Tag: National Cybersecurity Institute

One of the growing problems with cybersecurity in 2015 and again this year is that of ransomware. Imagine if you suddenly had a message appear on your screen notifying you that all the data in your computer was now encrypted. To gain access to it you needed to pay a certain amount of money (usually …

There have been increasing reports that hackers from unfriendly nation states have been probing the defenses of our critical infrastructure with regularity. In case you aren’t aware, our critical infrastructure are 16 sectors deemed critical to the ongoing operation of our country. They include: Chemical, Commercial Facilities, Communications, Critical Manufacturing, Dams, Defense Industrial Base, Emergency …

By all accounts, technology giant Yahoo was the target for a major breach in 2014 in which attackers stole as many as 500 million accounts. That’s right…500 million accounts! Bob Lord, the CISO for YAHOO released a statement that says “We have confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the …

There are many ways to attempt to secure a digital system. Firewalls, intrusion detection systems, anti intrusion software, employee training, tight policies and procedures can all play a key part, but they can also be manipulated and defeated by skilled and persistent evil doers. Often considered ‘best’ way to secure a system from those with …

Celebrating National Cybersecurity Month 2016   The National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College is pleased to announce its 2016 Cybersecurity Month activities. The purpose of this speaker’s series is to highlight key issues facing information assurance & security in some of our most important industry sectors. During the months of October and November, we will …

Everyone enjoys the convenience of ATM’s. You can find these handy cash dispensing machines nearly everywhere – airports, supermarkets, parking lots, movie theaters, malls – you name it. If you need quick cash one of the nearly 400,000 machines is certain to be nearby. However, as Maria LaMagna reports for MarketWatch, your favorite machine may …

There has been a marked increase in ‘Ransomware’ attacks in recent years. Dan Whitcomb, writing for YahooTech reports that “More than $209 million in ransomware payments were made in the United States alone during the first three months of 2016, according to FBI statistics…” Cyber attackers typically use malware such as CryptoLocker in their ransomware …

Despite all the warnings about hackers attacking digital systems, despite all the media coverage of major breaches of big box organizations, despite news of hackers attacking our government agencies and critical infrastructure…the people who operate the systems continue to make the same old mistakes and open the cyber doors to those with malicious intent. Will …

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According to a blog recently posted on the Dropbox website, a 2012 data breach included the theft of 68 million email addresses and passwords. It is estimated that Dropbox has over 200 million customers, so the hack potentially impacted a significant percentage of its customers. At the time of the incident in 2012, customers were …

Over a week later, there are still many questions unanswered regarding the release of hacking tools purported to be from National Security Agency (NSA). Mostly murky information and speculation appears on various internet new sites and blog. General speculation at this time is that a previously unknown entity named Shadow Brokers posted stolen hacking tools …