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Federal government cracking down on contractors with poor cybersecurity

Do you do business with the government? If you or your firm are a government contractor and suffer a security incident or misrepresent your cybersecurity practices, heads up. The U.S. Department of Justice could sue you. The DOJ recently said it would leverage the existing False Claims Act (FCA) to pursue cybersecurity-related fraud by government …

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Cybersecurity Month: Protect yourself with these measures

The world has grown pretty scary in recent years. Hackers attempted to poison a Florida water supply. They cut off a major supplier of gasoline for the Southeastern states. Ransomware appears to have contributed to an Alabama baby’s death. Hackers steal personal information, money, and intellectual property almost on a daily basis. They’re like zombies …

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Cyber insurance: Best of luck if you haven’t deployed these measures

Cyber insurance may be harder to obtain. Cyber insurers now require their customers to have specific cybersecurity measures in place – or face non-renewal of their policies as of the first of September. The cyber insurance market continues to harden from a seemingly endless number of claims due to cybersecurity attacks. While some insurers are …

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Federal cybersecurity fails to protect U.S. citizens’ information

You may be outraged when you read the latest bipartisan U.S. Senate report on federal cybersecurity. In a nutshell, the report released earlier this month says U.S. federal agencies took “minimal” steps to tighten cybersecurity problems found two years ago. The failure to act leaves U.S. citizens vulnerable to foreign countries stealing our information and …

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Ransomware attacks pummeling cyber insurance industry

Have you experienced sticker shock with your cyber insurance renewal? Been unable to complete an insurer’s security questionnaire? Even been denied renewal of your policy? All this is happening as insurers stagger under the weight of growing ransomware claims. Ransomware attacks are soaring. Last year, reported ransomware attacks increased 400 percent, according to the Associated …

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Improve your Tech IQ: What does “Zero-Day” mean?

When you read articles about breaches and security warnings, you may see the term “zero-day,” as in “zero-day attack,” or “zero-day exploit.” Zero-Day refers to a system vulnerability that is unknown to IT security providers. A zero-day attack allows a cybercriminal to exploit the vulnerability to inject malware, steal data assets, or crawl through the …

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You can’t afford to postpone investing cybersecurity in 2021

In 2021, complacency about your IT security is dangerous. Recent news about hidden, extensive breaches of state and federal government entities and private corporations shocked many in IT and cybersecurity. According to investigators, Russian agents spread espionage malware through updates from IT management firm SolarWinds. The list of victims continues to grow, and investigators believe …

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ImageQuest guidance on the SolarWinds cyberattack

12/22/202 UPDATE: The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published further guidance regarding the SolarWinds cyberattack. Aimed at federal agencies, this supplemental guidance nevertheless is helpful to other organizations that use SolarWinds’ Orion software. Under “Conditions for Reconnecting Unaffected Versions,” CISA says it is “still assessing whether it is appropriate to relax ED 21-01’s …

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Why ImageQuest recommends Arctic Wolf protection

Today’s world includes unrelenting attempts by hackers, some sponsored by foreign countries, to steal data, damage systems, and halt operations. Hackers’ skillfully-written emails, with fraudulent links and attachments, increase the likelihood that all organizations will experience an attack sooner or later. Such phishing emails are the source of most breaches – and impossible to block …

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Do you know the biggest myth of Cybersecurity?

Many of us wish Cybersecurity was a “set it and forget it” task. But unfortunately, the reality is your cybersecurity efforts are never done. The good guys erect barriers that work, then the bad guys find new ways to get in. Unfortunately, both sides practice “kaizen” – continuous improvement, making cybersecurity a journey rather than …

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