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  • US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): Guidance On The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

    March 28, 2020

    As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America that highlighted the importance of the critical infrastructure workforce. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authorities to secure critical infrastructure. Consistent with these authorities, CISA has developed, in ...

  • UK Data Centers Plead for Critical Status for Contractors as Coronavirus Takes Hold

    March 27, 2020

    The data center industry has been lobbying the British government to give formal clearance to contractors maintaining the digital infrastructure that is keeping the economy running as the lockdown steadily intensifies in defense against the coronavirus. Britain’s liberal response to the crisis, instead of banning all but a few key workers from going to work, permitted ...

  • UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is looking for organisations who can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components

    March 20, 2020

    The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is looking for organisations who can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the United Kingdom as part of the Government’s response to COVID-19. These questions aim to identify the suitability and readiness of organisations to be involved in the initiative. There are three ...

  • Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus

    March 13, 2020

    President Donald Trump announced plans to partner with pharmaceutical and retail companies to set up drive-thru test sites for coronavirus in an effort to catch up to a nationwide demand and deliver on the administration’s promise for wider access to testing. He met with company executives Friday to discuss expanding access to testing through drive-through testing. “The ...

  • US government agencies have shadow IT infrastructure problem, cybersecurity risks, says GAO

    March 5, 2020

    Federal agencies are facing increasing cybersecurity risks due to a bevy of IT facilities aren’t being tracked as full-fledged data centers, according to a General Accountability Office report. As noted previously, federal agencies have been consolidating and closing data centers over the years, but a narrower definition of what facilities should fall under an optimization program means that ...

  • US government authorities fail to train employees on ransomware detection, prevention

    February 27, 2020

    The majority of state and local government agencies are failing to prepare their employees to spot cyberattacks or teach them how to handle ransomware incidents in the workplace, new research suggests. On Thursday, IBM Security released the results of a new study, conducted on its behalf by The Harris Poll, containing responses from close to 700 US ...

  • PM launches biggest review of UK’s foreign, defence and security policy ‘since Cold War’

    February 26, 2020

    Boris Johnson is launching what he claims is the biggest review of foreign, defence and security policy since the end of the Cold War. In a break from previous military-led reviews, the exercise will have an increased focus on foreign policy and the UK’s place in the world. Downing Street signalled no plans to reduce defence spending, ...

  • Singapore to spend $719m beefing up government’s cyber, data security systems

    February 18, 2020

    The Singapore government will look to invest SG$1 billion to beef up its cyber and data security systems, which it says is critical as its agencies increasingly adopt technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, and Internet of Things (IoT). To be spent over the next three years, the funds will go toward readying the ...

  • MP Says Austria Unprepared After Cyberattack on Foreign Ministry

    January 7, 2020

    The Austrian State Department’s IT systems were under a ‘serious attack’ suspected to be carried out by a state-backed threat group according to a joint statement from the Foreign Ministry (BMEIA) and the Ministry of the Interior (BMI). “A coordination committee has been set up on the basis of the Network and Information System Security Act, and ...

  • New Year Honours: Government faces multi-million pound compensation bill over leaked private details

    December 30, 2019

    The Government is facing fines and a compensation bill running into millions of pounds after the disclosure of the home addresses of counter-terrorism experts, senior police officers and celebrities on the new year honours list. Senior figures demanded an exhaustive inquiry into the circumstances which led to the personal details of more than 1,000 individuals who will ...

  • Dutch govt wants to protect telecom sector against hostile suppliers

    December 24, 2019

    The Dutch government published the Decree on Security and Integrity of Telecommunications (Bvit) on 5 December. The decree lays down the legal possibility to exclude a supplier from Dutch networks based on evidence or suspicion the company wants to undermine networks. The government is also working on another measure: the Decree on the unwanted control ...

  • Government information sharing efforts remain a mixed bag

    December 23, 2019

    The rollout of a new tool in 2017 has improved information sharing across the federal government, but other once-promising programs are withering on the vine, according to an audit released Dec. 19. An unclassified joint report by Inspectors General from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, Commerce, Energy ...

  • Cyberattack Downs Pensacola’s City Systems

    December 10, 2019

    The city of Pensacola, Fla., said it has been hit by a cyberattack that shut down the city’s computer networks and affected its systems. The attack occurs just days after a shooting occurred Friday at U.S. military base Naval Air Station Pensacola, leaving three dead. Pensacola’s mayor, Grover Robinson, told news outlets that he didn’t know if the cyberattack was ...

  • China ‘bans foreign computer equipment and software from state offices’

    December 9, 2019

    Beijing has ordered every public institution in the country to remove foreign computer equipment and software within three years, according to the Financial Times. The newspaper reported that the order was made by the Chinese Communist Party’s central office earlier this year, and is the first publicly known directive obliging government offices to begin purchasing equipment ...

  • Canadian Nunavut government systems crippled by ransomware

    November 5, 2019

    Canadian government IT systems have been forced into lockdown after a successful ransomware attack. On Monday, government officials for the Nunavut region said that over the weekend, a “new and sophisticated type of ransomware” struck the territory. All government services — with the exception of an energy corporation — that rely on access to electronic information stored ...

  • Hackers shut down Johannesburg’s networks once again

    October 25, 2019

    Johannesburg, South Africa, is an alpha city on a booming continent—a financial powerhouse and one of the most important cities in the world. It’s also a repeat victim of hackers who at least twice in three months have shut down important city services and networks. The new attack: On Thursday night, the city of Johannesburg shut down its website, ...

  • Adwind Remote Access Trojan Hits Utilities Sector

    August 19, 2019

    Attackers are targeting entities from the utility industry with the Adwind Remote Access Trojan (RAT) malware via a malspam campaign that uses URL redirection to malicious payloads. Adwind (also known as jRAT, AlienSpy, JSocket, and Sockrat) is distributed by its developers to threat actors under a malware-as-a-service (MaaS) model and it is capable of evading detection by most major anti-malware ...

  • Louisiana governor declares state emergency after local ransomware outbreak

    July 25, 2019

    Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has activated a state-wide state of emergency in response to a wave of ransomware infections that have hit multple school districts. The ransomware infections took place this week and have impacted the school districts of three North Louisiana parishes — Sabine, Morehouse, and Ouachita. IT networks are down at all three school ...

  • Massive 7.5TB breach reveals secret Russian IT projects

    July 22, 2019

    Hackers breached the server of a major contractor working on behalf of the Russian intelligence service before stealing 7.5TB of sensitive data and sharing this freely with other hackers and journalists. Attackers infiltrated the company network of SyTech on 13 July, according to BBC Russia, and began a process of copying data while deleting masses of it. ...

  • Florida city pays $600,000 to ransomware gang to have its data back

    June 19, 2019

    The city council for Riviera Beach, Florida, voted this week to pay more than $600,000 to a ransomware gang so city officials could recover data that has been locked and encrypted more than three weeks ago. The city’s decision, as reported by CBS News, came after officials came to the conclusion that there was no other way ...