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Cyber security threats against global governments increase exponentially

cyber security threats against global governments increase exponentially

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Nigel Thorpe, technical director at SecureAge, looks at the growing cyber security threats to global governments and suggests that it is time for a new approach to data protection
In mid-September, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab condemned the continued Chinese attacks on telecoms, tech and global governments. Following an announcement by the US Department of Justice, along with Malaysian nationals relating to malicious cyber attacks, he stated the UK would continue to counter those behind them and work with its allies in holding them to account.
According to Gov.uk, criminal charges indicate that Chinese-linked actors, among others, are targeting super computers, communications companies and systems which allow home working in countries around the world.
As a result, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) produced practical advice for individuals and organisations on protecting against the cyber security threats outlined in the indictment, which included, among others: mitigating malware and ransomware attacks; defending against phishing; using multi-factor authentication and setting up two-factor authentication (2FA); supply chain security guidance; preventing lateral movement in IT systems if attackers gain access; and End User Device (EUD) security guidance.
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The vital role that cyber security plays in protecting …

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Comment: Wisconsin Republican Party Hacked For $2.3 Million | Information Security Buzz

comment: wisconsin republican party hacked for $2.3 million | information security buzz

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Hackers stole $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party’s account that was being used to help reelect President Donald Trump in the key battleground state, the party’s chairman told The Associated Press on Thursday. The party noticed the suspicious activity on Oct. 22 and contacted the FBI on Friday, said Republican Party Chairman Andrew Hitt. Hitt said the FBI is investigating. FBI spokesman Leonard Peace did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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Three Ways To Hack An Election: Election Security Is About Cybersecurity | Information Security Buzz

three ways to hack an election: election security is about cybersecurity | information security buzz

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In 2020, securing elections is chiefly a matter of cybersecurity. Since I founded Data Connectors in 1999, we have been fueling the collaboration of government agencies with cybersecurity professionals and solution providers. As a voter, I set out to see what they know that could help us understand more about the security of our electoral process.
“There are three ways to hack an election,” said EJ Hilbert, a former FBI Agent turned CISO-for-hire:

The machines – hack the tech
The candidates – steal and publicize their secrets
The people – manipulate the data to stoke their fears

His thoughts provide a useful paradigm for categorizing cyberthreats around elections. Looking back from the infamous DNC hack of 2016 until now, these have all been in play.
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Responding to reports of the CIA’s analysis, the US Senate Committee on Armed Services stated: “For years, foreign adversaries have directed cyberattacks at America’s physical, economic, and military infrastructure, while stealing our intellectual property.” As early as July 2018, at least eight states, including some of the tightest battleground states, were under assault from various types of malware: adware, trojans, backdoor attacks, and ransomware.
Think paper ballots are safe from cyber-meddling? Think again. Multiple “attack vectors” used against …

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Global Penetration Testing and Information Security Training Market Expected To Reach Highest CAGR By 2026: Offensive Security, SANS Institute, Cybrary, Penetration Testing and Security Service, Udemy etc.

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FBI Alert: Imminent Threat Of Ransomware Attacks On U.S. Healthcare – Experts Comments | Information Security Buzz

fbi alert: imminent threat of ransomware attacks on u.s. healthcare – experts comments | information security buzz

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The FBI and other government agencies last night issued an emergency alert warning U.S. healthcare providers of an imminent threat of ransomware attacks targeting these organizations to disrupt patient services.
The CISA/FBI alert is here: https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-302a

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Notice Of Data Security Incident

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SAN DIEGO, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Rady Children’s recently learned of an incident that one of our third-party service providers, Blackbaud, experienced, which involved information about members of the Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego community. Blackbaud is a company that supplies fundraising and donor management software to Rady Children’s. Upon learning of the incident, we immediately launched an investigation to determine what happened and whether any personal information was impacted. According to Blackbaud, between Feb. 7, 2020 and June 4, 2020, an unauthorized party had access to backup files for the Blackbaud fundraising software. We also retained outside cybersecurity experts, including a vendor to review the data at issue. On Oct. 7, 2020, we determined that personal information for members of our community was contained in the backup files. Although the information may differ for individuals, the incident may have involved the following information: names, addresses, physician, date of admission, department of service, and date of birth. In a minority of instances, procedure name was also involved. Finally, a single financial account number for one individual also was involved. Blackbaud has informed us that it has no indication that any of the information actually was viewed, and that it has no reason to believe that any of this …

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FBI warning against cyber attacks on U.S. healthcare systems – WWAY TV

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The FBI is warning that cyber criminals are targeting U.S. healthcare systems with ransomware attacks, but what is ransomware?
“It encrypts your data and unless you pay a ransom, usually in the form of bitcoin, the attackers to do not release your data,” UNCW Information Systems Professor and Director of Cyber Defense Education Ulku Clark said.
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Clark says the technical side is usually easier to secure.
“There are a lot of very talented professionals, IT professionals, that will install cyber security safeguards,” Clark said. “However, the weakest link is unfortunately the people.”
Clark says it’s important for people to make sure they aren’t clicking on any unfamiliar links. This could download malware onto your computer, giving hackers access to your information.
For IT professionals it’s especially important to make sure all software is up to date, especially since so much of our lives are digital now. From telemedicine appointments to zoom meetings.
“Cyber hygiene is very important,” Clark said. “They know what they are doing, they are not clicking on the wrong links.”
Clark says the best defense against cyber attacks is to educate yourself. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency ( …

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Sisense Reveals New Security Measures Across its Cloud Platform

sisense reveals new security measures across its cloud platform

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Source: Sisense
Sisense recently announced a series of security updates aimed at protecting its global customer data, according to a press release. The company has received SOC 2 Type 2 certification for its Cloud Managed Service as well as security recertification of other compliance standards including ISO 27001, HIPAA- HITECH, and SOC 2 Type 2 for Sisense for Cloud Data Teams. The news comes during Cyber Security Awareness Month and on the heels of Sisense’s Q1 ’20 analytics platform release.

Sisense makes it easy for organizations to reveal business insight from complex data in any size, and from any source. Sisense allows users to combine data and uncover insights in a single interface without scripting, coding or assistance from IT. Its BI and analytics platform is sold as a single-stack solution with a back end for preparing and modeling data. It also features expansive analytical capabilities and a front-end for dashboarding and visualization.
The SOC 2 Type 2 certification for Cloud Managed Services offers a third-party technical report and assures customers that Sisense’s information security measures are in line with industry standards. the ISO 27001 compliance validates that the governance and oversight of information security management has been confirmed to keep customer information at a high level …

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Expert Reacted On Microsoft Says Iranian Hackers “Phosphorus” Targeted Conference Attendees | Information Security Buzz

expert reacted on microsoft says iranian hackers “phosphorus” targeted conference attendees | information security buzz

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Microsoft says it detected and worked to stop a series of cyberattacks from the threat actor Phosphorous masquerading as conference organizers to target more than 100 high-profile individuals. Phosphorus, an Iranian actor, has targeted with this scheme potential attendees of the upcoming Munich Security Conference and the Think 20 (T20) Summit in Saudi Arabia. The Munich Security Conference is the most important gathering on the topic of security for heads of state and other world leaders, and it has been held annually for nearly 60 years. Likewise, T20 is a highly visible event that shapes policy ideas for the G20 nations and informs their critical discussions. Based on current analysis, Microsoft does not believe this activity is tied to the U.S. elections in any way.
More information: https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2020/10/28/cyberattacks-phosphorus-t20-munich-security-conference/

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