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Social Media Unmasking: Removing Anonymity from Digital Bullies and Cyber Criminals

May 18, 2022 | Cyber Security

Whether or not Elon Musk’s recent acquisition of Twitter is a good thing or bad thing for the future of social media (Twitter accepts buyout, giving Elon Musk total control of the company – The Verge), one aspect of social media is unlikely to change: the abuse of social media platforms, by seemingly anonymous users, to harass, threaten, disparage, humiliate, scam, or falsely accuse individuals or companies of a panoply of hot button social issues. Often times, … Read More

Education sector communication considerations and network implications brought to light by COVID

April 21, 2022 | Cyber Security Design + Engineering Security Consulting

The pandemic has thrown school districts and community colleges quite a few curve balls including, at times, seeing their campuses devoid of students and regular day-to-day activity. During this time, we’ve seen our education clients adjust the focus of their security and safety programs and place renewed emphasis on improving mass notifications capabilities. It has been particularly interesting, and to some degree surprising, to see the number of educational institutions that operate with non-functional mass notification equipment, network-based equipment with … Read More

After Standing Vacant During the Pandemic Lockdown, Is Your Office Environment Safe from a Physical and Cybersecurity Perspective?

March 3, 2021 | Cyber Security

As the roll out of COVID-19 vaccines picks up steam, business leaders should begin considering remobilization and the physical return of employees to the workplace. Before opening your doors, however, it is important to consider where your security environment stands.

Before the pandemic lockdown, many businesses operated with robust physical security programs and cyber hardening measures that placed an emphasis on maintaining the safety and security of their people, and a focus on preventing outsider threats from penetrating critical network … Read More

The Ransomware Payment Risk

January 27, 2021 | Cyber Security Risk + Compliance

Deciding whether or not to pay off a criminal that has crippled your organization’s operations with ransomware is a painful undertaking.  It is a crucial decision that must be made at a time often described as “pure chaos.” Management, attorneys, IT staff, incident response/digital forensics experts, the communications team, insurance companies and others all take part in addressing the crisis with an eye toward restoring operations to normal as quickly as possible.  Time is of the essence.  When technical recovery … Read More

Cyber Attackers Choose the Path of Least Resistance: The Education Sector

August 13, 2019 | Cyber Security

From private schools to K-12 school districts and from learning centers to universities, cyber attackers have expanded their targets to include the numerous entities that make up the education sector.  Their ultimate goals remain the same: obtain sensitive information, hold these institutions (staff, faculty, students) as ransomware hostages and/or steal financial records to resell on the black market.

It is not surprising that cyber attackers have chosen to feed on this sector. This target is typically viewed by cyber attackers … Read More

Practical Tips for IoT Security – A Readiness Refresher Guide

June 19, 2018 | Cyber Security

The Internet-of-Things (IoT) revolution has certainly taken the “cyberspace” by storm. Newly manufactured devices today must be network-ready (hardwired and wireless, to include Bluetooth, RFID, etc.). This explosion of IoT devices has presented a “nervous” feeling concerning InfoSec, compliance and privacy within companies as well as consumers who want to use these products confidently and ensure that they will not introduce any new or expanded attack surface for malicious threats targeting their network(s) and critical information. What can be done

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Cybersecurity Governance Converging Around Common Principles

February 28, 2018 | Cyber Security Security Consulting

This February marks an important milestone in the evolution of cybersecurity regulation: entities regulated by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) were required to submit their first annual certification of compliance with New York’s, first in the nation, cybersecurity regulation by February 15, 2018. This occasion provides a good opportunity to reflect upon the emerging trends in the world of cybersecurity governance.
Since companies often answer to multiple authorities, the possibility exists for overlapping and even conflicting
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Managing Security Risk Across Your Enterprise

August 24, 2017 | Cyber Security

Cyber Security Cover with outlineManaging risk at the enterprise level involves close collaboration of the physical and information security functions, responsibilities and missions. This encompasses enhanced communications and information sharing between the information technology, operational technology and physical security groups. The combined joint security operations center (JSOC) can be the most effective way to manage security risks across the enterprise.

The following article, Multi-Vector Threats and the  Argument for Greater Convergence, written in conjunction with our strategic partners at Revolutionary Security, was recently … Read More

The Ransom is the Least of Your Worries

June 5, 2017 | Cyber Security Financial Crime Consulting

Wannacry is the latest herald of cyber-Armageddon. Countless computers all over the world were rendered useless. Data became encrypted and unavailable. Pay the ransom or kiss your data goodbye forever was the threat.

Wannacry spread around the world very rapidly, affecting service companies, manufacturers, national healthcare systems, governmental agencies and individuals. By one report, the perpetrators of Wannacry have earned about $50,000 through their ransom demands. This is not a huge payoff, but it may be enough to provide … Read More

Cyber Security Fast Facts for Law Firms

May 24, 2017 | Cyber Security

Applying some basic legal skills can be really helpful for law firms as they move forward with their cyber security priorities. Lawyers tackle new matters all the time and no two cases are alike. There are factual issues to master, legal research to conduct and a plan to prepare to guide the transaction of litigation. Making assumptions, even when based on past experience, can be a serious error for a lawyer. A fresh case requires a fresh mind.

That same … Read More