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Kelly Clarkson says co-parenting with Brandon Blackstock is ‘tough’ | #parenting | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

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Kelly Clarkson is getting candid about how “tough” it’s been co-parenting with her ex, Brandon Blackstock. On Tuesday’s episode of “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” the Grammy winner, who is in […]

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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | NATCOM calls for tough laws to regulate mobile banking in Sierra Leone

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By Mabinty M. Kamara

Officials of the National Telecommunication Commission (NATCOM) have called on the Bank of Sierra Leone to bring out a stronger legislative framework on mobile money service to complement the rapid growth of these services and curb cybercrime.

Abdul Ben Foday, Director of Corporate Affairs, while acknowledging the growing recognition of the importance of mobile phones and mobile money by tele-communication companies, which he said have brought unprecedented benefits by improving livelihoods and becoming a tool to mobilize and encourage savings for the unbanked populace in Sierra Leone, it has also occasioned issues that need attention.

“The financial services activities of telecos are beyond the purview of NATCOM, but falls within the mandate of the Bank of Sierra Leone. We are looking forward to imploring the Bank of Sierra Leone to come up with a stronger legislative framework than what it currently has,” he said.

He added that the role of the bank of Sierra Leone is pivotal in ensuring that mobile money services are regulated, supervised for the smooth operations of the financial sector.

“In view of this, our vigilance has increased, consumer awareness and consumer public dialogue is on an upward trajectory. The rapid growth of mobile money transactions should [warrant] the urgency for an effective and robust regulatory and legislative framework.” 

The spokesman for the Bank of Sierra Leone, Berestford Taylor, did not respond to Politico when contacted via calls and a text message.

NATCOM, as a regulatory body, is responsible to monitor media and telecommunication technical capacity and functions in Sierra Leone. Their role includes granting licenses for the operations of communications systems and services, ensuring fair competition among operators, establish and monitor quality of service indicators for operators and service providers.

Dr. Abdul Kamara, Manager of Information Cyber Security, noted that cyber security issues are borderless due to the borderless nature of the cyber space itself. He said they have been working with Police to tackle emerging threats.

“In the recent past, we have been able to make some gains in the fight against cybercrimes and fraud in partnership and collaboration with the Sierra Leone Police in the termination of Sim Box fraud,” he stated.

Sim Box Fraud is one of the most sophisticated cybercrimes in the country. However, simpler cybercrimes like scams involving people luring others to send them mobile money by impersonation, have been on the increase.

Mustapha Sesay is a victim of mobile money fraud. He said he recently lost Le5million to a scammer who claimed he was the Secretary to the President of Sierra Leone.

Sesay believes mobile companies are not doing enough to tackle the problem.

 “I think the mobile companies are in connivance with these rogues, otherwise there is no way the same number would be used to scam other people even when the first incident was reported to the Police. The same number that was used to scam me was also used to scam another Le8 million (from someone else). This could not have happened if these mobile companies are serious about curbing the criminal activities of these criminals,” he said.

Police already have a cybercrime unit which they have used in the past to conduct raids and arrest cyber criminals.

Assistant Superintendent of Police, Kabba Lavalie, explained in a Police press briefing this week that they currently have people in custody who impersonated a government minister, so they could carry out a scam.

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Florida push to become #bigger player in #cybersecurity comes amid #tough #competition

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Florida push to become #bigger player in #cybersecurity comes amid #tough #competition

Florida probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind in terms of a strong cybersecurity industry. In fact, it has a somewhat insecure reputation — the Sunshine State had the second highest rate for identity theft complaints in 2016, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

But local stakeholders are looking to change that, and Florida is making slow but incremental progress on a few fronts.

“The mission that was given to us is make Florida the leading state in cybersecurity,” said Sri Sridharan, executive director of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity.

The University of South Florida-affiliated center, which is hosting its annual cybersecurity conference Friday, was established by the Florida legislature in 2014 to “position Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity.”

That title comes amid stiff competition. The Northeast and California have deeply established communities for cybersecurity, anchored around schools — such as Johns Hopkins University or Carnegie Mellon University — or natural hubs — government agencies in Washington, D.C., and tech giants in Silicon Valley.

What the state lacks currently, said Sridharan, is a talent pool of mid-career professionals who already have strong training.

But Florida isn’t completely out of this game. Firms such as Tampa-based ReliaQuest have set up shop in the state. IBM, which has a focus on cybersecurity, has an established presence in the state with an office in Tampa. And KnowBe4, a Clearwater-based cybersecurity training firm, announced this week that it received a $30 million investment from Goldman Sachs Growth Equity.

What Florida may have to offer is its large student population and amenable business climate.

