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How #Recent Attacks Might #Raise The #Bar In #Cybersecurity

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

After more than two decades, malware attacks have started to hit the corporate bottom line and to show significant losses in quarterly earnings reports. The shipping company Maersk, which was hit by ransomware WannaCry in May,reported a third quarter loss in 2017 of about $200- $300 million. A few weeks later the pharmaceutical company Merck was hit by NotPetya and reported a quarterly loss of around $200 million while FedEd’s subsidiary TNT reported $300 million in losses from the same outbreak. As a result, last spring’s viral ransomware attacks are causing organizations today to take another look at their current security and therefore may offer a silver lining.

“[Its] because of the high profile nature of these incidents and the exploits, business people –organizational leadership — are taking a keener interest in what’s happening in cybersecurity,” said Amit Yoran, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tenable.  “Maybe you have a sexy story around APT and nation-state actors. These events are all forcing a professionalization in our industry — they’re driving a professionalization in our industry — that we haven’t seen before.”

Yoran said the 2017 ransomware attacks didn’t have to be so bad.

“The combination [of WannaCry and Petya] is a face palm moment,” Yoran said. “It’s all so prototypical of our industry. This is very basic stuff. It’s been around for a while. People have known about this for a while.”  He added, “This is not like some super-elite hacker. Not some nation state, a sophisticated thing coming down. It’s the basic blocking and tackling that people just still don’t get, they still aren’t getting basic hygiene. People still aren’t going bounds checking. They’re still writing buffer overflows.”

As damaging as the attacks where for some, they may have had a positive effect for others.  Yoran said Boards of Directors “today would be negligent to ignore cyber risk to the extent that they rely on technology which pretty much every enterprise does.”

Yoran has observed some organizations now going the extra distance with a security vendor, asking the vendor how the organization can better manage their own security program.  These organizations want metrics. And want to know what can be done without putting the entire organization on the line.

“Cyber risk and technology risk are a core components of business risk today,” Yoran said. “Hey, if we’re accepting this business risk, then we want to mature our practices around cyber and that’s a trend that has started to evolve our industry a lot faster than it has been in the past.”

What will reduce the risks to organizations?  It depends

“I’d say if somebody’s focused and you have a funded advisory who is focused on intent with any modicum of skill they are going to get into your environment,” Yoran said. “At that point how do you raise the bar?  How do you make it more difficult for them? And how do you decrease your time to detection?”

So, given all that, is cybersecurity better today?

“Broadly, things are better — maybe too broadly,” Yoran added with a chuckle. “The risk today is probably higher than it’s ever been as organizations rely more on technology than they have before, as core processes and technologies get more and more complex, more and more interconnected. Complexity is the enemy of security.”

That and perhaps the threats today are more persistent?

“The threat actors are as or more aggressive than they’ve ever been,” Yoran said. “I think from that perspective things are probably worse off than we’ve seen in years past. I’d say for first time, though, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. We can see a path to improvement, which is really driven by outside influence.”

Yoran said the vast majority of the high-profile breaches that occur actually rely on a fairly simple subset of exploits which are occurring out in the wild. And as more organizations exercise better hygiene – bring more professionalism to their cybersecurity programs — that will raise the overall protection against these threats, whether it is targeted or if somebody stumbles upon you as an exposed entity.

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Want to Raise Emotionally Healthy Kids? Try to Keep Them Off These Two Social Networks

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ETHICAL HACKERS RAISE MONEY TO HELP REPEAL BILL REDUCING INTERNET PRIVACY

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ETHICAL HACKERS RAISE MONEY TO HELP REPEAL BILL REDUCING INTERNET PRIVACY

A UTD group called Ethical Hackers is donating the profits from its first annual fundraiser to protest a federal bill overturning previous Federal Communications Commission regulations protecting consumer privacy. On …

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Bikers ride across western Wisconsin to raise awareness for child abuse

Bikers jumped on their Harleys and rode across western Wisconsin to raise awareness about a serious topic.

The Great Rivers Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse rode through seven counties, including stops in Eau Claire and Dunn Counties, bringing attention to child abuse.

The group of bikers started their journey Monday morning in Pierce County, stopping at county court houses along the way.

“Everyone was very receptive, the sheriff’s, CPS officers, victim witness, they all came out said hi to us, it’s been really, really good,” said Lionheart.

The Drug Endangered Child Committee, in partnership with the Child Advocacy Center, has created a positive activities calendar and bingo cards for families to fill-out this month.

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Teacher Threatens Give Me A Raise Or ‘Burn Alive’

A Dallas ISD teacher was arrested after police say he sent emails warning staff that they would “burn alive,” if they didn’t give him a raise.

Omar Alanis, 29, admitted to district police that he sent the emails from his district-issued email account to school staff demanding a raise and back pay from August 2016, according to his arrest warrant affidavit.

The arrest warrant says those emails included a threat that the administrators would be “put down” if he didn’t get what he wanted and they should meet his demands if they didn’t want to “burn alive”.

School staff contacted authorities, and security measures were increased at the campus until Alanis was located and brought in for questioning by police.

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Additional sex charges raise new concerns of possible trafficking ring

Police forwarded new information to prosecutors that they believe could result with a human trafficking charge being filed against a former Muskogee firefighter who already faces several sex crimes.

Muskogee Police Officer Lincoln Anderson said during a news conference Tuesday the investigative findings have prompted concerns about a possible child pornographic, trafficking ring. Anderson said investigators have identified a second child who is believed to be a victim an another adult co-conspirator.

Zackery Blaine Perry, 30, was charged Jan. 19 with four felonies that included possessing and distributing child pornography, sexual exploitation of a child and crimes against nature. He was charged Monday along with Melissa Skelton, 26, for conspiracy and sexual abuse of a child younger 12 years old — both are being held without bond.

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Hacking Attacks Raise Fears As U.S. Military Increasingly Outsources IT

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Hacking Attacks Raise Fears As U.S. Military Increasingly Outsources IT

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The Navy recently revealed personal data belonging to 134,386 current and former sailors had been compromised. While the details are still unclear, the Navy is reporting a laptop

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How To Raise A Stepfamily When You’re Not Quite ‘The Brady Bunch’

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they’ve worked to bring their two families together. Our hope is that by telling their stories, we’ll bring you closer to blended family bliss in your own life! Want to share your family’s story? Email us at divorce@huffingtonpost.com. 

When social media consultant Jennifer Gardella began to get serious with her boyfriend Dave a few years ago, she hoped their two sets of kids would hit it off right away. 

At some point during those first few “crazy” years, she realized that blending a family wasn’t going to happen as effortlessly as she’d hoped.

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5 Ways Parents of Preschoolers Can Raise a Body-Positive Kid

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Run being held to raise awareness of child trafficking

REXBURG — Rexburg resident Heidi Fransen, 34, is a passionate person.

So passionate, in fact, that she volunteered to arrange and host the O.U.R. Run To Break The Chain event, which seeks to raise money to fight human sex trafficking. The event is set for Saturday, Sept. 26, at Smith Park.

Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) is an organization that helps to liberate children enslaved in the sex trade industry. Using cutting-edge computer technology and human intelligence, O.U.R. undercover teams of former CIA and Special Ops personnel go into the darkest corners of the world to help local law enforcement liberate enslaved children and dismantle the criminal networks.

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