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Frequently asked questions regarding a data breach at SAO’s third-party service provider

February 4, 2021

The Office of the Washington State Auditor uses a third-party service provider, Accellion, to transmit data files in our audits. Accellion had a security incident in December, and announced it in January. On Monday, Feb. 1, Auditor Pat McCarthy announced that among other items, the information from 1.6 million unemployment claims might have been accessed by an unauthorized user. The investigation is ongoing.

Here are some questons and answers about this breach.

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It’s 2020 – better #BeCyberSmart

October 1, 2020

It’s that time of year again, when villains, creeps and other dangerous characters are testing the locks and doors in your neighborhood ― virtually. October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a chance to be sure you are doing your part to protect yourself and the value data and systems that keep public services working.

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How to prevent ACH and bank fraud

September 18, 2020

Automated Clearing House (ACH) frauds have been on the rise for a while, and we want to tell you some simple steps you can take to properly verify ACH and payroll bank account changes before making changes.

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Ransomware goes nuclear

February 28, 2020

Make no mistake about it, organizations are fighting a war against ransomware. As in any war, it helps to know when your adversary’s strategy changes in a major way. And that is exactly what has been happening in the past few months, according to Roger A. Grimes, a cybersecurity expert with KnowBe4, a cybersecurity training company.

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