Cyber Extortion Symposium – Keeping eCriminals at Bay

According to the cybersecurity firm, CrowdStrike, there were more than 40,000 cyber intrusions in just the first half of 2020 alone. What were the hackers looking to accomplish with the cyber intrusions? Since 63 percent of incidents CrowdStrike investigated in…

Work from home and neglected clouds – CrowdStrike Services Report shows 2020 was a virtual playground for hackers

Earlier this month, CrowdStrike released its annual CrowdStrike Services Cyber Front Lines Report, a report that outlines the trends that the firm identified from client engagements and key cybersecurity themes identified from the prior year. Candidly, it’s a report that…

Nation-state attack on government validates concerns about AppSec and supply chain security

One of the top trends that we witnessed covering government and military cybersecurity in 2020 – aside from the massive upswing in threats that accompanied the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – was a renewed and increased focus on securing the supply…

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…