breeders at center of millions in global cockfighting enterprises | #facebookdating | #tinder | #pof | romancescams | #scams

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Three Eastern Kentucky breeders are among seven statewide who are at the center of a multi-million dollar global cockfighting industry that goes largely untouched despite a […] View full post on National Cyber Security

#infosec | Fake Exec Tricks New York City Medical Center into Sharing Patient Info

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An employee at a New York City medical center was tricked into giving out patient information by a threat actor purporting to be one of the facility’s executives. 

The data was shared by an individual at community-based non-profit the VillageCare Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (VCRN) who had received what they believed to be a genuine email from a senior member of staff. 

VCRN were notified on or about Monday, December 30, that a cruel deception had taken place.

In a Notice of Data Privacy Incident statement published on VCRN’s website, the company stated: “The unauthorized actor requested certain information related to VCRN patients. Believing the request to be legitimate, the employee provided the information.”

Information obtained by the threat actor included first and last names, dates of birth, and medical insurance information, including provider name and ID number for 674 patients. 

VCRN said: “Once it became apparent that the email received by the employee was not a legitimate request, we immediately launched an investigation with the assistance of third-party forensic specialists to determine the full scope of this event.”

The medical center said that they weren’t aware of any personal patient information having been misused as a result of this event.

Becoming a victim of a phishing scam has led VCRN to review its cybersecurity practices.

The center said: “We take this incident and security of personal information in our care seriously. We moved quickly to investigate and respond to this incident, assess the security of relevant VCRN systems, and notify potentially affected individuals. This response included reviewing and enhancing our existing policies and procedures.”

VCRN has taken steps to notify all the patients who have potentially been impacted by the cyber-attack. A toll-free dedicated assistance phone line has been established for patients who wish to discuss any concerns they may have as a result of the incident. 

The data breach has been reported to law enforcement and to the relevant regulatory authorities. 

VCRN advised patients “to remain vigilant against incidents of identity theft and fraud and to review account statements, credit reports, and explanation of benefits forms for suspicious activity and report any suspicious activity immediately to your insurance company, health care provider, or financial institution.”  

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#school | #ransomware | Cyberattack on Morial Convention Center has little immediate effect on events there, but problems may grow | Business News

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, one of the cornerstones of New Orleans’ multibillion-dollar tourism economy, is the latest victim in a string of cyberattacks against city and state computer systems that have had serious consequences for government officials and the public. New Orleanians were left […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

Fishtech Group Preps North Arkansas Cyber Defense Center

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Cybersecurity services provider Fishtech Group, which has a Top 200 MSSP arm, has announced plans to open a 10,000-square-foot Cyber Defense Center (CDC) in Rogers, Arkansas.

Fishtech’s Arkansas CDC will complement the company’s CDC in Martin City, Missouri. It will initially house 20 employees and expand to host up to 100 onsite staff, the company stated.

Also, the new CDC will be run by Fishtech CISO Kerry Kilker, a former Walmart executive who joined the company earlier this year. It is expected to open in the second quarter of next year.

Fishtech’s Arkansas CDC will bring cybersecurity training, technology and resources to Northwest Arkansas, the company said. In doing so, the CDC will help organizations bridge the cybersecurity resource and talent gap.

Approximately 58 percent of enterprises have unfilled cybersecurity positions, according to the 2019 “State of Cybersecurity” survey from information security organization ISACA. Furthermore, 62 percent of survey respondents said they have to wait three to six months to fill open cybersecurity positions.

Fishtech Joins the OneLogin Accelerate Partner Program

In addition to announcing plans to open a new CDC, Fishtech in April joined the OneLogin Accelerate identity and access management (IAM) partner program. Fishtech has incorporated the OneLogin unified access management (UAM) platform into its offerings and added IAM solutions to its portfolio.

