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…

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…

The newest tools in the terrorist toolbox: cyberattacks and cyberwarfare

When we think about America’s adversaries in cyberspace, we think of large, near-peer nation-states with sophisticated militaries’ incredibly capable cyberwarriors at their disposal. We think of countries like Russia, China, and North Korea. But the threat against America extends beyond…

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 increased cyber vigilance is needed within the education sector – a Q&A with Otavio Freire

Cybersecurity attacks are on the rise across all spectrums of society, including institutions of higher education. Malware, ransomware, and spear-phishing attacks against universities and colleges have increased, especially since the move to remote learning has become a necessity. Increased vigilance…

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…

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…

Cyberthieves exploiting coronavirus fears spark demand for cyberwarriors

Times of crisis and uncertainty can be frightening for everyday citizens, but they’re opportunities for cyber thieves. And the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is certainly no exception. While as many as 60,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, cyber thieves have ramped…