The three motives driving government focused DDoS Attacks

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, government cybersecurity has been tested to new limits. According to the NETSCOUT Cyber Threat Horizon, the number of DDoS attacks worldwide has gone up every month for the past three months running, or since many…

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…

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…

Unique Government Cybersecurity Challenges and How to Solve Them

When a government entity sets its cybersecurity policy, it faces challenges that the private sector need not worry about.  “Your typical public sector CISO is as capable as their private sector counterparts,” says Rob Sheldon, CrowdStrike’s Head of Technology Strategy,…

The robot army is here – the impact of the IoT on DDoS attacks

The Terminator movies series may have jumped the shark with multiple ill-conceived sequels after the nearly flawless second movie, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but for a sci-fi concept it actually wasn’t so far-fetched or futuristic. There really is a robot…

New vectors, new techniques – the evolution of DDoS attacks

In 2012, an organized and well-planned DDoS attack managed to take down the websites of some of the world’s largest banks and financial services institutions. When that attack was perpetrated almost a decade ago, the news reports about it called…

TransUnion shares the warning signs and financial impact of an insider threat

When people think about cybersecurity and protecting a company, organization or government agency’s networks and data, they picture cyberwarriors doing battle against sophisticated hackers, opposing nation states or hacktivist groups. And while that’s certainly part of the job, they often…

Why leadership is essential for government cybersecurity – a Q&A with ICIT

The federal government is facing a confluence of factors that make defending their networks increasingly difficult at a time when the number and sophistication of the malicious actors attacking them is only increasing. That’s what we heard when we recently…