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This October, Commit to Being Cyber-Aware: Raise Your Cybersecurity Game

October 12, 2021 | Carlos Kizzee, MS-ISAC Chair

In its most recent annual Cost of a Data Breach report, the Ponemon Institute reviewed more than 500 incidents around the world. The results were sobering: the average...read more

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Avoid the Most Common Email Mistakes

October 5, 2021 | Steffanie AK Schilling, VP of Infragard - Northern Ohio

Email is still one of the primary ways we communicate, both in our personal and professional lives. However, quite often we can be our own worst enemy when using email. Here are the most common mistakes people make with email and how to avoid them....read more

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One Simple Step to Securing Your Accounts

September 8, 2021 | Lysandra Capella, SANS Institute Instructor in Training for SANS AUD507

Does it seem like cyber criminals have a magic wand for getting into your email or bank accounts and there’s nothing you can do to stop them? Wouldn’t it be great if there...read more

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Securely Using the Cloud

August 9, 2021 | Tameika Reed, Founder of Women in Linux

You may have heard of a concept called “the cloud.” This means using a service provider on the internet to store and manage your data. Examples include creating documents on Google Docs, accessing email in Microsoft O365, sharing files via Dropbox, or storing your pictures...read more

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2021 Cyber Hot Topics: Ransomware

July 13, 2021 | Michael Aliperti, MS-ISAC Chair

In response to the pandemic, many end-users are now working from home instead of commuting to their business locations. Homes are being...read more

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Securing Your Mobile Devices

July 9, 2021 | Jeroen Beckers is a mobile security expert at NVISO, instructor for the SANS institute

Mobile devices are an amazing and easy way to communicate with friends, shop or bank online, watch movies, play games, and perform a myriad of other activities. Since these devices...read more

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How to Protect Seniors Against Cybercrimes and Scams

June 25, 2021 | Michael Aliperti, MS-ISAC Chair

Many of the crimes that occur in real life happen on the internet too. Credit card fraud, identity theft, embezzlement, and more, all can be and are being done online. Seniors and the elderly are often targeted...read more

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Securely Using Mobile Apps

June 4, 2021 | Domenica Crognale, Quality Assurance Engineer and Certified Instructor with the SANS Institute

Mobile devices, such as tablets, smartphones, and smartwatches, have become one of the primary technologies we use in both our personal...read more

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Compromised Email Account? Here’s What to Do

May 20, 2021 | Michael Aliperti, MS-ISAC Chair

An email account can be compromised in a number of different ways. In some cases, your password may be weak...read more

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Vishing - Phone Call Attacks and Scams

May 4, 2021 | Jen Fox, Security Program Specialist

When you think of a cyber-criminal you probably think of an evil mastermind sitting behind a computer, launching sophisticated attacks over...read more

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Social Engineering Red Flags

April 23, 2021

It's easy to think of Social Engineering as peer pressure from fraudsters - instead of relying on hacking skills, they manipulate you into providing information willingly....read more

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Account Takeover Fraud Prevention

April 15, 2021

An account takeover happens when a fraudster poses as a financial institution to get your account or personal information. Once the fraudster has access...read more

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Privacy - Protecting Your Digital Footprint

April 11, 2021 | Kenton Smith, Cybersecurity Consultant & Advisor

There are many different definitions of “privacy.” We are going to focus on personal privacy, protecting the information...read more

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I'm Hacked. Now What?

March 26, 2021 | Maxim Deweerdt, Certified Instructor at the SANS Institute

No matter how secure you are, sooner or later you may have an accident and become hacked. Here are clues...read more

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2021 Cybersecurity Spring Cleaning Checklist

March 23, 2021 | Michael Aliperti, MS-ISAC Chair

Spring is not just a good time for cleaning your house or apartment, it's also a good time to clean up your technology and cyber footprint....read more