How many ways do U.S. businesses need to be told to lock down their systems to safeguard themselves from ransomware? That's the focus of a new, joint cybersecurity advisory from the U.S. government pertaining to BlackMatter, following an advisory issued last month about Conti.
With deep national security implications, the cyber risks associated with the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) are perhaps the most urgent. Threat actors have realized that targeting vulnerable companies across the defense supply chain can be not only a profitable enterprise but also an alternate method to accessing...
Cybersecurity experts have been
and remain concerned about a potential attack on the U.S.
election infrastructure. With Russian interference
in the 2016 elections, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
(CISA) undertook the mission to ensure free and...
Police in Ukraine have arrested two members of a ransomware operation they say has targeted businesses in North American and Europe, leading to victim losses totaling at least $150 million. The operation also involved French cyber police, the FBI and Interpol, backed by Europol's European Cybercrime Center.
Because a relatively small number of individuals provide the vast majority of services and infrastructure that power cybercrime, they remain top targets for arrest - or at least disruption - by law enforcement authorities, says cybercrime expert Alan Woodward. But of course, geopolitics sometimes gets in the way.
While the U.S. government is making strides in improving the nation's cybersecurity, it needs to do more to protect critical infrastructure from attacks and create public-private partnerships to improve national security, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission notes in a report published Thursday.
Ransomware-wielding criminals continue to find innovative new ways to extort victims, develop technically and sidestep skills shortages by delivering ransomware as a service, said Robert Hannigan, the former head of U.K. intelligence agency GCHQ, in his Infosecurity Europe 2021 virtual keynote speech.
Acting CISA Director Brandon Wales, Rep. Jim Langevin and many others will discuss the government's top priorities in addressing cybersecurity challenges at ISMG's Virtual Cybersecurity Summit: Government, to be held July 13 and 14.
The REvil ransomware operation behind the massive attack centering on Kaseya, which develops software used by managed service providers, has offered to decrypt all victims - MSPs as well as their customers - for $70 million in bitcoins. Experts note this isn't the first time REvil has hit MSPs, or even Kaseya.
The FBI is requesting $40 million in additional funding for its fiscal 2022 budget to help combat and counter ransomware attacks and other cyberthreats. The bureau is also requesting $15 million to help strengthen its internal security infrastructure as well as address network vulnerabilities.
The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved Chris Inglis as national cyber director. He assumes the role as the country is still reeling from a series of ransomware attacks and the SolarWinds supply chain attack. Meanwhile, confirmation of a new CISA director is on hold.
With no federal privacy law in place, individual states in the US are working to create their own privacy laws to protect their residents. California’s law is already in place, and Virginia just recently passed one of its own. Colorado has a law on the table for voting, while other states are trying repeatedly to...
Securing Identities, Credentials, and Access in Federal Government Agencies
Known as Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management, FICAM is the U.S. government’s approach to Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM). There are numerous federal laws, policies, and standards that influence the design...
Oakland County Improves Service and Decreases Costs with Okta
Oakland County, Michigan, is one of the largest counties in the United States and according to the Center for Digital Government, it’s also one of the most technologically advanced. To get there, the county needed to re-architect an infrastructure made...
How much does it cost to recover from a ransomware attack? For the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, which was hit by the Conti ransomware-wielding gang on Christmas Eve, reported cleanup costs have reached $1.1 million. SEPA is still restoring systems and has refused to pay any ransom.