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…

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.”…

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…

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…

“Some Things Haven’t Changed” – Chris Wilkinson discusses the difficult task of defending government networks

Just last month, the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, announced that his country was facing a massive cyberattack that was impacting, “Australian organizations across a range of sectors, including all levels of government, industry, political organizations, education, health, essential…

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…