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Cybersecurity Awareness Month: 2021 Toolkit

Was the Facebook and Instagram shutdown on October 4, 2021 just a ploy for Cybersecurity Awareness Month?  No, unfortunately, it wasn’t, but in an era of hacking, phishing, and data breaches, it certainly reminded us just how important cybersecurity resilience is. In honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Cybersecurity and...

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Federal Cybersecurity Failures in Safeguarding America’s Data

What this report finds is stark. Inspectors general identified many of the same issues that have plagued Federal agencies for more than a decade.  A recently published bipartisan report, Federal Cybersecurity: America’s Data ‘Still’ at Risk, shows that two years after an initial cybersecurity investigation, Federal agencies are still not...

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Remote Working and (In)security Report Released

The UK’s Research Institute in Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS) has released Remote Working and (In)security, a new report exploring the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the evolving cyber threat landscape on employees and their wellbeing.    The document begins with an overview of existing literature exploring 1) remote work and employee wellbeing, 2) cybersecurity, and 3)...

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Threats to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

As the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are set to begin on July 23, Recorded Future has released a new report outlining potential threats and threat actors to the 2020 Games. Titled Threats to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the first section of the report analyses Cyber Operations Targeting the Olympics...

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Facebook’s IO Threat Report

According to Facebook’s recent Threat Report on the State of Influence Operations (IO), from 2017 through mid 2021, they took down at least 150 covert influence operations for violations against their Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (CIB) policies.  These “coordinated efforts to manipulate or corrupt public debate for a strategic goal” originated...

New National Security Archive Briefing Book on Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack

Following the May 8, 2021 ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, National Security Archive has released a new briefing book This is Not a Drill: Ransoming American Security.  Attributed to the ransomware group DarkSide,  the attack which paralyzed Colonial Pipeline supplier of 45% of East Coast fuel, provides “a glimpse of the threat that ransomware and malicious cyber actors, even those...

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Combating Ransomware: Key Recommendations from the Ransomware Task Force

Ransomware, a cybercrime in which attackers remotely compromise computer systems until a ransom is given, is posing an increasing risk to national security. These attacks can potentially cripple critical government infrastructure, disrupt schools and businesses, shut down hospital systems and other institutions, withhold and/or expose private data, and are on...

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FBI Releases 2020 Internet Crime Report

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released their 2020 Internet Crime Report, which details a record number of 791,790 internet crime complaints that the department received in 2020.  The report explains that the “IC3 aggregates related complaints to build referrals, which are forwarded to local, state, federal, and...

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National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Releases Final Report

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) recently released their Final Report which finds the U.S. government is not adequately prepared “to defend the United States in the coming AI era” and needs to “invest substantially more resources in AI innovation to protect its security, promote its prosperity, and...

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Cybercrime: The Business of Fraud

Cybercrime has become an increasingly prevalent threat in today’s society. As more people around the world turn to online shopping, remote work, online dating, and banking, cybercriminals continue to gain the necessary knowledge to create a lucrative enterprise. In The Business of Fraud: An Overview of How Cybercrime Gets Monetized, ...