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Phishing is the #1 social engineering threat to association cybersecurity, and it has so little to do with the association’s technology. No, the reason that phishing is responsible for so many data breaches is good old-fashioned human error. That’s right—we’re talking about people unknowingly giving their passwords and credit card numbers to hackers, filling out personal information on websites created by hackers, and accidentally installing malware onto their machines. Yikes.
This is not your normal Aptify Blog post—because we're talking about sports news! Then again, this story is about two themes central to Aptify as well—Big Data and Cybersecurity. This is the story of the Cardinals Hacking Scandal.
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As of yet, it is still difficult to find statistics for 2016, but in the years prior, there have been several surveys taken to tabulate the estimated number of passwords and online accounts maintained per person on the Internet today. Here's a brief look at password security over the last decade.
Password1234 We all know this isn’t a secure password, but at the same time, we all know at least one person (friend, family, co-worker, association) who literally uses the password above. What you may also know is that basic password complexity requirements for associations can create a mountain of support tickets and cause you to be the most-disliked person in the IT department. “Ugh. Why so long!? How am I supposed to REMEMBER all that?”
It is now officially 2017, w00t! Cybersecurity had a rough year in 2016, with new exploit arrivals and massive data breaches reported in the news on a shockingly regular basis. On a positive note, all this focus has certainly raised awareness in the community at large. Almost everyone is talking about it! To start off 2017, I'd like to address three of the most common association cybersecurity questions I received during this last year.
Whether you're going to spend the weekend on the sofa binge-watching Mr. Robot, or you turned on the news to hear about the latest global hacking scandal, or you simply logged in this morning to find out it was time to (again!) change your password, cybersecurity is embedded into our daily activities.