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Security Newsbriefs

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November 2017
Article Date Article Title
11/9/17 Mississippi business faced international cyber attack
11/5/17 Woman's ID stolen 15 times after Equifax breach
11/2/17 Iowa Employee Pension Accounts Compromised, Security Practices Scrutinized
11/2/17 A closer look at hybrid cloud security challenges
11/2/17 10 Mistakes End Users Make That Drive Security Managers Crazy
11/1/17 This destructive wiper ransomware was used to hide a stealthy hacking campaign
October 2017
Article Date Article Title
10/31/17 Office 365 Missed 34,000 Phishing Emails Last Month
10/31/17 The uphill battle for network defense
10/31/17 Don’t Be Catfished: Protecting Yourself From New Account Fraud
10/30/17 Cybersecurity Is an Information Game
10/30/17 Why Cybersecurity Awareness Must be a Boardroom issue
10/30/17 Man finds USB stick with Heathrow security plans, Queen’s travel details
10/27/17 Florida Sets Sights on Becoming Cybersecurity Front-Runner
10/27/17 3 Steps to Reduce Risk in Your Supply Chain
10/27/17 Hybrid IT environment requires hybrid cybersecurity
10/27/17 University Labs Put Cybersecurity Under the Microscope
10/26/17 Infosec expert viewpoint: DDoS attacks
10/25/17 How the federal government can improve security and save taxpayer dollars today
10/24/17 One-Third of Businesses Can't Keep Up with Cloud Security
10/24/17 Why Patching Software Is Hard: Technical Challenges
10/24/17 Nearly undectectable Microsoft Office exploit installs malware without an email attachment
10/23/17 Cybercriminals focus on the shipping and cloud storage sectors
10/23/17 U.S. critical infrastructure under persistent attack, US-CERT says
10/23/17 Security Training & Awareness: 3 Big Myths
10/20/17 Security Vulnerability Puts Linux Kernel at Risk
10/20/17 DMARC: States Should Follow Federal Directive to Enhance Email and Web Security
10/20/17 The Reaper IoT Botnet Has Already Infected a Million Networks
10/19/17 Attackers hijack state agency server for malware
10/19/17 Quarter of emails claiming to be from feds are malicious, unauthenticated, says cyber firm
10/19/17 Local government agencies remain concerned about lack of cyber awareness
10/19/17 Enterprise container security: There’s room for improvement
10/19/17 Most organizations don’t have SSH security policies in place
10/19/17 Business suffers as over-zealous security tools block legitimate work
10/19/17 Endpoint, cloud, people key to future cyber security, says McAfee
10/18/17 Digital transformation and the loss of security control
10/18/17 6 cybersecurity predictions (that might actually come true)
10/18/17 How to make your Google account more secure than ever before
10/17/17 Are your employees snooping on the corporate network?
10/17/17 Exclusive: Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database hack in 2013
10/16/17 Android DoubleLocker ransomware encrypts data, changes device PIN
10/15/17 Serious flaw in WPA2 protocol lets attackers intercept passwords and much more
10/13/17 Four ways colleges can strengthen their cybersecurity programs
10/13/17 Enterprises increasingly leveraging endpoint data for security investigations
10/13/17 Small Towns Confront Big Cyber-Risks
10/12/17 Researchers find 450,000 financial scams operating on social media
10/11/17 Israel warned the US about Kaspersky after hacking its network
10/12/17 Equifax’s site hacked to redirect info-seeking visitors to adware
10/10/17 Firms Unprepared for Public Disclosure of Cybersecurity Attacks, IBM Security Vice President Warns
10/10/17 How Companies Can Avoid The Next Equifax Attack
10/10/17 Unstructured Data: The Threat You Cannot See
10/9/17 Five Key Differences Between Personal and Enterprise Endpoint Security
10/9/17 Patching discrepancy between supported Windows versions puts users at risk
10/9/17 Hackers use organizations’ resources for stealthy cryptocurrency mining
10/9/17 5 worst cybersecurity habits with catastrophic consequences
10/9/17 Data Breach Exposes Hundreds of Student Records
10/6/17 81% of organizations fail to properly address cloud vulnerabilities, report says
10/6/17 Russian Hackers Breach NSA Cyber Program Via Agency Contractor, Kaspersky Vulnerability
10/6/17 Hogan Orders Improved Maryland Cybersecurity Plan
10/4/17 5 Deadly Sins of Privileged Access Management Put Firms in Harm's Way
10/4/17 Cybersecurity: Lessons from 5 States
10/4/17 Cybersecurity Incidents Spark the Call for Encrypted Data
10/3/17 Why Cybersecurity Is Unique for State and Local Governments
10/3/17 What Is Government's Responsibility When a Breach Hits?
