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Executive Insight, Opinion

Breaking out of password Groundhog Day

In the classic comedy “Groundhog Day,”  weatherman Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, must repeat the same day of his life over and over again until he finally changes his ways. It feels uncomfortably close to home to watch Murray’s character repeat the same routine, and make the same mistakes, until he finally takes a…
Executive Insight, Opinion

Failure to secure IoT networks has far-reaching consequences, and transportation is a bullseye target

In 2017, millions of moviegoers flocked to theaters for the eighth Fast and Furious movie, where they watched a villainous Charlize Theron take control of hundreds of self-driving cars. Whether they knew it or not, this was many viewers’ first exposure to the idea of a transportation-based cyberattack. And while this specific scenario is not…
Executive Insight, Opinion, Security News

Why is election security a partisan issue?

Frankly I never thought that securing the elections would be a partisan issue.  But then, why am I surprised?  Anything that touches Washington becomes a partisan issue.  Securing the elections, ensuring ballot machines can’t be hacked, and ensuring voter registration data isn’t altered or deleted should be a common goal for everyone in Washington.    Elections…
Executive Insight, Phishing

Going stealth: Bad guys embrace the power of branding

By Stu Sjouwerman Since the very dawn of organized phishing attacks, the bad guys have recognized the power of exploiting trusted brands and online services. Our original experience with phishing was defined by spoofed emails purporting to hail from popular banks. Their objective was simple: trick users into coughing up their online banking credentials with…
Election Coverage, Executive Insight, Opinions

Management of “Fake News” on Social Media Will Continue On Its Downward Spiral

By Brian NeSmith, CEO and co-founder of Arctic Wolf Networks Over half of the population claims to regularly see fake news on sites such as Facebook or Twitter. Yet, despite fake news being more commonplace than one would think, social media companies have been highly ineffective in doing anything — except around the most egregious…
Executive Insight

Requirements to Action: Cyber Threat Intelligence

“Military intelligence” is no oxymoron. I’m not a career intelligence professional, but I have worked with some of the best intel organizations and operations in the world, including cyber operations and U.S. military intelligence. So, when I need to assess cyber intelligence, I revert to the framework used in a military environment. The essential basics…
Executive Insight

An Examination of Russian Cyberattacks on Critical Infrastructure: What to Do Now

Cyberattacks and threats against critical infrastructure industries have been on the rise, but up to now we’ve only been able to speculate on who the actors are, or what their motives may be. This all changed recently when the U.S. government released an important cybersecurity alert confirming Russian government cyberattacks are targeting energy and other…
IllenaArmstrong
Eye on Cybersecurity

The Russian bear in the room

I love our big ole’ bear who hails from Russia that illustrates our lead feature online and in our more traditional hard copy edition this month. He’s cheeky, haughty, seemingly quite savvy and definitely bold. These traits are trying to be conveyed with purpose, as he’s supposed to visually represent just one of the ways…
Executive Insight

Lights off

Ten years ago, the Department of Homeland Security released a classified video by mistake.  In it a diesel generator gets destroyed by a cyberattack. The malicious computer program is used to rapidly open and close the circuit breakers out of phase from the rest of the grid until it explodes. Extreme vibrations caused by the…
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