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Massachusetts State Police bulks up security preparedness, cyber crime fighting capability

FRAMINGHAM — A new Massachusetts State Police division designed to bulk up the state’s ability to anticipate possible terrorist incidents and fight cyber crime was announced at the State Police headquarters Thursday afternoon.

State Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett said the new Division of Homeland Security and Preparedness gives state police extra capabilities to address crime fighting and homeland terrorist incidents, the State House News Service reported.

“We are building a 24-hour statewide Watch Center within general headquarters here in Framingham that will monitor developing incidents anywhere in the state, nation or the world which might impact our public safety and security,” State Police Superintendent Col. Richard Quinn said. 

The Homeland Security and Preparedness division will take in current State Police programs such as the Air Wing, state marine unit and cyber crime and digital evidence units, as well as the Fusion Center, an ongoing collaboration between federal and local law enforcement. The unit will, among

Read more at: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/08/state_police_to_bulk_up_securi.html

Massachusetts State Police bulks up security preparedness, cyber …

FRAMINGHAM — A new Massachusetts State Police division designed to bulk up the state’s ability to anticipate possible terrorist incidents and fight cyber crime was announced at the State Police headquarters Thursday afternoon.

State Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett said the new Division of Homeland Security and Preparedness gives state police extra capabilities to address crime fighting and homeland terrorist incidents, the State House News Service reported.

“We are building a 24-hour statewide Watch Center within general headquarters here in Framingham that will monitor developing incidents anywhere in the state, nation or the world which might impact our public safety and security,” State Police Superintendent Col. Richard Quinn said. 

The Homeland Security and Preparedness division will take in current State Police programs such as the Air Wing, state marine unit and cyber crime and digital evidence units, as well as the Fusion Center, an ongoing collaboration between federal and local law enforcement. The unit will, among

Read more at: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/08/state_police_to_bulk_up_securi.html

Employees Pose Bigger Threat to Cyber Security than Criminal Hackers

As the world becomes increasingly dependent on technology, the potential for data theft or system shutdown from a breach in cyber security looms large. IT professionals and law enforcement are scrambling to keep up with cyber criminals who are utilizing the latest sophisticated methodologies in their techniques. Over the past year, 32% of businesses have been victims of a major cyber attack. Each year, the corporate world loses $388 billion dealing with and recovering from breaches in cyber security. The amount spent on remediating computer viruses alone has reached about $55 billion per year. While cyber criminals receive a lot of attention and generate splashy headlines, the threat coming from within an organization – whether malicious or not – may be greater.

In a Harvey Nash/KPMG survey, 4,500 CIOs and technology leaders from around the world indicate that the insider threat is the fastest-growing security risk of all. Employees

Read more at: https://www.hrtechnologist.com/articles/core-hr-functions/employees-pose-bigger-threat-to-cyber-security-than-criminal-hackers/

Employees Pose Bigger Threat to Cyber Security than Criminal …

As the world becomes increasingly dependent on technology, the potential for data theft or system shutdown from a breach in cyber security looms large. IT professionals and law enforcement are scrambling to keep up with cyber criminals who are utilizing the latest sophisticated methodologies in their techniques. Over the past year, 32% of businesses have been victims of a major cyber attack. Each year, the corporate world loses $388 billion dealing with and recovering from breaches in cyber security. The amount spent on remediating computer viruses alone has reached about $55 billion per year. While cyber criminals receive a lot of attention and generate splashy headlines, the threat coming from within an organization – whether malicious or not – may be greater.

In a Harvey Nash/KPMG survey, 4,500 CIOs and technology leaders from around the world indicate that the insider threat is the fastest-growing security risk of all. Employees

Read more at: https://www.hrtechnologist.com/articles/core-hr-functions/employees-pose-bigger-threat-to-cyber-security-than-criminal-hackers/

Do-it-yourself cyber security: Tips to detect, protect

What can you do to protect against hackers when risks pop up seemingly overnight to compromise your security and identity? To find out about the threats, and what you can do to ward off hacking, the Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board spoke with Blake Dowling, CEO of Ageis Business Technologies in Tallahassee, who writes tech columns for several organizations and can be reached at dowlingb@aegisbiztech.com

Q: There have been some high-profile ransomware attacks in recent months. Can computer users who aren’t experts be trained to identify these threats?

