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The Cost of a Data Breach for Government Agencies

What happens when attackers breach local government, police departments or public health services? What would happen if attackers compromised the U.S. Treasury’s network? These types of incidents happen every month and lead to service interruptions at the very least. More serious problems could occur, such as leakage of classified data or damage to critical infrastructure. […]

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How Cybersecurity Policy Has Changed Since the SolarWinds Attack

Major cyberattacks since 2019 jolted the U.S. government and software industry into action. The succeeding years have seen executive orders, new funding, two summits and a newfound resolve. Because of those attacks, the federal government aims to fix the open-source software security threat altogether. But what has really come of these efforts in the last […]

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How EDR Security Supports Defenders in a Data Breach

The cost of a data breach has reached an all-time high. It averaged $4.35 million in 2022, according to the newly published IBM Cost of a Data Breach Report. What’s more, 83% of organizations have faced more than one data breach, with just 17% saying this was their first data breach. What can organizations do […]

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Incident Response for Health Care IT: Differences and Drivers

Threat actors continue to target the health care industry. IBM’s Threat Intelligence Index for 2022 rates the industry as the sixth most targeted. That puts it close behind the energy and retail and wholesale sectors. Certain regions seem to be more prone to attack as well. The Asia-Pacific region accounted for 39% of all health […]

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Security Automation Can Save You $3.05M in a Data Breach

When it comes to reducing security breach costs, companies with security artificial intelligence (AI) and automation can save millions, per a new report. According to the most recent IBM Cost of a Data Breach Report, organizations with fully deployed security AI and automation save $3.05 million per data breach compared to those without. That’s a 65.2% […]

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U.S. Cybersecurity Policy Has Changed Since the Colonial Pipeline Attack

More than a year ago, a ransomware attack made the news across the nation. The Colonial Pipeline Company announced on May 7, 2021, that the DarkSide Ransomware-as-a-Service group, based in eastern Europe, had hit it. The FBI has since confirmed DarkSide, which has since shut down, as the threat actors. What’s changed about U.S. cyber […]

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20 Years Ago in Cybersecurity: Massive DDoS Attack Hits the Roots of the Internet

It was considered the “largest ever” internet attack in 2002. This distributed denial of service attack hit seven of the 13 servers at the top of the internet’s domain name system hierarchy. Now, 20 years later, its origins remain mysterious, but its methods and size still make it stand out. It isn’t the largest by […]

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What Cybersecurity Teams Can Learn From the US Cyber Command’s ‘Hunt Forward’

After decades of playing defense, the United States government went on the offense in the past few years against global state-sponsored cyber attackers. U.S. Cyber Command conducted “hunt forward” operations recently in 16 countries, including in Ukraine, as part of a policy set in 2018.  This policy involves partnering with foreign countries on finding cyber […]

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Lessons Learned by 2022 Cyberattacks: X-Force Threat Intelligence Report

Every year, the IBM Security X-Force team of cybersecurity experts mines billions of data points to reveal today’s most urgent security statistics and trends. This year’s X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2022 digs into attack types, infection vectors, top threat actors, malware trends and industry-specific insights.  This year, a new industry took the infamous top spot: […]

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How Dangerous Is the Cyber Attack Risk to Transportation?

If an attacker breaches a transit agency’s systems, the impact could reach far beyond server downtime or leaked emails. Imagine an attack against a transportation authority that manages train and subway routes. The results could be terrible. Between June of 2020 and June of 2021, the transportation industry witnessed a 186% increase in weekly ransomware […]

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Your Best Cyber Defense Against Ransomware and More? Understanding Your Enemy

From calculators to cloud to quantum, computing has changed the lives of billions of people for the better. But just as innovation can be a force for good, it can also help cyber criminals. Are you protecting your assets with end-to-end encryption? So are the criminals. Are you managing a distributed workforce with collaboration tools? […]

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New Year, Same Risks? Six Cyber Resilience Resolutions for a Safer 2022

2021 was a banner year for cyber attacks. Compared to 2020, last year saw a 50% increase in attacks per week on corporate networks, even as the total cost of managing a cyber attack rose by 10%, according to IBM’s Cost of a Data Breach Report 2021. Add in the ongoing shift to hybrid work […]

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