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Hamilton’s Javier Munoz Talks Performing for Jay Z & Beyonce

first_img Hamilton Javier Muñoz from $149.00 Hamilton replacement Javier Muñoz exudes strength. Not only is he taking over Lin-Manuel Miranda’s titanic role in the Tony-winning hit; he recently gave The Today Show’s Hoda Kotb a backstage tour of the room where it happens at the Richard Rodgers and spoke about how the Broadway hit gave him hope during his battle with cancer. The man is certainly non-stop, but he’s hardly immune from nerves. Muñoz said performing for Jay Z and Beyonce was more nerve-wracking than performing for President Barack Obama himself. “I squealed like a child and collapsed behind the dressing chair in my underwear,” he said. Watch the full interview below! View Commentscenter_img Star Files Javier Muñoz Related Showslast_img read more

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Preventing social engineering attacks: How credit unions are missing the mark

first_imgWhile credit unions focus their attention on technical defenses, social engineers are completely bypassing them. Even small credit unions are being targeted by phishing emails hiding ransomware or strange callers asking employees to verify their credentials to the core financial processor. Social engineering tests are required by many regulators, but are often performed incorrectly and therefore proving largely ineffective. What are credit unions missing?Policies & ProceduresProcedures should also be in place to authenticate the identity of a caller or visitor, as social engineers often pose as third-party vendors. Information should only be given to a vendor over the phone if prior permission was given in person by an administrator. Credit union personnel must always check an onsite visitor’s identification, log the visit, and escort him or her at all times. Visitor logs should then be reviewed periodically by a member of management to verify that those visitors were expected.Of course, once policies and procedures are in place, the next step is to ensure employees learn them.TrainingTraining often comes in the form of a brief section in an all-hands meeting or a quick webinar. At worst, new employees are given a stack of policies covering the entire organization and simply asked to verify that they received them. Many employees do not have a comprehensive understanding of their organization’s social engineering procedures, nor the critical role they play in preventing social engineering attacks. When they think of high profile cases, like Target or Sony, they imagine the network administrators whose technical controls failed–not the everyday employee who clicked on a malicious link in a phishing email.Training needs to address these dangers, as well as the tell-tale signs of a phishing email or vishing call. In addition, credit union personnel need to have working knowledge of procedures, including how to authenticate a visitor and who to contact if they think something is suspicious. Seminars or online courses need to be held regularly to cover these topics to keep the information fresh in employees’ minds.Following a training course, it is imperative to know if the employees actually retained the knowledge.TestingThorough testing is the only real way to assess the risk of social engineering to a credit union. Many credit unions use multiple choice tests, which can often be solved with common sense. Even if the questions are specific, the information is regularly discarded afterward. Employees need to have experience with what social engineering looks like in the real-world. A phishing simulator can be purchased to perform regular email campaigns, and professional social engineers can be contracted to perform vishing and physical tests. All of these tests should be done at least annually.The scope of the test is important as well. Too many management teams value a clean report over an effective test. Organizations will often request misspellings be added into phishing emails or ask vishers to use the wrong name for an IT staff member. It is a mistake to assume social engineers will be careless. Most successful social engineers are expert information gatherers, and they will tailor their attacks to fit each individual credit union they target. In large scale operations, social engineers will spend weeks, if not months, perfecting their premise. Every employee needs to know how to recognize when something is wrong without obvious tells–and this includes all members of upper management, as they are the prime targets.Another common mistake is to let technical controls take the brunt of the testing. While an email spam filter is a valuable and necessary tool for any organization, the most useful test is one that shows how individual users will react when that layer of security fails. That is why many phishing simulators request that administrators whitelist the emails to ensure they are delivered and not caught by the spam filter.There is, however, always the chance that the employee will be the security layer that fails.Incident ResponseEven credit unions with thorough policies and procedures, excellent training, and high-scoring tests can fall victim to social engineering. Social engineering preys upon the weakest link in the security chain: employees. A bad day or a thoughtless mistake can lead to a serious breach of security.Every incident response plan should include a section that outlines how to respond to a social engineering event. Management roles should be clearly defined, as should procedures for the investigative process following the event. Management should understand how to react the moment they learn a link containing ransomware has been clicked, as well as what documentation to review to understand what access a social engineer might have had while they were in a branch. This incident response plan should also cover which authorities need to be contacted and how the event will be reported to the media.Having a well-defined incident response plan is the final component of an effective security awareness program intended to help protect a credit union from social engineering attacks.ConclusionManagement should start by reviewing what their credit union already has in place. Does it cover all of these areas? Is each document, procedure, or test as thorough as it needs to be? If there is anything lacking, management should create a plan for implementation. It is easiest to start from policies and work through each area in the order they are presented here.If a credit union wants to determine how susceptible they may be to social engineering attacks, a thorough set of social engineering tests (phishing, vishing, and physical) can show areas of weakness and opportunities for improvement. This also enables management to observe how social engineering tests are performed and understand the techniques a real social engineer might use to gain access to the credit union. Knowledge of the threat will help management to restructure the social engineering plan in the most effective manner.Lastly, it is important for management to realize the danger that social engineering poses. Credit unions lose millions of dollars every year to social engineering attacks. It is only by strengthening personnel controls, not just technical controls, that a credit union can mitigate that risk. 125SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bethany Ward Bethany completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at the University of Arkansas. While acquiring her degree, she was very involved in assisting deaf or hard of hearing … Web: www.tracesecurity.com Detailslast_img read more

