The need for better online safety training to prevent data breaches is a hot topic right now. Coupled with stronger computer and network policies, companies want to prevent the hacking events that leave businesses susceptible to a data breach. While it’s no secret that employees in both the private sector and government service can unintentionally expose organizations to hackers, what is surprising is a report by Wombat Security that shows that 33% of CEOs fell for phishing attacks that led to network access. Why are they falling for this kind of internet activity?
It’s clear that the era of BYOD is here to stay. Workers are no longer confined to an office desk and computer, and instead are able to do work from anywhere: home, their local coffee shop, and while taking public transportation. The proliferation of public wireless networks has made this possible, and while this has freed employees up to do work from nearly everywhere, it also has introduced many security challenges.
Because October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and in part to raise public awareness of the dangers of identity theft, we recently chatted with author and technology guru Ben Halpert. Several years ago he launched Savvy Cyber Kids, a nonprofit that has joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s STOP.THINK.CONNECT. campaign’s national network, forming a partnership that will promote cybersecurity awareness to children nationwide. Keep reading to learn why he launched Savvy Cyber Kids and various topics related to keeping kids as safe as possible online.
WiFi in schools has been happening with much enthusiasm all over the country. So recent news that the Federal Communications Commission will spend $2 billion to boost wireless Internet connectivity in U.S. schools and libraries during the next two years should be a good thing, right?
While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has called it a “watershed moment” to give wireless access to 10 million kids, give or take, privacy experts are raising a collective eyebrow.
Julie Anne Culp isn’t an Internet safety expert. She’s a guidance counselor in Hendersonville, Tennessee who wanted to teach her fifth grade students to think carefully about what they post online. So she created an ingenious social experiment to drive home her message about Internet safety.
If you are accessing corporate or sensitive data on your mobile phone, you should use a VPN like PRIVATE WiFi to protect your communications. But some people are not taking steps to protect that data, according to a new survey. The most disturbing findings? 15% of employees say they feel “minimal to no” responsibility to protect corporate data stored on their mobile devices. And 10% do not have any password, PIN, or other security measures in place to protect their mobile devices they use for work purposes.
Did you know that while 94% of us are concerned about losing our phones (including 74% who feel panicked at even thinking about it), 6% of us actually feel relieved when we lose our phones, perhaps because we subconsciously want to unplug. Check out other interesting stats from a new survey that highlights just how addicted we are to our smartphones.
From the “too ridiculous to be true” files — especially given the increasing number of data breaches at companies large and small — is the news that the most common corporate password is “Password1” because it just barely meets the minimum complexity requirements for length, capitalization, and numerical figures.
This data is from a report that shares the 7 biggest pitfalls and perils of corporate online security. Turns out that the costs of lost reputation, brand value, and tarnished image are just as serious as the financial ramifications of cleaning up a corporate data breach.
Consumers love their tablets. Their big touch screens and extreme portability make them ideal for browsing, apps, email, and a host of other online activities. So it’s not surprising that over half of users say tablets are their favorite device, according to Adobe data.
Unfortunately, tablets are also the favorite device of identity thieves, who love to hack them.
Bad habits? Risky behaviors? What you don’t know about cloud computing could hurt your company. Check out the findings from a new study that suggests that employees who use these applications are exposing their organizations to security breaches and data losses at a much higher rate than non-cloud users.
Humanity reached an important mobile milestone this year. There are now more mobile devices than people on the planet. Not surprisingly, part of what’s feeding the mobile frenzy is the growing number of consumers who are multi-device owners. More than 60% of online adults use at least two devices every day, according to a new study by GfK commissioned by Facebook. And more than 40% of those surveyed sometimes start an activity on one device but finish it on another. While that can make completing online tasks a lot more convenient, it can also expose your sensitive information to more online security risks. Each mobile device gives cybercriminals another access point they can exploit.
More than 40 percent of government employees are putting themselves and their agencies at risk with their mobile device habits, according to Cisco and the Mobile Work Exchange’s report “The 2014 Mobilometer Tracker: Mobility, Security, and the Pressure In Between.” As part of the study, an assessment tool called the Secure Mobilometer was developed to understand mobile (in)security and vulnerabilities. The tool provided insight into the mobile device habits of government agency employees. The results show one singular truth: government employees and agencies need to take significant steps to secure confidential data.