The US-CERT Current Activity web page is a regularly updated summary of the most frequent, high-impact types of security incidents currently being reported to the US-CERT.

Securing Portable Electronic Devices During Travel

Holiday travelers often use portable electronic devices (PEDs) because they offer a range of conveniences, for example, enabling the traveler to order gifts on-the-go, access to online banking, or download boarding passes. However, these devices are vulnerable to cyberattack or theft, resulting in exposure of personal information.

ISC Releases Security Advisory for BIND

The Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) has released a security advisory that addresses a vulnerability affecting multiple versions of ISC Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND). A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause a denial-of-service condition.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the ISC advisory for more information and to apply the necessary updates and workarounds.

Microsoft Releases Outlook for Android Security Update

Microsoft has released an update to address a vulnerability in Outlook for Android. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the Microsoft Security Advisory and apply the necessary update.

NSA Releases Cyber Advisory: Managing Risk from Transport Layer Security Inspection

The National Security Agency (NSA) has released a Cyber Advisory that addresses managing risk from Transport Layer Security Inspection (TLSI). This short, informative document defines TLSI (a security process that allows incoming traffic to be decrypted, inspected, and re-encrypted), explains some risks and associated challenges, and discusses mitigations.

FTC Provides Tips on Safeguarding Data Before Upgrading Mobile Phones

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an article with tips on how to protect personal information before trading in a mobile phone for a newer model. FTC recommends the following four steps to safeguard these devices:

National Tax Security Awareness Week is December 2–6

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released an article announcing that National Tax Security Awareness Week will be held December 2–6. The annual recognition event will feature a series of resources and tips to help taxpayers and tax professionals protect their data and identities against identity theft.

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