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SMEs relearn security basics under COVID’s telework conditions

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on Wednesday launched a free “Telework Essentials Toolkit” designed to help businesses to adjust to the realities of working from home during the COVID pandemic. DHS teamed up with the Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI), Global Cyber Alliance and other partners to add these resources to the agency’s dedicated…

Lessons combating COVID-19 healthcare security challenges

Long at the forefront of protecting sensitive information from cyberattacks, health care organizations had to pivot quickly to ensure as the COVID-19 pandemic imposed new threats on a vulnerable newly remote workforce. And adapt they did, even as bad actors exploited a fragile, fragmented infrastructure suddenly reliant on telehealth visits. The lessons learned from the…

Corporate VPNs in danger as vishing attacks target home workers

Multiple hacking gangs are preying on remote workforces and corporate VPNs through vishing attacks that are more efficient, dangerous and ubiquitous than ever, prompting the U.S. government to issue both a warning and advice on how to thwart them. “The news has spread throughout the hacker community and multiple groups are now doing this,” said…

California under counted COVID-19 cases after certificate expired

Expired certificates likely contributed to one of two data glitches that had California undercounting new COVID-19 cases for more than a week – leading, some believe, to the resignation of the state’s public health director. “Certificates act as identities for all kinds of machines; they control the flow of sensitive data. When certificates expire applications,…

Financial institutions likely to doubledown on security spending

Prior to the pandemic, financial institutions spent an average $2,700 on cybersecurity per full-time employee, up from $2,300 the previous year. COVID-19 now drives the need for companies to doubledown on cybersecurity going forward, according to a study from Deloitte’s cyber risk and strategic risk services group in conjunction with the Financial Services Information Sharing…

Feds arrest teen Twitter hack leader, accomplices

The ringleader of the Twitter breach that used prominent accounts to run a cryptocurrency scam turns out to be a 17-year-old in Tampa arrested earlier today. Two accomplices, Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando and Mason Sheppard, 19, in the U.K., known as Rolex and Chaewon, respectively, were also arrested in the scheme that took over…

Justice charges Chinese nationals in hacking campaign

Two Chinese hackers working with the Ministry of State Security, and charged by the Justice Department on Tuesday, allegedly ran a more-than-decade-long campaign hacking into the systems of hundreds of companies, governments, NGOs, dissidents, human rights activists and even clergy, nicking intellectual property and proprietary business research and more recently targeting companies developing COVID-19 vaccines,…

U.K. Covid-19 Test and Trace violated GDPR

The U.K. government violated data privacy regulated Europe’s GDPR by implementing a NHS Test and Trace program to monitor the spread of COVID-19 without also establishing a required Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA). Privacy advocacy organization Open Rights Group (ORG) issued a complaint against Public Health England (PHE), which launched the program on May 28,…

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