Don’t bury head in sand on cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity is not always top of mind for companies. Sometimes it takes a heavy-hitting news story with details about a massive breach for leaders to stop and assess their internal controls. Sometimes it takes an employee opening a hacker’s phishing expedition and a system getting corrupted to move the cybersecurity…


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Consuming Cyber-security: The Beginning of a New Area

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Can you imagine anyone buying a car without airbags and without seat belts? I bet you can’t! So why is it that we buy computers without Antivirus software already installed, home routers without a firewall already installed or connected devices (IoT) that are lacking proper security controls? I believe there…


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Is your small business prepared for a cyber security attack or data breach?

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When data breaches make headlines, the victims are usually large companies. But there is increasing evidence that small businesses are at even greater risk for cyberattacks that put the business and its customer and employees at risk: 62% of data breaches occur in small to mid-sized businesses Over the last…


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Cyber security check leads to health system hacking

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Queensland’s Health Department has inadvertently hacked ­itself after trying to beef up cyber security in hospitals. Thousands of doctors and nurses in five of the state’s busy hospitals — including the Princess Alexandra and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane and the Cairns, Townsville and Mackay hospitals — have been…


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4 Cybersecurity Best Practices to Bolster Small Business Defenses

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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Organization’s Cybersecurity Risk Posture

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A company’s risk posture refers to its overarching cybersecurity plan – that is, its approach to keeping sensitive data safe from internal and external threats. This includes everything from proactive planning and prevention to implementation, management and remediation strategy. No company – large or small – is immune to a…


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SC Lawmaker: State Needs To Step Up Cybersecurity

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South Carolina lawmaker Katie Arrington says she is pleased the administration of governor Henry McMaster is taking steps to address the Palmetto State’s cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Having said that, she wants McMaster (and other state leaders) to take even bigger, bolder steps … and to make sure those steps are moving…


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Cybersecurity expert: 5 things physicians should consider to help protect data

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First, health care organizations need to treat security as a priority and increase their security budgets so that they can implement proper security measures and defenses. From there, the first strategy health care organizations can implement to increase their security and protect personally identifiable information is network segmentation. The idea…


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The one fix needed to keep Trump’s cyber executive order from failing

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President Donald Trump recently issued the Executive Order for Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. Our nation’s first real cybersecurity initiative, however, began in 1981. As a young Air Force colonel, I was assigned to the National Security Agency as founding deputy director to provide technical leadership…


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State Farm Donates $3M to Illinois State University’s New Cybersecurity Program

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State Farm just made a big donation to fund the first cybersecurity major in the state of Illinois. The Bloomington-based insurance giant donated $3 million to Illinois State University to support the central Illinois school’s new cybersecurity major, launching this fall. The donation will go toward an endowed chair position…


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TRUMP’S CYBERSECURITY BOSS TALKS PRIORITIES

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Citing Mirai and WannaCry as recent examples, Rob Joyce, special assistant to the president and cyber security coordinator for the White House, said the global landscape of cyber threats can’t be ignored and the U.S. needs to sharpen its defenses when it comes to fending off attacks. “If you step…


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The Information Age Needs Quantum Cybersecurity

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As WannaCry’s ransom deadline approaches for tens of thousands of cyber victims around the world, many would agree that global cybersecurity has not kept pace with the complexity and virulence of attacks. The hacking of American and French electoral candidates, theft of NSA malware tools, and subsequent ransomware attack have…


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Syncing individual privacy to global cybersecurity

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While it’s wise to guard data from ISPs, authoritarian governments’ access to personal info is a far more sinister threat to every global citizen. While most pundits agree that Trump’s first hundred days in office were underwhelming on the legislative front, he did manage to pass a measure on internet…


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Designing Cybersecurity for the Financial Sector

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The most recent ransomware attacks, currently estimated to have locked up more than 100,000 computers across 100 countries, yet again highlights the very real peril of cyber-threats in the virtual world. The Mirai botnet’s distributed denial of service attacks last year, soon followed by BrickerBot’s permanent incapacitation of several devices…


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Healthcare Cybersecurity Needs Immediate and Aggressive Attention, says HCIC Task Force

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Earlier this month, the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity (HCIC) Task Force issued a pre-release copy of its upcoming report on improving healthcare cybersecurity. In the report the Task Force calls for ‘immediate and aggressive attention’ to tackle growing healthcare cybersecurity threats. The HCIC Task Force was formed by Congress to…


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Cybersecurity Hiring Woes? Time to Consider a New Collar Approach

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“There are over 5 million jobs open in this country. The reason they are not filled is skills.” — Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO, speaking to Fox Business about new collar jobs. Organizations are suffering from an inability to fill vacant technology and cybersecurity positions. A four-year wait for students to…


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Cyber security in an interconnected future

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The “WannaCry” virus hit computers in at least 150 countries around the world last week, including Russia, the Ukraine and Taiwan. Some called it the beginning of a new era – an era in which hackers have become experts at finding weak spots in our online security. There was also…


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Russia suggests introducing global cyber security rules

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Russia is urging to introduce a general set of cyber security rules, Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said in an interview with Rossiya-24 TV Channel on Friday. “We are interested in the elaboration of the common rules of behavior in the information space,” he said. “In this regard,…


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Companies ramp up recruiting veterans as cybersecurity urgency grows

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Managed security services provider Proficio, Inc., plans to grow its cybersecurity team from about 100 employees today to more than 450 people by the end of 2018. It may seem like a daunting task for most companies given the shortage of workers with cybersecurity skills, but Proficio executives believe they…


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Trump Is Ignoring America’s Looming Cybersecurity Threat

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The “ransomware” attack that crippled computer systems around the globe last week shows once again just how vulnerable the world’s computer systems are to criminals and hackers. The so-called “WannaCry” virus — which threatened to delete a victim’s files absent a $300 ransom — exploited a weakness in the Windows…


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