COVID-19 Sparked a Global DDoS Crisis in the First Half of 2020

At this point, everyone is well aware of the global health risks of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. So far, more than 1 million people have been killed by the virus around the world, and almost 37 million have been infected…

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…

Why AppSec is Essential for Today’s Software-Enabled Government

Software flaws remain some of the most exploited vulnerabilities by hackers and malicious actors. In fact, Forrester reports that vulnerable software and applications are the top cause of data breaches. Today, software is playing an increasingly mission-critical role across the…

Civil Unrest, Pandemics and DDoS Attacks – Why This Cybersecurity Awareness Month is Unlike Any Other

To say that 2020 has been unique would be an understatement. It’s doubtful that any American will be reticent to turn the page on 2020 come this New Year’s Eve. The past year has seen the country mired in a…

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.”…

Insider threat detection requires nuanced and resilient mitigation

In cybersecurity, threat actors are often viewed as far-removed adversaries looking to exploit our networks or extort our organizations for their own personal gain. But they are not always distant threats. There are also insider threats, which come from our…

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…

Joyce Hunter of ICIT discusses building a better federal cyber workforce

On October 14 and October 15, 2020, top cybersecurity experts will be coming together for the ICIT Fall Briefing 2020. This unique cybersecurity event will be a virtual hands-on collaboration project designed to teach government cybersecurity professionals how to crowdsource…

The DDoS Threat Facing the 2020 Election

While recent discussion around the upcoming U.S. presidential election has centered on the safety and efficacy of mail-in ballots, overall security concerns over the nation’s voting system remain extremely high. The decentralized nature of our election system, which is managed…