Be on the Lookout for Scams Related to COVID-19

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by: Saadia M., Director of Enterprise Risk & Chief Information Security Officer
COVID-19 has created more opportunities for phishing scams and cybersecurity attacks. These can come in the form of fraudulent emails from health organizations or your employer about changes in processes, websites with malicious maps, or fictitious requests from charities needing your help.   What can you do to help keep…

Tips To Avoid Becoming a Victim of Fraud

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by: Saadia M., Director of Enterprise Risk & Chief Information Security Officer
Trends in social engineering attacks Social engineering is on the rise, so it’s especially important to be vigilant against these attacks. The following are new trends in the world of social engineering: Vishing: The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) scam: The target receives a call, email, or a visit from a…

Protecting Yourself from Data Breaches

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by: Saadia M., Director of Enterprise Risk & Chief Information Security Officer
There have been a number of high-profile breaches recently including: Marriott International announced a breach of their Starwood Guest Reservation Database has exposed personal information of up to 500 million customers. The hackers accessed names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passport numbers, dates of birth, gender, loyalty program account information, and reservation information. For some, they also stole encrypted…

Data Compromises – How to Protect Yourself

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by: Saadia M., Director of Enterprise Risk & Chief Information Security Officer
Seems like data compromises aren’t getting the attention they used to. Perhaps it’s become an everyday occurrence that as users and clients, we’ve become more desensitized to the news. Although tempting, our vigilance as the end user is crucial in protecting our data. Following up from our last quarter update,…

5 Tips to Protect You From Fraud

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by: Saadia M., Director of Enterprise Risk & Chief Information Security Officer
At Hillcrest Bank, we enforce strong security procedures to help cautiously and thoroughly protect your information at all times. The confidentiality of your data is always at the forefront of everything we do. We go to great lengths to regularly strengthen how we help protect your information from unauthorized access or…