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Connect with millennial homebuyers

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There are the stories of millennials being saddled with large student loans, living in their parents’ basements, and having difficulty finding jobs.But things are looking up for this generation now.“We had a little bit of difficulty coming out of college but now we’re doing very well,” Kristin Messerli, founder of Cultural Outreach, said during a keynote address at the CUNA Lending Council Conference Tuesday in Anaheim, Calif. “And we’re buying houses.”One in three home purchases today are made by millennials, Messerli says. continue reading »last_img read more

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TOTE’s North Star completes first trip after LNG conversion

first_imgTOTE Maritime Alaska’s North Star arrived in Anchorage, following her first voyage after being outfitted with two LNG tanks, completing the first of four conversions periods of the Orca class vessels.The two LNG tanks have been positioned immediately behind the ship’s bridge, TOTE said in a statement.In addition to the LNG tanks and accompanying infrastructure, the ship received critical engine updates necessary to utilize LNG as a fuel and underwent a standard regulatory dry-dock.This conversion will drastically reduce air emissions from TOTE Maritime’s Alaska ships, virtually eliminating sulfur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter while drastically reducing nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide, the company said.Over the next four years, three more conversion periods will be required to finalize the transition of TOTE Maritime Alaska’s vessels to LNG.Each of these conversion periods will take place in the winter to minimize the impact to customers and consumers alike. The conversion of both ships is scheduled to be complete in Q1 of 2021.last_img read more

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Fern L. “Bobbie” Todd, 91

first_imgFern L. “Bobbie” Todd, 91, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Morning Breeze in Greensburg.Born February 28, 1925 in Bedford, Indiana, she was the daughter of Albert Grant and Elva (Henderson) Todd.Bobbie worked for many years at the Crane Naval Base. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Greensburg Country Club.She is survived by nieces, Lisa Stuehrenberg, Greensburg, Laurie Ann Smith, Georgia; nephews, Mike Todd, Kentucky, John Paul Todd, Georgia.She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Paul Todd, Samuel Todd, Harold Todd, Albert Todd, Jr. and Farris Cumming; one sister, Inez Craig.Family and friends will gather at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home to pray the rosary. Visitation will follow the rosary until 7:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.Visitation will also be held from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg with Rev. John Meyer officiating.Interment will be held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s School Athletic Department or to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Building Fund.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

