Incident Management

Should Water Treatment Facilities Allow Remote Access?

Should water treatment staff be allowed to remote login to monitor systems?  This is becoming a hot button issue with the Oldsmar breach in February and the recent indictment of a man accused of tampering with the Ellsworth County, Kansas treatment plant in 2019.  In both of these cases, the accused was able to tamper …

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Why Boards Need to Take Cyber Security Seriously

Do executive boards of companies take cyber security seriously enough?  According to the UK’s new CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Lindy Cameron, the answer is no. In a speech Cameron gave at Queen’s University, Belfast, she said, “The cybersecurity landscape we see now in the UK reflects huge progress and relative strength …

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Study Says Manufacturing Firms are Learning Cyber Security the Hard Way

When it comes to cyber attacks, we know that the healthcare sector and government agencies are some of the top targets. But what about the manufacturing sector, especially as more plants are using Smart/IOT technology? Trend Micro commissioned independent research specialist Vanson Bourne to conduct an on-line survey with 500 IT (Information Technology) and OT …

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6 Steps Every SMB Should Follow to Improve Their Cyber Security Posture

If you own a SMB, you may think that a cyber criminal would not be interested in stealing your assets. The reality is, SMBs are being targeted specifically by cyber criminals because they are trying to find the easiest, most vulnerable targets to attack. Maybe your business doesn’t hold the same type of sensitive information …

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Signs you Need to Upgrade Your Breach Readiness Plan

Everyone knows that in today’s connected world, businesses need to have a breach readiness plan.  But did you know that this plan needs to be updated on a regular basis?  While it is hard to determine how often you should update your plan, most cyber security experts agree it should be at a minimum updated …

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Why the Oldsmar Water Facility breach is a Wake Up Call to Update Cyber Security Measures

It sounds like something from a spy movie. Someone tries to poison a small city’s water supply by remotely accessing the computer for the water treatment system and briefly increased the amount of sodium hydroxide, also known as lye, by a factor of more than 100. It sounds like a sinister plot where James Bond appears at …

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And Another Cyber Security Firm Suffers a Breach. Is this a Trend?

Stormshield, a French cyber security firm, is the latest cyber security firm to suffer a breach.  While not the first cyber security firm to be hacked, and certainly not the last, the Stormshield breach is important as they are a major cyber security provider to the French government.  You may recall in December 2020, SolarWinds …

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How to Avoid Falling Victim to a Ransomware Attack, Twice

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recently published a blog post detailing how a company fell victim to the same ransomware attack twice.  The unnamed company paid the equivalent of a little under £6.5 million with today’s exchange rates to restore their data after the first ransomware attack. The company’s main concern was getting …

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Costs are Higher for Firms That Don’t Have an Incident Response Plan: Study

A recent study by Cyentia Institute shows that companies that don’t have a good cyber incident response plan suffered losses 2.8 times greater than their counterparts that did have a great cyber incident response plan. The Information Risk Insights Study (IRIS) 20/20 Xtreme, was released yesterday. The report is based on data from insurance data group …

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Death Due to Ransomware Reported in Germany

A ransomware attack on a German University and affiliated hospital has indirectly resulted in death for a patient. Last week, a woman seeking urgent care died as ransomware attack took down a major hospital in Düsseldorf, Germany, forcing paramedics to rush her to another city for treatment. The patient had a life-threatening condition and was …

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Why You Need a MSSP as a Business Partner

An MSSP is a Managed Security Services Partner. MSSPs are responsible for Identifying and remediating threats, and for protecting your environment 24/7.  Some of managed services include: Log Management, Vulnerability and Remediation Management, Data Protection Services, Firewall Management, etc. According to an article in CIO Magazine, “Managed services comprise the second-most popular business model in …

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