Education is the cornerstone of local stakeholders’ efforts to put Florida on the digital security map.

Florida currently has 13 schools that the National Security Agency has designated as centers of academic excellence in cybersecurity education or research. Around 40 cybersecurity-related programs for graduate and undergraduate studies have been implemented in Florida state colleges.

“Students learn cybersecurity very easily,” Sridharan said.

His approach at the Florida Center for Cybersecurity is to get schools and students on board with cyber, and shape the curriculum around what the industry currently wants.

“Will you hire them?” That’s the question Sridharan asked of 18 security employers when USF was shaping its curriculum.

Training the workforce early — as early as kindergarten and grade school — is also a priority.

While the center hosts boot camps for high school students, digital security company ReliaQuest recently set up shop in JA Biztown, a Junior Achievement play city where students take charge for a day to learn economic concepts.

ReliaQuest’s storefront mimics the company’s real office. Their youth “employees” help other businesses in the town identify and fix security issues on their equipment.

“They’re using devices more than we are,” ReliaQuest CEO Brian Murphy said. If kids can build good digital security habits now, he said, when they are older, “they can operate devices with a professional skepticism.”

Beyond education, entrepreneurs such as Adam Sheffield, a former intelligence collector for the Army, are looking to supplement the academic approach here by creating a cybersecurity hub.

Sheffield is working on hosting “boot camp-style” training programs, meet-ups and events in Ybor City, calling the concept “Cybor.”

One area for improvement is Florida’s privacy climate. Industry professionals often consider security and privacy to go hand in hand, and state laws often shape how companies approach issues such as securing personal information and disclosing to consumers when their data has been leaked.

“A lot of it has to do with the attorney generals involved,” said Bob Siegel, president of Delray Beach-based Privacy Ref.

Siegel is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and part of their training faculty.

One of the reasons California has become a privacy and security hub, Siegel said, is because of its attorney general’s strong stance toward digital privacy.

California is considered to have some of the most consumer-friendly privacy laws. It requires companies that operate in the state to post a particular notice about how they respond to consumers’ Internet browser’s requests to not be tracked with digital cookies. It also allows children under 18 years old to have their personal information deleted from social media networks.

But Florida, he said, is slightly less progressive in this area. For example, the state data breach law considers an information leak to be a “data breach” if the information was electronic. That doesn’t account for information on paper, such as paper forms filled out.

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Callers: time to get tough on hackers

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The latest round of sensitive security details released by hackers had callers to the Greg Beflrage Show up in arms on Thursday. “There was once upon a time we used to call this treason, and they were drawn and quartered …

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Q&A With Paul Tough: Environment Matters for Student Success – Education Week

Paul Tough, author of Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why, discusses the role environment plays in fostering students’ noncognitive skills.

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Tough Penalties for Bullying Ineffective; Broader Approach Needed, Report Says – Rules for Engagement – Education Week

A committee assembled by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that tough penalties for bullying may dissuade victims from reporting it, and that the programs at the center of much bullying prevention research are only modestly effective.

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Parents’ tough love needed to save WA kids from online sex crime

THE police squad “shining a light” on the dark side of the internet has warned WA parents must use “tough love” to protect their children from online sex predators.

This includes stopping kids from posting full profile photographs on social media acc­ounts such as Facebook and Twitter and choosing non-gender specific usernames.

The advice comes from the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team targeting online child sex crimes which has charged 35 people in WA with 147 off­ences since December.

Acting Commander Glenn Feeney, head of the WA Police sex crime division, said the off­icers were expertly trained to catch “technically savvy” predators, whose offending he described as “evil beyond words”.

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Get tough on crime — not cops

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Showing he’s more concerned with public relations than reality, Mayor de Blasio is fighting the image he’s soft on crime. New Yorkers can only wish he had the same zeal for fighting crime. One page of his playbook involves top cop Bill Bratton waging a letter-writing campaign to newspapers critical of confusing policies on marijuana enforcement. The Post and Times both published letters from Bratton Tuesday that push back against reports he and the mayor didn’t like. Another page has City Hall touting a new technology that aims to detect gunfire even before it is reported. “It increases the chance of catching the shooter,” de Blasio boasted at the unveiling. The ShotSpotter system definitely has a Wow factor — and inadvertently reveals the dirty secret of progressive policing. The mayor is willing to spend millions on high-tech tools and let the cops go in heavy once the shooting starts, but ties their hands to prevent them from seizing those same illegal guns before they are used. It’s the perfect metaphor for the de Blasio way: react to crime instead of preventing it. Stop-and-frisk and anti-loitering enforcement are out, noise sensors, computers and police watchdogs are in. The mayor slept through […]

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