Monthly Security Newsletter

This month's topic:  Creating a Security-Forward Culture

Creating a culture of security aware individuals requires the participation of every employee, from executives to the front desk. We all will play a role in this culture and protecting sensitive information.

In this month’s newsletter, we examine the steps that everyone can take to improve culture and put security first in the workplace.



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Quick Tips

  • Take all trainings seriously as they are essential for maintaining a security aware culture.

  • Always report possible security incidents as soon as possible.

Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Banking Scams

If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that protecting our hard earned money is a top priority. As financial institutions release new methods for us to access our accounts, new opportunities emerge for scammers to leverage.

In this week’s security tip video, learn more about this banking scam and how you can keep your money safe.

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Quick Tips

  • If you receive a confusing message or phone call, hang up or ignore it.

  • Do not respond to any requests for personal or financial information sent via email, text message or over the phone.

Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Lost Smartphone Scam

Your smartphone is likely an integral part of your life. Not only is losing it an inconvenience, but it can also be a major security risk as well. New scams are emerging that take advantage of lost devices, which could put your sensitive information at risk.

In this week’s security tip video, learn about lost smartphone scams and the steps you can take to protect your information.

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Quick Tips

  • Make sure your phone has a startup password.

  • Use caution with links that you’re not expecting or seem suspicious.

Monthly Newsletter

This month's topic:  Good Device Hygiene

Like automobiles, buildings, and our own bodies, devices require a bit of maintenance. Ignoring simple actions, such as updating apps and deleting/organizing files, not only leads to degraded performance, it also invites security risks.

In this month’s newsletter, learn more about how you can protect your devices both at work and at home.



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Quick Tips

  • Consider implementing two-factor authentication on as many of your critical accounts as possible.

  • Install and use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when accessing any public WiFi networks.

Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Erasing A Hard Drive

It may not happen often, but when it comes time to dispose of old electronic equipment, the process you take during disposal is critical. Improper disposal could lead to the exposure of sensitive company or personal information.

In this week’s security tip, learn some methods for properly erasing a hard drive during disposal.

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Quick Tips

  • Failing to properly erase a hard drive risks exposing sensitive data that you thought was permanently deleted.

  • To make sure all old data is cleared, it is best to use a specific tool or software.

Redtail CRM data breach exposes personal client data

A data breach may have exposed personal client information that advisers store on Redtail Technology's client relationship management software, according to an email the fintech firm is sending to affected advisers.

The email, obtained by InvestmentNews, says the firm discovered on March 4 that its logging systems inadvertently captured a "small subset of the sensitive investor data" advisers keep on the CRM. The data were stored in a file that anyone on the internet could access.

Investor information in the file includes first and last names, physical addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers.

Redtail said in the email that it removed access to the file and launched an investigation as soon as it learned about the exposed data. But it said that remediation has been delayed because of the nature of the data, the format in which it was maintained and the time it takes to consolidate and correlate with Redtail's databases.

Redtail had to build specific applications to determine which clients' data was exposed. The company is emailing affected investors and offering free access to LifeLock Defender Preferred, a credit and identity theft monitoring and remediation product from Symantec.

"Less than 1% of Redtail clients were affected by this data exposure," Redtail CEO Brian McLaughlin said in an emailed statement. "We are taking this matter very seriously and are doubling down on our efforts to ensure that our customers' data is safe and secure."

Mr. McLaughlin also clarified there was no intentional break-in of Redtail's systems by a third-party. "It was a temporary exposure which Redtail uncovered and corrected," he said.

Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Stop Charging Your Phone in Public Ports

Imagine your phone is dying, but you’re not home, and you really can't be without it. So, you hunt for the nearest outlet or charging station to refill. We’ve all been there, and while this recharge seems harmless, there are concerns you should be aware of when charging your device in public.

In this week’s security tip, learn the dangers of charging your device in a public port, and some safe alternatives for when your battery needs a recharge.

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Quick Tips

  • If a port is compromised, there’s no limit to what information a hacker could take.

  • Instead of charging your device in public, invest in a portable USB battery-pack.

Advisor Armor Expands on Industry Leading Cyber Security Compliance Solutions with an Assurance Service Certifying Backed by Cyber Liability Insurance

Advisor Armor is pleased to announce that we are now able to provide/bundle cyber liability insurance with our cyber compliance coverage. Coverage is custom built for financial advisor risks and limits are available between $25,000 and $1,000.000. If you are interested in a specimen policy or would like help identifying your risks just respond back to this note.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (PRWEB) -- Advisor Armor, the leading provider of cyber compliance solutions in the independent financial space announces the launch of its Assurance Service to further protect Investment Advisors, Securities Professionals, Broker Dealers, Hedge Funds, and other Independent Financial Firms.

“During the past 4 years we have witnessed the significant challenges associated with interpreting, developing, implementing, testing, and evidencing cyber security compliance requirements. Customers who select our Assurance Service place these challenging responsibilities squarely on our shoulders. Insurance carriers have recognized our efforts to mitigate risk and as such are willing participants in this solution,” shared Mark Brown, CEO and Founder of Advisor Armor.

The Advisor Armor Assurance Service audits policy and procedure suitability, information technology provider performance, employee security comprehension, third party risks, and incident response readiness. Management involvement and attestation is certified.

Mr. Brown concluded, “The net result of this offering simplifies two complicated areas for firms – cyber security compliance and cyber liability insurance.”

Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: What is a Computer Virus?

We all may have a general understanding of what a computer virus is. However, there are many lesser-known details about viruses that everyone should be aware of.

In this week’s security tip video, learn about what viruses are, how they spread and the steps you can take to keep your equipment safe.

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Quick Tips

  • Only download files or programs from websites you trust.

  • Make sure you are running a trusted and updated anti-virus program.

Weekly Security Tip

This week's topic: Unordered Office Supplies

Cybercriminals leverage a variety of sophisticated attacks, but Unordered Office Supplies scams are not your typical scheme. While they require minimal effort for scammers to facilitate, they're highly convincing and difficult for organizations to identify and terminate.

In this week’s security tip video, learn how these scams work and some of the signs you should look out for to avoid them.

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Quick Tips

  • Make sure you are aware of your responsibilities and don't perform any task or confirm a request without authorization.

  • Investigate an invoice before paying it.