March 2016 Blog Posts (26)

How to freeze your Child's Credit

Identity thieves are after children’s Social Security numbers. With this number, a thief can do so many things like open a credit card account and rent an apartment. Kids’ SSNs have great appeal to crooks because:

  • A child’s record is usually very clean.
  • This means fertile opportunities for new credit lines.
  • Kids usually don’t check their credit reports and thus the fraud can go undetected for years.

Parents should consider…


Added by Robert Siciliano on March 8, 2016 at 3:27pm — No Comments

How to protect your network from malicious insiders

You may be putting your company at risk simply by hiring a new employee. Why? Because that person could have a hidden, malicious agenda.

This is known as an inside threat, and it means that someone within your organization is planning or conducting activities meant to harm the company.

There is a pattern that most insider threats use: The first step is to gain access to the company’s system. Once they have access to the network, they will investigate it and…


Added by Robert Siciliano on March 7, 2016 at 3:39pm — No Comments

5 Tips for More Effective Risk Assessments

Regular risk assessments are one of the most important pillars of any risk management department. Although performing risk assessments is now considered best practice, it’s easy to overestimate their comprehensiveness. As a result, some risk managers are doomed from the start to mediocre results.

For a quick check on the adequacy of your risk assessments, determine how many of the following 5 best practices your program has ingrained in its ERM process.…


Added by Steven Minsky on March 4, 2016 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Beware of Amazon's scary Customer Service Hack

Do you shop at Are you aware they have a back door through which hackers can slip in?

Let’s look at Eric’s experience with hackers and Amazon, as he recounts at

He received an e-mail from Amazon and contacted them to see what it was about. Amazon informed him that he had had a text-chat and sent him the…


Added by Robert Siciliano on March 3, 2016 at 3:03pm — No Comments

The role of strategic advisors

Have you ever thought about the role strategic advisors such as accountants, lawyers, risk managers, auditors, HR managers, IT managers and many other back of house advisors play in the success of organisations? I mean really thought about it? You probably have.

If you are a strategic leader receiving the advice you have probably thought about the need for key expertise and advice that you can rely on. Key elements required to develop trust in the relationship.

If you are a…


Added by Bryan Whitefield on March 2, 2016 at 10:59pm — No Comments

Popular Passwords make it easy to hack You

Your account passwords should be as unique as your fingerprint—to make them less hackable by crooks using password-guessing software that can run through millions of possible combinations in just minutes. And if you have an easy password, there may be a hit within 10 seconds.

Think this software can figure out your password of “password1” or “monkey”? These are among the most used passwords. Needless to say, so is “1password” and just “password.” And…


Added by Robert Siciliano on March 2, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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