On-Air: The Growing Threat of Cyber Extortion

Cyber extortion is a cyber crime that occurs when a person demands money or other goods or behavior from another by threatening to inflict harm to the organization, reputation, or property. Two of the most common forms of cyber extortion are ransomware and denial of services attacks. 

In this podcast, find out what organizations are doing to protect themselves from cyber extortion threats and who is most likely to fall victim to this sophisticated cyber attack. 


6 Tips For Planning Travel

Some prefer warm sand and cool water while others look forward to crisp air and fresh, powdery snow. Maybe you’ve saved up to go to a beach or procured a group to embark on a backpacking trip. Regardless of your epic destination, you’ve already accomplished some planning to organize the trip with friends. Make sure to also use the following logistics tips to ensure your safety while traveling. 

New President of El Salvador Advocates Ambitious Agenda

Nayib Bukele will become the next Salvadoran head-of-state after winning the presidential election Feb. 3. Bukele has promised to fight corruption, tackle crime, and implement an ambitious infrastructure platform. Bukele will become the first president in three decades who has not belonged to either of the country’s two main political parties. The election hints at the continuing appeal of populism in Latin America.

Data Privacy Promotes Protection Among Businesses

In 1890, Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis published "The Right to Privacy" in Harvard Law Review, which describes that right primarily as a "right to be let alone". More recently, privacy was defined in 1997 by the United Kingdom's Calcutt Committee as "The right of the individual to be protected against intrusion into his personal life or affairs, or those of his family, by direct physical means or by publication of information." 

Air Travel May be Less Safe if Government Shutdown Continues

The US government has been partially shutdown since midnight on Dec. 22. Every year, the United States Congress appropriates funds for federal agencies to operate in each fiscal year. In the absence of either a signed appropriations bill or a continuing resolution by Congress and the president, funding for government operations is ceased. During a shutdown furlough, essential employees are expected to continue working.

US State Department China Travel Advisory

The US State Department updated its travel advisory for China, Jan. 3. Media outlets quickly picked up on the development, reporting that the newest advisory warns of potential “exit bans” on US nationals in China. While many international travelers and businesses are understandably concerned over the language used in the newest advisory, it is important to note that the updated advisory contains little, if any, substantive changes from the previous version.