Consumers are wondering what they can do to protect their identities from cyber crime and data breaches. In this era of growing concern about security around personal information, community banks have an opportunity to position themselves on the front line as the safest, most secure vehicle for financial products and services. CyberScout customers David Kreiman at Glenview State Bank in Glenview, IL, and Penny Gray from First Security Bank and Trust in Charles City, Iowa, share their experience and advice.
Fashion retailer Forever 21 has confirmed unauthorized access to data from payment cards used at some of its stores. Because a number of stores did not upgrade their point of sale devices, said Adam Levin, "Hackers had the opening they needed to access payment card information.This is yet another cautionary tale that POS systems can become Points of Sabotage when businesses fail to implement proper security measures."
While locking your credit reports is a good idea, it doesn’t prevent against every type of theft. Consumers should still monitor their insurance accounts and health records to be sure identity thieves don’t use their information to pay for medical procedures, for instance.
The localities that manage the voting precincts on Election Day are now on the front lines in defending the security and privacy of voting against enemies. Eric Hodge outlines five steps to secure local elections.
The secret ballot presents a paradox: How can the validity of each vote be confirmed without being traceable to any individual voter? Ballots must be “anonymous and yet verifiable, secret and yet accountable,” says Eric Hodge of CyberScout's consulting service. The article profiles a security expert who champions the move to paper ballots.
In the wake of the Equifax breach, the insurance industry has a unique opportunity to step up to help millions of people reduce their risk, while promoting greater engagement, adding new revenue streams and building loyalty and retention. It is the industry’s cyber moment of truth.
For some victims, identity theft can be a life-altering experience that also causes serious emotional problems and can even drive some to consider suicide. According to Steven Isaacs, senior fraud investigator at CyberScout, “Before it happens, people think this can never happen to them, but once they realize someone is using their personal information, they can be extremely distraught."
At the Fifth Annual Privacy XChange Forum, journalist Herb Weissbaum interviewed keynote speaker Malcolm Nance, author of The Plot to Hack America. Nance is a former naval intelligence counter-terrorism and intelligence officer specializing in the Middle East; a combat veteran, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape expert, historian, and author. He spent 35 years participating in field and combat intelligence activity including both covert and clandestine anti & counter-terrorism support to national intelligence agencies. NY. Nance is a member of the Board of Advisors at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC; was honored as one of the noteworthy African-Americans in Espionage and featured in the Academy Award nominated documentary "Dirty Wars." MSNBC labeled him one of the "unsung national security geniuses of our time." He is executive Director of the Terror Asymmetrics Project on Strategy, Tactics and Radical Ideologies (...
Resist the urge to take that fun Facebook quiz your friend just shared. You could both fall victim to scammers. Adam Levin advises on yet another social media scam to avoid.
CyberScout launches CyberScout HQ, the first marketplace for identity management, privacy, and cyber security education, products, and services. Designed to increase customer and employee engagement, CyberScout HQ gives insurers a way to provide consumers a simple, intuitive and streamlined way to interact with a full suite of identity and data defense solutions, tools and education, as reported in Insurance Innovation Reporter.