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What CISOs Want to See From NIST’s Impending Zero Trust Guidelines

Cybersecurity at U.S. federal agencies has been running behind the times for years. It took an executive order by President Joe Biden to kickstart a fix across the agencies. The government initiative also serves as a wake-up call to enterprises lagging in getting zero trust up and running.  Several organizations, including the Office of Management […]

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A Response Guide for New NSA and CISA Vulnerabilities

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently published a report highlighting a range of critical security vulnerabilities requiring attention from organizations of all types. The report was published with input from the National Security Agency (NSA) and similar agencies worldwide. It should be considered essential reading.  Many of the vulnerabilities in the report are […]

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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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Everything CISOs Need to Know About NIST

It’s never been harder to be a chief information security officer (CISO). In 2021, there were 50% more attacks each week compared to 2020. Without a plan, maintaining a robust security posture is an uphill struggle.  Thankfully, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers CISOs the guidance they need. Read on to learn […]

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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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A Common Mission: Improve the Cybersecurity Posture of the Nation

Securing information and infrastructure is among the highest national security priorities. In recent months and years, we continue to see an escalating sophistication and frequency of attacks by malicious actors and nation-states. In response, leaders are taking action. The Executive Order 14028 has focused both the Federal government and the private sector on aligning to […]

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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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One Year After the Colonial Pipeline Attack, Regulation Is Still a Problem

The Colonial Pipeline cyberattack is still causing ripples. Some of these federal mandates may mark major changes for operational technology (OT) cybersecurity. The privately held Colonial Pipeline company, which provides nearly half of the fuel used by the East Coast — gasoline, heating oil, jet fuel and fuel for the military totaling around 100 million […]

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Ottawa to pump $443 million into second phase of Pan-Canadian AI Strategy

The federal government announced today the investment of $443 million in the second phase of the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy. Speaking at Collision 2022, François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, said artificial intelligence (AI) is a” key part of Ottawa’s plan to make our economy stronger than ever. The second phase of the

Government announces new directives to the CRTC

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has announced a new policy directive for the Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), aiming to improve competition and enhance access. It also aims to make CRTC decisions and activities more clear, more timely, and effective. A policy directive allows ISED to issue directions to the CRTC on broad […]

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Federal government and British Columbia to invest $830 million in rural area network development

The Canadian federal government and British Columbia’s provincial government have announced a partnership to jointly invest up to C$830 million to bring high-speed internet to the remaining rural households in the province. This new investment, established through a memorandum of understanding (MOU), will provide internet access to 115,000 underserved households in B.C. Each level of […]

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Roundup: Government Data Security Threats in 2021

Government agencies are a prime target for cyber crime. Agencies hold so much diverse data about citizens — from passport information to social care data. In addition, many of them rely on the data security built for their outdated computer systems. So, cyber criminals often view government agencies as an easy mark. More concerning, public-sector […]

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A New Cybersecurity Executive Order Puts the Heat on Critical Infrastructure Suppliers

Ransomware. Five years ago, the cybersecurity community knew that term well, although among others it was far from dinner table conversation. Times have changed. Since early 2020, ransomware has hit a slew of headlines. People inside and outside of the security industry are talking about it, and many have experienced the ransomware pain firsthand. The […]

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What Biden’s Cybersecurity Executive Order Means for Supply Chain Attacks

With cybersecurity guidelines coming down from the executive branch, industry and policymakers clearly both see the extent of the cyberattack problem. Take a look at the contents of the Biden administration’s May executive order and what it means for people working in the industry, especially in regards to supply chain attacks. The executive order covers […]

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