Admiral Security Services was pleased to sponsor Breakfast with Arlington County Police Chief M. Jay Farr, which was attended by more than 100 local and federal government, law enforcement, and business leaders. Chief Farr described his strategic initiatives as being transportation safety, crime prevention control, and community engagement. He particularly emphasized the need and desire to expand partnerships with the business community, and we, at Admiral, support that goal.
Chief Farr said, “We want to get to know you and there are lots of ways to do that. Your business could do a Coffee with a Cop and we would be happy to see you.” He encouraged businesses to get to know the district in which your business is located and the District Captain, which can be found here.
FBI Cyber Task Force Supervisory Special Agent Etienne and Special Agent Hitchcock, along with Arlington Cyber Investigator Detective Basford, discussed the most common and emerging cybercrimes and detailed preventative measures that can be taken by individuals and companies to protect against becoming a victim. These include business email compromise (BEC), typically a fraudulent scam soliciting electronic transfer of funds. This can be done through social engineering or computer intrusion and may mimic a request from the business executive to a lower level administrative employee to conduct a funds transfer. In some cases, a request for a wire transfer is sent from the compromised account directly to the financial institution. Detected or suspected BEC should be immediately reported to law enforcement with all relevant information as to accounts, financial institutions, email and IP addresses, and timelines.
Ransomware attacks consist of four steps. First, the victim visits a compromised website or opens a malicious attachment. Then the malware contacts the fraudulent user’s server, which then encrypts the victim’s files, and finally the ransom message telling the deadline, amount, and electronic currency form of payment is sent. The FBI has a strong message: DO NOT PAY! Prevention includes awareness and training, updated patches, anti-virus software set to automatic update, managing privileged accounts carefully, and implementing the principle of least privilege. Backups are crucial and should be tested routinely and stored offline.
Insider threats to proprietary or sensitive information may be done solely for personal gain or for “spying” to benefit another organization or company. Warning signs include a disgruntled employee working odd hours, or one that has unexplained affluence or unexplained foreign travel. Protecting against insider threat involves having appropriate protection for intellectual property, as well as appropriate screening, education, and training of employees and vigilance to observe behavioral indicators.
To learn more, contact these agencies or visit these sites for more information:
Arlington County Police Department, (703) 558-2222
FBI Washington Field Office, (202) 278-2000
Internet Crime and Complaint Center