Proposed firewood quarantine rule available for public comment

first_imgVermont Business Magazine A proposed Rule Governing the Importation of Untreated Firewood into the State of Vermont has been filed with the Secretary of State. The purpose of the rule is to protect forest health by slowing the long-distance movement of wood-borne invasive forest pests, such as Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer, and preventing the spread of pests into Vermont. The enabling legislation requires the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation to adopt regulations on importing untreated firewood.The proposed rule, as filed, is open for public comment until January 15, 2016. Two public hearings are scheduled:•        Tuesday, January 5th at the Manchester Town Hall in Manchester Center•        Thursday, January 7th at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.Both hearings will begin at 4:00 PM.The proposed rule prohibits the importation of untreated firewood into Vermont. The definition of firewood states that it is wood processed for burning and less than 48 inches in length, but does not include wood chips, pellets, pulpwood, or wood for manufacturing purposes. It allows treated firewood to enter the state if it is treated to the USDA standard of 160° F (71.1° C) for at least 75 minutes at a certified treatment facility and is accompanied by certification of treatment. By written request, the Commissioner of Forests, Parks & Recreation may waive this prohibition under conditions which ensure that the firewood poses minimal threat to forest health. Violations may result in confiscation of firewood and/or a civil citation. The rules are to take effect onMay 1, 2016.For more information on the quarantine and the scheduled hearings, visit: is external).last_img read more

UWF Adds Brien Moffitt and Zach Duval to Coaching Staff

first_imgMoffitt’s top times include a 4:37.38 in the 500 Free, at 9:31.83 in the 1000 Free, and a 4:04.55 in the 400 IM.  While at GVSU he won the Captain’s Award and Dewey Newsome Award, while twice earning a spot to the Dean’s List and participating in the Lake Leadership Program. Duval ranks third in ECU history in the 1-meter, 6-dive event with a 310.25, seventh in the 3-meter, 6-dive event with a 322.95, and 10th in the platform six-dive event with a 152.70. Duval previously coached alongside current UWF diving coach Barbara Parker for three years at Port City Diving. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Duval started his career at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida, where he was the 2015 NJCAA National Champion in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard. He then transferred to East Carolina University, where he was a part of two American Athletic Conference Championships and was a two-time NCAA zone qualifier. Over his two years at ECU, Duval tallied 64 championship points, was a two-time all-conference and all-conference academic selection, and won two ECU coaches awards. He placed second in the AAC championships in 1-meter springboard in 2016 and third in the same event in 2017, while adding top-ten finishes in the 3-meter each year.center_img Moffitt, a four-year letter winner as a distance freestyle swimmer at Grand Valley State University, and a Rochester Hills, Michigan native, had 11 top-10 races during his four-year career at GVSU, highlighted by a second-place finish in the 1650 yard freestyle with a time of 15:59.66 in the 2015 GLIAC Championships as a sophomore.  “We are thrilled to add Brien and Zach to our staff for the upcoming year,” head coach Andrew Hancock said. “They both bring unique insight and perspective, with each having been part of championship programs throughout their athletic careers. They have already built a great rapport with our swimmers and divers, and we are looking forward to a successful season.” PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida swimming and diving team head coach Andrew Hancock announced the addition of Brien Moffitt as a graduate assistant for swimming and Zach Duval as a volunteer diving coach.last_img read more

Akure All-Comers is Selection Trials for 1st AFN Classics, Says Ebewele

first_imgThe Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) will use this weekend’s all-comers competition to select the first set of athletes that will qualify for its first Classics competition which holds in Ado Ekiti at the end of the month.The Technical Director of the federation, Brown Ebewele, disclosed that a certain number of athletes will qualify either by position or time for the classics while the all-comers that will come a day before the Ado Ekiti event will be used to get the remaining set that will complete the line-up for each classics event.“We are re-introducing a model that worked perfectly for us in the past where athletes will qualify to run in the classics. We will have four athletes who will qualify from a classics event while the remaining four that will make up an eight-lane event will be selected at an all-comers event that precedes each meeting,” said Ebewele. “What this will do is that it will engender competition among athletes as you will need to qualify for the Classics before you can be entitled to accommodation and transport subsidy. This is in addition to the prize monies on offer for each event,” explained the AFN technical supremo.