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#school | #ransomware | Commentary: Cybersecurity breaches at Texas schools cost taxpayers millions

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According to data assembled by the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center, no state has experienced a greater number of publicly disclosed school cybersecurity incidents in recent years than Texas. These incidents have resulted in the theft of millions of taxpayer dollars, widespread destruction and outages of school IT systems, and large-scale identity theft.

Consider that Manor Independent School District lost $2.3 million in a targeted email phishing scam in January. In similar attacks last year, nearly $2 million was stolen from Crowley ISD, while Henderson ISD lost more than $600,000.

Malicious actors have employed other digital weapons, such as ransomware, to extort money from at least a half dozen Texas districts since 2017. The most recent incident, in Port Neches-Groves ISD, resulted in a $35,000 bitcoin payment to cybercriminals in exchange for the digital keys to restore access to the district’s IT systems. And school vendors such as Pearson have experienced large-scale breaches of student data at the same time that thousands of Texas educators and administrators have had their identities and personal bank accounts emptied by cyberthieves.

Given that schools’ reliance on technology for teaching, learning and operations will continue to grow, trustees and administrators should embrace their responsibility to safeguard their school communities from emerging digital threats.

The passage of Senate Bill 820 by the Texas Legislature encourages school districts to put in place commonsense security controls, but it falls short of guaranteeing such controls will be implemented effectively or in proportion to the threats facing districts.

If school trustees and administrators are to make real progress in managing cybersecurity risks, they will need to foster better information-sharing and cooperation across districts; make the case in their communities for spending time and resources on building cybersecurity awareness, tooling and expertise; and embrace the legislative requirement to develop meaningful cybersecurity policies and plans.

While there is variability in how school districts use and rely on technology, there are more similarities in terms of security challenges than differences. Since cybercriminals target school districts nationwide with the same scams, it is imperative IT leaders in school districts collaborate. Indeed, one of the biggest challenges in responding to these threats is the veil of secrecy surrounding school cybersecurity.

Any meaningful response to the issue will also require more money and more expertise. While state — and even federal — resources would undoubtedly help, school districts will likely have to look for other funding and sources of support. Students, parents and teachers should all be allies in this cause.

While educational technology offers exciting opportunities for students and teachers, its use introduces new risks. While the passage of SB 820 is laudable, it is only one step in a much longer journey to keep Texas school districts cybersecure. In the end, we won’t see fewer successful phishing attacks, fewer ransomware incidents or fewer data breaches until all superintendents and trustees jointly embrace their cybersecurity governance responsibilities.

Doug Levin is president and founder of the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center (k12cybersecure.com), which was launched in 2018 to shed light on the emerging cybersecurity risks facing public schools.

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#comptia | #ransomware | Spike in Texas cyberattacks against municipalities has City of SA in constant defense mode

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SAN ANTONIO – Six months ago, cybercriminals attacked local government agencies in 23 Texas cities. The statewide attack brought the Lone Star State to the front and center of the discussion about cybercrime.

“Municipalities are always a target because we have very complex systems, broad responsibilities. Here in San Antonio, we have more than 40 departments and city services, almost 13,000 employees,” said City of San Antonio IT Director and Chief Information Officer Craig Hopkins.

Ransomware attacks in 23 Texas cities have officials taking preventive measures

Hopkins said he consistently prioritizes cybersecurity for those reasons and instead of training employees once a year, he sends out information once a month.

“Up to 95% of the incidents we have are usually driven by human error,” he said.

Hopkins teaches city employees about the main types of cyberattacks. He said “phishing” is the most common.

“Phishing basically says, ‘I want you to click on a link, and I want you to give up some information that you may not normally give. I can take over one account, and then I can impersonate you inside of your organization and move horizontally,’” Hopkins said.

He then explained a concept called “whaling.”

“Think of that as a big fish. People of a certain title, city manager, the chief financial officer — targeting them because if you can impersonate them, you can create influence over other people, so financial scams tend to come out,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins also warned about physical security, which can include people looking over your shoulder at confidential information, people calling your phone pretending to be someone else or people piggybacking into facilities where employees use an access card.

He said he could not go into specific technicalities of the city’s protective system, but he said all businesses should be taking preventive measures, especially agencies or companies with outdated systems.

