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Nextgov, May 2, 2016

How Multifactor Authentication Can Play a Role in the Cybersecurity National Action Plan

In February 2016, the White House announced the Cybersecurity National Action Plan, which aims to increase federal cybersecurity funding by more than a third to over $19 billion. One of the key components of the plan was a partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance called the “National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign” that will focus on educating consumers and federal employees about how to protect themselves through multifactor authentication.
Fortune, April 30, 2016

Where AT&T Keeps an All-Seeing Eye on Its Ginormous Data-Shuttling Network

For a tech nerd like myself, this is Disney World. (No lines either!) Within the facility, AT&T's technicians oversee all of the data about all the data that people are sending one another over the company's vast network. The many, many displays in this building depict where calls are coming from, how info-packets are flowing from wire to wire, who may be experiencing issues, and what might need fixing. If the network is a nervous system, then this is its brain.
San Jose Mercury News, April 6, 2016

Spring clean your digital life

The Better Business Bureau and the National Cyber Security Alliance are promoting “digital spring cleaning” with a helpful checklist of chores ( — things like purging unused apps, updating security software, cleaning out emails, unsubscribing to stuff you don’t need, reviewing contact lists. Does Uncle Joe still need to be on there? He’s been dead since 1995.
CBS MoneyWatch, February 29, 2016

A new twist on W2 tax scams

There's a new twist on a tax scam that might put filers' information at risk: fraudsters pretending to be a company's CEO. The approach is a technique involving phishing, when thieves pretend to be someone or something they aren't, such as a bank employee, and ask unsuspecting people for personal information such as Social Security numbers. The fraudster's goal is to gather enough data to file a fake claim on the filer's behalf, pocketing their refund.
MarketWatch, February 9, 2016

The White House wants to teach you about online security

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you: cybersecurity tutorials, sponsored in part by the federal government. The White House’s cybersecurity national action plan, released Tuesday as part of a $19 billion investment in bolstering online safety across the federal government, aims to empower Americans to boost their own security awareness through public education campaigns. It comes after embarrassing breaches of government agencies, such as that of the Office of Personnel Management, and the manipulation of an Internal Revenue Service’s own website by hackers.