“It was during that time we got home-based athletes running very fast and world-class times. I remember Deji Aliu ran 10.02 seconds in Bauchi in one of the legs of the event in March,1995. Davidson Ezinwa completed a sensational sprint double in January,1990 in Bauchi where he ran 10.05 seconds over the 100m and 20.30 seconds in the 200m.There was so much competition then and this present board of the AFN wants to bring it all back.”Ebewele is confident this weekend’s all-comers competition will be of great help to the athletes who have been training so hard without having an opportunity to gauge how far they have gone with their training, what needs to be corrected and how ready they are for the new season, especially the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival which will be used to select athletes for the first phase of camping for both the African Championships in Algeria this June and the Olympic Games in Japan in July/August.The AFN technical director advised athletes not to participate in competition(s) not sanctioned by the AFN under the leadership of Honourable Olamide George.He also advised states not to allow their stadium to be used to organise events not sanctioned by the federation, especially events fraudulently organised in the name of AFN.“There is only one AFN recognised by the Federal Government and only known to Nigerian laws,” said Ebewele while quoting article one of the AFN constitution that made it abundantly clear that the federation is one of the 38 sports associations under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.Ebewele reminded state associations that they must be in good standing with the AFN before they can be allowed to participate in AFN events.The AFN All-Comers competition holds on Friday and Saturday at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.The athletes will arrive on Friday while the event proper takes place the next day.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Universal Orlando News — Week of April 20, 2019

first_img The cuddly Blast-Ended Skrewt Share This!Prepare for a battle in Universal’s latest Halloween Horror Nights house and catch a glimpse of some Magical Creatures in this week’s Universal Orlando news roundup. Devil’s Snare Fluffy, the three headed guard dog Centaurs in the Mist Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is opening in under two months and Universal is previewing some of those creatures. Along the ride path guests will expect to come face to face with a massive three-headed Fluffy moving figure, dozens of mischievous Cornish Pixies, the thorny Devil’s Snare, protective Centaurs, or fiery Blast-Ended Skrewts.Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens at Islands of Adventure on June 13, 2019.Weekly Crowd Levels Detailed crowd level information can be found here.Weather Report Operating Hours & Early Park AdmissionCityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. daily, with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.AdmissionAdmission prices have increased yet again at Universal Orlando. Single day tickets have increased $1 – $6 per ticket in price depending on time of visit. Two-day, two-park hopper tickets have increased $10 per ticket.Two-day, two-park tickets are $284.99 per adult and $274.99 per child (plus tax).Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $80 per adult and $75 per child (plus tax).Showtimes and RefurbishmentsUniversal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration ShowtimesApril 20: 9:15 p.m.April 21 – 23: 9:00 p.m.April 24: No ShowApril 25: 9:00 p.m.April 26: No ShowUniversal’s Superstar ParadeApril 20: 7:00 p.m.April 21 – 25: 5:00 p.m.April 26: 2:00 p.m.The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts CastleApril 20 – April 25: Ongoing from dusk till park closeApril 26: No ShowComplete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.RefurbishmentsUniversal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration: April 29 – May 8Hogwarts Express: May 7Royal Pacific Resort Lobby Enhancements: March 1 – October 31 (phased)Upcoming EventsThe Psychedelic Furs are playing this week at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Velvet Sessions. Regular tickets cost $39 plus tax and include valet parking, specialty cocktails, finger foods, and the concert. $1 of each ticket purchased will go to the Hard Rock Heals Foundation. Tickets can be purchased online.See you next week, and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag! Cornish Pixies Nightingales: Blood PitOur first “original” house of Halloween Horror Nights has been announced and we are seeing a return of the fan favorite original monsters: the Nightingales. These evil creatures pop up throughout human history during times of war, famine, and drought to devour their victims. This time they are in Ancient Rome where the worst drought in centuries continues. To satiate the gods the Emperor has demanded that gladiators fight non-stop until the rains return. In this maze you will be caught between gladiators and nightingales as they fight and feast.Halloween Horror Nights returns September 6 – November 2, 2019. You can now buy a flex night plus one night free ticket, which lets you attend two nights for the price of one, or a vacation package.The Magical Creatures of Hagrid’s New Coasterlast_img read more

Gandhi’s South African legacy

