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Socioeconomic status and cyber: the new ‘digital divide’

In part one of a two-part series, SC Media examines how businesses and institutions in poorer or underserved regions may be less equipped to fight off cyberattacks than their well-funded counterparts in affluent cities.
Featured, Health Care, Network Security, Ransomware, Security News

Lessons from the ransomware death: Prioritize cyber emergency preparedness

For medical facilities, and any entity that delivers critical services, the situation places security teams on high alert: ensure adequate training for the workforce and some means of network redundancy or else risk similar tragedy or even potential liability.
Events, InfoSec World 2020, Network Security, Security News

Union Pacific tracks cyber risk via its own probability modeling methodology

Rick Holmes, assistant VP and CISO at Union Pacific Railroad, detailed at InfoSec World 2020 how the transportation giant incorporates cybersecurity risk into its larger enterprise risk management process in order to help senior executives estimate losses caused by potential cyber incidents and make better decisions on where to invest in defenses. “We think that…
Security News

Winning business: CISOs chime in on the cyber vendor ‘dating game’

What sales tactics actually work? In light of a new study that dissects the various marketing tactics used to get the attention of security executives, SC Media asked four high-ranking security professionals for their biggest likes – and their biggest turn-offs – when getting wooed by vendors with their wares. Here’s what they said what…
Network Security, Research, Security News

CISOs value peer advice most when researching cyber solutions

A majority of surveyed CISOs said that when shopping for cybersecurity vendor solutions, they value input from their peers first and foremost – more than analyst reports, vendor content or any other source of information, according to a newly published research. A joint project of communications agency Merritt Group and technology and Tech Exec Networks…
Coronavirus, Security News

Survey: COVID-19 has changed cyber pros’ roles, increased incident totals

In a new survey of 256 cybersecurity professionals responsible for securing their companies’ digital assets, 81 percent of respondents said their job function has changed in some capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Cybersecurity Pulse Survey study, conducted this month by the international nonprofit membership association (ISC)², suggests that a large contingent of security…
Government, Government/Defense, Network Security, Security News

Government warns OT assets still in danger of attack over internet

Security professionals responsible for protecting critical infrastructure strive to isolate and segregate their most mission-critical systems, but there are still too many operational technology (OT) assets that are accessible to attackers over the internet, according to a new government alert. When searchable and accessible via the internet, OT systems – just like conventional IT systems…
Cybercrime, Network Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Attackers are using exploit code for SMBGhost bug, CISA warns

Functioning point-of-concept exploit code now exists for the highly critical “SMBGhost” bug that Microsoft last March patched in its Server Message Block 3.1.1 (SMBv3) protocol, and attackers are taking advantage, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has warned, citing open-source reports. Designated CVE-2020-0796 and also known as EternalDarkness, the bug can result in…
Black Hat: Bruce Schneier talks incident response, trends
Events, Network Security, Security News

What’s lost, gained as Black Hat and DEF CON go virtual

As Black Hat and DEF CON organizers, researchers and members of the cyber community scramble to figure out how they can salvage or, better yet, enhance the experience as the events go virtual amid the COVID-19 pandemic, security will be a top priority. Meanwhile, other aspects of the conferences are expected to change more drastically,…
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