10/3/17 Yahoo: All 3 Billion Accounts Affected in 2013 Breach
10/3/17 Russian Hacking Fuels Return to Paper Ballots
10/2/17 How attackers can take advantage of encrypted tunnels
10/2/17 Do Headline-Grabbing Breaches Change State Cybersecurity Strategy?
September 2017
Article Date Article Title
9/29/17 Inadequate IT processes continue to create major security and compliance risks
9/29/17 Company directors are increasingly involved with cybersecurity
9/28/17 Is this the year SIEM goes over the cliff?
9/27/17 Cybersecurity expert shares how to keep business data safe
9/27/17 Which security investments make a difference?
9/26/17 Cybercrime is costing each business a whopping $11.7M a year, report says
9/26/17 Equifax CEO Retires in Wake of Breach
9/25/17 Goodbye, login. Hello, heart scan.
9/22/17 How 'the invisible network' poses a major security threat
9/22/17 46,000 new phishing sites are created every day
9/20/17 Don’t Sweep Web Application Penetration Testing Under the Rug
9/20/17 Staying Secure on Social Media
9/19/17 Report: Government among most targeted for web application attacks
9/18/17 Avast CCleaner Compromised Amid Rise in Supply Chain Threats
9/17/17 An Unexpected Security Problem in the Cloud
9/16/17 Public, Hybrid Cloud Security Fears Abound
9/15/17 Artificial intelligence just made guessing your password a whole lot easier
9/15/17 IT professionals are an underused resource for cyber security
9/14/17 Cloud Security's Shared Responsibility Is Foggy
9/14/17 Equifax breach happened because of a missed patch
9/13/17 Billions of Bluetooth-enabled devices vulnerable to new airborne attacks
9/12/17 The 'Team of Teams' Model for Cybersecurity
9/11/17 7 Takeaways From The Equifax Data Breach
9/8/17 Equifax Data Breach Could Involve State Agencies but How, to What Extent Not Yet Clear
9/8/17 Equifax data breach: what you need to know
9/7/17 Microsoft: Ransomware Decline Reversed in March 2017
9/6/17 IT modernization efforts increase cybersecurity challenges, survey says
9/5/17 Data Breach Costs Vary Significantly by Organization
9/5/17 Companies Should Consider Cybersecurity a Matter of Ethics
9/3/17 Schools Are Prime Targets for Cyber Attacks, Survey Finds
9/1/17 US Government Site Was Hosting Ransomware
August 2017
Article Date Article Title
8/31/17 Rising database security threats require attention -- and action
8/30/17 7 Things to Know About Today's DDoS Attacks
8/30/17 Ransomware is Going More Corporate, Less Consumer
8/28/17 NIAC Cybersecurity Report Regarding Critical Infrastructure Issued
8/28/17 New, custom ransomware delivered to orgs via extremely targeted emails
8/25/17 Survey Highlights Cybersecurity Gaps Between Government and Private Sector
8/27/17 Artificial intelligence cyber attacks are coming – but what does that mean?