first_imgAn unconfident Mahatma Gandhi landed in Durban in 1893. Ten years later a much changed man stepped off a train at Park Station in Joburg, well on his way to developing a philosophy that would touch the world.By the time he left South Africa for his native India in 1914, at the age of 46, Gandhi’s philosophy of Satyagraha was fully realised.Satyagraha is the philosophy of non-violent (or “passive”) resistance famously employed by Gandhi in forcing the end of the British Raj – but first wielded against racial injustice in South Africa.This year marks the centenary of the beginning of the Satyagraha movement, based on a philosophy which originated in September 1906, born out of Gandhi’s experiences while living in Johannesburg with his family from 1903 to 1914.Gandhi’s JohannesburgGandhi left his gentle footprint around Johannesburg: from the house in Albermarle Street in Troyeville, where he and his family stayed in the early 1900s, to Victory House in the CBD, where he was refused entry to the city’s first lift, to the Old Fort prison where he served two terms of several months each in 1908.But perhaps the most significant site was the Empire Theatre – long demolished but originally on the corner of Commissioner and Ferreira streets – where the Satyagraha movement was born.Birth of SatyagrahaOn 11 September 1906, Gandhi chaired a meeting of more than 3 000 people there. The town’s Indians were protesting against the Transvaal Asiatic Law Amendment Ordinance, Eric Itzkin writes in Gandhi’s Johannesburg, birthplace of Satyagraha.The ordinance required all Asians to obey three rules: those of eight years or older had to carry passes for which they had to give their fingerprints; they would be segregated as to where they could live and work; new Asian immigration into the Transvaal would be disallowed, even for those who had left the town when the South African War broke out in 1899 and were returning.The meeting produced the Fourth Resolution, in which all Indians resolved to go to prison rather than submit to the ordinance.Itzkin, Johannesburg’s deputy director of immovable heritage, quotes Gandhi as saying: “Up to the year 1906 I simply relied on appeal to reason. I was a very industrious reformer … But I found that reason failed to produce an impression when the critical moment arrived in South Africa.“My people were excited – even a worm can and does turn – and there was talk of wreaking vengeance. I had then to choose between allying myself to violence or finding out some other method of meeting the crisis and stopping the rot, and it came to me that we should refuse to obey legislation that was degrading and let them put us in jail if they liked. Thus came into being the moral equivalent of war.”‘Passive’ resistanceDespite Satyagraha, the ordinance became law in 1907, and non-violent resistance was used by the Transvaal’s Indians to oppose discrimination.In 1913 it spread to Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal), where Indian coal miners downed tools.The African National Congress (ANC), founded in 1912, was also influenced and used the philosophy up until the 1960s, when they switched to a policy of armed struggle to overthrow apartheid.Satyagraha was also used by Martin Luther King in the US who, according to Itzkin, “accepted Satyagraha as the only morally sound method open to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom”.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Online Merchants Wrestle With The ‘Creepy’ Factor In Web Personalization

first_imgWebsites that morph – that is, literally change their look, feel and content to cater to an individual user’s preferences – can increase purchase intentions by as much as 21%, according to a study by John Hauser of the business school at MIT. But before that can happen, retailers need to figure out the more basic practice of website personalization, or making offers based on what the site knows about a user. Specifically, retailers need to figure out how to make personalization less creepy.The idea behind personalization is, as former Urban Outfitters marketing executive Dmitri Siegel told The New York Times, to “stop marketing dresses to men.” As we share more and more information on the Web, websites are getting very good at figuring out what we want – often before we know we want it. The problem is, sometimes websites get it wrong. And other times, customers are unnerved when a website knows something about them that they had not consciously shared.“We saw customer frustration at being targeted outweigh any benefit,” said Siegel, who now works for Patagonia. “If you got it wrong once, it outweighed getting it right 10 times.”Implicit vs. Explicit PersonalizationThe problem facing retailers trying to personalize a website comes down to how the company collects its information, Bruce Kasanoff, co-author of  “Smart Customers, Stupid Companies: Why Only Intelligent Companies Thrive, And How To Be One Of Them,” said in an interview with ReadWriteWeb. “Implicit” makes assumptions about what you do on the Web – someone who checks Boston Red Sox scores each day and reads articles about the team is probably a fan – whereas “explicit” makes assumptions based on specific inputs (I like the Boston Red Sox).