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  • The CIA Director Got Hacked Because of Data Breach FatigueColumn, Blog

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    “He’s supposed to be so high in the government. Head of CIA. He should be more clever.” Those are the words of an alleged hacker from a self-styled “operation” called CWA—Crackas With Attitudes—in conversation with CNNMoney’s Laurie Segall. The alleged hackers accessed sensitive information stashed in the private email accounts of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and CIA Director John Brennan. As it stands now, the FBI and the Secret Service are looking into claims […]

  • Physician Heal Thyself: Are Your Medical Records Safe?Column, Blog

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    According to an article in Tech Times, healthcare providers in the U.S. may lose $305 billion in the next five years due to cyberattacks. One way those attacks keep happening: BYOD, or bring your device to work. One definition of insanity, according to Einstein (and my chief content officer Michael Schreiber), is to do the same thing, over and over, expecting a different result. Well, when it comes to cybersecurity, the precautions one can take […]

  • The Defense Question We Should Continue Debating: CybersecurityColumn, Blog

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    It doesn’t matter if they are state-sponsored or live in their parents’ basement. Hackers thrive in the shadows of our culture. Leaders hesitate to declare supremacy over them lest they get taught a very public lesson in humility. But, if a superpower uses those hackers to access a foreign government’s information, and that’s not an act of war, what next? Jim Webb, a heavily decorated war veteran, tried to get his fellow presidential hopefuls to […]

  • Thinking About Taking Out a Loan? Read This FirstFinancial Literacy, Personal Finance

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    The prospect of taking on debt can be nerve-racking, but borrowing money can also help you make life-changing purchases. From funding your higher education to buying a home to meeting other financial needs, most people borrow money eventually. It’s a good idea to remember that it is always a financial risk when you borrow money, so it is important to do your research before making this kind of financial commitment. If you aren’t sure you […]

  • Does Your Airline Really Understand Data Security?Column, Blog

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    A friendly reminder to organizations in regular communication with the public: You never know who John Q. Public is; for example, it could be me—Adam K. Levin. (Not to be confused with the singer of the almost same name—Adam Levine.) But there are a bunch of Adam Levins, which is why my middle name (Kenneth) and initial (K) actually matter. Here’s the short version of my recent saga with American Airlines. The name on my […]

  • 6 Cybersecurity Best Practices for Companies Looking to Protect Their DataData Security, Blog, Technology

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    In my forthcoming book, Swiped, partially excerpted below, I examine some of the enterprise level, cybersecurity best practices. These are the questions organizations need to ask themselves if they want to protect the data they are sitting on. Some of the considerations: Does the organization use a standards-based security architecture that is integrated into all technology processes? In plain language, sending personal information via attachment on an email is a “technology process.” This would include […]

  • Your Right to Sue Your Bank May Be Getting StrongerBanking, Consumer Protection

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    The fine print may be small, but it’s about to be the subject of a very large fight that will impact virtually every American consumer. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wednesday it will propose a ban on arbitration clauses that prevent consumers from participating in class-action lawsuits, a move likely to generate the consumer watchdog’s biggest fight to date. Corporations with an eye towards streamlining disputes with customers have for years included mandatory arbitration […]

  • How to Master Your Credit Score without a Trial By FireColumn, Blog, Personal Finance

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    I was visiting a house of worship last Sunday – no, I didn’t have to wear a name tag – and while listening to Pastor Ryan (who coincidentally is also a lawyer) talk about the ways in which one can gain wisdom, the life lesson he discussed has applications far beyond the realm of morality or matters more spiritual. In particular, I was struck by a three-part prescription at the center of his sermon that […]

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    How Much Credit Card Debt Will You Have? Your Hometown May Be a Big Factorcredit

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    No one wants to find themselves buried under a bunch of credit card debt, but some of us are more prone to rack up debt than others, and it may be because of where we grew up. New research on credit card debt among college students indicates a person’s hometown has a greater impact on that person’s level of debt than his or her family or financial education. Researchers at the University of Kansas concluded […]

  • Scam Alert

    Millennials Are Most at Risk for Job ScamsConsumer Protection, Identity Theft

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    Roughly one in six American job seekers have fallen for a scam when searching for work online, but victims are much more likely to be among the youngest Americans in the U.S. workforce, according to a recent survey. Considering that young people are generally seen to be more Internet-savvy than older people, it’s interesting that they’re more susceptible to scams, but millennials have a certain quality that might make them more likely to take the bait: […]

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