5 areas that make your credit union vulnerable to a data breach

first_img 49SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Malicious attacksHackers have and always will try to access your information and there is little to nothing you can do to try and stop them. They have a wide range of tools at their disposal including malware which can come in many forms, such as: spyware, backdoor access points, export data, capturing of stored data, command & control and downloader systems just to name a few. The only real way to protect from these threats is to keep existing security measures up to date.Application vulnerabilitiesHaving outdated software or web browsers is a serious security concern. The most common lie told, which we are all guilty of is, “I have read the terms and services,” which we speed past, clicking agree after agree until we can get back to whatever it was we were doing. Those updates we rarely think about are the simplest way to protect ourselves from some of the most advanced threats. No system stays secure forever, vulnerabilities are found and developers push out updates to patch what could threaten users like yourself. It is your responsibility to patch your systems whenever they become available.Inadequate security controlsHaving clearly defined, successfully executed security controls in place is key to keeping your network and data safe. Even the more secure systems have been known to fall short in some common areas. Incorrectly managing access permissions can result in employees being able to view and move information that don’t need to do their jobs and while hacking and malicious attacks are often the top concern for protecting an organizations data, more often than not the vulnerability of a system is a weak or lost password. A completely secure network is still vulnerable if it is not configured correctly.Internal ThreatsIn any system the most common error is the human error. When an employee doesn’t fully understand the security protocol and procedures, they put the whole system at risk of an accidental breach. Whether that be due to simply accessing something they shouldn’t or unknowingly opening a malicious email. On the other end of the spectrum intentional breaches from disgruntled employees or contractors continues to be a major threat as they already have security clearance. Making sure that everyone who receives access, in any capacity, to the network is properly educated and screened should be mandatory.Physical LossNow we have arrived at the all-time most common cause of any security failure. Human error once again tops the lists as losing or having hardware stolen instantly causes a critical data breach. Electronics are among the top stolen items, but a thief isn’t just stealing a laptop or cell phone, they are stealing all the data that item has on it as well…which could be private passwords, documents and correspondence. Because of its nature this is also the hardest type of breach to prevent, but measures can be put in place to avoid too much damage coming from it. Set standards for encrypting data, keeping devices in a secure locked location when not in use and maintaining regular back-ups.The most effective way to prevent any of the above causes of data breaches is through educating yourself and your staff. Make sure that you and your employees are aware of the most common risks, know how to properly handle confidential information and have a plan in place should a breach occur.last_img read more

Sturridge getting closer to return

first_img Press Association The 24-year-old has not featured for the Reds since August 31 after a thigh strain sustained on England duty was followed by a calf problem picked up in his first session back with his club. Having spent last week finishing off his rehabilitation sessions at Melwood the striker has now returned to training, although with most of the first-team squad away with their national teams, he will not be involved in a proper full session until next week. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has declared himself “happy to be back” as he steps up his anticipated return from a long injury lay-off. center_img “Training was class. Happy to be back,” Sturridge tweeted on Wednesday, having written on social media after Saturday’s defeat to Chelsea he was “looking forward to returning to full training next week”. After missing 14 matches for Liverpool the England forward is targeting a return to action when the Premier League resumes after the current break with the match at Crystal Palace on Sunday November 23. “I’ll be ready for that one, God willing,” Sturridge told BT Sport at the weekend. “It’s the worst feeling to be honest but that’s football. Everyone picks injuries up.” During the time Sturridge has been sidelined the Reds have won just five games – two of those in the Capital One Cup – and lost seven. Their Premier League record during that spell shows five defeats and only eight goals in seven matches as summer signings Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert have failed to fill the void. That has seen Brendan Rodgers’ side drop to 11th in the table, 15 points behind unbeaten leaders Chelsea but still only four points off a Champions League qualification place – which remains their primary target having got back among Europe’s elite with their runners-up finish to Manchester City last season. Sturridge’s return will be a welcome boost for Rodgers as his side seek to regain their cutting edge but former Liverpool winger Steve McManaman believes they should not put too much pressure on the striker to start delivering immediately. “Daniel Sturridge is hopefully going to be fit and raring to go (soon) and you hope Liverpool can replicate the kind of form they displayed at Tottenham away when they won really easily against a good team,” he told liverpoolfc.com. “It’ll have a positive impact because he’s a very good footballer who scored lots of goals last year, but he’ll need time to get himself fully fit and well.” last_img read more

