Cybersecurity

June 14, 2018
Securing the Government Cloud: Focus on Cloud Visibility, Not Control premium
Government agencies are moving to the cloud. It’s been a recurring message for a number of years, but in 2018 new statistics from Gartner give us concrete data on cloud spend: local governments spend 20.6% of their IT budget on cloud, while national governments spend 22%. Although spend levels may be on a parity, the […]
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May 30, 2018
Cybersecurity Month: Closing the Gaps in U.S. Government Cybersecurity Resilience premium
In a year in which we’ve witnessed the carnage of the Atlanta ransomware attack and U.S. government agencies remain on high alert about possible Russian cyber-attacks against U.S. critical infrastructure and electoral systems, new research shows that the cybersecurity landscape is evolving quicker than agencies can respond. Two-thirds of federal IT executives in a new […]
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Could Big Data and Analytics Provide the Answer to the IRS’ Woes? premium
On Tax Day, 2018, the unthinkable (but not unexpected) happened. The IRS’ IT system crashed after a hardware issue took down a number of apps including those that interface with third-party tax preparation software as well as the IRS Direct Pay application. IRS IT Systems are Decades Old IRS IT systems are some of the […]
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Federal Agencies are Playing a Game of Hope with Two-Factor Authentication premium
Shortly after the federal government suffered it’s largest and costliest data breach ever at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), a post-mortem analysis found that the breach was entirely preventable, and the exfiltration of security clearance files of government employees and contractors could have been prevented through the implementation of two-factor authentication for remote log-ons. […]
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What Agencies Need to Consider When Updating Password Protocols in 2018 premium
Movies and TV would have us believe that data breaches are long, hard-fought battles between the good guy and the bad guy—and the bad guy wins. That could not be further from reality. Hackers are opportunistic. They want to spend as little time as possible getting into the system, getting what they need, getting out, […]
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Key Findings of 2018 Cyber Threat Report and How Government Can Respond premium
Symantec’s 2018 Internet Security Threat Report is here. Based on data collected by Symantec’s massive security infrastructure (the largest civilian threat collection network in the world), the report has become the de facto standard for giving enterprises and public organizations essential information to help secure their systems effectively. By the nature of the topic, the […]
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After Atlanta SamSam Ransomware Attack, Learn How to Better Protect your Agency premium
Another day, another government ransomware victim. On March 22nd, 2018, the city of Atlanta found itself locked out of computers across government offices and facing a ransom demand of $51,000 or $6,800 per computer, GCN reported. The attack affected internal systems and citizen-facing apps that residents use to pay bills and access court-related information. The […]
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Breakthrough in Ransomware Prevention is Good News for Government Agencies premium
Ransomware is quickly becoming the favored means for criminals to extract a profit from unsuspecting villains – most notably in the public sector. Throughout 2017 ransomware grabbed the headlines – WannaCry, Petya, etc. – both of which targeted government agencies. When they succeed the implications can be serious. Licking County in Ohio fell victim to […]
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Active Directory’s Attack Surface is Huge – Here’s How to Find a Threat Needle in its Log Haystack premium
Microsoft Active Directory is a critical tool that helps system administrators manage user privileges and secure their IT infrastructure, yet Active Directory presents several security challenges. Most problematic is that Active Directory’s attack surface is huge. Targets for attack include every domain name user account, admin and security group, domain controller, backup, admin workstation, and […]
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March 7, 2018
SaaS Offering Simplifies Remote Application Access Control, Reduces Attack Surface premium
Ransomware tops today’s list of security concerns for governments, and no agency is immune. Just look at the statistics: • Cook County, Chicago was a victim of last year’s WannaCry ransomware attack. • St. Louis Public Library was hit with ransomware, demanding $35,000 in Bitcoin. • Bingham County, Idaho paid out #3,000 in ransomware to […]
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