“Generally speaking, explicit works better, but participation rates go way down when sites require explicit personalization,” Kasanoff said.The big winner when it comes to gathering explicit information? Pinterest. dave copeland Tags:#advertising#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market “Pinterest largely solved this problem by creating a really fun way to gather a user’s explicit input,” Kasanov said. “Most people don’t realize they are giving Pinterest explicit personalization input when they ‘pin’ something.”Creepy Vs. Acceptable PersonalizationNick Herinckx, owner of Obility Consulting, which specializes in online marketing for B2B companies, said that in his experience, users like personalized ads – but only as long as they don’t know an ad has been personalized. He uses page visits on websites, age, gender, sex, hobbies, past jobs and education in the campaigns he puts together for clients.“What I’ve discovered through building and running very targeted online ad campaigns using this data is that users respond favorably to ads that are more targeted, but only if the ads don’t make it clear that I’m targeting sensitive information about them,” he said. “What’s most interesting, and what I’m learning, are which attributes are considered too creepy, and which ones are acceptable.”He pointed to a targeted campaign he ran on LinkedIn that was aimed at IT professionals over the age of 30. He got a much lower response when the ads made it clear that users were seeing the ad because of their membership in certain groups on the business networking site.“Here, mentions of professional credibility had a great response, whereas age and mentions of their online activity (LinkedIn Groups) weren’t responded to very well,” Herinckx said in an email. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Is It Dangerous for Google to Engage in Issue Advocacy?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… brian proffitt Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts In an effort to combat anti-homosexual laws that exist in many of the countries in which Google does business, the search engine giant has launched a new “Legalise Love” campaign in conjunction with the Global LGBT Workplace Summit held in London this past weekend. Google has also taken stands on myriad other issues, from piracy to patent reform. Whatever your take on the particular issues, some observers wonder how much political advocacy is appropriate for a company like Google.Not  a SurpriseThat Google took this latest stance is no surprise: The company has already made public declarations against California’s Proposition 8 to ban same-sex marriages in that state, covered the cost of a tax that gay and lesbian employees pay when their partners received domestic partner health benefits, and sponsored the It Gets Better Project.Nor is the stance as ambitious as some initially reported when Google announced the new campaign, set to launch in Singapore and Poland today. Some reports, such as this one from the blog, had indicated the new program was actually an international call to legalize gay marriage (the story has since been corrected).Instead, Google’s initiative is aimed at ensuring equality in the workplace.“In all of our 60 offices around the world, we are committed to cultivating a work environment where Googlers can be themselves and thrive. We also want our employees to have the same inclusive experience outside of the office, as they do at work, and for LGBT communities to be safe and to be accepted wherever they are,” Google’s announcement read.Google’s Support MattersThe addition of Google’s voice to the rights of its workers, and of workers globally, is a very important event. Google carries weight, after all, and its corporate officers have a right to make the company’s policies well known. This is not in dispute, and Google has taken advantage of its freedom of speech before. For instance, Google was very much involved in the January 17 protests of the failed SOPA and PIPA bills that helped kill the bills in their respective congressional committees.The question of whether Google will always be neutral in a cause has been answered: They won’t. But is taking any stance on any political issue an appropriate role for Google?The Wikipedia ComparisonWhen Wikimedia joined the anti-SOPA/PIPA protestors for Internet Blackout Day in January, the organization behind Wikipedia made it very clear that as a neutral provider of information, they would not be making a habit of such stances.“What Wikimedia and what the people who edit Wikipedia really want to do is edit Wikipedia. Advocacy isn’t our subject area of expertise, nor is how to prevent online piracy, to be honest,” Wikimedia Foundation spokesman Jay Walsh told NPR’s All Things Considered on January 31.Putting aside for a moment whether one agrees with Google’s stance on the latest issues (for the record, I do), there seems a very real danger when the largest, most influential company filtering the flow of information among billions of people takes a stance on anything beyond basic human rights.Many would argue that LGBT equality is indeed such a right. And certainly Google had a vested business interest in keeping SOPA and PIPA off the board. But just by the virtue of its vast influence, Google could easily find itself under fire by coming down on either side of a controversial issue.The Limits of NeutralityFor some issues, neutrality may not be the best approach, either. There are many causes – fighting illicit human trafficking, for example – that receive nearly unanimous support. And under U.S. law at least, Google is free to state its mind about anything.But Google is a unique company: It is perhaps the world’s dominant dealer in the currency of information. As such, it may need to maintain its image of neutrality in much the same way Wikimedia does – at least in the area of the information and services it provides, if not in its corporate practices. At a bare minimum, Google needs to ensure, transparently, that any advocacy in which it chooses to engage doesn’t affect the search results it provides to users.Even though Google isn’t really a content creator, it’s increasingly finding itself held to similar standards as traditional publishing companies. