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Power grid security, SolarWinds & the pervasive problems for critical infrastructure

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: A new report indicates that 25 percent of North American utilities incurred infection with the SolarWinds malware. Despite the discovery of this statistic, forensics investigators have not yet determined extent of the intrusion within industrial control systems (ICS). It may be impossible to know. How can the US prioritize and improve power grid security? Will utility groups be able to shore up cyber security ahead...

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Your business suffered a cyber attack, now what?

Devin Partida writes about cyber security and technology. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of ReHack.com.  So the worst has happened. Your business suffered either a cyber attack or a data breach, and now it’s time to react and clean up. Many guides explain what to do before an attack and how to prepare. Afterwards, it’s easy to feel like you’re on your own. Cyber attacks are inevitable in today’s digital frontier. But that...

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April Patch Tuesday updates arrive with new Windows 10 builds

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In addition to April’s Patch Tuesday update, Microsoft has rolled out new Windows 10 21H1 builds to the Windows Insider Beta and Release Preview Channels. Yesterday, the company disclosed 114 security vulnerabilities. This roster includes 19 classified as critical, one flaw listed as under active attack and two remote code execution vulnerabilities located in Exchange Server (CVE-2020-28480 and...

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Global semiconductor shortage, computer chips at crisis tipping point

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: After consecutive, unprecedented supply chain disruptions, a global semiconductor shortage has hit the supply chain. This snafu has forced auto manufacturers to cut shifts and a major electronics company has halted a product release. At least one retailer announced that its products will only be partially assembled as it awaits the delivery of semiconductors. Semiconductor industry analysts are authoring new reports...

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Ransomware: This company paid millions, a cautionary tale

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: An unnamed company allegedly spent millions to recover data after a devastating ransomware attack. Per negotiation agreement, the cyber criminals provided a decryption key. However, the company’s executives failed to ascertain the reason for the breach. As a result, a second ransomware ruse slipped through systems a mere two weeks later. This event serves as a cautionary tale for other enterprises. While it’s...

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Data destruction and cyber security: An inextricable link

Author bio: This article was written by Milica Vojnic of Wisetek. Milica regularly advises businesses on the importance of an effective data destruction policy for improved cyber security. Cyber security is a notion that has certainly not been taken lightly in recent times. Thanks to the increased presence of third-party threats, organizations have already taken many steps to mitigate the risks so that sensitive information does not...

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SolarWinds surprise: Department of Homeland Security emails leaked?

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In December of 2020, cyber security experts recognized that an international crime group had infiltrated US computer networks and had gained access a wealth of sensitive information. The SolarWinds/Sunburst attack affected at least nine US federal agencies and numerous private-sector organizations. Authorities continue to explore the degree of damage done. On Monday, a new report provided further details about...