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Spot and Stop Messaging Attacks

January 4, 2022 | Jeff Lomas,SANS SEC487 Open-Source Intelligence Gathering and Analysis (OSINT) Instructor

Smishing are attacks that occur when cyber attackers use SMS, texting, or similar messaging technologies to trick you into taking an action you should not take. Perhaps they fool...read more

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Top Cybersecurity Tips for Vacation

December 2, 2021 | Princess Young, Senior Analyst at Southwest Airlines

As the holiday season approaches, millions of people will be traveling. If you are among the many, here are some tips to help keep you cyber savvy and safe....read more

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Stress Less This Holiday Season With These 10 Shopping Tips

November 17, 2021 | Carlos Kizzee, VP of Stakeholder Engagement, MS-ISAC

It is that time of year again, festivities, family gatherings and holiday shopping! Many consumers will avoid brick and mortar stores...read more

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Shopping Online Securely

November 8, 2021 | Mark Orlando, CEO/co-founder of Bionic and SANS Institute instructor

The holiday season is nearing. Soon millions of people will be looking to buy the perfect gifts, and many of us will shop online. Unfortunately, cyber criminals will be active...read more

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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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Cybersecurity for Families: Cyberbullying and Information Sharing

August 17, 2021 | Michael Aliperti, MS-ISAC Chair

As technology continues to evolve, the tools and toys available to your children increase in number and evolve in capabilities. Technology can be used to educate and inspire creativity in kids,...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