The Stay Safe Online Blog
A recent New York Times article, Hacked E-Mails Fuel Climate Change Skeptics reports on the public disclosure of emails between scientists in engaged in climate change research in the United Kingdom and the U.S.
At NCSA our goal is to reach all users with education and awareness messages about cyber security. One target audience is college age (17-25) young people.
Thirty-one days has October and every one was put to good use this year during National Cyber Security Awareness Month. It was far and away the best one ever. It will take a while to compile all the results but we do know the hits to our website at least tripled and that organizations and companies endorsing the month also tripled.
Earlier this month, almost 100 people were charged in the U.S. and Egypt as co-conspirators in a phishing ring that managed to siphon off almost $1.5 million from customers of Bank of America and Wells Fargo since 2007. The same week, FBI director Robert Mueller admitted he had almost fallen victim himself to a phishing scam. Score two points for the good guys.
Today, the National Cyber Security Alliance released its firststudy on the cyber security practices of small and medium size businesses (SMBs).
The White House has released a video from President Obama promoting National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The President discusses the theme of our shared responsibility as well as specific cybersecurity tips for all Americans.
Canada recently announced it is using October as a platform for Cyber Security Awareness Month activities.
President Obama, who has championed cybersecurity since taking office, yesterday proclaimed that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
Senate passes Resolution 285 supporting awareness on the eve of National Cyber Security Awareness Month
On the eve of National Cyber Security Awareness Month the Senate passed Resolution 285 supporting efforts to make the citizens more aware of how to secure the Internet and in support of national Cyber Secuirty Awareness Month.
Do you know what happened on September 2, 1969 just 53 days after Apollo 11 landed on the moon and why it's an important date in Internet history? Well, you should. We all should.
We usually measure how far the digital world has come into our lives through big statistics, such as the number of users on social network sites or the amount of commerce conducted over the Internet. Sometimes there are better measures.
One area of cybersecurity that the public rarely thinks about but is of great concern to government, hardware and software manufacturers, and others concerned with the integrity of cyber space is ensuring that software is free from hidden threats.
At NCSA we believe it's important for everyone to have some understanding of cyber attacks since in fact almost any computer can be used to facilitate such attacks through the use of botnets.
While it may be difficult to prevent other people from publishing or even losing data about you, what you post about yourself is under your control.
A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about the site peoplesdirt—a site designed specifically to amplify rumors, slander, and negative comments between high school students-- and its lack of any redeeming social value.
In many cases, we discuss websites and technology that can be used for many positive purposes but sometimes, without user education, get used to facilitate negative online behaviors as an unintended consequence. Some common examples include providing excess amounts of personal information on a social networking site and putting yourself at risk of identity theft, or the use of email, IM, or texting to forward private information about another person.
An article in today's Washington Post about sexting (sending sexually explicit photos by cell phone) accurately portrays the difficulties schools, law enforcement, and prosecutors have when new uses of technology don't necessarily fit into laws and polices already on the books. Often young people embrace technology and find new, and sometimes negative uses, before parents, schools, and the community have the opportunity to proactively respond.
As we have seen during the financial crisis and recent natural disasters, scam artists, phishers, and other cyber criminals use the day's headlines to lure people to sites that deposit viruses and malware (malicious software such as spyware) or try to get you to reveal personal information or buy something you don't need or can get somewhere else for free.
The Cyber Security Awareness Volunteer Education Project is an effort to help fill the tremendous gap in K-12 education of Internet safety and Security. NCSA is calling all IT professionals who want use their expertise to give back to their community to get involved.
At NCSA, one of our major focus areas is encouraging small and medium size businesses to do more to secure their business data, customer data, and intellectual property. Sometimes it's easy for a small or medium size company to think we really don't have anything of value, we are small and we won't be target, or the cost of securing our systems is not worth it.
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