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All of #Texas must #prepare for #cyberattacks

A city government on the verge of shutdown, with multiple city departments not able to function because of a massive technology breakdown. A crippled municipal court system that has stopped working. Millions in lost revenue because residents can’t paying water bills, and vital communications like sewer and infrastructure repair requests can’t be processed. Finally, all electronic communication systems for first responders is rendered inoperable for several days. The cause is a powerful computer virus released into a city system by hackers demanding payment.

If this sounds like the newest plot from a Hollywood disaster movie, think again. It’s the reality of a cyber attack that recently hit the city of Atlanta, and is likely the first of many more that American cities, counties and states are likely to face.

Just two weeks ago, Atlanta was hit by a “ransomware” attack known as SamSam, nearly bringing down all city operations. The city continues to be hobbled by the attack, with many of its systems still not fully functional. Atlanta like most major cities was caught flat-footed and unprepared. Attempted ransomware attacks against local governments in the United States have become all too common. A 2016 survey of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) for jurisdictions across the country found that one-quarter of local governments reported that they were experiencing attacks of one kind or another.

With such an ongoing threat, you would imagine that cyber-security would be a major priority for municipal government. Shockingly, less than half the local governments surveyed said they had a formal cybersecurity policy, and only 34 percent said they had a written strategy to recover from breaches.

Simply put, American cities are unprepared to deal with the reality of cyber-attacks.

Atlanta is certainly not alone with its cyber preparedness issues. Municipalities often have very limited technology budgets, with investments funneled to meet immediate tech needs rather than focusing on cyber defense. With limited money and expertise, implementing the most basic security practices can be challenging, let alone cutting edge defenses in this fast changing and evolving threat. Compounding the problem is that hackers aren’t necessarily attacking cities specifically, but they are simply looking at vulnerable sites with poorly protected governments an easy target.

Houston may be particularly vulnerable for an Atlanta-style attack.

Webroot, an internet security firm, analyzed the malware infection rates for 2016, to evaluate which communities were most vulnerable to cyber attacks. Houston was the No. 1 ranked city with more than 60,000 infected devices, making it potentially the municipality most likely subject to attack in the country.

Against this backdrop, what if anything can be done to keep Houston safe?

Houston has in many ways led on the issue of cyber-security and protection. One of the earliest cities in the country to have a chief information/technology officer, it has since 2013 also had a chief technology Security officer who is tasked with maintaining a consistent and uniform security plan for the city’s technical infrastructure. Houston, unlike many other cities, does maintain a formal cybersecurity policy that is updated on a real time basis.

What’s missing however, is the budgetary flexibility to quickly update systems and software. In today’s world cyber-security is critically important to our daily lives. We need to prioritize software and critical infrastructure updates in the same way we prioritize first responders with the resources to protect us.

The city continues to operate on outdated systems that are vulnerable to cyber-attack. If we don’t update our systems, we could find ourselves in the exact same position as Atlanta.

In the modern era, maintaining a strong cyber security system is as important as making sure we have adequate police and fire protection.


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Cybersecurity Specialist – Austin (Texas)

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Cybersecurity Specialist – Austin (Texas)

Ferrovial is one of the world’s leading infrastructure operators and municipal services companies, committed to developing sustainable solutions.

The company has 96,000 employees and a presence in over 25 countries. It is a member of Spain’s blue-chip IBEX 35 index and is also included in prestigious sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4Good.

The aim of Corporation is the definition of the Company’s strategy, establishing the global policies, guidelines and action lines related to the different functional areas of the Organization (Finance, Human Resources, Legal Consultancy, IT, etc.), which are subsequently developed and adapted to the specificities of every Business Unit (Airports, Construction, Services and Toll Roads). Furthermore, Corporation provides corporate services to the different companies of the Group, merging their information, at the same time.


• Guarantee the deployment of the adequate measures and controls onto products and services built through technology initiatives.
• Guarantee the maintenance and continuous improvement of such measures and controls along the products and services lifecycle.
• Management and control on security projects, and start up and launch of benchmarks and proof of concepts.
• Customer relationship.

Habilidades y experiencia

Degree in telecommunications/computer science or equivalent.

