Cyber Savvy

October 10, 2013
By Dr. Scott A. Wells

Facebook now has 1.15 billion users who share 4.75 billion content items such as comments, photos and status updates and send more than 10 billion messages each day. When added to other social media platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+, the number of users is staggering. With so many people disclosing personal details and often unknowingly leaking confidential organizational information, social media has become the main platform for hackers to execute social media engineering attacks, phishing attacks and identity theft; social networking is now the main vehicle for spreading malware.

October 10, 2013
By Patrick J. Kelly, CISSP

You may be away from the office, but you should never take a vacation from cybersecurity. Keep these in mind on your next trip.

1. No Expectation of Privacy: When planning for international travel, remember that individuals have no expectation of privacy, including issues such as interception of digital communications. The country’s officials may require you to decrypt or otherwise unlock mobile devices when entering the country and, as a guest in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws.

October 10, 2013

Think you know your way around the internet? Even the most seasoned web surfer makes mistakes, and new phishing and linkjacking techniques pop up all the time. This quiz will help you identify and address your own security weaknesses.
 
1. Mobile applications downloaded from major brand online stores are always safe.

  • True
  • False

2. When viewing a link to a website online or on your mobile device, the address or URL you see in the link is actually the website to which you’re being directed.

  • True
  • False

3. What your family does on social media could have a negative impact on your safety or your organization.