Cybersecurity

  • Ransomware may have cost the US more than $7.5 billion in 2019

    It was another big year for ransomware, the extremely profitable style of cyberattack in which computer systems and data are taken over by hackers and held hostage until the victim hands over a payoff. In 2019, these attacks wreaked havoc around the globe, earned criminals vast sums, and even occasionally provided a weapon for government hackers....
  • Ransomware may have cost the US more than $7.5 billion in 2019

    (MIT Technology Review) It was another big year for ransomware, the extremely profitable style of cyberattack in which computer systems and data are taken over by hackers and held hostage until the victim hands over a payoff. In 2019, these attacks wreaked havoc around the globe, earned criminals vast sums, and even occasionally provided a weapon for government hackers....
  • 2019 Data Breach Hall of Shame

    (CNET) The biggest recurrent motif among the major data breaches of 2019 wasn’t the black-hooded hacker in a dark room, digging into a screen full of green text. It was a faceless set of executives and security professionals under the fluorescent lights of an office somewhere, frantically dialing their attorneys and drafting public relations apologies after leaving the front doors of their servers unlocked in public....
  • New Orleans Targeted by Ransomware Attack, Shuts Down City Network

    (Digital Trends) The city of New Orleans has been the target of a cyberattack which lead to officials shutting down the city’s network and declaring a state of emergency, as reported by Forbes. This follows a number of high-profile attacks against city infrastructure in the U.S., such as the ransomware attack which hit Baltimore earlier this year and a cyberattack against Dallas in 2017....
  • 15 Alarming Cyber Security Facts and Stats

    (Cybint) The cybersecurity industry is rapidly growing every day. Although more resources are being deployed to counter cyber attacks, the nature of the industry still has a long way to go before we can, as a whole, catch up with these threats. It’s important for us to define what the current information security and cybersecurity industry looks like with these alarming 15 Cyber Security Facts and Stats....
  • Go passwordless to strengthen security and reduce costs

    Go passwordless to strengthen security and reduce costs (from Joy Chik, Corporate VP, Microsoft Identity) We all know passwords are inherently unsecure. They’re also expensive to manage. Users struggle to remember them. It’s why we’re so passionate about eliminating passwords entirely. Passwordless solutions, such as Windows Hello, FIDO2 security keys, and the Microsoft Authenticator app, provide more secure and convenient sign-in methods....
  • Apple iOS 13.3 Drops With Killer New Security Feature, Here’s How To Use It

    (Forbes) Apple iOS 13.3 is finally here with a bunch of cool new features, including the ability to use security keys with the Safari browser. News that security keys such as the iPhone compatible 5Ci YubiKey would be supported in iOS 13.3 first arrived in November as part of the release notes for Apple’s second developer beta....
  • Study: Ransomware, Data Breaches at Hospitals tied to Uptick in Fatal Heart Attacks

    Hospitals that have been hit by a data breach or ransomware attack can expect to see an increase in the death rate among heart patients in the following months or years because of cybersecurity remediation efforts, a new study posits. Health industry experts say the findings should prompt a larger review of how security — or the lack thereof — may be impacting patient outcomes....
  • Your Toolkit for 2019 National Cyber Security Awareness Month is Here

    National Cyber Security Awareness Month. It’s the month you’ve been training for all year. As a security awareness professional, this is your time to shine and help spread cyber awareness across your organization. And we’ve got the toolkit to help you create a stellar campaign. Observed every October, the annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) aims to secure behaviors and maintain digital privacy in the cybersecurity landscape....
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