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Cybersecurity

July 24, 2018
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Russian hackers have successfully infiltrated the control system rooms of U.S. electrical utilities, the Department of Homeland Security announced earlier this week.

Suspected hacking groups Dragonfly and Energetic Bear infiltrated their targets using common methods including spear-phishing and watering-hole attacks. They first targeted third-party vendors associated with the utilities, which they then leveraged to steal credentials and gain access to operating...

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July 6, 2018
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It's been a long compromise-filled road with billions of victims along the way, but businesses are finally embracing the need for creating a culture where good cyber hygiene is emphasized and rewarded. But how much is enough?  

It is increasingly common...

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June 15, 2018
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CyberScout wins the people’s choice for Cyber Service Vendor of the Year at Advisen’s fifth annual Cyber Risk Awards.

NEW YORK, New York, JUNE 11, 2018 — At an event attended by more than 400 P&C professionals who care about cybersecurity, CyberScout was named Cyber Service Vendor of the Year by Advisen, the leading provider of data, media and technology solutions for the commercial property and casualty insurance market. The gala took place at...

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May 29, 2018
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The FBI has advised owners of internet routers worldwide to reboot their devices in order to disrupt and help better identify a malware-driven botnet called VPNFilter.

"Owners are advised to consider disabling remote management settings on devices and secure with strong passwords and encryption when enabled. Network devices should be upgraded to the latest available versions of firmware," the FBI said in their alert.

VPNFilter is thought to have...

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May 14, 2018
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If you don't think cybersecurity is a selling point these days, you're probably not doing as well as you could be--no matter what it is you do in digital. Larry Ellison is dialed into this new home truth, and may well be poised to overtake ...

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May 11, 2018
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KnowB4’s chief hacking officer Kevin Mitnick released a video that should send shudders down the spine of anyone using 2-factor authentication.

Implementing a standard attack mode, in this case a spoofed invitation to connect from LinkedIn, Mitnick demonstrates how a hacker can bypass the multi-factor authentication bydint of session recording malware.

This hack captures all the information needed for an account takeover: user name, password and the authenticated session cookie...

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May 7, 2018
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Do you? Currently and depending on who is speaking, there are varying and frequently opposing answers – even among experts – leaving consumers grasping for a better understanding of what it means for them. This is a significant problem that creates some serious issues that need to be addressed as an industry. Perhaps a discussion about the current definitions and categorizations doesn’t t go far enough in addressing these issues, but there has to be starting point. It’s a beginning but not...

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May 2, 2018
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The Trump Administration’s National Security Council want to scrap an Obama-era directive for approving government-sanctioned cyberattacks.

Presidential Policy Directive 20 (or PPD 20) was created to promote greater oversight on the government’s cyber activities, and requires executive approval on operations “of significant consequence.” It also installed a bureaucratic process of approval for smaller scale offensive actions that effectively added a layer of pause in actions that have...

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April 27, 2018
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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released its first major revision to their standards and best practices for cybersecurity policy this month.

The update was compiled after a two-year research period and sought to address some of the newer and more prolific threats to cybersecurity since the...

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April 24, 2018
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Cybercriminals are earning more than ever before, with an annual haul of $1.5 trillion according to a new study conducted by Dr. Michael McGuire, a senior lecturer in criminology at the University of Surrey.

The study revealed crimes of every description are being committed using new technology, ranging from drug deals and money laundering to human trafficking and even terrorism.

The Cambridge Analytica story, McGuire says, was “just the tip of the iceberg,” stating that there...

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