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Tech Friday with Dave Hatter -September 10th 2021 - SPONSORED BY INTRUST IT


Rise in digital payments raises concerns about privacy and security:

  • A majority of consumers polled in a recent Mastercard survey indicated they are willing to consider new payment methods including digital wallets and cryptocurrencies
  • "Ninety percent of the consumers have tried at least one emerging payment type in the last year. And out of those, two thirds of them have actually done it for the first time" said Sandeep Malhotra from Mastercard
  • Malhotra said the pandemic has driven the use of new payment methods
  • Malhotra also said "And 60% of the consumers would like to shy away from the merchants who do not offer electronic payments of any kind"
  • As more people use digital payment methods, cybersecurity concerns are rising
  • Malhotra said "One out of four consumers have experienced some kind of a fraud last year. There was a good 49% increase in cybercrime last year, just because everybody was staying home"
  • Well known payment platforms like Venmo and PayPal have had issues
  • Before you start using digital payment platforms, ensure that you understand how they work and what you need to do ensure your privacy and security

Remote workers increase cybersecurity fears:

  • Roughly 1 in 3 workers are working remotely due to the pandemic and this is creating opportunities for hackers
  • "In the rush and panic to set remote working practices up, even simple data protection practices were ignored" - Christine Sabino, a senior associate at Hayes Connor
  • Per a recent survey by UK legal firm Hayes Connor Solicitors, one in five UK remote workers has received no cybersecurity training
  • They also reported that 66% of remote workers printing sensitive documents at home don't shred them before they are discarded
  • Over 25% of organizations have no policies in place regarding personal devices and many remote workers are using personal devices on networks that are much less secure than those at work
  • The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) was created by the FBI to report cybercrime
  • It also has excellent resources to help you identify and avoid cybercrime and it issues alerts to the public
  • It took over seven years for the IC3 to log the first million complaints
  • In March of 2020 the IC3 broke 5 million complaints
  • Between 2019 and 2020, the number of complaints the IC3 received increased by nearly 70%
  • They received nearly 800,000 complaints for nearly $4.2 billion in losses
  • Phishing, non-payment/non-delivery scams, and extortion were the top reported cybercrimes in 2020
  • Business email compromise (BEC) scams, romance and confidence schemes, and investment fraud led to the greatest losses
  • The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an overall increase in complaints related to cybercrimes and the IC3 believes that 2021 may unfortunately be a record year
  • "On one hand, the number holds some positive news. People know how to find us and how to report an incident. But on the other hand, these numbers indicate more people are being affected by online crimes and scams” - IC3 Chief Donna Gregory
  • It's never been more important to be cautious and skeptical! Remember:
    • Stop
    • Think
    • Protect - Be a human firewall
  • Employers should:
    • Provide secure, dedicated devices for remote work
    • Require a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for remote access
    • Consider moving data to a secure cloud provider
    • Provide cybersecurity awareness training
  • Visit the IC3 site here:https://www.ic3.gov
  • View the 2020 IC3 Annual Report here:https://www.ic3.gov/Media/PDF/AnnualReport/2020_IC3Report.pdf

A new AP-NORC poll finds Americans have become more wary of surveillance:

  • A recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows support for government surveillance has slipped over the last decade
  • Bipartisan concerns were raised about the scope of surveillance and intelligence collection tools used by the government
  • Do you favor, oppose or neither favor or oppose the government surveilling _____ without a warrant?
    • Phone calls made outside the US: 28% favor now, 49% favored in 2011
    • Phone calls made inside the US: 14% favor now, 23% favored in 2011
    • Emails sent between between people outside the US: 27% favor now, 47% favored in 2011
    • Emails sent inside the US: 17% favor now, 30% favored in 2011
  • Nearly 50% oppose government monitoring of internet searches without a warrant. Roughly 50% supported the practice a decade ago
  • 60% of Americans still support the use of surveillance cameras in public

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