Sean Mackey

Sean Mackey is an information security marketing and training specialist at Commonwealth Financial Network®, member FINRA/SIPC, an independent broker/dealer–RIA. With the firm since May 2012, Sean helps plan and run Commonwealth’s security awareness training program, as well as conceptualizes and writes the team’s marketing materials. He completed both his BFA in writing, literature, and publishing and his MFA in creative writing at Emerson College. He holds his Associate of (ISC)2, Security+, and Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) designations.

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Recent Posts

Don't Get Hooked: 5 Signs of a Phishing E-Mail

How to Help Your Clients Avoid Tax-Related Identity Theft

8 Tips for Developing a Security Awareness Program

What Is Ransomware?

10 Information Security Tips to Protect Your Clients and Your Business

Don't Get Hooked: 5 Signs of a Phishing E-Mail

Posted by Sean Mackey

February 1, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Did you know that phishing (i.e., scam) e-mails account for about 91 percent of all cyber attacks? In other words, nearly every cybersecurity issue you could think of—from viruses, to ransomware, to full-blown data breaches—starts with users accidentally clicking malicious links in e-mails.

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Topics: Information Security

How to Help Your Clients Avoid Tax-Related Identity Theft

Posted by Sean Mackey

January 31, 2017 at 10:00 AM

It’s likely that you and many of your clients have already started thinking about taxes. Unfortunately, another group is also getting ready for tax time: identity thieves.

As you know, there’s a significant increase in the sharing of sensitive information—both online and via mail—during tax season. This presents an ideal opportunity for identity thieves to steal your clients’ personal information and possibly their identities.

How can you help your clients avoid tax-related identity theft? You can start by understanding the problem and then educating yourself on possible solutions.

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Topics: Information Security

8 Tips for Developing a Security Awareness Program

Posted by Sean Mackey

December 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM

When you hear the words “information security,” firewalls, antivirus programs, and strong-password requirements may come to mind. But what you might not think about is the one major vulnerability that every security system has: people.

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Topics: Information Security

What Is Ransomware?

Posted by Sean Mackey

October 19, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Imagine this: You open an e-mail on your work computer that seems to come from Google, prompting you to click a link to reset your password. But when you click, a mysterious .exe file downloads and launches. Slowly, all the files on your desktop turn into white paper icons, and the names of all your files turn into scrambled nonsense. What is happening here? Unfortunately, you’ve probably fallen victim to a ransomware attack.

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Topics: Information Security

10 Information Security Tips to Protect Your Clients and Your Business

Posted by Sean Mackey

October 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Technology certainly makes life easier, but it has also introduced a host of new threats to the security of our personal information. Since October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we thought it would be an ideal time to share 10 information security tips to help protect your clients and your business.

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Topics: Information Security

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