September Letter

Hi there,

"Digital Defense: Keeping your family safe online" is in its 5th year of publication. The paper started as a collaboration with Merrill Lynch in 2014, and we've worked with Bank of America over the years updating it for clients across their lines of business.

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It's a great piece, and still ahead of its time.

I give a lot of credit to Bank of America for getting in front of the evolving risks to private clients and families.

Click the image above for a download of the white paper. 

Total Wealth Symposium 2019

Speaking and educating about cybersecurity is one of the most satisfying things I do. At TDS, we help people "get it," and it feels good to know we can make a meaningful difference and have a lasting impact.

So, I'm excited to be back for the 5th consecutive year at the "Total Wealth Symposium" for 2019, this year in Amelia Island FL. Details are below.

Also in September, I'll present "Cybersecurity for Life" in Atlanta to a private investors group.

Prevent 81% of Phishing Attacks

How do you prevent 81% of the most damaging of all cyber attacks?

The answer is:  DMARC.

Our Private Email clients get DMARC protection as a standard feature with their email domain and boxes. And when the cybersecurity industry innovates the next best defense against cyber risk, we'll add that too.

Because it's what we do, and privatizing email is Fundamental #1 for "Cybersecurity for Life".

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Some August Headlines

  • "Hacker paid AT&T employees thousands of dollars to unlock millions of phones, DOJ claims. He installed malware to gain remote access." More.


  • "A recently leaked United Nations report said the North Korean regime has stolen more than $2 billion through dozens of cyberattacks to fund its various weapons programs."


  • "If you bank online and choose weak or re-used passwords, there’s a decent chance your account could be pilfered by cyberthieves — even if your bank offers multi-factor authentication as part of its login process." Krebs


  • “Malicious use of this sensitive data could result in social engineering, bullying, tracking, identity theft, or other means for targeting children,” according to the alert. FBI on K-12 Schools and Student Data Privacy

On the subject of K-12 student privacy, I'm honored to have been invited to speak to the National Institute on Cybersecurity Education on "Effectively Changing Cybersecurity Behavior in K-12" in Garden grove CA this December. More.

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Are you ready for cybercrime damages that are expected to rise from $1.5 trillion in 2019, to $6 trillion in just the next two years? That's a 4x increase folks, so:

  • Has your organization adapted?
  • Is your family prepared?
  • As a leader, do your people understand the stakes we face?
  • Have you empowered them with the tools they need for survival and success? 

These questions will loom.

Do not wait for the holiday season when activity will ramp to new highs, again. Contact me, we can help.

Thanks for reading,

Brad Deflin

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Client Check-ins

All TDS clients are invited to contact us for a check-in. 

We're in the last half of the year and 2020 is around the corner. Cyber threat activity is expected to be off the charts. Let's be ready.

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Famous con man Frank Abagnale: Crime is 4,000 times easier today

"I've been an instructor at the FBI Academy for 43 years. I've taught two generations of FBI agents who've gone through the academy. What's amazing to me is how much easier crime is than when I did it 50 years ago."

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The Total Wealth Symposium for 2019

The Total Wealth Symposium 2019 is Banyan Hill Publishing’s premier investment conference of the year. From September 12-14, 2019, we are assembling the best minds in finance in Amelia Island, Florida.

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How Insurance Companies are  Fueling a Rise in Ransomware Attacks

Imagine that!

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Why break into a company’s network when you can just walk right in — literally?

Dubbed “warshipping” — its not a new concept. Just think of the traditional Trojan horse.

With warshipping, hackers ship their exploits directly to their target’s mail room.

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The best way to start protecting?

Go private! Over 80% of cybercrime originates with an email. 

  • Own your email - not Big Tech
  • Professionals, families - for privacy, security, and physical safety

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