It will be valued the ownership of specialized certifications in control and information security (CISA, CISM, CISSP, CPP, ISO 27001, SANS certifications…).
Having around 3 years of experience in the following disciplines will be considered relevant for the role:
• Definition, deployment, monitoring, evaluation/testing and improvement of security architectures and infrastructures in corporations and international scenarios (perimeter security, internal networks, infrastructures, endpoint, mobility, secure development lifecycle, hardening, forensic analysis, cloud environments…).
• Architecture models like TOGAF or 0-Trust model. Additionally, having demonstrable experience with NIST guides will be an added value.
• Modern Enterprise Architectures, with special interest in knowledges related to industrial systems, ICS, IoT, OT/IT, and its integration in Internet Open Architecture models.
• Services provided by big *aaS service providers, as Amazon AWS, Azure, Bluemix, Google Cloud, Cloudera, Atlas/Mongo,… Understanding and strategic guidance on multi-cloud scenarios and distributed architectures, based in business messaging (AMQP, RabbitMQ, Kafka, SQS) and in connection models based on REST/JSON/API..
• Expertise in the best security strategies on the mentioned environments, with a special relevance in the use of robust authentication mechanisms like x.509 certificates, pairing protocols like oAuth2, federation standards like SAML2, social connectors…
• Knowledge on new security information sharing mechanism like IoCs, Stix, OpenIOC, Misp… and its relationship with protocols like MQTT and similar.
• Definition, deployment and improvement of security strategies, plans and governance models in large enterprises and corporations, and in international environments.
• Definition, deployment and improvement of risk management models.
• Identification and treatment of risk derived from laws and compliance requisites derived from the inherent requisites of the Organization, like associated with privacy and data protection, intellectual property, digital and electronic signatures…
• Deployment and maintenance of ISO 27001 certified environments.
• Audits and security reviews.
• Security incident management.
• Awareness, communication and training in information security.

It will be valued the candidate capabilities and potential in several organizational aspects, like teamwork and project management. Ability to manage complex situations in an autonomous way will be also valued.
It is required a high or native English level in writing, speech and comprehension, being fluent in conversations. The candidate must be able to arrange and conduct meetings (remote or telecom) and to handle presentations fluently in English.

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Texas yacht captain imprisoned for ID theft, passport fraud

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GALVESTON, Texas (AP) – A Texas yacht captain who took the identity of a dead infant to escape litigation over the death of her husband and infant daughter in California has been sentenced to three years in prison. Cynthia Lyerla of League City pleaded guilty on March 30 to federal…

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Texas officer’s warning to bullies: ‘Stop it or I’ll see you in court’

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A high school teacher in Carrollton, Texas has been charged after he has been accused of allegedly using a hidden camera to capture his female students undressing.

According to Fox News, George Edwin Thomas III, a teacher at R.L. Turner High School, was arrested Thursday morning for six accounts of invasive visual recording after his girlfriend discovered footage of his female students changing into their uniforms.

An arrest affidavit states that Thomas’ girlfriend found the footage on a thumb drive in their apartment, and watched it after she became skeptical of Thomas cheating on her, that is when she discovered the recordings.

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Cyber Security Analyst in San Antonio, Texas

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Cyber Security Analyst in San Antonio, Texas

Overview & Responsibilities Senior Cyber Security Analyst – Rackspace Managed Security Rackspace is currently seeking a Cyber Security Analyst to: Manage operations in deterring, identifying, monitoring, investigating, and analyzing computer network intrusions. Ensure events are properly identified, analyzed, and escalated …

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Advocates urge Texas to prevent child abuse by expanding ‘home visitor’ programs

Texas needs to ramp up spending on proven child-abuse prevention programs, child advocates and several lawmakers said Tuesday.
Sending “home visitors” such as nurses, teachers and social workers to work with disadvantaged pregnant women and high-risk young families can avert huge state costs, several speakers said at a “Home Visiting and Child Protection Day” rally at the Capitol.
The programs improve future graduation rates and avoid social ills such as incarceration, they said.

But the state is spending only about $70 million, including federal funds, on Home Visiting and Nurse-Family Partnership programs in the current two-year cycle, said Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio.

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