A: Anyone can be trained to spot online threats, and training is a key component to battling cyber crime. There is no magic bullet to stop all malicious online behavior, so users must step up their game and be able to recognize threats to their organizations and their data. Cyber common sense also comes into play: If you get an

Read more at: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-hack-attack-safeguard-your-data-security-20170814-story.html

Do-it-yourself cyber security: Tips to detect, protect – Orlando Sentinel

What can you do to protect against hackers when risks pop up seemingly overnight to compromise your security and identity? To find out about the threats, and what you can do to ward off hacking, the Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board spoke with Blake Dowling, CEO of Ageis Business Technologies in Tallahassee, who writes tech columns for several organizations and can be reached at dowlingb@aegisbiztech.com

Q: There have been some high-profile ransomware attacks in recent months. Can computer users who aren’t experts be trained to identify these threats?

A: Anyone can be trained to spot online threats, and training is a key component to battling cyber crime. There is no magic bullet to stop all malicious online behavior, so users must step up their game and be able to recognize threats to their organizations and their data. Cyber common sense also comes into play: If you get an

Read more at: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-hack-attack-safeguard-your-data-security-20170814-story.html

A Cyber Security Investment Strategy For The Future

Investment Thesis

The cyber security industry has picked up steam lately and is a good way sector within the technology industry to become invested in. Many stocks and ETFs in this area have seen some of the best returns in the market, from small-cap businesses like Zix (ZIXI), to large-caps like Symantec (SYMC) and Check Point (CHKP). Cyber security ETFs are a new way to gain exposure to this field and are a good alternative to individual stocks for people who want to get involved in a growing sector without having to keep up with the fast pace.

Trends

Cyber security is becoming increasingly essential the more devices that are connected to the Internet. Cyber attacks are also increasing at a rapid rate, the most recent large-scale attack being the Petya ransomware attack.

Read more at: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4099083-cyber-security-investment-strategy-future

British cyber security expert denies US malware charges



The 23-year-old denies the charges (AP)

August 14 2017

A British cyber security researcher credited with helping curb a recent worldwide ransomware attack has pleaded not guilty to US federal charges accusing him of creating malicious software to steal banking information.

Marcus Hutchins, 23, entered the plea during a hearing in Wisconsin federal court, Milwaukee.

He and an unnamed co-defendant face charges of conspiring to commit computer fraud in the American state and elsewhere.

Authorities arrested Hutchins on August 2 in Las Vegas airport as he prepared to travel home to Ilfracombe, after he had attended a cyber security convention.

The indictment said the alleged offences took place from July 2014 to July 2015.

Hutchins was hailed as a cyber crime-fighting hero four months ago when he found a “kill switch” that slowed the outbreak of WannaCry virus.

Hutchins has been granted computer access for work

Read more at: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/british-cyber-security-expert-denies-us-malware-charges-36031028.html

British cyber security expert appears in Milwaukee federal court, pleads not guilty to fraud

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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai writes for Motherboard, the science and tech channel of VICE Media, which broke the story of Marcus Hutchins’ arrest. He was in Milwaukee for Hutchins’ first appearance in federal court here.
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A British cyber security expert widely credited with stopping the international WannaCry ransomware attack in May appeared Monday in federal court in Milwaukee on charges he created a different kind of malware aimed at bank customers in 2014 and 2015.

Marcus Hutchins, 23, was arrested Aug. 2 in Las Vegas, where

Read more at: http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/crime/2017/08/14/british-cyber-security-expert-appears-milwaukee-federal-court-pleads-not-guilty-fraud/564309001/

Cyber crime vigil: Cos need to roll out security lessons

Hyderabad: Rattled by the current string of cyber attacks, IT experts have now advised companies to enhance their data protection mechanisms to ensure that it does not fall prey to malicious ransomware like Wannacry and Petya.

The first step in protecting a business from malware attacks, they said, was to educate employees as close to 90% of all breaches occur as a result of a worker clicking on an inappropriate website link.

While the awareness level, about ransomware and malware attacks, has gone up among companies in Hyderabad, a lot still needs to be done to ensure that their data is not compromised, said members of the Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC).

“Taking the recent string of cyber security attacks into account companies must step up their security systems in addition to educating their employees about cyber threats. Many

Read more at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/cyber-crime-vigil-cos-need-to-roll-out-security-lessons/articleshow/60039444.cms