Are government networks secure against cyber threats in 2020?

Last month was National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which cyber professionals, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) claim is an opportunity to, “…raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation, ensuring…

Five Steps to Take for Safer Government Networks This Cybersecurity Awareness Month

In our last article on the GovCyberHub, we featured part one of our two-part Cybersecurity Awareness Month-focused conversation with Tina Thorstenson of CrowdStrike. Tina is acutely in-tune with the cyberthreats facing public sector organizations, as she previously served as the…

What’s New and Different This Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

Each October, IT and cybersecurity professionals recognize Cybersecurity Awareness Month, as an opportunity to, “…raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our nation, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.”…

WIZARD SPIDER unleashes Conti ransomware to extort millions

Threat actors continue to find new ways of disrupting life for their own financial gain. And sometimes their new ways are modifications of previously effective malware or ransomware, usually with an added punch. In the last year, the damaging Ryuk…

Securing school networks in the age of COVID-19

We are in the midst of a dramatic global cultural change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Online education and remote work environments that were once flexible options are now becoming the new normal — and demand is only increasing. Due…

Former FBI Executive Assistant Director Shawn Henry on the Expanding Threat Environment in Government Cybersecurity

As more devices become network-enabled, the number of vectors that malicious actors can use to gain access to sensitive information have increased tremendously. And as storage has become increasingly commoditized, the amount of information and data that government agencies keep…

CIO of the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office on the importance of executive buy-in to cyber initiatives

When we think about the types of companies and organizations that are often targets of cyberattacks, we tend to think about the companies with something that e-criminals want. These are crimes being perpetrated by criminals, after all. They wouldn’t take…

The role of AI in battling opportunistic malware and ransomware attacks

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in our country may be dominating the headlines, but it’s not the only threat that government agencies need to be worried about. While the nation’s attention remains focused on the coronavirus, an old foe is lurking…

31,000 potential targets – OU’s CISO describes the herculean task of protecting university networks

With an enrollment of approximately 31,000 young people – all raised on new technologies and clearly digital natives – you would think that a large university like the University of Oklahoma (OU) would have no problem keeping its networks and…

James Yeager Lays Out the Fed and SLED Threat Landscape in Advance of Fal.con for Public Sector

You would think that – in the midst of a global pandemic that is confirmed to have killed almost 500,000 people worldwide – that the healthcare organizations working to find a cure would be able to conduct their work and…