ARTICLES ABOUT cyber risk

July 25, 2019

Ready for Anything: Responding to Cyber Attacks

In the latest entry, we discuss how to prevent, manage, and respond to cyber attacks on any scale.

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October 16, 2017

It Came From Your Email

This data breach isn’t the only major cyber crime to severely impact millions of lives this year. In late June, multiple companies across the world were under siege by a virus that effectively shut down computers and extorted money.

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April 11, 2017

War Games

Many large-scale cyber threats demonstrate the deceptively simple techniques hackers often employ to infiltrate our computers and steal our information: requests from a stranger on your social media, the stray USB drive on the floor, and the email you failed to scrutinize before opening.

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October 11, 2016

Don’t worry. Your password is totally strong enough…

Is your password security up to snuff? Most people are pretty relaxed about password security, and even when websites force us to have strong passwords, we find tricks around that which just make us vulnerable again.

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March 30, 2016

The Rise of Ransomware

Late on a Friday evening in the beginning of February, staff at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California began to report issues accessing portions of the hospital’s network. As the administration would soon learn, their system had been infected with a piece of malicious software that had encrypted critical files and databases. The malicious software provided the hospital with an ultimatum—pay up, or never have access to these files again.

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January 1, 2015

Public Utilities in the U.S. Being Targeted by International Hackers

Late in 2013, the FBI discovered that a Chinese hacker called UglyGorilla was seeking access to parts of a U.S. utility company’s systems that would allow him to remotely cut off heat or damage pipelines.

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October 1, 2014

Avoiding Data Breach

Recently the news media has been full of reports of companies, cities, states, and other groups getting stung by costly data breaches. These crimes not only deplete corporate and public funds, but increase insurance rates and take a huge toll on an entity’s reputation. Reasonable safeguards could protect your district from these perils, and potentially save you a lot of time and money.

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