2017

April 7, 2017
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Tax identity theft is an easy lucrative way for criminals to make money. Think about it: This fast-growing crime accounts for nearly half—45 percent—of identity theft crimes reported to the Federal Trade Commission.

Want to get to your tax refund before the bad guys? Follow these tips from CyberScout experts:

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April 6, 2017
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Spring has begun, which means open season on travelers who aren’t well-versed in the various scams waiting for them on the seamier side of paradise. While the scams abound, being forewarned is forearmed.

Here are some typical scams that can ruin your vacation, drawn from my book Swiped: How...

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April 6, 2017
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It’s no secret that cybersecurity has become a more pressing issue over the past decade. According to a PWC Global State of the Information Security Survey in 2015, the number of cybersecurity incidents has increased at an annual rate of 66 percent. Both the range and complexity of cyber threats are expanding—from ransomware to compromises of critical infrastructure.

Yet, when those threats materialize, too few businesses and...

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April 5, 2017
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America got mail this weekend, about 30 emails, according to reports. They were written as recently as last year by then-Governor Mike Pence and sent from his personal AOL account. While this is a political story, it is not about politics. It’s about a nationwide problem.

The emails, released to the Indianapolis Star in response to a public records request, include state business. The revelation is that Pence used his private...

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April 4, 2017
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Travelers are facing more privacy risks as domestic and foreign governments take a greater interest in social media accounts and require devices to be stowed in checked luggage.

Fortunately there are a number of steps travelers can take to protect their rights and privacy. This Personal Tech Column from The New York Times offers seven...

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March 31, 2017
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Two bold pronouncements—one in the United States and the other in the U.K.—have poured kerosene onto the flickering debate about privacy vs. the need for surveillance.

First came President Trump’s executive order, issued March 6, signaling that travelers entering the U.S.—including attorneys with cloud access to client information—could have their digital devices ...

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March 25, 2017
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Employees today expect benefits to go beyond physical health to a broader concept of wellness.

The employee benefits industry has answered the call, giving employers and brokers more benefits that offer employees tools to better navigate their lives.

Here are the top seven benefits to consider for upcoming enrollment periods that help look after employees personal well-being:

1. Legal protection - Employees may require costly...

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March 16, 2017
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Tax season is underway, and that means your tax refund—and your identity—are in play for identity thieves out to make easy money.

Tax identity theft is a fast-growing crime, impacting more than 260,000 victims a year and costing the IRS more than $3 billion in fraudulent tax refunds, according to the...

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March 14, 2017
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Chances are your organization has made critical investments in technology to deliver convenience and cost savings to customers.

But for these investments to work, you need to make sure the new technologies also safeguard your customers’ identities and privacy.

In this webinar from Aberdeen Group and CyberScout, cyber security experts came together to disucss how changing user expectations...

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March 14, 2017
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The countdown is on. Financial institutions doing business in New York must comply with new cyber security rules from the state’s financial regulator by March 2018.

These revamped regulations—the first of their kind nationwide—will impose stringent cyber security requirements on banks, insurers and other institutions regulated by the state’s Department of Financial Services.

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