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Protecting against Cyber Crimes

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Cyber Attacks

The Urban Financial Services Coalition DMV Interest Group invites you to its October 17, 2018 General Body Meeting featuring a discussion about “Protecting Your Family, Finances, Business and Community From Cyber Crime on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 6:30 pm. The meeting will take place at the M&T Bank Commercial Office, Suite 500, 1350 I (eye) Street, Washington, DC 20005. Cyber crimes

Now more than ever, the line between our online and offline lives is indistinguishable. In these tech-fueled times, our homes, societal well-being, economic prosperity and nation’s security are impacted by the internet. The UFSC DMV Interest Group will discuss ways you can leverage National Cybersecurity Month resources and information to empower your family, community and businesses to be safe online from Cyber Crime.

Registration is free but you must RSVP to gain access to the building.  Register https://UFSCCyberSecurity.eventbrite.com

 
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Now more than ever, the line between our online and offline lives is indistinguishable. In these tech-fueled times, our homes, societal well-being, economic prosperity and nation’s security are impacted by the internet.  The National Cyber Security Alliance will discuss ways you can leverage National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) resources and information to help your colleagues and constituents be safer and more secure.  The 15th annual NCSAM will highlight user awareness among consumers, students/academia and business.  NCSAM 2018 will address specific challenges and identify opportunities for behavioral change. It will also remind everyone that protecting the internet is “Our Shared Responsibility.”  In addition, NCSAM 2018 will shine a spotlight on the critical need to build a strong, cyber secure workforce to help ensure families, communities, businesses and the country’s infrastructure are better protected.

Each week will have a separate theme focusing on the following: I guess mom is always right: we should never trust a stranger.  Unfortunately, most of us don’t heed this advice when exchanging sensitive personal data and interacting freely across wireless and digital communication channels.  From stolen intellectual property and customer data to operation shutdowns that leave people vulnerable, news headlines are giving us every reason to reconsider our false sense of security in the digital technology we use.

In fact, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2018 ranks cyberattacks as the third-likeliest risk, behind data fraud and theft.  And as digital strategies become more sophisticated with emerging technology, malicious actors are stepping up their efforts to extract as much value as possible away from brand reputations, consumer trust, public safety, and entire economies.

However, this isn’t a reality that companies should ever accept.  During the Webcast “Top Ten Security Recommendations to Mitigate SAP Risk,” sponsored by Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG), Justin Somaini, chief security officer at SAP, and Ming Chang, Americas’ regional lead for Cloud Information Security Awareness at SAP, shared which common mistakes needlessly increase cybersecurity risks and how organizations can combat them immediately.

Cybercrime is a growing threat in 2016.  You might think that the only form of cybercrime you have to worry about is hackers stealing your financial information.  Unfortunately there are far more concerns than just basic financial ones.  When you see the full list of cybercrimes out there, you might be tempted to stop using the Internet entirely.  However, such drastic measures are not necessary.  All you need to do to protect yourself is take some basic precautions and know who to contact when you see others engaged in criminal activities online.

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