8/25/17 IoT Security Threats: Survey Finds Government, Financial Sectors Vulnerable
8/23/17 Understanding the dark web and how it factors into cybersecurity
8/23/17 84 Percent of IT Pros Attribute Cyber Security Incidents to Human Error
8/23/17 72% of Government Agencies Hit with Security Incidents
8/22/17 Disturbing lack of cyber attack awareness among directors
8/21/17 More Cyber-Attacks Occur on Weekends Than a Weekday, Study Reveals
8/20/17 Seven Keys to Strengthen Your Cybersecurity Culture
8/18/17 ​Cloud is the ignored dimension of security: Cisco
8/18/17 50% of Ex-Employees Can Still Access Corporate Apps
8/17/17 3 Access Blind Spots That Can Put You at Risk
8/17/17 Lessons to learn after hackers hijack HBO’s Facebook and Twitter accounts
8/17/17 NotPetya aftermath: Companies lost hundreds of millions
8/17/17 Booking a Taxi for Faketoken
8/15/17 Organizations Willing to Try Out Longer Passwords, Study Finds
8/15/17 8 More Chrome Extensions Hijacked to Target 4.8 Million Users
8/14/17 Enterprise security culture: Why you need it, and how to create it
8/13/17 Are Organizations Safe From Cyber Attacks? Experts Say Most Still Vulnerable
8/11/17 Unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots and troubling browsing behaviors
8/10/17 Hackers' Little Helpers: Employees With Bad 'Cyber-Hygiene'
8/9/17 We can’t rely on black swans: Three areas to improve cyber policy now
8/9/17 Understanding your responsibility and security in the cloud
8/9/17 How a port misconfiguration exposed critical infrastructure data
8/8/17 Where does corporate cloud security responsibility begin and service provider responsibility end?
8/8/17 67% of Malware Attacks Came via Phishing in Second Quarter
8/7/17 Voting System Hacks Prompt Push for Paper-Based Voting
8/7/17 Obscuring malicious Facebook links using the Open Graph Protocol
8/4/17 How to select a suitable incident response program for your organization
8/4/17 Eye on Cybersecurity: 6 Priorities for Investment and Greater Leadership Attention
8/3/17 States Take a Comprehensive Approach to Improving Cybersecurity
8/3/17 Intrusion detection is speeding up: Is it enough to tackle global cyber threats
8/3/17 The anatomy of a completely fileless attack
8/3/17 Malicious content delivered over SSL/TLS has more than doubled in six months
8/3/17 Why Cybersecurity Needs a Human in the Loop
8/2/17 3 key cybersecurity trends and takeaways from Black Hat and DEF CON 2017
8/2/17 How enterprise IT security conversations have changed
8/2/17 Shark or not? 3 real-life security scenarios and how to tell which will really bite
8/2/17 Hackers impersonate women online to get into target corporate networks
8/1/17 Connected Home Devices: The Internet of Things
8/1/17 Five new threats to your mobile device security
8/1/17 Make Attorney-Client Privilege Part of Your Incident Response Strategy
8/1/17 Why SSL/TLS attacks are on the rise
8/1/17 HBO hacked, attackers leak GoT script and some episodes
July 2017
Article Date Article Title
7/31/17 Seagate to pay millions for forking over employee info to scammers
7/31/17 One lousy click: the phishing blunder that sank an entire product
7/28/17 Is Cloud Security a Safe Bet for Highly Sensitive Government Data?
