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August 18, 2020
We’re less than three months from the U.S. presidential election, and the Democratic and Republican conventions will take place over the next week. The COVID-19 pandemic forced significant changes in these conventions, and a raging debate continues regarding voting by mail. Let’s leave the vote by mail issue aside for now and focus on election cybersecurity. Substantial outrage stemmed from...
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April 6, 2020
I use Zoom video conferencing and will continue to use it despite the negative press reporting. Here's the situation. Zoom was a niche application a few short months ago, and it was never designed for today’s 200 million concurrent users. There were some amateurish flaws in the code, but there wasn't enough scrutiny to make a difference. Then we saw a huge spike in popularity, and suddenly...
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January 23, 2020
In 2019, attackers continued to target third parties, service providers, and supply chain partners with the intention of broadening the scale and impact of their attacks. Notable instances in 2019 included the following: In November 2019, a cyberattack against Milwaukee-based technology provider Virtual Care Provider Inc. kept more than 100 senior living facilities from accessing patient...
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December 16, 2019
In 2020, we will see substantial increases in wireless data speeds as well as new applications and business models that will leverage fifth-generation (5G) wireless and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax). Both technologies will give enterprise users, consumers, and, yes, attackers the ability to rapidly transfer an enormous amount of data using new devices that will become available in 2020. The potential impact...
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November 25, 2019
I recently had the opportunity to take a public tour of an Amazon fulfillment center in Texas. It was an amazing experience and left me with a clear impression that loss of availability can have a colossal and devastating cyber impact on any organization with complex supply chains or time-sensitive customer services. We all focus on confidentiality of data, but in this case, availability took...
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October 28, 2019
From my first days as a private in the Army so many years ago, it was drummed into me that I needed to “know the enemy.” At that time, my platoon was regularly shown photographs and movies that depicted Soviet and Warsaw Pact soldiers in various states of fierceness. I have memories of the visions of hordes of burly soldiers in Soviet uniforms bounding through the snow and doing aggressive...
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