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Tuesday October 15, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cyber Security
Inside DPS
Protecting Utah
October 1, 2019

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Online Privacy

October 2, 2019

The Internet touches almost all aspects of our daily lives. We are able to shop, bank, connect with family and friends, and handle our medical records all online. These activities require you to provide personally identifiable information (PII) such as your name, date of birth, account numbers, passwords, and location information. #BeCyberSmart when sharing personal […]

Identity Theft and Internet Scams

October 2, 2019

Today’s technology allows us to connect around the world, to bank and shop online, and to control our televisions, homes, and cars from our smartphones. With this added convenience comes an increased risk of identity theft and Internet scams. #BeCyberSmart on the Internet—at home, at school, at work, on mobile devices, and on the go. […]

Five Steps to Protecting Your Digital Home

October 2, 2019

More and more of our home devices— including thermostats, door locks, coffee machines, and smoke alarms—are now connected to the Internet. This enables us to control our devices on our smartphones, no matter our location, which in turn can save us time and money while providing convenience and even safety. These advances in technology are […]

Social Media Cybersecurity

October 2, 2019

Now more than ever, consumers spend increasing amounts of time on the Internet. With every social media account you sign up for, every picture you post, and status you update, you are sharing information about yourself with the world. How can you be proactive to stay safe online and, “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.”? […]

E-Skimming

October 2, 2019

The Internet touches almost all aspects of our daily lives. We are able to shop, bank, connect with family and friends, and handle our medical records all online. These activities require you to provide personally identifiable information (PII) such as your name, date of birth, account numbers, passwords, and location information. #BeCyberSmart when sharing personal […]

Phishing

October 2, 2019

Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect your machine with malware and viruses in order to collect personal and financial information. Cybercriminals attempt to lure users to click on a link or open an attachment that infects their computers, creating vulnerability to attacks. Phishing emails may appear to come from a real financial […]

Five Ways to Be Cyber Secure At Work

October 2, 2019

 Businesses face significant financial loss when a cyber attack occurs. In 2018, the U.S. business sector had the largest number of data breaches ever recorded: 571 breaches. (Identity Theft Resource Center, “2018 End-of-Year Data Breach Report”, 2018. ) Cybercriminals often rely on human error—employees failing to install software patches or clicking on malicious links—to gain access […]

Internet of Things

October 2, 2019

 Internet of Things (IoT) or smart devices refers to any object or device that is connected to the Internet. This rapidly expanding set of “things,” which can send and receive data, includes cars, appliances, smart watches, lighting, home assistants, home security, and more. #BeCyberSmart to connect with confidence and protect your interconnected world.  WHY SHOULD […]

Creating a Password

October 2, 2019

Creating a strong password is an essential step to protecting yourself online. Using long and complex passwords is one of the easiest ways to defend yourself from cybercrime. No citizen is immune to cyber risk, but #BeCyberSmart and you can minimize your chances of an incident. SIMPLE TIPS TO SECURE IT. Creating a strong password […]

A How To Guide for Multi -Factor Authentication

October 2, 2019

SIMPLE TIPS TO SECURE IT. Have you noticed how often security breaches, stolen data, and identity theft are consistently front-page news these days? Perhaps you, or someone you know, are a victim of cyber criminals who stole personal information, banking credentials, or more. As these incidents become more prevalent, you should consider using multi-factor authentication, also […]

Business Email Compromise: A small business killer

August 15, 2018

In May of 2018 the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released the IC3 2017 Internet Crime Report. The IC3 stands for the Internet Crimes Complaint Center. It was established in 2000 and has received a total of 4,063,933 complaints since its inception.  The IC3 is a clearinghouse for criminal Internet activity and receives over 800 […]

Increase in Spear-Phishing Attempts in Utah

July 30, 2018

SITUATIONAL REPORT: ATTEMPTS INVOLVING CORRECT USERNAMES AND PASSWORDS IN UTAH The Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC) has received an increase of complaints of phishing scams involving correct usernames and passwords listed in the email. Summary The Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC) has received an increase of complaints of spear-phishing scams involving the victim’s […]

DPS Officials Attend National Criminal Investigative Conference

May 14, 2018

Commissioner Keith D. Squires, Colonel Brian Redd and Major Tyler Kotter recently attended the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies (ASCIA) conference in Phoenix, Arizona on May 7-9, 2018. The majority of states sent leaders who oversee state-level criminal investigative agencies to Phoenix for three days of training on cutting edge topics in law enforcement […]

Commissioner Squires Speaks at National Cyber Conference

April 19, 2018

This week Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires will be in San Francisco, California for the 2018 RSA Conference. RSA brings the world’s top experts in cybersecurity together. There, Commissioner Squries will participate in a panel discussion on ‘Emerging Strategic and Structural Trends in State Cybersecurity’. Other panelist include Timothy Blute with the […]

A Web of Lies: Jake’s Story

March 22, 2018

It only took five days for an invisible criminal to destroy Jake’s life. Jake was a promising young college student. Generous, thoughtful and a prankster. The Utah native met what he thought was a girl online. She asked for a nude photo. He sent her one. And that’s when his nightmare began. Such cases underscores […]

The New York Times Features DPS’ Cyber Crime Efforts

February 5, 2018

The Department of Public Safety and Commissioner Keith Squires were highlighted by the New York Times for their efforts in cyber crime. Read more about why it is critical for businesses and the public to report cyber offenses. “Utah’s chief law enforcement officer was deep in the fight against opioids when he realized that a […]

DPS Cyber Crime Unit: Catching an Invisible Criminal

January 4, 2018

The Department of Public Safety’s Cyber Crime Unit is made up of agents from two of its divisions: State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and the Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC). In partnership with the FBI, DPS agents work together as one to combat cyber crimes that affect businesses, state entities and members of our […]

Cyber Security: Stop, Think, Connect

November 6, 2017

CYBER24: Simple Steps to Online Safety

October 16, 2017

In the premiere episode of CYBER24, Department of Public Safety’s Sgt. Jeff Plank discusses some of the top cyber security threats of 2017. To listen to the full podcast and subscribe to future CYBER24 podcasts, click here.

Cyber Crime: How DPS Serves as a National Model For Cyber Preparedness

September 18, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance understands that many states and communities need support in helping ensure information systems are designed to identify, prepare for, prevent and respond to cyber threats and incidents. Utah is a leader across the nation in building cyber resilience and the Police Executive Research Forum published an […]

The Utah Department of Public Safety Serves as a National Model For Cyber Preparedness and Incident Response Planning

June 5, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance understands that many states and communities need support in helping ensure information systems are designed to identify, prepare for, prevent and respond to cyber threats and incidents. Utah is a leader across the nation in building cyber resilience and the Police Executive Research Forum published an […]

Operation Wellspring – Decrease Your Risk of a Cyber Attack

May 15, 2017

Cyber-crime is on everyone’s minds today after this weekend’s worldwide ransomware attacks. While Utah was not hit specifically during this weekend’s strikes, we do see ransomware hitting Utah families and businesses on a regular basis. The victims we serve always wish they’d taken preventative steps to decrease their risk. These include: always conduct the updates […]

Telephone Scam Using UHP Registered Phone Number

April 10, 2017

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the Utah Highway Patrol became aware of a telephone scam that is being generated from one of the Utah Highway Patrol phone numbers (435) 655-3445. The Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Crime Unit is currently investigating the origin of the phone calls. Please be aware of […]