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Earlier this week, the FBI urged thousands of small business and home office internet users to reboot their routers to prevent the impact of VPNFilter, the latest malware threat to businesses and consumers. Hours after the story broke, I was invited to WTNH News 8's studios to do a Facebook live Q&A.
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Facebook is the latest highly recognizable company to make headlines for a data scandal with a staggering number attached. This time, it’s the profile data of 50 87 million users that was given without their consent to a third party who used their data to influence an election. In the cannon of major data breaches—Equifax, Target, Anthem, etc.—Facebook’s is a unique case with its own set of takeaways for businesses.
Post-season college basketball is in full swing, and as a sponsor of UConn Athletics, it’s something we get very excited about. Of course, we also get pretty revved up about layered cybersecurity pretty much any day of the week. Watching so much hoops this time of year, we’ve noticed that the principles of a good cybersecurity defense are reflected on the basketball court.
Improving record keeping and data handling is critical to keeping the trust of partners, vendors, contractors, and customers. The importance is magnified when the federal government is involved, with the goal of creating a national culture of cybersecurity that protects the information of our businesses, citizens, and government. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) created Special Publication 800-171 to help protect Controlled Unclassified Information. But what does that actually look like? How will you know you’re meeting the standards laid out in NIST 800-171? What is CUI?
During tax season, personal information is being exchanged at a much higher rate than any other time of year. Documents like W2s with Social Security numbers on them are just par for the course. It’s also a time of year when employers and employees engage in tax-related tasks that aren’t routine to them. There’s often a bit of chaos getting everything in order and even a bit of anxiety over doing it right. For hackers and scammers who rely on human error and deception, all of this combines to create ideal conditions. I was recently on WTNH’s Good Morning Connecticut alongside Michelle Seagull, Commissioner of the CT Department of Consumer Protection talking about tax hacks and scams targeting companies in Connecticut. Commissioner Seagull and I were also guests on the MetroHartford Alliance’s “Pulse of the Region” radio show with Brian Newman from CohnReznick discussing this same topic.