Cyber Security Awareness Month: Keeping Your Identity Safe

By now, all or most of us have heard about cyber breaches, the stealing of data via the internet. Massive breaches of large corporations have put the personal information of millions of consumers at risk. Therefore, it is vitally important to know how to protect yourself against identity theft as well as other cyber crimes.

Cybercrime is a crime that targets consumers and/or businesses online. It attracts criminals that enjoy the convenience, speed and most importantly, the anonymity it provides them. There are many forms of cybercrime. Some examples are: online identity theft, hacking, financial fraud, intellectual property crime and information forgery.

In recognition of Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Better Business Bureau has a few security tips to protect yourself against these cyber crimes.

Keep a clean machine.

Whether it is a PC, mobile device or laptop, make sure security software is current and up-to-date. Having the latest software on all devices can be one of the best defenses against viruses, malware and other online threats.

Protect personal information.

Shred all statements and applications you get in the mail that you don’t want to keep, including credit card applications, insurance forms, financial statements, and billing statements for utilities.

Change passwords for all online accounts regularly.

When changing your password, make it long, strong and unique, with a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. By keeping various passwords on your accounts you lessen the risk of multiple accounts being compromised.

Connect with care.

Use caution when logging on to public Wi-Fi networks and send personal information only to websites that are fully encrypted.

Stay informed.

Keep up with new ways to stay safe online. Check trusted websites for the latest information, and share it with family, friends and colleagues and encourage them to be web-wise.

Steer clear of suspicious texts, emails and links.

Unsolicited emails and pop-up ads can be full of computer viruses designed to steal usernames and passwords from your computer. Don’t give in to curiosity. Close or delete the message.

Report it.

If your identity has been stolen or compromised, contact one of the three credit bureaus to report the crime: (Equifax, Experian or TransUnion). Request that the credit bureau place a fraud alert on your credit report to prevent any further fraudulent activity from occurring. As soon as one of the bureaus issues a fraud alert, the other two bureaus are automatically notified.

Following these recommendations will greatly lessen your risk of falling victim to a cyber crime.

For information on how Cino Ltd. can help secure your system and sensitive information, click here.

The Importance of Critical Storage Monitoring for Vaccines and Medications

The terms temperature monitoring and pressure differential monitoring may not mean something to most people. To others however, those terms are incredibly important. Both must be strictly and accurately controlled. Reputations, jobs, the success or failure of a business and lives depend on it.

In the pharmaceutical industry, there is little to no room for error. Human lives depend on those within the industry to do their jobs correctly, honestly and to the very best of their ability. Equally important is the equipment used to house vaccines, medications and other pharmaceuticals.

This critical storage equipment must maintain a combination of correct temperature, humidity level, CO2 level and differential pressure in order to properly maintain the sensitive items stored within. Not doing so, can lead to big problems. Earlier this month, a faulty refrigerator compromised 10 different vaccines stored at a medical office affiliated with Stanford Children’s Health.

In this particular case, the refrigerator reached below freezing temperatures, compromising vaccinations including those for whooping cough, polio, HPV, Hepatitis A and B and influenza. Because of this issue, doctors will now have to re-vaccinate more than 1,500 pediatric patients. In addition, Stanford Children’s Health is installing new refrigerators as well as a round-the-clock temperature monitoring system which will immediately alert the staff to any problems.

In May of this year, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation was forced to alert 4,000 patients about the possibility of having to be re-vaccinated due to a faulty refrigerator that kept the vaccines a few degrees too cold.

Mistakes such as these involving such important products can be devastating for the reputation of a medical office when people no longer trust the office, its staff and it’s equipment with their health and instead worry that seeking medical attention there could be detrimental to their health.

Additionally, the FDA monitors facilities that house sensitive medical items to ensure compliance for the health and safety of the public and will take action against those that are not.

Therefore, the importance of critical storage monitoring cannot be emphasized enough, especially when it comes to keeping the population as healthy as possible with properly stored vaccines and mediations. Fortunately, there are solutions to solve this problem. At the top of the list is PharmaWatch.

PharmaWatch is at the forefront of wireless technology that’s engineered and designed to monitor critical storage equipment, enabling users to access (24/7) real-time monitoring data and receive alert notifications regarding storage environment conditions.  In addition, PharmaWatch is fully FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliant and makes certain their equipment remains that way by automatically updating the system whenever a new Federal or State compliance regulation is added or amended.