7/27/17 Your infrastructure remains attractive, exposed, says Symantec cyberthreat report
7/27/17 An Internet-connected fish tank let hackers into a casino’s network
7/27/17 Employees working while on holiday open orgs to security risks
7/27/17 Most companies fail to measure cybersecurity effectiveness
7/26/17 Secrets of successful threat hunters and SOCs
7/26/17 Report: The top 5 cybersecurity threats of 2017
7/26/17 Adobe to pull plug on Flash, ending an era
7/25/17 6+ billion records exposed in data breaches in first half of 2017
7/24/17 Tips for Guarding Against Untraceable, 'Fileless' Cyberattacks
7/21/17 Every organization is only one click away from a potential compromise
7/20/17 Microsoft Office 365 Users Targeted in Brute Force Attacks
7/20/17 Over 5 million Social Security numbers exposed in Kansas breach: report
7/20/17 Cisco predicts a major increase in cyberattacks designed to destroy systems
7/19/17 Agencies’ approach to IoT security highlights differences in cybersecurity approach
7/18/17 Massive Amazon S3 leaks highlight user blind spots in enterprise race to the cloud
7/18/17 IoT Security Incidents Rampant and Costly
7/17/17 Android backdoor GhostCtrl can do many unusual things
7/17/17 Launch your own cybersecurity sprint: 30 days to improved security
7/15/17 7 Deadly Sins to Avoid When Mitigating Cyberthreats
7/14/17 CISO: To achieve security in IoT devices, remember the fundamentals
7/12/17 Over 14 Million Verizon Customers' Data Exposed On Unprotected AWS Server
7/11/17 Getting the most out of your SIEM investment
7/10/17 PoS malware hits food kiosks, steals payment card info
7/10/17 Washington State University Data Breach Teaches Valuable Cybersecurity Lesson (Editorial)
7/9/17 Seven Cyberactions for States after Recent Global Hacking Incidents
7/6/17 Five crucial ways to help keep a system safe from harm
7/6/17 Texas Association of School Boards Data Breach Exposes Teachers' Social Security Numbers
7/6/17 Mozilla Still Finds Failures in Website Security, Survey Shows
7/5/17 Security’s blind spot: The long-term state of exception
7/5/17 Erie County, Pa., Office of Children and Youth Experiences Data Breach
7/3/17 Rising information security threats, and what to do about them
7/3/17 Local Ohio Governments Focus on Cybersecurity After Attacks
7/1/17 Identifying and Reporting Common Scams
June 2017
Article Date Article Title
6/30/17 The role of web filtering in a modern security architecture
6/29/17 Top cloud challenges: Security, compliance, and cost control
6/29/17 Report: Twice as many IT professionals plan to build formal security teams in 2017
6/29/17 Why Enterprise Security Needs a New Focus
6/29/17 Azure AD Connect vulnerability allows attackers to reset admin passwords
6/28/17 What makes a good security analyst: The character traits you need
6/28/17 Criminalization of DNS for phishing continues to advance
6/28/17 Idaho State Websites Hack Part of Much Broader, Continuing 'Mischief' Attack
6/27/17 Hack that plants ISIS message hits another state government website
6/27/17 Cybersecurity battleground shifting to Linus and web servers
6/26/17 Anthem ready to pay $115 million to settle data breach lawsuit
6/23/17 Employee 'Phishing' Expeditions Among States' Tools for Cybersecurity Awareness
6/23/17 Organizations still unclear on cloud security responsibility
6/22/17 Cloud Security Lessons from the Voter Data Leak
6/22/17 Businesses finally realize that cyber defenses must evolve
6/21/17 White House Cyber Chief to Agency Leaders: Know Your Networks' Risks
6/21/17 PII of 1 million compromised in Washington State University safe heist
6/21/17 Hacktivist, Seeking Justice for Philando Castile, Breaches Minnesota Databases
6/20/17 Are the Dangers of Cyberattacks Targeting School Districts Being Overlooked?
6/20/17 Cybersecurity Fact vs. Fiction
6/20/17 Apple iOS Threats Fewer Than Android But More Deadly
6/20/17 Sun, Sand and Cybersecurity
6/19/17 How to make your employees care about cybersecurity: 10 tips
6/19/17 Amount of malware targeting smart devices more than doubled in 2017
6/15/17 1 Million Endpoints Exposed on Public Internet via Microsoft File-Sharing Services
6/14/17 By the Numbers: Parsing the Cybersecurity Challenge
6/13/17 Businesses Spend 1,156 Hours Per Week on Endpoint Security
6/13/17 The Rising Tide of Crimeware-as-a-Service
6/13/17 How a Single Email Stole $1.9 Million from Southern Oregon University
6/13/17 Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known
6/13/17 Poor endpoint security can cost you millions in detection, response, and wasted time
6/12/17 Building a strong cybersecurity program for the long haul
6/12/17 Where does the cyber security buck stop?
