Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy and employ almost half of the working population. Yet because of their size, they rarely have access to the same information security resources as large firms. Without significant IT departments or dedicated information security personnel, they may be more at risk of cyberattacks than large enterprises.
With the cost of attacks increasing, companies want to hire more cybersecurity professionals to help protect their information and profits. However, companies have only begun these massive hiring pushes in the last few years, so there is not an equivalent pool of candidates entering the field. In fact, most of the current cybersecurity workforce are seasoned veterans of the information technology field and are nearing retirement.
“Scam or phishing emails typically have one of two strategies: fear or greed,” Jonathan Penn, Director of Strategy at security software firm Avast, told Fox News. “Fear includes email notifications that your account has been locked, there are charges that you didn’t make, or just that there’s been suspicious activity you need to check. Greed includes notifications about free gifts, trips, or gift cards; stock advice or debt consolidation or financial advice." Phishing scams are often presented as a call for immediate action. That should always be a tip off.
More than 25 percent of emails from federal email addresses are not actually from the government, according to an email security company with extensive federal contracts. The figure comes from a study released Thursday by the contractor Agari. Agari fights email fraud on behalf of more than 400 federal websites, including the official sites of the departments of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs, the Census Bureau and the Senate.
Hoping to nudge bright students toward degrees and eventual careers in cybersecurity, the FBI has deployed a pilot program in high schools nationwide, said Howard Marshall, deputy assistant director of the bureau’s cybersecurity division. The program, led by 10 different FBI field offices, encourages young people to engage in and study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
“Are you ready for your security breach? No longer is it a matter of if or when. It is simply going to happen. It may have already happened and you just don’t know it.” That’s Ryan Cloutier, an edtech security specialist, framing the security challenge for educational institutions with implacable candor.
Anyone who’s spent more than a few minutes using iOS has been prompted to input their iTunes password. This can ensure that no one but you has access to your important account data. However, iOS tends to ask for your password quite often, and security researcher Felix Krause points out this good-intentioned practice could actually have the opposite effect.
House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) on Thursday expressed support for a national standard for notifying individuals impacted by corporate data breaches, amid scrutiny over the Equifax breach.
School systems have now created many vulnerabilities in terms of student privacy when implementing educational technology in their courses. Though, students have to be protected. Is that possible? Let's take a closer look to some tools and tips you can use in order to minimize any threats through research and due diligence.
The growing list of major cyberattacks on this country amount to one modern-day Sputnik after another. A wide spectrum of private-sector entities, from banks and credit agencies to the entertainment industry, have faced attacks from foreign governments and intrusions from criminal enterprises.