Archives: 'IT Security'

Doug Bedell — January 13, 2022, 12:23 pm

What a Cyber Attack in a Prison Can be Like

Charlie Osborne on ZDNet writes about what a cyber attack in a prison can be like. “Inmates (in a New Mexico prison) were made to stay in their cells as the ransomware outbreak reportedly not only knocked out the establishment’s internet but also locked staff out of data management servers and security camera networks. “The […]

Doug Bedell — January 3, 2022, 11:18 am

Examples of Insider Security Threats

Examples of insider cybersecurity threats – organizations hampered by their own people – are displayed by the Digital Guardian site. “Insider threats,” the post explains, “are generally more dangerous than outsider threats because these people know the organization pretty well. Plus, they have access to the computers, databases, networks, and other company resources where sensitive […]

Doug Bedell — December 17, 2021, 5:20 pm

Cybersecurity Becoming a Military Priority

Erica D. Lonergan on the Lawfare site advises: “At the Reagan National Defense Forum on Dec. 4, Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, publicly acknowledged for the first time that the U.S. military has taken measures to ‘impose costs’ against ransomware groups. This acknowledgment reflects a […]

Doug Bedell — December 8, 2021, 1:43 pm

DHS Continues to Stress ‘Cybersecurity Priorities’

The Department of Homeland Security continued its emphasis on cybersecurity by announcing it met Dec. 6 in San Francisco “with industry leaders in technology, business, and cybersecurity to discuss how the federal government and the private sector can better and more proactively partner to tackle the most pressing cybersecurity challenges”. “Cybersecurity threats impact individuals, communities, […]

Doug Bedell — November 8, 2021, 4:57 pm

Combating Cyberattacks at Small to Midsize Businesses

Small to midsize businesses can be especially challenged by cyberattacks. Here are four tips from John Roman on the Dark Reading blog on combatting cyber attacks. 1. Educate Yourself. “Business owners often think, ‘It won’t happen to me,’ when in reality, it’s not a matter of if a cyberattack will happen, but when.” 2. Adopt […]

Doug Bedell — November 5, 2021, 11:39 am

Cybercrime Explodes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cybercrime, the memoori site advises, “is up 600% during the COVID-19 pandemic. That staggering statistic from a 2021 PurpleSec report includes all forms of cybercrime, from theft or embezzlement to data hacking and destruction. The rise of cybercrime is expected to cost companies around the world $10.5 trillion annually by 2025, growing from just $3 […]

Doug Bedell — October 25, 2021, 1:11 pm

A Good Place to Begin on Computer Protection

Sean Gallagher on the Ars Technica site discusses “Securing your digital life, part one: The basics”. It’s a good introductory course to computer protection. “The key to protecting your digital life,” he advises, “is to make it as expensive and impractical as possible for someone bent on mischief to steal the things most important to […]

Doug Bedell — October 13, 2021, 8:03 am

Google to the Rescue: Creates a ‘Cybersecurity Action Team’

Acting against cybersecurity threats, Google has created a Cybersecurity Action Team with “the singular mission of supporting the security and digital transformation of governments, critical infrastructure, enterprises, and small businesses.” “In pursuit of this mission,” Google explains, “the team will provide services in four key areas: strategic advisory, trust and compliance, security customer and solutions […]

Doug Bedell — October 11, 2021, 2:00 pm

Computer Threats Keep Growing in an Internet-Fueled World

Cyber criminals keep upping the stakes in security challenges of businesses that are ill-equipped to contend with them, the ITProPortol site advises. “Modern cybercriminals engage in all sorts of malicious activities, from four-dimensional ransomware attacks (ransomware in the back-end, DDoS in the front-end, data theft and intimidation), to cloud-based cryptomining, business email compromise and various […]

Doug Bedell — October 6, 2021, 11:41 am

More on Cyber Security Job Openings: Young People Sorely Needed

There’s a massive need for cybersecurity professionals, Wes O’Donnell of American Military University advises: “According to a report by Cybersecurity Ventures, there will be a staggering 3.5 million unfilled cyber positions by the end of 2021!” “This means that cybersecurity engineers who possess the right certifications and education can command top salaries at any company […]