February 8, 2021

Romance Scams

A whirlwind romance and being swept off your feet by the perfect partner form the basis of many Hollywood romantic movie scripts. And as many of us are romantics at heart, the desire to believe it’s a possible scenario is burnt into our very being. In the harsh reality of life, though, scammers play on these emotions and use that desire to take cash fraudulently and destroy dreams. Romance scammers, with fake profiles and identities, strike up relationships with their potential victims on popular dating apps and through social media sites like Instagram and Facebook. They create elaborate stories of being in international business, working offshore with oil companies, actively serving in the military or even as an aid worker or doctor doing great things within impoverished communities. One thing for certain is they are not close by or in a position to meet.

February 1, 2021

Diversity in Cybersecurity: Our Shared Responsibility

This year, to kick off Black History Month, we want to shed light on some very important issues in our national community, as well as the cyber security community. It is critical to recognize that as minority communities make up more and more of the US population, the statistics for Black faces in Tech and InfoSec remain low.

January 29, 2021

The Connection Between Consumer Privacy and Business Data Breaches and Looking Ahead in 2021

For the last fifteen years, the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) has tracked publicly-reported data breaches to identify trends, attack vectors, case studies, the number of people impacted by data breaches and much more. The release of the 2020 ITRC Data Breach Report and launch of the ITRC’s data breach tracking tool supports the Data Privacy Day 2021 initiative to help build trust among consumers and promote transparency around data collection practices.

January 28, 2021

It’s National Data Privacy Day

Today is National Data Privacy Day, when many organizations and government agencies, including the FTC, join together to raise awareness about privacy issues and to offer tips and information. As more and more of our devices are connected and share information about us, privacy is increasingly important.