Dina Dadian

Phishing scam targeting accounting professionals and members of the public in the midst of a tax season.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state tax agencies are warning  of a phishing scam targeting tax professionals and members of the public in the midst of a tax season. The scammers impersonate the IRS in an attempt to collect SSN numbers, e-file identification numbers (EFINs), driver’s license images, and other credentials. These phishing emails …

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Fake Ransomware COVID-19 Surveys in file-sharing platforms

Users are advised to exercise caution with links and attachments received from unknown contacts or file-sharing platforms (such as Box and DropBox) Researchers from anti-malware software vendor, Malwarebytes Labs have identified a new phishing attack that uses fake COVID-19 surveys in Microsoft Word documents to deliver ransomware. To evade detection, the attackers have uploaded the …

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10 Tips for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October 2020)

This month, October 2020, is Cybersecurity Awareness month, co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA). Its theme, “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” is designed to empower individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting cyberspace. A key message of this theme is “If You Connect IT, Protect …

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Microsoft is delaying ending support for older versions of Windows 10 due to Coronavirus

Microsoft has announced an extension regarding their support for the older versions of their Windows 10 software. Initially, Microsoft had planned to stop technical support for Windows 10 this past week. However—due to the Coronavirus pandemic—the company has now extended the support up until October 13, giving IT administrators an extra six months. With IT …

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BYOD and Federal Wage Laws

As most everyone knows, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is an approach wherein organizations allow their employees to use their own smartphones and other devices in lieu of company-provided equipment. It provides convenience to employees interested in not having to carry around duplicate mobile devices. This policy can make employees happy, but it also presents …

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How Businesses Can Securely Work From Home (VPN Guidance)

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, many businesses are assessing how they can prioritize their employee safety and still maintain regular business operations. One solution many businesses are turning to is recommending employees to work from home to avoid potential illnesses. To help ease the burden on businesses, Microsoft, Google, LogMeIn, Cisco Webex, …

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