An Introduction for Educators and Administrators
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a pretty simple concept; it boils down to “something you have” and “something you know.” But how can it used to protect student information, uphold educator integrity, and ensure administrators maintain a strong, trustworthy relationship with parents?
Is it too good to be true?
For some people, protecting online accounts is looked upon as more of a hassle than anything else. Whether it’s the “it won’t happen to me; I have nothing worth hacking” or the “it’s more trouble than it’s worth” line of thought, people sometimes use secure authentication only as a last resort. When they do decide to use it, they often choose what seems to be the simplest and most readily available of methods: SMS, or text messages, an emailed security code, or an authentication app. What happens next? They quickly learn what a pain it can be to sign in to their newly protected accounts from their mobile devices.
A Simple Way to Secure Teacher Access
More and more schools are switching to a centralized student record system. It’s no wonder, considering that well-managed student data can make reporting and transfers easier, as well as provide education professionals with tools for collaboration and planning. There is a downside, however: with a centralized system, all that’s keeping a hacker from gaining access to report cards, test scores, student addresses and a host of other confidential information is a static username and password. And the thing is? These hacks aren’t always by some stranger in the dark. It might be one of their own students.
What can be done to prevent scams
The IRS has reported a significant increase in fraudulent tax returns, totaling $63 billion in bogus claims between 2011 and 2014. Fraudulent tax returns are quickly becoming everyone’s problem: Not only are the victims left waiting for months to years for their legitimate refund, the extra funds going out of government coffers means other programs and government initiatives may fall by the wayside.
This year we saw something new at RSA® Conference USA
For 25 years, RSA Conference has been held with the intention of informing people and helping them discover new technologies to stay ahead of cyberthreats. With almost 30,000 attendees annually, there are always new products, concepts and ideas being presented. Last year marked the introduction of the FIDO Ready™ products and the start of this game-changing initiative.
Congratulations to our lucky winner, James Curry, who has won a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com
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Thanks to everyone who participated in our contest and helped make it a success! The new names have been announced here.
Stay tuned for our next contest and maybe you'll be our next winner!
How to make sure you don't fall into the trap
As I was leaving work the other day, I got a text from a friend with the image below and this message: “This is on my screen???? Do I call the #? Help?!” Unfortunately, I didn't get the message in time to stop my friend from calling the phone number and giving her attacker all the information he needed to take control of her computer and steal her information, among other things.
Part 1: The Basics
For some of us, traveling is a way of life. For the rest of us, going off to a foreign destination (or even a little closer to home) can expose us to risks that challenge our cybersecurity routine and leave us exposed. Traveling can be stressful enough as it is without worrying about being a victim of fraud. Let’s take a look at some of these risks and how you can avoid being a victim.
5 Tips to Maintain Your Security All Year
After a year full of data breaches and scams, why not start off 2016 right with some cybersecurity resolutions? A lot of us might be well aware of what we should do, but we often put ourselves at risk by skipping some of the most basic precautions when life's stresses pile high and we just plain forget or tell ourselves it's not worth it. Here are five simple things you can do to build good security habits for the year.
Creating a Collaborative Tech Room
Anyone else thinking about what new products they'll be seeing over the next year? We certainly are! Hypersecu will be launching a few new products in 2016 and our hardworking R&D team needs a new space to work on them.
Enter the R&D Zone.