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Bryan C. Weber, 51

first_imgBryan Chesley “Ace” Weber, 51, Greensburg, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at his residence in Greensburg. Born, December 27, 1966 in Greensburg, Indiana, he was the son of Chesley and Barbara (Martin) Weber.  Bryan was a graduate of Greensburg High School.  He had worked at Jackson Office Supply, Maddux Arcade, both in Greensburg, and Sears in Columbus. He enjoyed music.  He played the guitar with several different bands. He is survived by his mother, Barbara Weber, Greensburg; wife, Kristine (Melcher) Weber, Greensburg; two brothers, Greg (Jane) Weber, Greensburg, Tony (Judy) Weber, California; brother in law, Robert L. Melcher, Greensburg; sister in law, Kimberly (San) Pike, Greensburg; father in law, Robert (Mary) Melcher, Greensburg; mother in law, Kathy Melcher, Greensburg; ten nephews and one niece. He was preceded in death by his father; Chesley; grandparents, Frank and Letha Weber, Fred and Olive Martin. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 7:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.  Funeral Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at the funeral home with Barry Morton officiating. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

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USDA rolls out new online options for program access

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Farmers and agricultural producers in Indiana have new online options to access U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs. Through USDA’s new streamlined process producers can now register, track and manage their applications for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and 2017 Wildfires Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) on the secure and convenient https://www.farmers.gov/sign-in.“You can conduct business with USDA from the comfort of your home, office, or mobile device,” said Steven Brown, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director for Indiana. “These online services save time, reduce paperwork and, in some cases, speed up processing.”MFP and 2017 WHIP are administered by FSA and are currently available on the https://www.farmers.gov/sign-in. To apply and manage their applications online, producers first need to sign up for the Level 2 eAuthentication access.  Enrolling is a two-step process. Producers who do not already have an account can register for an account at www.eauth.usda.gov. After creating the account, customers receive a confirmation email with instructions for identity verification. Identity verification can be completed online or by presenting a government issued photo ID in person at a USDA service center.In addition to the programs available through the farmers.gov portal, other programs offered by FSA can be managed at the Online Services page with the same eAuthentication credentials.“We know doing business online has become a key part of many agricultural operations and hope our online services can provide the ease and convenience you’ve come to expect,” said Brown.Individual producers have many options available for conducting business online with USDA agencies including FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Risk Management Agency (RMA). Online tools such as the NRCS Conservation Client Gateway offer customers added flexibility and a secure web portal to track payments, report completed practices, request assistance, and sign documents. Level 2 eAuthentication access is not yet available for entities, but it is available for individuals.last_img read more

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Trio withdraw from Ireland squad

first_imgAndy Reid, Kevin Doyle and Rob Elliot have withdrawn from the Ireland squad for this week’s friendly against Serbia. Press Association Nottingham Forest midfielder Reid underwent hernia surgery on Friday and is expected to be ruled out for up to six weeks. QPR striker Doyle has a thigh injury which will keep him out of the clash at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, while Newcastle goalkeeper Elliot has a knee problem. center_img The Football Association of Ireland revealed the news on Twitter and Republic boss Martin O’Neill has not called up any replacements for the trio. last_img read more

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Myhill signs new West Brom contract

first_img Press Association Boaz Myhill has signed a new two-year contract with West Brom. The goalkeeper has committed his future to the Baggies until 2017 with the 32-year-old set to start the season as the club’s first choice. He said: “It’s great to get my future sorted out. It’s never easy being a goalkeeper when you’re not in the team but the Premier League is the place you want to be.” He added: “I enjoyed the final few months of the season and tried to do my best during that period. “Pre-season has been tough but now we are beginning to focus on making sure we are ready for that opening game of the season.” Myhill is deputising for the injured Ben Foster after the England keeper suffered cruciate knee ligament damage in March. The Wales international helped keep the club in the Barclays Premier League last season and has made 53 appearances for the Baggies since joining from Hull in 2010. Head coach Tony Pulis said: “I’m delighted Boaz has signed his new deal. “He had a smashing end to the season when he came into the side and has worked very hard throughout the summer.” Myhill is set to start the season as the club’s number one despite Pulis hunting a new keeper. The boss is interested in Crystal Palace’s Wayne Hennessey, who worked under him at Selhurst Park, but the Baggies are yet to make an official move. Meanwhile, Pulis wants to bring former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby to The Hawthorns after he was released by the Gunners. The France international left the Emirates after an injury-plagued spell since joining from Auxerre in 2006. Diaby made 182 appearances for the north London club, scoring 19 goals, but has played just twice in the last two seasons. last_img read more

