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Hacker University: Cyberattackers Target Military Research, Student Records At 'Soft Target' US Colleges

   October 5, 2015
Rutgers University students this week learned the hard way what campus life is like without the Internet. A cyberattack knocked the New Jersey school’s networks offline Monday morning, sending roughly 66,000 pupils into the dark just as they were settling into their first class of the week. It's just the latest attack against major American universities, which have struggled to fend off...

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Case in Point: Lessons for the pro-active manager, from our friends at Auburn University

   October 5, 2015

This month we turn our attention to a very substantial risk for all of higher education: cybersecurity. October marks the start of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month so we want to use this month's Case-in-Point to discuss practical ways that you can better manage these important risks. I've asked Robert Gottesman, Information Systems Auditor to provide us with guidance on these issues.

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Remember the Fundamentals of Cyber-Security: Behind Every Attack Is a Crime - from Compliance Week

   September 17, 2015

As you all know better than me, compliance and audit executives spend plenty of time these days worrying about cybersecurity. So when I spent a few days last week on the road talking to compliance professionals, the subject came up quite a bit. The first bit of good advice I heard came from an old law enforcement guy (all the old law enforcement professionals are guys) who is now an executive...

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Hackers Home in on Health, Education, Government Sectors - from Technewsworld.com

   September 17, 2015

By John P. Mello Jr.

A New York healthcare provider, California's higher education system and the U.S. Department of Energy have become the latest targets of data bandits.

The latest massive data breach at a healthcare provider took place at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, which last week revealed that the personal data of more than 10 million people was at risk due to...

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Ethics Board charges former state agency audit chief for charging about $270,000 to agency-issued credit card for gas, hotel rooms, NBA tickets - from The Advocate

   August 20, 2015
A former state agency audit director is facing ethics charges related to a fraud case for which he’s already serving federal prison time. The Louisiana Ethics Board said Delrice Augustus used his agency-issued credit cards to make approximately $270,0000 in purchases to which he was not entitled. State ethics law bans public servants from receiving “anything of economic value, other than...

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University of Northern Iowa urged to tighten financial controls

   August 10, 2015
The University of Northern Iowa has been advised to tighten internal controls, conduct independent reviews of financial deposits, and improve the way it maintains records after the state auditor recently uncovered thousands in undeposited or improperly deposited collections in the College of Education. Officials with the Curriculum and Instruction Department in UNI’s College of Education asked...

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'A Playground for Hackers' - From InsideHigherEd.com

   August 3, 2015
The recently detected cyberattacks at Pennsylvania State University may spell bad news for other colleges and universities, according to IT security experts. Hackers such as those that targeted Penn State don’t set their sights on individual institutions, but on entire industries. “I don’t want to be the harbinger of doom, but usually when you see one breach, there’s more to follow,” said Ken...

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Case in point: lessons for the pro-active manager- from our friends at Auburn University

   July 13, 2015
This month we conclude our look back at 2014 events from Case in Point with a focus on the Campus Life Category. This category typically includes stories that are directly related to students and their unique risks related events that have occurred on campuses. As you would expect, this category has substantial variety as there are numerous risks that can come into play that affect students. The...

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Identity thieves target university employees and students - from Fraud-Magazine.com

   July 13, 2015

Identity thieves target university employees and students

Robert E. Holtfreter, Ph.D., CFE, CICA, CBA

July/August 2015

Taking Back the ID: Identity theft prevention analysis

When Winston Franklin began working for a university he signed up for the direct deposit option for his monthly check. He later checked his online bank...

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Identity theft complaints soar 14.7 percent in 2014 - from Fraud-Magazine.com

   July 13, 2015

Identity theft complaints soar 14.7 percent in 2014

ID theft continues its romp as FTC's No. 1 complaint
Robert E. Holtfreter, Ph.D., CFE, CICA, CBA

July/August 2015

On Sept. 26, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska, Maximo Amparo-Vazquez, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, was sentenced to 84 months in prison and ordered to pay $559,755 in restitution...

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