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The Equifax Security Breach – Now What? Five recommendations to protect yourself!

Five recommendations to protect yourself!

Equifax, one of the three major U.S. based credit reporting services just announced a major data breach where hackers have stolen sensitive information for 143 million American consumers 1.  All consumers and businesses need to take actions to protect themselves.

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CFISA Offers New Security Awareness Training Made Simple Course Options

The Center for Information Security Awareness (CFISA), based in Boca Raton, FL, is pleased to announce the launch of several new and updated online cyber security awareness training courses. These new updated security awareness training courses provide 15 separate lessons, which cover key information security issues that can impact the workplace. A full course addressing PCI DSS credit card compliance rules will also be available. Those interested can contact CFISA by filling out a form on their website.

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What are you doing to help protect the Critical Infrastructure?

As a citizen in the United States, whether we know it or not we all have a role to play in protecting the critical infrastructure.

We see almost daily in the news that citizens in the U.S. are being targeted in cyber-attacks by terrorist groups, Nation States and organized crime groups.

These groups use cybercrime to advance their goals and victimize U.S. citizens and attack our critical infrastructure. Everyone in the U.S. now has a role to play to protect against cybercrime and identity theft.

What are you and your organization doing to protect our critical infrastructure?

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Security awareness training alert – Apple Mac computers targeted by new ransomware attack

Frequently when I provide in person security awareness training sessions for CFISA.org, I am asked if Mac Apple computers are safe from computer viruses. My answer is always a strong “NO” but with some explanation.  

First off, we know that there are fewer viruses associated to the Apple operating system than with the Windows operating system. However, there are still enough risk to warrant strong security measures for anyone using an Apple Mac.

McAfee Computer Security has estimated that there are approximately 450,000 malicious programs aimed at Macsi. As the Apple Mac user base grows, so does the number of targeted malware versions. Recently, a new form of ransomware targeting Apple Mac devices has been discovered called MacRansom. 

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The London Attack and Security Awareness When Traveling

The London Attack and Security Awareness When Traveling

This weekend the World suffered another terrorist attack. Our support and solidarity goes out to the citizens of the U.K. and the victims of this senseless crime.

I had two friends that were in London this weekend and luckily both are safe. They both posted on Facebook that they were safe and not involved in the attack.  It occurred to me that social media has now turned into our main tool to communicate to your family and friends in incidents of this nature.

In our business at the Center for Information Security Awareness (www.cfisa.org) we provide in-person security awareness training for businesses on this important subject.  

CFISA put together some basic recommendations and best practices for security awareness training and education when traveling.

Here are some of the basics:

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Memorial Day Lessons For Your Business

Memorial Day is a valuable holiday to reflect on those that have served our Country.  As we think about this holiday let's also consider ways to learn from the past and to put these lessons to use in the future.

In thinking about our military, we can take some valuable lessons on the way our military and soldiers are trained and deployed to protect our country.

When our Countries’ new soldiers start their military service, they attend some form of “boot camp”. Boot camp training can be seven to twelve weeks of intensive training depending on the branch of service. The purpose of this intense training is to provide many skills that most Americans do not have growing up.  

How do you train an 18-year-old to run towards gunfire instead of away from it?

This act would seem to defy all logic and clearly goes against all human instinct. Boot camp training provides a form of psychological reprogramming to overcome normal human instinct. Through drills and repetitive training recruits are trained to react in new ways and respond as a team towards the attack.

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Cyber Security Awareness Training Well Received in Belize

CFISA.org Press Release - The Center for Information Security Awareness (CFISA), a business in Boca Raton, FL, has recently held presentations in Belize. They are proud to announce that they have received follow up communications from the Belize Public Utilities Commission in relation to those presentations.

Specifically, the commission expressed its gratitude to CFISA for its contributions to the 1st National Cyber Security Symposium.  

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Security Awareness Training Provider to Speak at Belize Cyber Security Symposium

CFISA.org Press Release - Michael Levin, CEO and founder of The Center for Information Security Awareness (CFISA) in Boca Raton, Florida, has been asked to be a guest speaker at the upcoming National Cyber Security Symposium in Belize. The symposium is set to be held April 24th through April 28th, 2017 at the Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City, Belize.

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