 

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STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

As National Cyber Security Awareness Month kicks off with its theme “Our Shared Responsibility,” global citizens are encouraged to take the basic steps necessary to make the internet safer and more secure.

Many, especially young people around the world, feel the theme resonates with them as they recognize the importance of doing their part to become aware and involved in keeping themselves safe online which will, at the same time, increase security for others.

NCSAM 2015 also celebrates the fifth anniversary of STOP. THINK. CONNECT., a campaign dedicated to global cyber security education and awareness. Its’ simple message to stay safer and more secure online continues to increase its international impact.  STOP: make sure security measures are in place. THINK: about the consequences of your actions and behaviors online. CONNECT: and enjoy the internet.

This year’s hashtag #CyberAware is encouraging NCSAM supporters to join the conversation by posting tips, advice and participating in weekly Twitter chats.

Some steps that should be implemented to stay safer online:

Keep a clean machine. Keep all software on Internet-connected devices – including PCs, mobile phones and tablets – up to date to reduce risk of infection from malware.

Get two steps ahead. Turn on two-factor authentication on accounts where available.

When in doubt, throw it out. Links in email, social media posts and online ads are often how cyber criminals try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it.

Share with care. What you post can last a lifetime. Before posting something online, think about how it could be perceived now and in the future.

 

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). This came about as a collaborative effort between government and industry to provide all Americans with the resources necessary to remain safer and more secure online.

Since its inception 12 years ago by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance NCSAM has grown and extended its reach to businesses, educational institutions and consumers, to name a few.

Due to the high volume of reports on cyber attacks, cyber security is a very important and common topic of conversation. The White House has recently passed legislation in support of the cyber security movement which is helping to further the conversation.

One of the goals of NCSAM is to raise awareness of the very real threats that exist for those who use the internet. In addition, it will engage, empower and educate on how to better protect yourself.

 

For more information on implementing a security plan or strengthening an existing one, click here.

Tighten Up Your Cyber Security Strategies Now

While there are a variety of security offerings to aid in protecting your organization from a system breach, there is no one product or service that can protect every organization from every existing threat.

Cyber security has to be custom tailored to each individual organization based on their needs and level of vulnerability, security strategies, etc.

Designing a custom cyber security strategy for your organization is invaluable to strengthening its defenses against attack.

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Cybersecurity Demands Culture Change, DoD Official Says

Cyber is considered the fifth domain in warfare. It is very different from other forms of warfare due to how quickly a situation can change from one moment to the other.

The heavy dependency of the United States on all things cyber makes it very vulnerable to attack. As new threats arise and evolve, the way cyber security is perceived and approached must evolve as well.

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5 things your CEO should know about Cyber Security

Protecting your organization from cyber security and data breaches is of the utmost importance with cyber attacks occurring so frequently.

Many CEOs are realizing the importance of cyber security, especially those responsible for securing sensitive data. They not only want to avoid a breach but also the lawsuits that would ensue in the event of a breach.

Here are the 5 things your CEO should know to protect their organization from cyber crime. .

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Hackers Now Targeting Baby Monitors

As if the reach of hackers wasn’t extensive enough, breaches of baby monitors are now being reported. Wireless and/or internet connected home baby monitors are being targeted. Some hackers have gone so far as to post footage of the baby, the family, the home and anything captured by the camera online, without the consent or knowledge of the owner.

Beyond the obvious threat to the baby and family, these breaches pose a more serious threat. If hackers are able to expose a vulnerability on one of your internet connected devices, it facilitates the breaching of other devices you may have connected as well.

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Has Your iPhone Been Affected by A Malware Infection?

Security firm Palo Alto Networks has been working in conjunction with WeipTech, an amateur technology group, to identify a malware responsible for affecting more than 225,000 Apple accounts.

The malware, known as “KeyRaider,” creates system vulnerabilities by stealing iTunes usernames, passwords and payment information and storing it all on an unsecured server vulnerable to breach.

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Rutgers University Willing to Pay $3 Million to Prevent Another Cyber Attack

Rutgers University isn’t taking any chances this school year. After having their system hacked at least four times in the last school year, the University is willing to pay up to 3 million dollars and have hired three security firms to prevent any further attacks this year.

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