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Inflation rocketed to a four-decade high this year, so Social Security benefits will get an unusually large 8.7% COLA (cost-of-living adjustment) in 2023. That ranks as the largest raise for retired workers since 1982 and the fourth-largest raise in history. While that certainly qualifies as good news, the historic COLA may come with two unpleasant surprises.
Oddly, those thresholds have never been adjusted for inflation. That is problematic because benefits have been adjusted for inflation. In other words, each COLA applied to benefits since 1983 has pushed more beneficiaries over the income thresholds. In fact, less than 10% of beneficiaries owed taxes on Social Security income when the law went into effect, but that figure is around 50% today, and a big COLA in 2023 will add momentum to the problem.
The aging Baby Boomer population has created a financial problem for the Social Security program: Costs are rising more quickly than revenue. In fact, the Social Security program ran a $56 billion deficit in 2021, and that trend is expected to continue indefinitely.
Unfortunately, the Board of Trustees did not anticipate an 8.7% COLA in 2023. The projections discussed in the previous paragraph are based on the assumption that benefits would rise by no more than 5.14% next year. In other words, the unusually large Social Security COLA could accelerate the depletion of the Social Security trust fund.
Survey respondents reported an increase in attacks spreading internally among their users, carrying infected attachments (44%) and malicious URLS (40%). Overall, more than eight out of 10 SOES participants reported that their organization was the victim of such an attack in the past year. This is fully 10% higher than the previous year and well above the levels observed since the annual SOES study began.
As cyberattacks keep evolving, is your organization still using the same security awareness training from last year? If so, you may be doing more harm than good. Threats and tactics change, and training needs to be updated to remain relevant and counter these changes. Continuously sending the same tired phishing simulations can backfire by lulling employees into a false sense of security. Consider sending difficult emails to employees who are ready for the challenge. Ask yourself: How many employees within your organization have been trained to question an odd email coming from an HR email account?
Mimecast research indicates that more than 90% of security breaches involve some degree of human error. Numerous research studies have also found that employees who receive consistent cybersecurity awareness training are five times more likely to spot and avoid clicking on malicious links. This is a good first step, but training needs to keep up with current threats to be effective. Be creative when developing your training and think like the adversary.
Access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health. Unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances causes more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhoea to cancers.\r\n It also creates a vicious cycle of disease and malnutrition, particularly affecting infants, young children, elderly and the sick. Good collaboration between governments, producers and consumers is needed to help ensure food safety and stronger food\r\n systems.
The 2015 WHO report on the estimates of the global burden of foodborne diseases presented the first-ever estimates of disease burden caused by 31 foodborne agents (bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins and chemicals) at global and sub-regional level, highlighting\r\n that more than 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses and 420 000 deaths could occur in a year. The burden of foodborne diseases falls disproportionately on groups in vulnerable situations and especially on children under 5, with the highest burden\r\n in low- and middle-income countries.
Access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health. Unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances causes more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhoea to cancers.It also creates a vicious cycle of disease and malnutrition, particularly affecting infants, young children, elderly and the sick. Good collaboration between governments, producers and consumers is needed to help ensure food safety and stronger foodsystems.
The 2015 WHO report on the estimates of the global burden of foodborne diseases presented the first-ever estimates of disease burden caused by 31 foodborne agents (bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins and chemicals) at global and sub-regional level, highlightingthat more than 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses and 420 000 deaths could occur in a year. The burden of foodborne diseases falls disproportionately on groups in vulnerable situations and especially on children under 5, with the highest burdenin low- and middle-income countries.
83% of organizations experienced more than one data breach in 2022. However, 97% of respondents feel confident that they are well-equipped with the tools and processes needed to prevent and identify intrusions or breaches, according to Exabeam.
This approach has kept out many potential cybersecurity professionals who are just beginning their careers. Recognizing the certification roadblock in the talent gap, (ISC)2 jump-started a new initiative called One Million Certified in Cybersecurity. Participants enroll as an (ISC)2 candidate, where they will get free training in a self-paced course and a free exam opportunity. Once certified, the participant will have access to the professional development opportunities and resources that other certified professionals have. While the overall objective is to increase the available skilled labor needed in entry-level positions and beyond, it is also an opportunity for more people to explore a cyber career without spending thousands of dollars. Most importantly, it should offer employers confidence when bringing in less experienced talent.
Apple has been working closely with various safety groups and law enforcement agencies. Through our own evaluations and these discussions, we have identified even more ways we can update AirTag safety warnings and help guard against further unwanted tracking.
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First, the limitation. The book refers to crimes, accidents and attacks, many of which would be fascinating to know about. But this book is not about any of those prospective events. It has a more practical purpose.
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Some of the most common attacks include phishing, whaling, malware, social engineering, ransomware, and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Read more below to get a sense of the most common cyberattacks.
Average expenditures on cybercrime are increasing dramatically, and costs associated with these crimes can be crippling to companies who have not made cybersecurity a significant part of their budget. Cybersecurity budgeting has been increasing steadily as more executives and decision-makers realize the value and importance of cybersecurity investments.
COVID-19 made an impact on every industry across the globe, and cyberspace is no exception. The global pandemic paved new avenues for cybercriminals to target victims via healthcare, unemployment, remote work, and more.
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released data on the U.S.-India goods trade. The trend of reducing trade deficit with India has continued. The moderating trade balance does, however, undermine the "Make in India" campaign; this highlights the good and bad news of the move toward more balanced U.S.-India goods trade.
The increasing prevalence of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 is likely to be a factor in the recent increase in cases seen in the UK and elsewhere, though there is currently no evidence that Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 cause more severe illness than previous variants.
Our data also show that 17.5 per cent of people aged 75 years and over have not had a vaccine within the past six months, putting them more at risk of severe disease. We urge these people in particular to get up-to-date.
UKHSA has also published analyses related to the original Omicron strain BA.1. Where variant information was available, the majority of intensive care unit (ICU) admissions from 24 November 2021 to 19 January 2022 had Delta infections. Overall numbers of ICU admissions have decreased over time, but where data was available admissions with Omicron have increased from 9% to more than 50% in the most recent week.
In total, 40 countries have uploaded 8,040 BA.2 sequences to GISAID since 17 November 2021. At this point it is not possible to determine where the sublineage may have originated. The first sequences were submitted from the Philippines, and most samples have been uploaded from Denmark (6,411). Other countries that have uploaded more than 100 samples are India (530), Sweden (181), and Singapore (127). 2b1af7f3a8