Cyber Security

Bob Barrett

Remember when you got your first computer and had to make up a password for the first time? That was your introduction to the world of cybersecurity. That world has gotten a lot larger. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to a homeland security official about cybersecurity in and out of schools.

We’ll also hear about NY State’s trans gender bathroom policy…or lack thereof, find out if the water in the state’s schools is safe to drink…and spend an academic minute longing for your smart phone.

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New York regulators are considering a host of cybersecurity requirements for banks and insurers and are urging other state and federal authorities to collaborate on establishing a framework of defenses for the financial sector.

Sen. Schumer

Senator Charles Schumer is working to counter what he calls the growing trend of child identity theft. The New York Democrat is proposing legislation that would protect kids until they turn 18.

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The Tewksbury, Massachusetts Police Department got national headlines this week after it was forced to pay a $500 ransom to hackers who held the department’s data hostage. Lawmakers in Essex County are taking steps to make sure that — or worse — doesn’t happen to them.

This morning we will discuss issues involving cyber crime with our tech guru, Jesse Feiler.

Jesse is a developer, consultant, and author specializing in Apple technologies. He is the creator of Minutes Machine for iPad, the meeting management app and Saranac River Trail app a guide to the Trail that includes location-based updates as well as social media tools.

His books include: the forthcoming - Swift for Dummies (coming from Wiley in early 2015) and iOS App Development for Dummies (Wiley, 2014).

Pittsfield Public Schools

With the school year just getting started, the Pittsfield Public School district has already experienced a cyber attack.

This past weekend, dozens of risqué photos of several female celebrities were reportedly hacked from their personal cloud accounts, spurring a debate about everyone’s cyber safety and security.

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Two potential data breaches at colleges in the region are drawing attention to cyberhacking and the security of identity records.