FTC releases agenda for Safeguards Rule virtual workshop

Financial institutions collect personal information from customers every day, from names and addresses to bank account and Social Security numbers. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act’s Safeguards Rule requires those institutions to develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive information security program. As part of its regulatory review process, the FTC has proposed changes to the Rule. Join us on July 13, 2020, for Information Security and Financial Institutions: An FTC Workshop to Examine the Safeguards Rule, where FTC staff and guest speakers will explore the issues. And take a look at the just-released agenda to check out what’s up for discussion.

 

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Statement by DNI Ratcliffe on Recent Press Reporting

Statement by DNI Ratcliffe on Recent Press Reporting

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe today released the following statement:

 

“I have confirmed that neither the President nor the Vice President were ever briefed on any intelligence alleged by the New York Times in its reporting yesterday.”

 

 

 

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ODNI News Release No. 25-20

June 27, 2020

Statement by DNI Ratcliffe Statement on Recent Press Reporting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe today released the following statement:

 

“I have confirmed that neither the President nor the Vice President were ever briefed on any intelligence alleged by the New York Times in its reporting yesterday. The White House statement addressing this issue earlier today, which denied such a briefing occurred, was accurate. The New York Times reporting, and all other subsequent news reports about such an alleged briefing are inaccurate.”

 

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DNI Ratcliffe Statement on Impact of Unauthorized Disclosures on Force Protection

DNI Ratcliffe Statement on Impact of Unauthorized Disclosures on Force Protection

WASHINGTON D.C. – Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe today issued the following statement:

 

“U.S. and coalition force protection is a critical priority for both the President and the Intelligence Community. The selective leaking of any classified information disrupts the vital interagency work to collect, assess, and mitigate threats and places our forces at risk.”

 

 

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ODNI News Release No. 26-20

June 29, 2020

 

DNI Ratcliffe Statement on Impact of Unauthorized Disclosures on Force Protection

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe today released the following statement:

 

“U.S. and coalition force protection is a critical priority for both the President and the Intelligence Community. The selective leaking of any classified information disrupts the vital interagency work to collect, assess, and mitigate threats and places our forces at risk. It is also, simply put, a crime. We are still investigating the alleged intelligence referenced in recent media reporting and we will brief the President and Congressional leaders at the appropriate time. This is the analytic process working the way it should. Unfortunately, unauthorized disclosures now jeopardize our ability to ever find out the full story with respect to these allegations.”

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Six steps toward more secure cloud computing

For businesses, cloud services are kind of like clouds. At their best, they can be soothing and expansive. But for companies that fail to appreciate the security implications, their ethereal presence may hide dangerous storms within. As cloud computing has become business as usual for many businesses, frequent news reports about data breaches and other missteps should make companies think carefully about how they secure their data. The FTC has six tips for your business about making your use of cloud services safer – both for you and for the consumers who rely on you to safeguard their information…{more}

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Unemployment benefits fraud puts workers at risk of more ID theft

A large-scale scam involving phony unemployment benefits claims has been making headlines. Criminals, possibly based overseas, are filing claims for benefits, using the names and personal information of people who have not lost their jobs. The investigation is ongoing, but this much is known: the fraud is affecting tens of thousands of people, slowing the delivery of benefits to people in real need, and costing states hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Message of the Qualpay case: Heed possible signs of fraud

 

Ostriches get a bad rap. The popular perception is that the species Struthio camelus bury their heads in the sand. But, in fact, they flee from perceived danger at speeds that top 60 miles per hour. An FTC proposed settlement with a payment processor that ignored signs that certain clients were engaged in fraud suggests that more companies should follow the real-life example of the ostrich and hightail it away from any association with illegal conduct.

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Houston Private Investigation Company Spotlights Hidden Business Threats

Business Alone in the Dark – Under the Spotlight – With Copyspace

Houston Private Investigation Services

Running a business involves a great many challenges, and this Houston private investigation company helps when those challenges involve threats to the business. They can involve internal, external threats, or both. Often you’re in the dark, unaware of threats, and the job of the private investigator is to spotlight them for you.

Internal Theft

In businesses with inventory, especially warehoused inventory, shrinkage is often considered a part of business. Often it’s only addressed when it reaches a level that can’t be ignored. By that time the money lost could have hired an investigator to ferret out the employees or vendors who are pilfering the stock. Sometimes the long term solution is a well-executed profiling and background check system for new hires and periodic followup.

External Theft

Customers, vendors, transportation companies, and others are all in positions that could facilitate theft of your products or services. If you’re experiencing losses, and internal theft isn’t the problem, consider hiring professional help to locate the sources.

Intellectual Property Theft

This category of theft also involves trademark and copyright infringement. Proprietary software and other intellectual property, including marketing plans, are all at risk for theft. If you have a secret or proprietary process that works well for your business, you can bet that competitor businesses would love to have it. Don’t wait until they find a way to steal it before you take protective measures.

Litigation Services

If you’re in business long enough, it’s likely that you’ll find yourself in a litigious situation. It doesn’t matter whether you’re being sued for something you’ve done or if it’s just a nuisance action. All legal action against your company is a threat to your ongoing business. This Houston private investigation company is hired by many prominent attorneys for investigations related to defense in lawsuits.

TSCM, Technical Surveillance Countermeasures

It’s always gratifying and interesting to see management reactions when spying devices, bugs, cameras and recorders are discovered in a business. Sweeping and debugging are services in high demand in today’s high-tech world. If your business has proprietary or highly successful processes and methods, someone would love to have them as well. A sweep of the phone systems, meeting rooms, and offices of a business can result in the discovery of all kinds of spying devices.

Computer and Cell Phone Forensics

With a major part of our personal and business lives conducted over cell phones and recorded or performed on computers, it’s only natural to find that there are others who would find ways to track our activities on these devices. Locating malware and other software and applications that spy on your activities is what computer and cell phone forensics is all about.

Personal Protective Services

If there are physical threats to company personnel, this private investigation company has the equipment and expertise to protect them at work, home, or wherever you choose. Highly trained investigators are experienced at personal protective services.

All of these are services provided on a regular basis by this Houston private investigation company. With other branches around Texas, contacting Rob Kimmons at Kimmons Investigations is a wise move for any business owner or manager who wants to spotlight issues and resolve them for a better and more profitable business.

Securing the Mainframe: How Companies can Empower Security Analysts to Protect the Backbone of Their Enterprise

To apply true holistic security best practices and reduce significant risks to the mainframe, security teams must embrace an integrated mainframe security strategy.
When it comes to securing the platform, the simplest solution of applying intelligent security software like EDR and testing its effectiveness—the security best practice that exists on all other systems—is often the best and offers reassurance for every autonomous digital enterprise.

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Smile, You’re on Camera: The Facial Recognition World Map

There’s a good chance that at some point you’ve been watched, scanned, or analyzed by facial recognition technology — potentially without even realizing it, says a new study by Surfshark.
In fact, governments’ use of the technology is on the rise globally: there are now 109 countries today that are either using or have approved the use of facial recognition technology for surveillance purposes, says the study.

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