NEWS & EVENTS

 

CyberWeek #20: May 15 through May 21, 2017

The past week has been a busy week for cybersecurity professionals. We started the week with the timer on WannaCry expired on May 15. This mean that if encrypted files are not paid, they would be permanently deleted. Those whom paid the ransom receive the ability to decrypt previously encrypted files and regain access back to original system. For those who did not paid, backup provides the only remaining mechanism to restore original files. All told, under 300 payments or so was paid, or a total of approximately $100,000. In retrospective, the sum is paltry compared to the billions of dollars that the attack has impacted to businesses, hospitals and factories. Researchers are quickly highlig

Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure

Today President Trump executed the Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. The EO outlines the requirements pertaining to 1) Cybersecurity of Federal Networks; 2) Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure; and 3) Cybersecurity for the Nation. Key takeaways from the EO are 1) Agencies to adopt NIST Cybersecurity Framework; 2) Conduct assessment and report with 90 days; 3) Leverage shared services; 4) Increase international cooperation with allies and other partners; 5) Improve the cyber workforce. Additional information on the EO and other requirements can be obtained from the following link from the Whitehouse Briefing Room.

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