Category Archives: Cyber Risk

Articles that focus on cyber liability, data breach, identity theft, and related issues.

Don’t Click the Weakest Link

Phishing neutralizes even the strongest cyber security protections. Find out how it works and how you can stop it.

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Don’t Get Burned by Public Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi has changed all of our lives, but before you login, make sure it’s safe to do so.

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IT’S HERE…

We have been talking about cyber security for years, and up until now, it’s always seemed like a distant threat. Districts are being hacked and ransomed for their information now.

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It Came From Your Email

This data breach isn’t the only major cyber crime to severely impact millions of lives this year. In late June, multiple companies across the world were under siege by a virus that effectively shut down computers and extorted money.

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Reminder About Red Flags Rule

Do you collect funds from the public for any reason? This might include park space rental, any kind of service or training, utility bills, or medical billing. If so, then your district is a creditor and must comply with these regulations.

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War Games

Many large-scale cyber threats demonstrate the deceptively simple techniques hackers often employ to infiltrate our computers and steal our information: requests from a stranger on your social media, the stray USB drive on the floor, and the email you failed to scrutinize before opening.

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Start Your Engines

Self-driving cars have had a storied history in film and television, stretching as far back as the early 1980s. From Knight Rider and Timecop to Minority Report and I, Robot, the autonomous vehicle has long established itself as a common trope in the science fiction genre, and continues to capture our imagination today. However, in the past decade, this particular fantasy is rapidly becoming a tangible reality.

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Let Us Sniff Out Your Security

In July 2016, the CSD Pool awarded six districts a free cyber risk assessment through our partner NetDiligence. Here follows our interview with the Executive Directors of two participating districts.

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Don’t worry. Your password is totally strong enough…

Is your password security up to snuff? Most people are pretty relaxed about password security, and even when websites force us to have strong passwords, we find tricks around that which just make us vulnerable again.

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The Rise of Ransomware

Late on a Friday evening in the beginning of February, staff at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California began to report issues accessing portions of the hospital’s network. As the administration would soon learn, their system had been infected with a piece of malicious software that had encrypted critical files and databases. The malicious software provided the hospital with an ultimatum—pay up, or never have access to these files again.

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