Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cyber Landscapes

News from the Profession. Letting Employees Wear Jeans Might Help Solve Your Talent Problem (Caleb Newquist, Going Concern)

A New Focus on Law Firm Cybersecurity – Daniel Garrie January 11, 2017. “Law firms have long held a hallowed position in the corporate world, as the preeminent keeper of confidences. But the frequency with which law firms are falling victim to data breaches and hacks should leave clients questioning their firm’s data securit
A New Focus on Law Firm Cybersecurity 

NEWS YOU CAN USE: BLM Launches Social Media Site So You Can ‘Mark Yourself Unsafe’

‘A marriage of Twitter and The Economist’: How Axios is serving up news for social media addicts

With the 2020 report, The New York Times charts a course for its future

Malcolm Turnbull to launch cyber security probe 

“What is Politwoops? An archive of public tweets deleted by politicians. Explore the tweets they would prefer you couldn’t see.”

TaxGrrrl,IRS Issues Warning On New Scam Targeting Tax Professionals:
Here’s how the scheme works. First, the tax professional receives what looks like a real solicitation from a potential client. The scammer typically starts out with something innocuous like “I need a preparer to file my taxes.” If the tax professional responds to the email, the scammer follows up with a second email. That email typically has either an embedded web address or contains an attachment which the scammers allege contains the potential client’s tax information. When the tax professional clicks on the link or downloads the attachment, the scammers then collect the tax professional’s email address, password, and other private information.
Sometimes, the tax professional is tricked into responding because the emails appear to come from a legitimate source, including a friend or colleague. That’s because, the IRS warns, the friend or colleague has already become a victim.

Leslie Book, New York Times Article on Call Center Tax Scams Highlights How Criminals Prey on Our Citizens Fear of IRS. “The key to the success of the scam, according to the Indian teen call center employees, is the ‘psychological fact’ that some Americans deeply fear their government.” Hard to imagine why.