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…

The Colonial Pipeline Hack: It’s Real, It Will Happen Again, and We Must Be Prepared

Hackers recently attacked computer systems belonging to the Colonial Pipeline company, forcing them to shut down operations and inhibiting delivery of diesel fuel, gasoline, and jet fuel throughout the East Coast of the United States.  This pipeline is not just…

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…

Why recent cybersecurity legislation is just window dressing

Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) recently introduced cybersecurity legislation that would, “mandate Congress [to] direct OMB to require cybersecurity training for federal employees and include information on the risks of Internet of Things (IoT) devices…” On the surface, this seems like…

The most reliable approach to incident response and forensics

Every government organization has been the victim of a cybersecurity incident. These can range from mundane incidents such as a user leaving their desk without locking their screen, up to a major breach such as the OPM hack in which…

Breakout Time and the 1-10-60 rule – the key to saving $4 million

Practically every cybersecurity and IT professional recognizes that it’s not a matter of “if” their organization will be the victim of a cyberattack or breach, it’s “when.” And that’s not surprising considering there were almost 4,000 reported data breaches in…

Why recent cybersecurity legislation is just window dressing

Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) recently introduced cybersecurity legislation that would, “mandate Congress [to] direct OMB to require cybersecurity training for federal employees and include information on the risks of Internet of Things (IoT) devices…” On the surface, this seems like…

Practice makes perfect – honing incident response skills

Practice makes perfect. It’s a cliché for a reason, because it’s very true. The more you work at a particular skill or task, the better and more proficient that you become at it. Unfortunately for the cyberwarriors that are tasked…