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: 12-year-old’s online life brings an abductor to her doorstep

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Ars Technica published an article titled 12-year-old’s online life brings an abductor to her doorstep.

On November 10, a 12-year-old girl left her home in the Baltimore suburb of Nottingham at 7:30am, heading to her middle school. She never returned home. When her mother called the school later, she discovered that her daughter had not even arrived. Suddenly, Baltimore County Police were calling in the FBI to assist in their search for a missing person.

Source: Ars Technica

Related News: Suspect arrested after photos of slain woman posted online

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. CNN published an article titled Suspect arrested after photos of slain woman posted online.

Oregon authorities have arrested a man accused of killing his girlfriend in Washington state and posting gruesome pictures of her body online.

David Michael Kalac, 33, was taken into custody near Portland late Wednesday by the Wilsonville Police Department.

Source: CNN

Related News: Hartford PD: Sexual predator operation a success

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. WSFA published an article titled Hartford PD: Sexual predator operation a success.

One Wiregrass police department is taking to the internet to fight crime.

The Hartford Police Department is working along side Perverted Justice, a non profit organization, to catch online sex predators before they strike.

“Basically when they start talking or texting with someone on a website, and it turns sexually explicit or goes into the predator wanting to have sex or meet the child for sex, they will contact us,” said Lt. Tim Goad.

Source: WSFA

Related News: California limits schools’ social media monitoring

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Engadget published an article titled California limits schools’ social media monitoring.

In California, school officials are now required to be more transparent when tracking a student’s online activity.

Source: Engadget

Related News: Third batch of naked celeb photos leaked

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. BBC News published an article titled Third batch of naked celeb photos leaked.

They were photographs taken in private, but that hasn’t stopped a third batch of naked images of celebrities being leaked online.

Source: BBC News

Related News: Online child abuse reports surge, says US watchdog

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. The BBC News published an article titled Online child abuse reports surge, says US watchdog.

There has been a dramatic rise in reports of child abuse images posted to commonly used parts of the internet, according to a US watchdog.

They include photos posted to publicly-accessible parts of social networks.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a record number of reports in the first week of July, four times the weekly average.

It comes in a week UK authorities arrested 660 people in connection with online child abuse.

That investigation was believed to have been targeted at those using the so-called “dark net” – parts of the internet that are hidden and can be hard to access without special software.

Source: BBC News