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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.  Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and everyone can take a few simple steps to make the Internet experience more secure.  Come back each week during

FBI Warns of Spear-Phishing Campaign

The FBI is is alerting the public about a large, ongoing spear-phishing campaign.  The phishing campaign  started on or about  July 21, 2014 and is primarily targeting the energy industry.  However, the FBI has high confidence that other industries like Education are being  targeted as well.  The phishing emails are exploiting a recent Internet Explorer (IE) zero-day vulnerabilities CVE-2014-1815, and CVE-2014-0310 and  the phishing messages come from various email addresses,

NETFLIX scam making the rounds

NETFLIX users WATCH OUT!!!!! It has recently been announced that there is a phishing scam going around to NETFLIX account holders.  If you get an email regarding a NETFLIX error, or see a pop up  like the one below, it is a phishing scam. You will be asked to contact the NETFLIX customer support using the phone number on the pop up, at which time you will be connected to

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Please read this message from Dr. Joe DiPietro, President, University of Tennessee regarding the challenges we face to maintain data security in the higher education environment:  Click here for full text of  Dr. DiPietro’s message.

Report: Insiders are leading cause of data breaches

According to Forrester’s research in the October 1, 2013 edition of  “Understand the State of Data Security and Privacy” report, the major reason behind data breaches in the last 12 months stems from inadvertent misuse of data by employees.    Read full story…  

HIPAA security breach case settled for $1.7 million

The managed care company WellPoint Inc. has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $1.7 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.  This case sends an important message to HIPAA-covered entities to take caution when implementing changes to their information systems, especially when those changes involve updates to Web-based applications or

Hacking Your Mind

CYBER SECURITY NEWSLETTER #2 – SOCIAL ENGINEERING.  Cyber criminals know you were taught from the time you were a toddler to be trusting and kind to everyone.  They also know that the easiest way to take control of your computer is to take advantage of your propensity to help those who need it.  Social Engineering is not a technical attack on your computer or exploiting its vulnerability; it is

Cyber Security Newsletter #1

If you are thinking “I’m too insignificant” or “I’m flying under the proverbial radar” to be targeted in this wide, wild world of the Internet…think again.   Your information is far more valuable than you believe. Please read this first installment of a series of Cyber Security Newsletters to be released periodically:  Module One – You Are The Target Also, if you are a UT Chattanooga employee you can view