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#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Cheryl Parson: Cybersecurity encompasses much of life

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

When people think about cyber security, most immediately relate to when they are online, using a laptop, tablet or smart phone to surf the Internet, check emails or play games.

Understandable, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg of our cyber-presence. Today we are connected and dependent in so many ways we never consider. If we are out of town, we have cameras in doorbells that can tell us someone is standing on the porch. Need an answer to a question, to turn on the lights or maybe set a timer? Just say, “Alexa,” or, “Hey Google!,” and it’s done! We have smart TVs, smart light bulbs, smart thermostats and even smart refrigerators. We have fitness trackers on our wrists and display screens in our cars. We stream videos, music and podcasts.

As you can see, we live in a cyber world, and whether we like it or not, cybersecurity threats are ever increasing. As a result, October of every year is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, when government, industry and academia join in a collaborative effort to make sure Americans have the resources needed to stay safe and secure online.

This year’s NCSAM theme is ‘Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.’ The theme encourages personal, proactive behavior to secure and protect ourselves from cyber threats.

• Own IT. Take proactive steps to protect your online safety and ensure your information is secure. Understand your digital profile. It encompasses every aspect of your life, no matter if at home, work, school or on the go. Avoid free or open Internet networks. Be familiar with security for devices you use every day. Make sure the apps you use, whether they be fitness, email or music, don’t compromise your info.

Parents are advised to be particularly vigilant. Kids are going online more than ever. There are literally hundreds of thousands of games and other apps available on the App Store and Google Play. These third-party apps often put children at risk of being taken advantage of. Games often have pop-ups that take players to other screens, luring them with promises such as in-game rewards or currency, but could be potentially linking them to a bad site. Avoid giving a child any credit card or bank information. (I know this sounds like “Duh,” but it happens more than you think!) Teach kids to create long, strong passwords.

• Secure IT. The major part of owning your online safety is securing it. Cybercriminals are experts at getting personal information from unsuspecting victims. Their methods evolve as quickly as technology. Learn about safety features available on the equipment and software you use.

Make sure your devices have additional layers of security, such as Multi-Factor Authentication. Multi-Factor Authentication is a method of confirming a user’s identity by requiring a combination of two different factors: 1) something they know, 2) something they have, or 3) something they are. A good example of two-factor authentication is the withdrawing of money from an ATM; only the correct combination of a bank card (something the user possesses) and a PIN (something the user knows) permits the transaction to be completed.

• Protect IT. Cybercriminals can exploit your digital trail with every click, post, send or share you make. Protect yourself by practicing good cyber hygiene, both at home and in the workplace. Make yourself familiar with and routinely check your social media privacy settings. At work, establish and constantly adhere to cyber safety guidelines and protocols.

Don’t be a victim! Cyber safety is in your hands. Own IT! Secure IT! Protect IT!

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Cheryl Parson is president of the Better Business bureau serving West Central Ohio. The BBB may be found on the Internet at www.lima.bbb.org.

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‘Did you know your electronic health records can sell for as much as €40 on the dark web?’

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AS THE PERSONAL details of half of all Americans are stolen, Ronan Murphy asks how prepared is Ireland to face the €1.6 trillion cyber-threat? The breach at US credit reporting company Equifax is one of the biggest to date. Sometime in late July, cyber criminals infiltrated their supposedly secure system to steal…

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The US Spends Billions on Cybersecurity — but No One Is Sure Exactly How Much

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In the wake of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, massive breaches of IRS tax records, and the theft of more than four million employee files from the Office of Personnel Management, it’s small wonder the federal government has steadily beefed up its cybersecurity activities. Between 2007 and 2016,…

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The Hacking Wars Are Going to Get Much Worse

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Reports this month that the United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of a Qatari news agency, helping to incite a crisis in the Middle East, are as unsurprising as they are unwelcome. For years, countries — in particular Russia — have used cyberattacks and the dissemination of disinformation through social…

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Trump Drops His Call for a Joint Cyber Security Team With Russia after Much Criticism

Trump Drops His Call for a Joint Cyber Security Team With Russia after Much CriticismSource: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday backtracked on his push for a cyber security unit with Russia, tweeting that he did not think it could happen, hours after his proposal was harshly criticized by Republicans who said Moscow could not be trusted. Trump said on Twitter […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com | Can You Be Hacked?

How Much Should your Company Budget for Cyber Security?

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How Much Should your Company Budget for Cyber Security?

There are likely to be three main areas of growth in cyber security in the next decade: cyber risk, cyber insurance and Internet of Things (IoT) security.

It is incumbent on boards to protect the company’s assets, and cyber risk must be understood in monetary terms to communicate it to the board in a language easily understood. This will enable the board to implement a coherent, robust cyber security strategy.

The cyber insurance market is embryonic, and businesses need to understand the level of insurance required. To do this it is vital to evaluate cyber risk. It is easy to underestimate, and therefore under insure, the financial impact of a cyber-attack. Insurance companies are increasingly recognising the need to differentiate themselves and price policies on the actual risk of the insured. Measuring cyber risk requires understanding how business assets are impacted by a cyber-attack. Risk metrics determine how much insurance is actually required by a business.

t is anticipated that by 2020 there will be over 50 billion IoT devices. Recent IoT centred DDoS attacks have caused recent outages for many websites including Twitter, Amazon and Tumblr.

Ultimately, organisations must be proactive in relation to cyber security, factoring security into developments up front rather than reacting to incidents. Cyber risk evaluation is key; cyber insurance provides an extra level of protection, although the risk of inadequate coverage is ever present, and IoT security must be considered to avoid serious repercussions.

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The cruel irony of Autism Awareness Month: There’s still much to learn about autistic people

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ There is a cruel irony to John Benjamin Haygood’s being arrested during Autism Awareness Month. Video has gone viral of Haygood, a 10-year-old boy who is on the autism spectrum, being …

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This is how much online dating scams cost Brits last year

Fraudsters stole nearly £40 million from Brits looking for love last year. New figures have confirmed a record number of people fell victim to online dating scams in 2016. Overseas criminals posing as suitors targeted almost 4,000 wealthy Brits in so-called ‘romance frauds’. After striking up a rapport and gaining the trust of the unsuspecting target, the scammer then quickly persuades them to part with money, often claiming it is to help pay for an emergency. The number of people falling victim to the scam has reached a record high in Britain, but not all of those targeted were women. Read More….

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Romance fraud is (much) bigger than you think

You probably know someone who found love through a dating website – perhaps you did yourself. But you may also have seen cases of people who thought they had met someone special online, only to lose thousands of pounds through fraud. You might think that this is a rare crime and, really, people should know better. It might surprise you to learn that romance/dating fraud is a big and growing crime. One person who has fallen victim reports dating fraud every three hours, according to the latest figures from Action Fraud, the fraud reporting centre. Read More….

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Why is there so much cyber ‘hacking’ going on right now? Computer Digital Forensics Expert says ‘look closer’.

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Why is there so much cyber ‘hacking’ going on right now? Computer Digital Forensics Expert says ‘look closer’.

Upon reading the attributed link labelled, “The evolution of hacking” – written by “The Guardian” and listed at the end of this article, Simon Smith, a real practicing certified expert White Hat Ethical Hacker and successful Senior forensic Private Investigator,

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