China, Taiwan, Misinformation, and Cybersecurity

On 2 August 2022, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a delegation of five Democratic Party members of the House on a visit to Taiwan. The event received much global coverage due, primarily, to its controversy. In addition to the outrage expressed by the Chinese media, the Chinese government responded by conducting the biggest ever… Continue reading China, Taiwan, Misinformation, and Cybersecurity

Top Cybersecurity Threats in the Public Sector

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Top cybersecurity threats in the public sector In July 2021, Kaseya – a large IT firm – announced that it was the target of a massive supply chain ransomware attack. The attackers exploited a vulnerability in Kaseya’s VSA remote management service to develop an automated malicious software update. This was then used to target managed… Continue reading Top Cybersecurity Threats in the Public Sector

Cost-Efficient Cybersecurity for the Public Sector

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How the Public Sector Can Optimize Its Cybersecurity Costs According to the FBI, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, cyberattacks went up by an astonishing 400%. While both public and private institutions are targeted by cybercriminals, the public sector tends to be less prepared. According to research, 80% of government cybersecurity leaders say private-public… Continue reading Cost-Efficient Cybersecurity for the Public Sector

Blockchain and Cybersecurity

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Blockchain – an essential tool for efficient cybersecurity? In February 2020, GridWorks IC, a third-party vendor of the Health Share of Oregon, was the target of a break-in. The burglars stole an employee’s laptop that contained personal and medical information of more than 654,000 members. The data theft exposed confidential information such as names, addresses,… Continue reading Blockchain and Cybersecurity

Offboarding and Cybersecurity

Offboarding-and-Cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity Risks of Improper Employee Offboarding: Why HR and IT Should Work Together  In an earlier article, we reported on a cyberattack of a water treatment plant in Oldsmar, Florida. Unfortunately, cyberattacks against utility providers are far from rare. In March 2019, a water treatment plant in Post Rock Water District, Ellsworth, Kansas was… Continue reading Offboarding and Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity in Healthcare

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What you need to know about cybersecurity in the healthcare industry May 2021 – UF Health Centre Florida made the executive decision to implement backup procedures due to a cyberattack on their IT system. Recently, UF Health Leesburg Hospitals and UF Health The Villages Hospital noticed some unusual activity on their network. In a bid… Continue reading Cybersecurity in Healthcare

Federal Cybersecurity Report

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Federal Cybersecurity Report – Summary On August 3, 2021, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI) released a bipartisan report on the state of cybersecurity and cyber preparedness at eight federal agencies titled Federal Cybersecurity: America’s Data Still at Risk. The report comes two years after Portman’s bipartisan 2019 report on federal agency… Continue reading Federal Cybersecurity Report

Social Media and Cybersecurity

Social Media and Cybersecurity

How Social Media Can Threaten Your Organization’s Cybersecurity Facebook has recently made headlines, and, somewhat unsurprisingly, not for a good reason. It has been revealed that phone numbers, email addresses, full names, and other details of half a billion users were made public in a massive data breach. “It is important to understand that malicious… Continue reading Social Media and Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity and Third-Party Risk Management

Cybersecurity and Third-Party Risk Management

Why Third-Party Risk Management Is Crucial in  Cybersecurity In May 2020, Blackbaud – a cloud computing vendor for non-profits, foundations, corporations, and educational and healthcare institutions – was attacked with ransomware. Their cybersecurity team managed to block system access from the cybercriminals and fully encrypt all files, ultimately locking the attackers out, but not before… Continue reading Cybersecurity and Third-Party Risk Management