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Tackling Emerging Cyber Threats

Tackling Emerging Cyber Threats

Working at LifeLock in cybersecurity, I occupy a unique space defending against emerging cyber threats that may affect both our members and our business. It was an honor to share that perspective during a recent event put on by the National Cyber Security Alliance at Nasdaq headquarters in New York.

Layers of Defense
As cyber attacks become more sophisticated, they often attempt to exploit the weakest link in the system. Sometimes this involves trying to take advantage of a technical flaw, and sometimes, a human, who can be tricked into helping an attacker. It may therefore come as no surprise that defense systems rely on layers of protection, addressing potential threats through both a human perspective, with training, and technology solutions.

Beating the Income Tax Fraudsters

Beating the Income Tax Fraudsters

Tax season: not exactly everybody’s favorite time of the year, but for income tax fraudsters—it’s payday! Why? Because submitting fraudulent tax returns in your name and stealing the refund money is an easy thing to do. The W-2 form that your company just mailed to you isn’t even required.  All fraudsters need is your Social Security number, name, and date of birth, then bingo. They can file your return and have it deposited onto a prepaid debit card, which is as good as cash. They walk away richer, and you’re left holding the bag.

One of the Most Dangerous Email Phishing Scams

One of the Most Dangerous Email Phishing Scams

If it works, keep doing it—and make it better. That seems to be the philosophy of some identity thieves. Of course, “better” for them is “worse” for the rest of us. In this case, the issue is a scam that caught a lot of attention last year—the Form W-2 phishing scam—combined with an older, wire-transfer scam. As a result, thieves are using email to target some organizations in two ways.

Technology Advances vs. Technology Privacy

Technology Advances vs. Technology Privacy

It wouldn’t be January if we weren’t overrun with predictions about the new year. The biggest area for such activity may now be politics, given upcoming changes in our nation’s capital. But I’m guessing technology predictions are a close second. For us, that raises the question, “What about technology privacy?”

UnLocked Countdown: Our Top 5 Identity Theft Posts of 2016

UnLocked Countdown: Our Top 5 Identity Theft Posts of 2016

Two of our top 5 identity theft posts this year have a common topic. Want to guess what it is? Here’s a hint: 1,000,000,000.