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Wenger defends Arsenal spending

first_img Press Association Arsene Wenger has rejected claims from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho that Arsenal have abandoned their cautious transfer approach. Wenger responded by insisting Arsenal spend within their means, and will not fret too much about outside opinions. “We spend when we think we have to spend and do not listen too much to what people think or say,” said Wenger. “We just try to make the right decisions. When we have the money available, we spend it. When we don’t have the money, we don’t spend the money we haven’t got.” Arsenal have spent almost £150million since the summer of 2013, breaking their transfer record for Mesut Ozil and signing Petr Cech from Chelsea last month. Chelsea’s own investment in that time amounts to almost £235million. Mourinho dropped heavy hints in his comments that Arsenal are title contenders simply because of their two-year spending spree. Wenger threw out that notion, however, claiming Arsenal still lead the way on producing home-grown talent. “I believe that one day if you make real statistics of the players we have developed here and compare them to the other clubs, you will be surprised,” said Wenger. “I think what you want is not to listen too much to what people say, because sometimes in the same week I get two different reproaches: one I don’t spend enough and one too much. “I believe if you want to create success, which we want desperately, is to focus on inside and try to do as well as we can, believe in the football we want to play, play it as well as we can and let other people talk.” Wenger refused to rule out further signings before the start of the new Premier League campaign – but scotched suggestions Calum Chambers could return to former club Southampton on loan. “They didn’t try to get him back on loan and I will not consider it. Not at the moment,” Wenger said. “I want to develop him as a centre-back and at the moment we have just the right number. He will get games here.” Wenger must hatch a plan to stop Eden Hazard this weekend, fresh from Mourinho branding the Belgian playmaker as better than Cristiano Ronaldo on last season’s evidence. Admitting Arsenal were “a few millions” away from signing Hazard when he joined Chelsea in 2012, Wenger believes the 24-year-old still trails behind the likes of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. “He can decide the games and you put the top players in this kind of calibre when they can decide the games with something special,” said Wenger of Hazard. “Hazard is in this category: now to reach the other two or three that are dominating world football at the moment I think it demands consistency which he is still to do. “It is all about opinions, you have to compare the numbers. I must say players like Messi and Ronaldo still score 50 goals and that is exceptional.” Former Chelsea stalwart Cech will face his old club for the first time this weekend at Wembley, with Wenger backing the 33-year-old shot-stopper to add steel to Arsenal’s defence. “He can improve the level of communication at the back and bring his experience to the defenders and bring a calmness to defenders in some heated situations into our team,” said Wenger. “On both fronts communication of course is in a different class and as well I think his calmness will be vital. It is important you are calm. “I believe that Petr Cech was already at the top but I believe that you can never deny that you can improve. “From his experience, he will still improve. “He’s at the stage of his career, between 33 and 37, where a goalkeeper can be at his peak and he has the desire. “As long as you have the right attitude, you can always improve in life. “I don’t think it’s down to different training methods, it’s just down to him to keep at the top physically and with his experience he will always improve.” Chelsea manager Mourinho has suggested totting up Arsenal’s spending in the last two years leads to a “surprise”, resuming his sparring with Gunners boss Wenger. Mourinho has labelled Arsenal as genuine contenders for this year’s Premier League title, before the two teams clash in the Community Shield on Sunday. last_img read more

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