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Even with the best of intentions, do we really want the gatekeepers of the Internet influencing what information we can access based on their own moral compass? After all, the very thing that one group may want to promote could be the same thing another group is trying desperately to stop.center_img Tags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Know Your Enemy: The 5 Different Types of Data Breach

first_imgRichard Parker is senior writer at & . He covers industry-specific topics such as Entrepreneurship, Data/Security, Startups, Industrial, Growth Equity Community, Smart Cities, Connected Devices & Smart Homes. Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Richard Parker How Data Analytics Can Save Lives A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Data breach, the bane of many security experts. Anybody can fall victim to a data breach at any time. The damage is usually extensive and expensive if not utterly debilitating. Breaches are a cancer that never knows remission and a significant cause of concern in the connected world of today. What is a data breach to begin with? Well, you need to know your enemy, and there are about five different types of data breach.Here is a quick and straightforward analogy. If a burglar picks your lock or breaks your window and enters your house, that is a security breach. If the burglar steals your documents and personal information and then leaves, that is a data breach.According to an article on Wikipedia, “A data breach is a security incident in which sensitive, protected or confidential data is copied, transmitted, viewed, stolen or used by an individual unauthorized to do so.” A friend might steal a couple of your randy pictures to expose or prank you on Facebook; data breaches usually happen on a colossal scale involving millions if not billions of records. Big companies (you know, the kind you’d never imagine would fall victim) such as Yahoo, and Equifax among others aren’t safe either. When you think of it, attackers seem to love big and blue-chip companies because of the more significant the impact, the fatter the paycheck.The stolen information is then used to commit credit card fraud, identity theft, and a host of other heinous crimes. Some attackers will even sell the information in bulk on the dark web, giving even more bad guys the chance to commit abhorrent atrocities ranging from espionage to blackmail and the list goes on. Data breaches are a severe problem that mandates organizations to prepare beforehand.The first step in preparing is awareness about the 5 different types of data breach. If you know how the enemy operates, you can put countermeasures in place.For each of the five types of data breach, you’ll learn a couple of preventative measures so that you can bolster the security of your systems. Keep in mind that attackers hardly rest, so don’t you sleep either. Keep learning and implementing the best security practices and stay ahead of the bad guys. Always remember to share your concerns about security and give each other the best security tips you hear about.5 Different Types of Data Breach 2019This list of data breaches is in no particular order, but they are all serious areas of concern for any organization or person looking to stay safe from data breach.Physical TheftWho has ever watched the Mission: Impossible film that was released in 1996? If you haven’t seen it — find it and watch it. For those who watched the film, I think you’ll agree when I say: We should laud the director, Brian De Palma, for that one famous scene where Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) rappels from the vent of an incredibly secure CIA vault to steal the NOC list that contained the real names of agents in the field.THAT PEOPLE is a classic example of data breach by physical theft, but we celebrated Tom Cruise for the act. In the real world, things might not be as dramatic, but data breach by physical theft is very much a reality for many organizations. It could be as simple as someone plugging a USB drive into a server containing sensitive and business-critical information, or as brazen as someone carrying a hard disk out of your business premises. If anybody can walk out of your premises with sensitive business data, you’re in deeper trouble than you would like to admit.Leaving confidential documents in plain sight or disposing of sensitive information improperly (yes, a determined data thief won’t have qualms about going through your trash) can also expose you to a data breach. It’s the main reason vaults (but clearly not that CIA vault in Ethan’s case), shredders and furnaces were invented – to protect and get rid of sensitive information that mustn’t fall into the wrong hands.To protect your organization from physical theft of