March 9, 2021

The Cybersecurity 202: Scammers are Already Targeting the Next Round of Coronavirus Relief Checks

The Washington Post, March 9, 2021
Cybercriminals are flooding potential victims with scams using the pending coronavirus relief plan as bait.
That's according to a new report by researchers at cybersecurity firm Proofpoint.
Stimulus checks outlined in the bill, which is expected to be passed by the House as early as today, have not been sent out yet. But already last week researchers discovered a campaign of thousands of emails that sought to trick Americans into filling out a phony form to “apply” for American Rescue Plan checks from the Internal Revenue Service.

February 26, 2021

Legacy tech, privacy and security issues bog down healthcare innovation

CIO Dive, February 26, 2021
Under pressure after a year of change, the healthcare industry has to contend with cybersecurity and privacy challenges while bringing its technology up to speed.
Funding for cybersecurity companies aimed at the healthcare sector took off in the final quarter of last year as the healthcare industry grappled with the effects of a rise in ransomware attacks, according to CB Insights. At least 26 healthcare providers were hit by ransomware between January and May of 2020.
The pandemic drove hospitals and healthcare facilities to further rely on connected devices, digitizing more patient records and an uptick in patients using telehealth services, said Kelvin Coleman, executive director at the National Cyber Security Alliance, in an email.

February 12, 2021

U.S. Water Supply Has Few Protections Against Hacking

The Wall Street Journal, February 12, 2021
A Florida city whose water system was hacked last week said Friday that it completed a federally mandated security-risk assessment three months ago, but hadn’t yet integrated the findings into its emergency plans.

February 2, 2021

Is Biden’s $10B Enough to Make US Cybersecurity Great Again?

SDxCentral, February 2, 2021
President Joe Biden made cybersecurity a top priority for his administration even before he took office last month.
In December, shortly after threat researchers disclosed the SolarWinds hack that hit upwards of 250 government agencies and major tech companies, Biden pledged to “make dealing with this breach a top priority from the moment we take office.”