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About Thomas Kocanda

Thomas is a program coordinator in the Compliance & Ethics department at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. In this role, Thomas focuses on organization-wide oversight and education related to security, privacy, and the organization’s Code of Conduct. Prior to being with BCBSNE, Thomas was an instructor at the University of Nebraska.

Staying safe and secure online this school year

School is back in session, and as we all know, it’s much different than any year before. Schools across the country are adopting various forms of all-digital or blended virtual and in-person classrooms. With this new normal comes an increased use of online learning, which makes it even more important to make sure students don’t

Protect yourself from ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that cyber criminals use to lock you out of your files until you pay the bad guys to release them. It’s a growing online threat and a growing source of cash for the criminals. The most recent numbers from the Department of Homeland Security, pre-COVID-19, show that

Is that article really true? Here’s how to find out

The internet is rich in information and resources. But, with any open forum, some content found online may be designed to misinform or take advantage of you. Honing your critical thinking skills is by far the best defense against scammers and purveyors of misinformation who lurk online. Those skills can raise red flags telling you

By |2020-10-06T16:03:40-05:00August 6th, 2020|Categories: Team Blue|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Is that article really true? Here’s how to find out

Small to medium size businesses should make time for digital spring cleaning

Cybersecurity risks aren’t deterred by current world events. While many of us find ourselves working from home this spring, it may be the perfect time to shore-up our online security and privacy with a spring digital cleaning. Small to medium size businesses (SMBs) should take particular care of their digital safety right now because many

By |2020-10-06T16:05:16-05:00April 16th, 2020|Categories: Team Blue|Comments Off on Small to medium size businesses should make time for digital spring cleaning

Beware of IRS imposter scams

Tax season is in full swing, and as taxpayers diligently work to get their taxes submitted on time, tax season scammers are diligently working to scam victims out of money. One of the main ways this happens is when scammers pose as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), trying to convince you to give them personal

Own Your Privacy in 2020

When you get junk mail, do you wonder how the sender got your address? And those unwelcome telemarketers – how did they get your phone number? The data privacy landscape is quickly evolving. Many states in the US have modeled laws after Europe’s General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR). California’s Consumer Privacy Act went into effect

Shopping online for the holidays? Protect yourself from e-skimming

Online shoppers can score great discounts during the holidays, but before entering any credit or debit card information online, take precautions: Cyber criminals may look to snag a deal, courtesy of you. Law enforcement officials first began warning consumers to swipe their credit and debit cards carefully a decade ago. The threat, they warned, was

By |2019-12-03T09:54:36-06:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Shopping online for the holidays? Protect yourself from e-skimming

4 tips to up your cybersecurity game

From social media accounts to banking apps to email, people post, share and store more information online than ever before. Keeping that information safe is important, but it doesn’t have to be hard. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), the perfect time to up your cybersecurity game by utilizing the following tips. Double Your

By |2020-10-06T16:08:29-05:00October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on 4 tips to up your cybersecurity game

Tax time is prime time for scammers—Here are some top scams the IRS is seeing

Tax season is prime time for online scams. Cybercriminals are looking to cash in by stealing your identity and getting their hands on your tax refund. In 2018, the Internal Revenue Service noted a 60% increase in bogus email schemes that try to steal money and tax data. The IRS sees so many tax scams

By |2020-10-06T16:09:18-05:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: Team Blue|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Tax time is prime time for scammers—Here are some top scams the IRS is seeing

Planning a spring getaway? Here are some tips to stay cyber secure

For many, the thought of spring means it’s time to start planning some warm weather adventures—and of course, there’s an app for that. But, according to a recent study by Experian, 33% of the 15 million Americans who have been victims of identity theft had their devices hacked while traveling. So, while many elements of

By |2020-10-06T16:09:49-05:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Team Blue|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Planning a spring getaway? Here are some tips to stay cyber secure