6/9/17 New Attack Method Delivers Malware Via Mouse Hover
6/9/17 Cybersecurity workforce gap to hit 1.8 million by 2022
6/8/17 Hide & Seek: Security Teams Lack Visibility in the Cloud
6/8/17 Outdated Operating Systems, Browsers Correlate with Real Data Breaches
6/8/17 Attack rates are increasing across the board
6/8/17 Bored employees seen as biggest potential data security risk
6/7/17 Defining Your Cyber Risk Appetite
6/7/17 Dark web fraud guides reveal potential threats to orgs
6/6/17 Survey looks at expanding cyberattack surface, ways to expand security perimeters
6/6/17 Application security trends: What you need to know
6/6/17 Outdated Software Commonplace on Enterprise Endpoints
6/2/17 IDC Overlooked Device Security Risks | HP Print Security | HP
6/2/17 It's About Time: Where Attackers Have the Upper Hand
6/2/17 The top 5 mobile security threats
6/1/17 OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
6/1/17 Cybersecurity in an IoT and mobile world: The key trends
6/1/17 Hackers hosted tools on a Stanford University website for months
6/1/17 FBI: 8 Steps to Prevent Phishing Attacks
May 2017
Article Date Article Title
5/31/17 94% believe unsecured IoT devices could lead to 'catastrophic' cybersecurity attack
5/30/17 The weakest link in your cybersecurity chain
5/30/17 Cybercrime Costs to Reach $8 Trillion by 2022
5/30/17 Securing the Human a Full-Time Commitment
5/29/17 6 reasons chip hacks will become more popular
5/26/17 Orgs failing to secure data in the cloud, says report
5/26/17 WannaCry Ransomware Campaign Was Just the First Wave
5/26/17 Are You Really Being Secure Online?
5/24/17 Target to Pay $18.5 Million to States in Data Breach Settlement
5/23/17 Data Breach, Vulnerability Data on Track to Set New Records in 2017
5/23/17 9 Ways Organizations Sabotage Their Own Security: Lessons from the Verizon DBIR
5/23/17 With Billions Spent on Cybersecurity, Why Are Problems Getting Worse?
5/23/17 Florida Agency Data Breach Exposes 469 Social Security Numbers, Concealed Weapons Holders
5/22/17 Network Traffic Provides Early Indication of Malware Infection
5/22/17 Emerging Threats to Add to Your Security Radar Screen
5/18/17 WannaCry is a painful reminder of why enterprises must stay current on software updates
5/17/17 Inside the Motivations Behind Modern Cyberattackers
5/16/17 Many firms, individuals slow to patch security vulnerabilities
5/16/17 How the WannaCry Attack Will Impact Cyber Security
5/16/17 How Many People Does It Take to Defend a Network?
5/15/17 Gone Phishing: How Internal Exercises Prepare Employees for Scammers
5/15/17 Cloud Increases Insider Threat Risk, MeriTalk Survey Finds
5/12/17 State IT Officials Talk 'WannaCry' Ransomware Attack That Disrupted Critical Services Worldwide
5/10/17 Is remote access technology leaving you vulnerable?
5/10/17 Businesses Not Properly Securing Microsoft Active Directory
5/9/17 How Pen-Testing Protects Your Federal Agency
5/9/17 Shining a Light on Security’s Grey Areas: Process, People, Technology
5/8/17 Aflac CISO: Insurance Sector Ramps Up Cyber Defenses
5/8/17 Are you encrypting your documents? Here’s what happens when you don’t
5/8/17 Rudimentary attacks pose the greatest risk to midsized organizations
5/4/17 Midsize Businesses Prove Easy Attack Targets
5/3/17 Netflix Incident a Sign of Increase in Cyber Extortion Campaigns
5/3/17 Healthcare Breaches Hit All-Time High in 2016
5/3/17 Seeing Security from the Other Side of the Window
5/3/17 Google Docs Phishing Attack Abuses Legitimate Third-Party Sharing
5/2/17 Dok Mac malware intercepts victims’ web traffic, installs backdoor
5/2/17 Intel Patches 'Critical' Elevation Privilege Bug in High-End Chips
5/2/17 IBM has been shipping malware-infected USB sticks
5/1/17 Cybersecurity Training Nonexistent at One-Third of SMBs
5/1/17 One-Third of Federal Agencies Reported Data Breaches in 2016
5/1/17 Mind the air gap: Network separation's cost, productivity and security drawbacks
5/1/17 Smartphone security hole: 'Open port' backdoors are widespread