Fixing Hacks Has Deadly Impact on Hospitals

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.

https://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/privacy/fixing-hacks-has-deadly-impact-on-hospitals/d/d-id/1331386

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UVA Defeats UMBC, in Stunning Upset

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!

https://www.darkreading.com/careers-and-people/uva-defeats-umbc-in-stunning-upset/a/d-id/1331379

Atlanta Struggling to Recover from Ransomware Infection Days After Attack

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.

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/latest-security-news/atlanta-struggling-to-recover-from-ransomware-infection-days-after-attack/

City of Atlanta IT Systems Shut Down by SamSam Ransomware. Demand Is $51K To Decrypt

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!

https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/atlanta-city-ransomware/

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2018/03/23/city-of-atlanta-computers-held-hostage-in-ransomware-attack/

https://blog.knowbe4.com/city-of-atlanta-it-systems-shut-down-by-samsam-ransomware