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As unemployment claims soar, cyber workforce remains strong

Of the nearly 10 million Americans who recently have filed for unemployment insurance – 6.6 million this week and 3.3 million the week before – as the coronavirus pandemics shut down businesses and the economy, the cybersecurity workforce seemingly has been spared. But experts warned that widespread layoffs in the future could leave organizations vulnerable.…
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SC Media’s complete coverage: Threat and Preparation

The novel coronavirus is challenging organizations on all fronts. Leaders must contend not only with cyberattackers leveraging COVID-19, but also employee, customer and partner concerns, and business continuity and risk management planning. Visit this page for ongoing updates to coverage from SC Media and other CyberRisk Alliance affiliates — including news analysis, business guidance and insights…
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COVID-19 has changed business, but threat actors and tools remain strangely familiar

The coronavirus pandemic has forced massive changes upon businesses, but the overall cyber threat landscape remains relatively stable, according to researchers at FireEye. Yes, malicious actors are now leveraging global fears to create phishing schemes built around COVID-19. But the main threat actors are still the same and their methodologies, offensive weapons and goals remain…
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Cybersecurity super group swoops in to fight COVID-19 related hacks

You don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind, you don’t pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger and, with apologies to Jim Croce, you don’t mess around with medical and healthcare organizations battling the coronavirus pandemic, or you’ll face the full force of the COVID-19 CTI League, a group of…
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Cyber investment exec talks COVID-19, Snowden and rise of threat intel automation

The cyber threat intelligence tech space has made significant leaps in the last few years, becoming far less manual, according to Hank Thomas, CEO and co-founder of Strategic Cyber Ventures and former principal/director, cyber intelligence and security, with Booz Allen Hamilton, in an interview with SC Media. “It was seemingly like that particular sector was…
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COVID-19 boosts remote work, security concerns

With the instances of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases increasing by the day, organisations in affected countries across the globe are instructing their employees to work remotely. However, offering this option without proper oversight or preparation, especially the presence of unsecured IoT devices in houses, is raising security concerns. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), UK, has…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Government, Health Care, Ransomware, Security News

Execs, dignitaries call on nations to help end cyberattacks on health care orgs

The CyberPeace Institute and dozens of international leaders and dignitaries on Tuesday collectively urged the world’s governments in an open letter to help put an end to cyberattacks on hospitals and health care institutions that are already under the incredible strain of combatting the Covid-19 pandemic. “Over the past weeks, we have witnessed attacks that…
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Some cybercriminals consider laying off health care targets amid COVID-19 crisis

Certain members of the cybercriminal community, including a few malware developers and operators, have reportedly expressed a willingness to avoid attacking health care companies and other organizations that are key to battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, two cyber firms have pledged to offer free services to health care organizations hit by ransomware. BleepingComputer this week…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Ransomware, Security News

Coronavirus tracking app locks up Android phones for ransom

A malicious Android app that supposedly helps track cases of the coronavirus actually locks users’ phones and demands a ransom in order to restore access. (Note: a password key has since been published. See follow-up story here.) Dubbed CovidLock, the newly discovered ransomware performs a screen-lock attack by forcing a change in the password required…
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Virtual panel: How supply chains can survive COVID-19’s cyber impact

COVID-19 has changed virtually every aspect of how business is done – and the global supply chain has not been spared. Indeed, companies have been rapidly overhauling their manufacturing, warehousing and distribution operations to produce and deliver life-sustaining goods to meet high demands for food, drugs and medical supplies. But eyes keenly focused on the…
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