data, implement stringent security protocols that ensure only authorized people have access to privileged and sensitive data. Have you ever heard of chit-key vaults and safe deposit boxes? Well, you might need to school yourself up on such secure storage options if you’d like to keep physical data breaches at bay.What about your prized server room? We recommend you invest in military-grade security, laser sensors, motion detectors, sentry guns, the Death Star, the Infinity Gauntlet; whatever works for you – just ensure you leave nothing to chance. Pardon all the movie references, but we all know what happens when hackers release nude pictures of female celebrities and media files that were meant to stay private. The fallout if often nasty and people lose face and jobs, but I digress.Cyber AttackCyberattack is one of the most prevalent forms of data breach since the attacker needn’t be physically present on your business premises to steal your data. All a cyber attacker needs is a computer with internet access and a couple of hacking tools to grab your data without your knowledge.Data breach by cyber-attacks can go on for months or even years without anyone noticing, especially if the hacker did his/her job well. Often, the intrusion is discovered when the damage has already been done, i.e., after the data breach has taken place.But how does a criminal hacker on the other side of the globe gain access to your system? The attackers rarely reinvent the wheel unless they have to. They use old hacking methods that are known to work. If they devise a new tactic, it’s mostly a combination of old tactics meant to exploit vulnerabilities in your system.Common mechanisms hackers use to break into your systems include malware, keyloggers, fictitious websites, trojans, backdoors, and viruses, among others. Usually, they trick users into clicking and as a result, install malicious programs on the system, which is how they mainly gain access to your data. Others will intercept the information you send and receive over an unsecured network in what is commonly known as the man-in-the-middle (MitM) attack.An attacker may dupe an unsuspecting staff member to steal login credentials. The attacker then uses the login credentials to login to the staffer’s computer, from where they launch a lateral attack on the rest of your system. Before long, the attacker has access to restricted areas of your network, and BAM – your data is gone, lost or rendered useless.With criminal cyberattacks making up over 48% of data breaches according to the Cost of Data Breach Study by IBM, how do you protect yourself from cybercriminals looking to harvest your data? Preventative measures to keep cyber attackers at bay include:Encourage staffers to use strong and unique passwords. Never use the same password for different accounts. If you can’t remember many different passwords, considering investing in a password manager such as LastPass and Cyclonis, among others. And please, never ever use “123456,” “password,” “admin” and such easy-to-guess passwordsInvest in a state of the art VPN to secure your network. A VPN encrypts your data such that it’s unreadable even if attackers manage to steal itRedesign your tech infrastructure with a security-first approach in mindEnable two-factor authentication to protect your servers and other storage devices containing sensitive dataUse an antivirus and firewallsUpdate your software to seal security holes and improve functionality. Best is to keep your software updated at all timesTo learn more about protecting your organization and yourself against cybercrime, here is a list of relevant posts for further study.6 Emerging Cyber Threats to Lookout for in 2019.How IoT has Exposed Business Organizations to Cyber Attacks.11 Ways to Help Protect Yourself Against Cyber Crime.Employee Negligence aka Human ErrorHave you ever sent out an email blast and be like “No, No, No, No, Nooo!” Yeah, most of us have been there, and it’s one of the worst feelings ever – especially if you send confidential or sensitive information to the wrong recipients. Or what happens when you send the wrong attachment to the right recipient? That photo you mean to send to your significant other?Both scenarios constitute data breach, and when it happens in an organization, it can cause unprecedented chaos and unrest. But perhaps the above examples don’t cut it for you, so here is a fun fact. Did you know networked backup incidents and misconfigured cloud servers caused by employee negligence exposed over 2 billion records in 2017? According to the 2018, IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index published on point is to err is human; we all make mistakes, and it’s inevitable. But mistakes that could take your company off the pivot can’t be taken lightly or for granted. To mitigate this type of data breach, you must educate your employees on the essential elements of information security, and what will happen if they aren’t vigilant when performing their duties. It might sound like a weak point, but a little training could go a long way in combating data breach due to employee negligence.On top of that, educate non-technical staff members on data security awareness procedures and policies. At the end of the day, you should embrace a zero-tolerance policy to data breaches that result from employee negligence. Inform your employees on the importance of keeping data safe and the repercussions