Fishtech provides data-driven cybersecurity solutions designed to help organizations identify security gaps and comply with industry mandates, the company indicated. It also partners with other cybersecurity companies to deliver on-premises and cloud security solutions.

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#cybersecurity | #infosec | Major data center provider hit by ransomware attack, claims report

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans CyrusOne, a major provider of enterprise data center services, is reported to have suffered a ransomware attack. The Dallas-headquartered company, which operates more than 30 data centers across the United States, China, London, and Singapore, is reported by ZDnet to have had some of its systems […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#nationalcybersecuritymonth | How healthcare organizations can keep security front and center

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As National Cybersecurity Month came to an end on October 31, it should be stated that security and cybersecurity need care and attention all year long. To effectively protect data in an organization’s trust, security demands constant vigilance and an evolving approach to recognize the shifting nature of threats.

For organizations in healthcare, HIPAA sets the baseline from which to construct a solid security platform.

The first step in that process is a risk analysis. The risk analysis is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of where all data reside, the risks to the data, the likelihood of an event occurring, and then to assign a threat level to every element. A detailed explanation of what goes into a risk analysis has been covered before, so please read the earlier post for a refresher.

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Finding resources to help an organization conduct the risk analysis are always welcome. The Office for the National Coordinator of Health IT came out with an initial version of a self-conducted risk analysis a number of years ago at this point. Timing with the end of Cybersecurity Month, updates have been made to the tool to further increase usability.

While the tool is a good start, use must be serious and cannot take issues too lightly. It could be tempting to overstate the protective capabilities of an organization or the likelihood of threats. Reviewing a report that does not fully consider all threats or vulnerabilities should result in a funny gut feeling. The reason for that feeling is the unfortunate reality that no system can ever be fully secure these days.

On top of the risk analysis and taking steps to implement effective security measures, there should also be time for reflection on what improvements can be pursued to aid the security posture of organizations. Do sufficient resources, whether monetary or personnel, exist to adequately implement security measures? From that perspective, there are opportunities to pursue new goals and support.

The Do No Harm 2.0 report authored by Robert Lord or Protenus and Dillon Roseen for New America focuses on culture, technology, and workforce concepts to propose an assortment of means to drive the security ball forward (full disclosure, I was honored by Robert Lord to provide feedback throughout the drafting process). Suggestions range from instilling a culture focused on security to government support of education and training on cybersecurity to revising regulations to encourage funding of and collaboration around cybersecurity. The report attempts to establish certain ideals to work towards. While the ideals may not be fulfilled, driving a discussion is an important part of the process as discussion can lead to necessary attention and action.

As initially suggested, security should not receive attention solely in one month of the year. While it is good to have the focus on security at this time and for new reports, tools, and other materials to be published, the need for continued focus also cannot be overlooked. Optimistically, the efforts established annually during cybersecurity month can provide new bursts of energy around year-round activities. When security does not need special focus because it is an ongoing, constant part of daily operations, then some measure of success can be appreciated. Even at that point, there will be no time to rest.

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#nationalcybersecuritymonth | SPC Named Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

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St. Petersburg College was recognized this month by The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

  • SPC named Center of Excellence in cybersecurity education
  • Designated through academic year 2024
  • Allows school to further expand program
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The school was named a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. The recognition comes as October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. 

Dr. James Stewart, Dean of the College of Computers and Information Technology at SPC, says the designation is an honor and will help the school expand its cybersecurity program. 

“We want to make sure that we’re number one, our students are number one, and that’s our goal,” said Stewart.

The students at SPC enrolled in the cybersecurity program to get hands-on experience, including learning how to block hackers.

“It’s really interesting to see how they kind of circumvent the common protections we have in place,” said student Lionel Plaisance. “When you’re working in cybersecurity, you have to have a really good idea not just about how one thing works but about how all the pieces come together.”

The dean says the designation will be on students’ diplomas. He also says this recognition will help them expand the program, including adding new classes focused on threat analysis. 

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