This is a truly sobering report and points to the need for focused planning and preparation when considering cyber threats in critical industries. Hospitals can be viewed as microcosms of a larger threat. If critical infrastructure was significantly hampered due to an attack and the response was slow or inadequate, we could see injury and death on a truly massive scale at the local, regional or even national level.
Revenge is certainly a dish best served cold! In all seriousness, these types of competitions are so valuable in terms of growing and fostering strong cybersecurity talent. Congrats to UVA, UMBC and all the schools working hard to educate the next generation of IT security talent!
This is an important step in the evolution of the TLS protocol. This approval also effectively starts the clock in terms of compliance with TLS standards. TLS 1.2 is now on the deprecation clock. This clock may run for 2 to 4 years or longer, but the hands are in motion.
Atlanta continues to struggle in the aftermath of their ransomware attack. The timing for the city is difficult in the wake of the NCAA basketball tournament. This article is interesting in that officials are speaking concerning the attackers. I look forward to more details down the road.
Ransomware is far from dead and is still a significant threat to all organizations with sensitive data they cannot live without. The City of Atlanta is suffering a compromise as we speak. Please make sure you have addressed this threat. Have a tested and viable backup of your key data in place. Make sure you can recover quickly after an incident. Run some form of DNS-based content filtering. Consider non-signature based advanced malware protection. Most importantly, train your employees and associates!
This is a nice explanation of the knee-jerk human condition that fuels social engineering and its success in the workplace, all be it with a commercial lean toward the successes of KnowBe4 and their awareness programs.