should the unthinkable happen.Insider ThreatWhile most organizations focus on mitigating external threat factors, insiders pose a more significant threat than you’d typically imagine. According to an Insider Threat study by CA Technologies and Cybersecurity Insiders, 53% of organizations faced insider attacks, with the main enabling factors being:Many users have excessive access privilegesAn increased number of devices with access to sensitive dataThe increasing complexity of information technologyFrom the same source, 90% of organizations feel vulnerable to insider attacks, and 86% of organization already have or are building insider threat programs. According to IBM Insider Threat Detection, insider threats account for 60% of cyber attacks. Wow, just wow – quite the staggering figure if I must point out the obvious, which also means you must be extra vigilant or one of your employees will drive a steel stake through the heart of your organization.Data breaches resulting from insider threats are quite common nowadays, and extremely difficult to detect. Network protectors can quickly combat malicious outsiders, but the job becomes harder when threats come from trusted and authorized users within the organization.The job becomes 10 times more challenging since there are different types of insider threats, namely:Disgruntled employees – This category of criminal insiders commit deliberate sabotage or steal intellectual property for monetary gain. It’s common for employees to steal information before and after quitting or being fired. Some harmful elements sell trade secrets to competitors, but others want to take down the enterprise.Nonresponders – Some employees never respond to security awareness training, no matter the resources you invest. These are the people who usually fall prey to phishing scams repeatedly because, well, you can stick your security awareness training up your (you know where).Insider collusion – Professional cybercriminals will go to great lengths to steal your data. They scout the dark web looking to recruit your employees. If one of your employees collaborates with a malicious attacker, you will have a severe security and data breach, and you don’t need a rocket scientist to tell you that. In some cases, an employee may even cooperate with another employee in the same organization, exposing you to all types of cybersecurity problems. If you need a little prodding in the right direction, just think how insider collusion can expose your enterprise to fraud, intellectual property theft, and plain old sabotage.Inadvertent insiders – Ignorance is not bliss as far as cybersecurity goes. Negligence on your employees part invites all manner of trouble since attackers are savvy to vulnerabilities that inadvertent insiders cause. Negligent staff members expose your organization to malware, phishing, and man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks, among other forms of attack. Attackers may take advantage of negligence in your organization to exploit misconfigured servers, unsecured/unmonitored microsites, and so on.Persistent malicious insiders – Criminal “second streamers,” i.e., employees seeking supplemental income maliciously, won’t protect your data. Instead, they will commit a slew of malicious acts such as exfiltrating data for financial gains. And this category of people will remain undetected for long periods to maximize the benefits of data theft. And since they are aware of network monitoring tools, they will steal data slowly instead of committing data theft in bulk. As such, they can operate under the radar for months or years.How do you prevent data breach caused by insiders? How do you protect your data when the threat comes from the same people you trust. To protect your data from insider threat, you need to implement measures such as endpoint and mobile security, Data Loss Prevention (DLP), data encryption at rest, in motion and use as well as Identity and Access Management (IAM). You can even adopt behavioral analysis and reduce vulnerabilities. These measures will combat, among other things, unauthorized access, negligence, and data loss in case of a breach.RansomwareWhat comes to mind when you see the word RANSOMWARE? WannaCry? $700,000 of losses? Laws? The HIPAA perhaps? CryptoWall? CryptoLocker? Ransomware can constitute a data breach depending on the malware that attacks your systems. Other factors such as the type of data stolen, the current status of said data and – again – laws. Anybody who puts your data at risk of loss has committed data breach to some extent. If some hacker somewhere holds your data hostage, your organization will surely experience losses in all fronts. And you determinedly would instead carry on as usual – plus money doesn’t just grow on trees.The attacker who hijacks your data has demonstrated that they can steal or destroy your data at will.Clearly, they are talented, and ransomware comes in a million shades of nasty. Could take over your system right this minute considering there are more than 4,000 ransomware attacks per day according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It’s one of the reasons the US government has a $15 billion budget for cybersecurity. The majority of attackers use ransomware to cover their tracks. Just think about it for a minute. Some guy breaks into your system steals your data, and if that isn’t enough, holds your data hostage for profit