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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Cyber Security Awareness Training Alert - Executive Impersonation Fraud

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Cyber Security Awareness Training Alert -

Executive Impersonation Fraud

Executive impersonation scams are on the rise, costing businesses billions of dollars annually. Businesses of all sizes can be targeted and  fall victim to these crimes. Understanding how these crimes are committed and the numerous variations and vectors of attack will help reduce the possibility that your organization will fall victim. 

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Security Awareness Training Alert - Virtual Kidnapping

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Imagine that you receive a phone call from a number you do not recognize. On the line, the caller tells you they have kidnapped your loved one and you hear a voice (that could be your loved one) screaming and crying for help in the background.

They know your loved ones’ name and have information that makes the call seem real. To release your loved one safely, the criminals demand payment via Western Union or other forms of online payment.

What would you do?

This is the setting for an ongoing crime called virtual kidnapping. The criminals in this scam usually have done their homework including researching the victims’ social media sites and even hacking into the victim’s phone or computer. 

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Yes, your Apple Mac device can get a virus!

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Security awareness training tip -

Yes, your Apple Mac device can be infected with malware.

Don't let your employees fall into a false sense of security.

Recent Apple TV ads seem to be providing misleading information.
 
Covered in the Malwarebytes article - Mac security facts and fallacies
 
Read the article here: 

Fallacy: Macs don’t get viruses

Fallacy: Macs are more secure than Windows

Fallacy: Macs don’t need security software

Fact: There’s not much Mac malware out there

Fact: macOS has built-in anti-malware software

Get the straight scoop here:

Malwarebytes Article - Mac security facts and fallacies

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