Rockhurst University in Kansas City was targeted with a phishing scam that resulted in the theft of W-2 information from nearly 1,200 university employees. Ohio State was targeted by a similar scheme, but the administrator involved recognized that the email was a phishing message and promptly reported it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ray Bradbury predicted it back in 1950 in his short story “There Will Come Soft Rains”—household appliances and devices being set to automatically make breakfast, clean the house, open the garage door and more. In 2016, 10 years ahead of Bradbury’s scenario, we’re already entering this world thanks to the Internet of Things.
This month’s issue of OUCH!, a monthly security awareness newsletter from the cybersecurity experts at SANS Institute, is for the parents. The June edition focuses on teaching kids how to protect themselves from cyber threats.
Let’s face it, kids are constantly connected. The best way to keep them safe is to make sure they understand the risks of online activities. SANS provides education tips so parents can keep the dialogue about cybersecurity open and real-world focused.
Our Chief Information Security Officer, Helen Patton, was part of a recent "State of Security" panel discussion and podcast, hosted by Brent Huston (@lbhuston) from MicroSolved, Inc. In 1992, Brent started MicroSolved with a mission to assist other organizations to protect themselves from "hackers, malware and other threats."
In the podcast Helen Patton (@OSUCISOHelen) shares her thoughts on: ethics in security, women pursuing STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and career advice for young people considering information security.
This week, a world-wide security issue was discovered called the “Heartbleed Bug.” The issue involves network software called OpenSSL, which is an open-source set of libraries for encrypting online services. The media coverage that has surrounded Heartbleed opens the door for phishing attempts, so you can expect to see more phishing emails – don’t fall for them! If you receive emails, asking you to click on a link and provide an ID and password, do not do it. Representatives from Ohio State will NEVER ask you for a password via email.
National Consumer Protection Week runs from March 2–8 and is all about making sure consumers understand their rights in order to make better-informed decisions. Every day we as consumers make choices about things such as health, technology, credit cards, privacy and much more. This week is dedicated to make sure we are well informed when making these choices.
The following resources are great tools to ensure you make safe consumer decisions:
Tom Mowbray, Chief Enterprise Architect at The Ohio State University, recently published an online article with Global Banking & Finance Review. The article titled “Cybersecurity: Success Factors for Financial Enterprises” discusses different IT security methods, including policy-driven and testing-driven approaches to security.