as they cover a data breach.Ransomware ruins your reputation. It takes blood, sweat, and tears to build a name, so say “no” to ransomware.You can avoid ransomware of you’re cautious enough. Plus, you can always ramp up your defenses. And please install a powerful antivirus program (my favorite is Eset Nod32), and ensure you activate web file protection and firewalls to combat malware-laden emails and messages that pass spam filters. Additionally, invest in a clever backup plan so that you can simply wipe the drives to eliminate ransomware, and then restore backups. That way, you can beat ransomware attackers at their own game, instead of paying a ransom.Final WordsSecurity goes beyond mere awareness, so don’t take data breach sitting down. You can effectively protect yourself, and if the worst happens, rise from the ashes stronger than before.  Keep learning and implementing the best security policies and procedures to protect your business against the various forms of data and security breaches. Keep the conversation going until you have everything you need to safeguard yourself and your organization against all five of the data breach of types. Tags:#security breach Related Posts last_img read more

Line-ups: Napoli-Atalanta

first_imgNapoli rely on Hirving Lozano, Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Insigne in the face-off for third place with Atalanta, who have Josip Ilicic as a False 9. It kicks off at the Stadio San Paolo at 18.00 GMT. You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this evening’s SEVEN Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG. This is a head-to-head for position, as a victory would put Napoli level on 20 points with Atalanta in third place. Gian Piero Gasperini’s men are proving to be no mere flash in the pan, as after securing third last season and their first ever Champions League qualification, they are doing even better in Serie A this time around. They went into the midweek round just three points off leaders Juventus and have shattered records with 28 goals in the opening nine games, thanks also to last week’s 7-1 thrashing of Udinese. Napoli, meanwhile, have impressed in Europe, but already lost two Serie A games and missed an opportunity to close on the leaders when held by SPAL on Sunday. Kevin Malcuit suffered a season-ending knee injury, while Kostas Manolas, Elseid Hysaj and Faouzi Ghoulam are also still out, leaving a shortage of defenders. Nikola Maksimovic returns just in time, with Mario Rui not fully fit after his injury, so Sebastiano Luperto is moved over to left-back. Insigne and Jose Callejon take the traditional wide roles, with misfiring Hirving Lozano given another chance over Dries Mertens, the Mexican partnering Arkadiusz Milik up top. Atalanta are still without Duvan Zapata but, just as with Manchester City, Luis Muriel is not used from the start, preserved to make an impact off the bench. Instead, Ilicic becomes the False 9, supported by Papu Gomez and Mario Pasalic, while Jose Luis Palomino and Andrea Masiello return in defence. Only Manchester City (12) have won more away fixtures in the top five European leagues than Atalanta (10) in 2019. Napoli: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Luperto; Callejon, Allan, Fabian, Insigne; Milik, Lozano Atalanta: Gollini; Toloi, Palomino, Djimsiti; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Pasalic, Gomez; Ilicic Ref: Giacomelli Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

UAAP volleyball: La Salle back on winning track, hammers UE

first_imgPH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Cheng and reigning MVP Mary Joy Baron had 13 points apiece to lead the Lady Spikers while Aduke Ogunsanya added 12.Mary Ann Mendrez led UE with 12 points with Shaya Adorador pitching in 11.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Arum open to Pacquiao-Matthysse but not in April Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games La Salle had a comfortable 23-17 lead after UE committed two straight errors, but the Lady Warriors were able to trim the lead down to four, 23-19, after a miscue on the Lady Spikers’ side as Arianne Layug hit the net.Desiree Cheng eventually finished things off for the defending champions and scored the Lady Spikers’ two final points, an off-the-block kill and a crosscourt hit that landed on the bottom-right corner of UE’s side of the floor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAlthough La Salle was able to trump UE in just three sets, head coach Ramil De Jesus wanted more from his team.“The result is important but as for the performance, I’m quite dissatisfied because I couldn’t see the aggressiveness on the court,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “When they saw that we had a bid lead and the win was within reach they became quite complacent.” View comments MOST READ Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe La Salle Lady Spikers vs UE Lady Warriors. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter having its winning run snapped, De La Salle vented its frustrations on woeful University of the East, 25-18,25-17, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Spikers lost to National University in five sets last Sunday, but have returned to form to improve to 4-1 while the Lady Warriors are still seeking for their first win in five games.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusiveslast_img read more