How to keep your online data protected

Greg Price recently submitted an article to the Troy Messenger, How to keep your online data protected, to share important safety information during National Cyber Security Awareness Month:

Statistically, most cyber security issues originate from end-user activity. In fact, nearly seventy-five percent of all reviewed security breaches began as the result of end-user action.

The statistics do not surprise most security practitioners. After all, currently, end-users are the dominant consumer of electronic resources – people deploy, configure and use the devices. The machines aren’t running everything, yet.

We end-users make mistakes. Those statistics include IT professionals and everyday users. Often IT professionals lack adequate skills and training. Perhaps they exhibited some talent or aptitude and became the “go-to computer person”. Clever use of modern technology is no substitute for proper training. Nearly one-third of all security breaches were the result of poor IT configuration and management, according to an annual IBM cyber security study. Have confidence in your IT resources. If a search engine is your technician’s preferred tool, perhaps looking elsewhere is appropriate.

Related News: Facebook creates ‘Safety Check’ tool for disasters

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. WSFA published an article titled Facebook creates ‘Safety Check’ tool for disasters.

Facebook Inc. is launching a tool that lets users notify friends and family that they are safe during or after natural disasters.

The tool, called “Safety Check,” will be available worldwide to the social network’s 1.32 billion users on computers and mobile devices. This includes the basic “feature” phones many people still use to access Facebook, especially in developing countries.

Source: WSFA

WSFA: Keeping Your Kids Safe From Online Danger (Video)

WSFA recently aired a segment that highlighted the ACFI and our Cyberkids Protection Initiative. Please visit the following link to view the segment online:

WSFA: A look at the Cyberkids protection initiative that will help keep children safe from online danger

Related News: Online confessions cause concern

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. The Andalusia Star News published an article titled Online confessions cause concern.

And that’s a topic to which Greg Price, director of the Alabama Computer Forensics Institute at Troy University, can speak. Price, who has worked with Internet safety for nearly two decades and spoken about it in Covington County on several occasions, said sites like this one always disappoint him.

“For the community and parents, I suggest they follow a deliberate, structured approach to address the issues that poor use of technology can create,” Price said. “On our website, whoswatchingalabama.org, we provide a number of online resources.”

Among those resources is a framework called ADMIT, which offers simple steps that foster a safe computing environment for everyone, especially children.

“We designed the ADMIT framework as a tool to assist parents, guardians, and others with these challenging events,” he said.

Source: Andalusia Star News

Download ACFI’s ADMIT Framework (PDF)

ACFI Recognized as a 2012 Honors Laureate Award Recipient by Computerworld

The Alabama Computer Forensics Institute was recognized for its Cyberkids Initiative as a 2012 Honors Laureate Award recipient by Computerworld.

Complete details are available in the Troy University press release:

TROY earns Laureate honors for internet safety program (March 19, 2012, Troy University)