9 Steps to make cybersecurity everyone’s duty this CSAM according to CrowdStrike

As Cybersecurity Awareness month continues on, many around the industry are reviewing many of the best practices that have helped safeguard government agencies as they have adapted to modern threats. Information security professionals have had to address a number of…

4 Considerations for a productive and focused CSAM

It’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM), which means it’s once again time to focus on the common cyber risks and threats facing government agencies and private enterprises today. In a year overshadowed by several large attacks and the continuing move towards…

Triple Extortion Ransomware: How Agencies Can Protect Themselves

In our previous article on the GovCyberHub, we sat down with Richard Hummel, NETSCOUT’s ASERT Threat Research Lead, to discuss the evolution of cyberattacks from traditional single vectors to the increasingly pervasive triple extortion ransomware. Combining the elements of ransomware,…

An Introduction to Triple Extortion Ransomware with NETSCOUT’s Richard Hummel

Richard Hummel, NETSCOUT’s ASERT Threat Research Lead, understands what is at stake when an organization is the victim of a ransomware attack. “I’ve got a long history of helping customers deal with ransomware, and now DDoS as well.” Hummel, who…

Three COVID Network Visibility Challenges and How to Solve Them

Over the past year, many organizations have worked hard to embrace digital transformation and have done so with both remarkable speed and efficiency. It should be noted that these efforts were in process long before the current pandemic, but COVID-19…

Fal.Con for Public Sector 2021: OMB’s CISO on where things stand since cybersecurity EO release

For cybersecurity professionals, 2021 has been a year that’s witnessed decades of fears and worries coming to fruition. The year began with panic, as IT professionals dizzyingly reeled and reacted to the massive SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange Server breaches. In…

Why a firewall, alone, won’t protect your network from DDoS attacks

In a recent interview with the GovCyberHub, NETSCOUT’s Richard Hummel spoke about the common misconception that firewalls protect federal government agencies’ networks against DDoS cyberattacks. He explained that, “Firewalls do little to protect against a DDoS attack and are designed…

Could the Kaseya ransomware attack have been prevented? A Q&A with Chris Roberts of Quest

July 4th, typically a day of celebration full of good drinks, foods, and friends, was marred this year by a successful ransomware attack that utilized Kaseya software as an attack vector. The attack, perpetrated by REvil, targeted managed service providers…

Is 2021 the year that government agencies finally focus on data privacy?

A number of recent, high-profile data breaches and cyberattacks on U.S. digital infrastructure, networks, and critical infrastructure have made data privacy top-of-mind for the federal government. In light of recent attacks, including the Solarwinds breach, the Colonial Pipeline breach, and…

Four steps for fostering NetSecOps – network and security collaboration

According to, “A Guide to NetOps and SecOps Collaboration,” a recent white paper from Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), 35 percent of network operations teams say security system problems, such as bad policies and device failures, have led to complex and…