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Colonial Pipeline CEO Tells Why He Paid Hackers a $4.4 Million Ransom

The Wall Street Journal

Joseph Blount says he needed to quickly restore service after cyberattack threatened East Coast supply.

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Ransomware’s Dangerous New Trick Is Double-Encrypting Your Data


Even when you pay for a decryption key, your files may still be locked up by another strain of malware.

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The Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack and the Perils of Privately Owned Infrastructure

The New Yorker

For years, businesses have resisted efforts from the federal government to hold them to robust cybersecurity standards.

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Which Industries Aren’t Ready for a Cyberattack?

Wall Street Journal

“A number of important industries are dangerously vulnerable to cyberattacks. Small businesses are far less prepared than big ones. And plenty of companies aren’t taking basic steps to improve their readiness, leaving them exposed to breaches that can threaten their existence.”

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Data-security lapses surge in work-from-home era

American Banker

“Three factors will produce a perfect storm for insider threats next year: the fast shift to remote work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, employees’ job insecurity and the increased ease of moving stolen company data. At the same time, the cost of insider breaches is growing. According to Ponemon, the average cost of insider threats grew 31% from 2018 to 2020, to $11.45 million.”

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The biggest hacks, data breaches of 2020


Here’s a comprehensive roundup. “Cyberattackers certainly haven’t given anyone a break this year. Data breaches, network infiltrations, bulk data theft and sale, identity theft, and ransomware outbreaks have all occurred over 2020 and the underground market shows no signs of stopping.”

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How Remote Working is Making Life Easier For Hackers


[VIDEO] Without corporate firewalls, phishing attacks are far easier to carry out on WFH computers. Employees are also taking work computers home and using them for personal email, gaming and more, opening up vulnerabilities and providing attackers a doorway into networks.

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Are Your New Remote Workers Visible to Security Operations?


Due to coronavirus, companies are seeing an unprecedented amount of remote work. Whether mandated by the government or the organization, businesses are asking many (if not all) employees to work from home. While this move creates obvious challenges for IT in terms of infrastructure and capacity, it’s also creating challenges for security teams as they push to scale remote work on a rapid and global level, according to Gartner.

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Biometric cyber privacy tools released by SecureReview, Western Digital, AirCUVE

Biometric Update

Amid widespread concern for cybersecurity and interest in replacing passwords with biometric authentication, new solutions providing or supporting biometrics have been launched by SecureReview, Western Digital, and AirCUVE, writes Alessandro Mascellino.

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