From the Global Information Security Team

EDUCATE. MITIGATE. SECURE.

Early February 2017

The emails and texts look just like they're from the IRS, but they're not.

Last October, authorities raided a sophisticated call center in India where hundreds of employees masqueraded as IRS agents. Callers had been phoning and texting US citizens demanding immediate payment of back taxesusually in the form of gift cards that can't be traced.

While the number of complaints to the BBB in January dropped to about 100, these scammers are back on the prowl as tax filing season progresses. (The above screenshot of a scammer's text was taken last week.)

In our new podcast, Intel security strategist Matthew Rosenquist says fraudsters have even figured out how to pose as consumers and successfully get refunds from the IRS.

The best way to avoid trouble is not to respond to texts or phone calls claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. That's because the IRS uses registered mail to contact you.

Click below to listen to an information security podcast
Avoiding IRS-related Cyber Scams - Matthew Rosenquist • Intel
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As the new presidential administration's cyber security team begins developing their strategic plan this month, one of the biggest challenges they face is convincing each of us to take cyber security more seriouslyLearn more.

When the upcoming version of Microsoft Windows is released, it will include a new "Windows Security Center," a more robust way of keeping your computer safer from hackers. Learn more. 

And early reports say when the next iPhone is released, probably in September, it will let you log on to the phone by using its camera to scan your face instead of requiring a password or fingerprint. Read more.

Take a quiz on ransomware.

We're seeing over 800,000 new kinds of ransomware every day. Learn more about protecting yourself and all those important files on your computer.

Click on a link below to download our February desktop wallpaper. Choose the link that is closest to the size of your monitor.

Adding antivirus to your personal smartphone is a wise move, and there are excellent options to choose from. Here are a couple to consider that have received generally good reviews and don't require a subscription.

One last thing...

Realogy’s Global Information Security Team is excited to launch our 2017 Information Security (IS) Training & Awareness Program to help you protect yourself and the Company from cyber security threats.

We were excited to hold our first instructor-led course, Information Security Overview, facilitated by our Manager of Communications, Training & Awareness, Greg B. Jones, at our Madison location and to have so many of you join via WebEx. Throughout the year, we will provide other multi-faceted training to assist you in identifying cyber threats and the financial, regulatory, and/or reputational harm they may cause to Realogy.

 

With this launch of our Information Security Newsletter, we continue our efforts to keep you aware and abreast of information security topics, including practical tips you can employ which helps strengthen our overall information security posture as a Company, and at your home. You will also receive materials, such as our Tip-of-the-Month calendar, designed to assist you to make good IS practice a part of your daily routine.

 

Information Security is our shared responsibility to our shareholders, our customers, and to each other. You are the key to our success and we are here to support you.  

 

We EDUCATE. So you can MITIGATE. Which helps keep us all SECURE.

SVP, Global Chief Information Security Officer, Nashira W. Layade