Ferrell’s scholarship fund helps grow women’s soccer program

first_imgAustin Paik | Daily TrojanWith the first-ever full scholarship for women’s soccer endowed recently by USC alumnus Will Ferrell and his wife Viveca Paulin, USC Athletics is moving closer to its $283 million dollar Heritage Initiative goal. Established in 2012, the program is part of a greater USC fundraising campaign, and includes recent developments like the renovation of Heritage Hall and the construction of the John McKay Center.Growing endowments continue to be a large part of the department’s goal. Currently, USC Athletics has raised $197 million from endowments like Ferrell and Paulin’s. These strictly cover tuition, room and board for the 283 full scholarships the University gives to its student athletes.“The collective cost of tuition, room and board, that we provide every year to the University for our scholarships is anywhere between $19 [million] and $20 million,” associate athletic director Alexandra Bitterlin said. “And that number obviously keeps growing as tuition rises. So what these endowments do is offset that annual money that we have to raise to meet those financial goals.”People often don’t realize, Bitterlin said, that the athletic department is completely self-sustaining, as it receives no government funds, student fees or payments from the University. Corporate sponsorships, ticket sales and endowments allow the department to provide scholarships to its athletes.“These donations and these donors are critical to our success,” Bitterlin said. “If we can’t pay those bills, then we’re in trouble, but luckily we’ve had some very generous donors and members of the Trojan Family who have stepped up to help.”With the establishment of the Viveca Paulin and Will Ferrell Scholarship Fund, one of the 14 scholarships allotted for the women’s soccer team will be consistently funded, year after year. The money will start being used in 2018, although the program hasn’t decided whether the scholarship will recognize a specific recipient or simply be added to the general scholarship fund.For head women’s soccer coach Keidane McAlpine, Ferrell and Paulin’s endowment marked an important step for women’s athletics. Since the 1970s, donors have named endowments for positions on USC’s football team; currently, all 85 positions and the head coaching spot are endowed. However, that reach doesn’t always stretch over to the women’s side, even with a NCAA championship team like McAlpine’s. “Let’s be honest. You get 90,000 people for a football game — our biggest crowd is 10,000 — and that’s a huge crowd, but that’s a one-time event,” McAlpine said. “We’ve gotten a great following and people reaching out, especially after last year, but [the scholarship] just gives a few other groups of people that may not be as tempted to the women’s side a window in, and that’s what’s important.”McAlpine said the most exciting part of the scholarship news was the fact that people like Ferrell and Paulin were willing to offer their support. Although he didn’t expect the story to garner the attention it has, any buzz helps in the midst of recruiting season. For his athletes, the news also provided a morale boost.“[It’s exciting] that somebody noteworthy and known for supporting the football team, from a USC standpoint, has taken the time to invest in what they’re doing and their work,” McAlpine said.McAlpine, whose love of soccer stems from his days as a collegiate and professional player, is hopeful that recognition like this will help grow women’s soccer across the nation. He noted that the Ferrell family members are now owners in the Los Angeles Football Club. In addition, Paulin herself was a soccer player at Pomona College.“The exciting part is, as we try to grow the women’s professional side, you’ve got people that are starting to back it, starting to back the game, and as you’ve seen the growth of the MLS [Major League Soccer] we’re hoping the NWSL [National Women’s Soccer League] will grow,” McAlpine said. “And this [scholarship] is just one of those, for me, a benchmark moment in that we’re finding support, moving in that general direction, and that’s very, very exciting.”last_img read more