Cyber Alert: Surge in Phishing Attacks Targeting Law Firms

Your email system could be hacked! T&M is aware of a surge in phishing attacks emanating from law firms this week. This type of cyber attack occurs when email credentials are stolen, usually by a previous successful phishing attack, and a hacker infiltrates your email system.  The hacker then uses the hijacked email account to send malicious emails to your clients and other contacts that encourage the recipients to click on a link that usually leads to malware being downloaded on the recipient's computer. Another method the hacker will use is to send an email with an attachment that, once opened, executes malware on the recipient's computer. What is so threatening about this type of malware is that it typically functions as a credential harvester and sends the hacker your username and password, or worse yet, installs ransomware on your system encrypting all of your data!

Robert S. Tucker Appointed Commissioner to Westchester Police Board

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino has appointed T&M Chairman & CEO Robert S. Tucker to serve as a Commissioner on the Westchester County Police Board. Comprised of five members, the Westchester County Police Board consults and advises the County Police Commissioner on matters relating to the Division of Westchester County Police, including review of monthly police activity reports and the referral of complaints regarding police conduct for investigation to the Commissioner.

T&M's Senior VP of Executive Protection on Presidential Travel

An Interview with Joe Russo, T&M's Senior Vice President of  Executive Protection, on Presidential Travel

Presidents travel often, both within and outside of the United States. Who handles the security in the air and on the ground?

No matter where in the world the President travels, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps handle all air travel and the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) takes care of all ground travel.

Does that apply to the President’s family as well?

Yes. Both the President and Vice President are entitled to U.S. Air Force/U.S. Marine Corps support for air transportation. The President travels on Air Force 1 and the Vice President travels on Air Force 2.

Interestingly, when I was in Washington D.C. protecting Vice President Gore in 1993, we learned that his Air Force 2 aircraft was actually the former Air Force 1 plane that had transported President Kennedy’s body back to Washington from Texas. That became a very historical aircraft and I understand it is now in a museum.

6 Health Care Fraud Prevention Tips

In honor of National Medical Group Practice Week 2017, here are 6 health care fraud prevention tips:

  1. A provider cannot waive copayments or advertise that it waives copayments. This practice is illegal.
  2. Physicians are prohibited from self-referral, specifically a referral by a physician of a Medicare or Medicaid patient to an entity providing designated health services ("DHS") if the physician (or an immediate family member) has a financial relationship with that entity.
  3. Do be wary of providers who tell you that the item or service isn't usually covered, but they "know how to bill Medicare," so Medicare will pay.
  4. Don't accept medical supplies from a door-to-door salesman. Medicare and Medicaid don't send representatives to your home to sell products or services.

Cyber Security Resolution: Clean Out Your Inbox in 5 Steps

In honor of Clean Out Your Inbox Week, here are 5 easy steps you can take to stick to this cyber security resolution in 2017:

  1. Sweep your inbox and create folders named 2014, 2015, 2016. Bulk move old messages into those folders and archive them.  You will still have access to these messages if needed in the future.
  2. Use rules to auto file messages after they have been read.
  3. Use a spam filter to block unwanted messages from ever getting to your inbox.
  4. Unsubscribe from email newsletters you don’t read.
  5. Keep on top of your inbox by filing on a daily basis.

Robert S. Tucker Pays Tribute to the Late Detective Steven McDonald

On Sunday, January 15, 2017 T&M’s Chairman & CEO Robert S. Tucker spoke with Rabbi Joseph Potasnik and Deacon Kevin McCormack on their weekly 77WABC radio program, "Religion on the Line" about the recent passing of Detective Steven McDonald. Detective McDonald was a New York City Police Department (NYPD) detective who famously forgave the 15-year old boy who shot him in the line of duty in 1986, paralyzing him from the neck down and confining him to a wheelchair and feeding tube for the remainder of his life.

Securing Your People, Data and Assets in 2017: A Holistic Approach

Dear T&M Clients & Friends,

Securing your people, data and assets is no longer merely reactive and one-dimensional. Today's unpredictable world of unprecedented risks requires a proactive, holistic approach that includes long-term security, cyber, intelligence and investigative solutions.

The Unique Security Challenges of a Trump Presidency

T&M's Senior VP of Executive Protection, Joe Russo, on The Unique Security Challenges of a Trump Presidency

We recently interviewed you on the security challenges associated with Inauguration Day. Now we want to shift gears and focus on what happens now that President Trump has been inaugurated.

What are the standard U.S. Secret Service (USSS) protective security measures for a President and the family throughout the presidential term?

Security for the President while in office is completely supported by the USSS as well as other agencies such as the U.S. Air Force, etc. on a full-time basis. The rules of protection remain somewhat standard regardless of who is in office, although there may be slight adjustments based on the current security climate. For example during the transition from President George W. Bush to President Barack Obama, the USSS’s focus shifted from international terrorism-based threats to more of a focus on home-grown, domestic threats due to a variety of factors relevant at the time. Obviously, the USSS monitors all threats on an on-going basis and it responds to changes in the threat climate in real-time. 

Despite ongoing adjustments, for the most part the USSS’s plan remains the same. Security is never reduced. Protective measures consistently remain at the same level or are elevated, no matter who is in office.

3 Critical Questions to Assess School Safety

Bomb threats in schools across the country pose an increasingly serious threat to our nation's children. As recently as yesterday, the Jewish Community Center outside of Wilmington, Delaware was forced to evacuate after receiving notice of an alleged bomb on the property, only the most recent in what the media is reporting as a rise in bomb threats targeting Jewish Centers nationwide.

This phenomenon is not isolated to Jewish Centers alone. According to the Educator’s School Safety Network, the 2015-2016 school year has seen an unprecedented increase in school-related bomb threat incidents, both in the United States and throughout the world. In the 2015-2016 school year:

T&M's Senior VP of Executive Protection on Trump's Inauguration Day

An Interview with Joe Russo, T&M's Senior Vice President of  Executive Protection, on President-elect Donald J. Trump's Inauguration Day

As a former United States Secret Service (USSS) Special Agent, you were in Washington DC assigned to protect Vice President Al Gore when President Bill Clinton assumed office in January 1993. Can you speak a little bit about what Inauguration Day looks like from the perspective of a USSS member? What are the major events of the day that require protection?

Inauguration Day is planned a year in advance, if not more, and both the Inauguration ceremony and the Inaugural Parade pose immense security challenges for the USSS. The President-elect makes his Inaugural Address in open air on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building, which creates many challenges from a protection perspective. Then, during the Inaugural Parade, while the President will ride in an armored vehicle, he traditionally will step out of the vehicle and walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, something that is always very concerning for the USSS.  In addition to the President’s exposure, the Parade is all the more difficult to secure because there are tall buildings and high ground concerns along the entire parade route. There are also thousands of people standing along the parade route, and everyone along the route needs to be screened. This requires a massive amount of manpower and coordination between the USSS and many other agencies.

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