Cyber Monday: Tips for Safeguarding Personal Information

Cyber Monday draw millions of shoppers online for deals and savings, but this day also provides opportunities for an attacker to steal personal information. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reminds users to remain vigilant when browsing or shopping online. CISA encourages Cyber Monday shoppers to review the following online shopping safety tips: Do business with reputable vendors. Before providing any information, make sure that you are interacting with…

December 2, 2019
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Caller Spoofs CISA’s Phone Number in Extortion Scam

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is aware of a phone scam where a caller pretends to be a CISA Service Desk representative. The scammer, whose spoofed call appears to be from CISA’s toll free number, claims to have knowledge of the potential victim’s questionable behavior and attempts to extort money. If you receive a threatening call from someone claiming to be a CISA representative, CISA recommends the following…

November 30, 2019
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Caller Poses as CISA Rep in Extortion Scam

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is aware of a phone scam where a caller pretends to be a CISA representative. The scammer claims to have knowledge of the potential victim’s questionable behavior and attempts to extort money. If you receive a threatening call from someone claiming to be a CISA representative, CISA recommends the following actions: Do not respond or try to contact the caller. Do not pay…

November 30, 2019
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Black Friday Shopping: Protect Your Identity

Black Friday is one of the most lucrative shopping days of the year for retailers in brick-and-mortar shops and online, but shoppers aren’t the only ones looking for deals. Malicious people may be able to obtain personal information (such as credit card numbers, phone numbers, account numbers, and addresses) by stealing your wallet, overhearing a phone conversation, rummaging through your trash (a practice known as dumpster diving), or picking up…

November 27, 2019
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Securing Portable Electronic Devices During Travel

Holiday travelers often use portable electronic devices (PEDs) because they offer a range of conveniences, for example, enabling the traveler to order gifts on-the-go, access to online banking, or download boarding passes. However, these devices are vulnerable to cyberattack or theft, resulting in exposure of personal information. With the holiday season approaching, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reminds users to be mindful of the security risks associated with…

November 22, 2019
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NSA Releases Cyber Advisory: Managing Risk from Transport Layer Security Inspection

The National Security Agency (NSA) has released a Cyber Advisory that addresses managing risk from Transport Layer Security Inspection (TLSI). This short, informative document defines TLSI (a security process that allows incoming traffic to be decrypted, inspected, and re-encrypted), explains some risks and associated challenges, and discusses mitigations. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the NSA Cyber Advisory and apply the information, as…

November 19, 2019
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FTC Provides Tips on Safeguarding Data Before Upgrading Mobile Phones

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an article with tips on how to protect personal information before trading in a mobile phone for a newer model. FTC recommends the following four steps to safeguard these devices: Back up data. Remove SIM and SD cards. Erase personal information. Verify deletion of personal information. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages consumers to review the FTC article for additional resources…

November 19, 2019
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National Tax Security Awareness Week is December 2–6

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released an article announcing that National Tax Security Awareness Week will be held December 2–6. The annual recognition event will feature a series of resources and tips to help taxpayers and tax professionals protect their data and identities against identity theft. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages taxpayers, businesses, and tax professionals to review CISA’s Tip on Preventing and Responding to Identity…

November 19, 2019
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Reminder: Malware Can Exploit Improper Configurations

Protect yourself from unwanted—and potentially harmful—files or programs by adhering to vendor-recommended configurations for hardware and software. Doing so in addition to maintaining regular patch maintenance, will help give your systems and networks the best security possible. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the following tips and guidance: Source: https://www.us-cert.gov

November 15, 2019
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NCSC-NZ Releases Annual Cyber Threat Report

The New Zealand National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-NZ) has released their annual report detailing cyber threats and incidents affecting New Zealand from July 2018 to June 2019. During this period, NCSC-NZ recorded an increase in the severity of cybersecurity incidents—particularly from state-sponsored threat actors. NCSC-NZ provides enhanced cybersecurity services to New Zealand Government and organizations of national significance against cybersecurity threats. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages administrators…

November 14, 2019
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