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Cybersecurity Recap April 2021

April 28, 2021

Curated cybersecurity news

summary for facility management professional, building owners and IT professionals who are interested in building security and Facility IT.


What is new in March, 2021 in Cybersecurity?

A Casino Gets Hacked Through a Fish-Tank Thermometer

This fish-tank hack happened a few years ago but is more relevant than ever! ll All connected devices are creating an enormous opportunity for hackers. That’s because many of them aren’t equipped with the kinds of security protections seen in laptops, servers, phones and tablets. And unfortunately, many of us aren’t aware of the risks. Read more

Despite the vaccine rollout, it seems unlikely that things will ever return to the way they were before the pandemic. A recent PWC survey found that 78% of CEOs believe that a distributed workforce is here to stay. As a result, organizations must rethink how they can best organize themselves in these uncertain times, remain secure and survive this indefinite period of remote work and virtual interactionsLearn More

Senators Introduce Fresh Slate of Cybersecurity-Centered Bills

Senators from both sides of the political aisle introduced several bills late last week aimed at strengthening the government’s cybersecurity readiness and response efforts. 

The legislation comes as consequences of ongoing cyber intrusions targeting U.S. federal networks and major private companies continue to emerge. Learn More

EU Cybersecurity Agency Prioritizes Digital Strategic Autonomy and Security Research Areas

The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) has released a report which examines digital strategic autonomy in the EU and suggests future research directions.

Digital strategic autonomy can be defined as the ability of Europe to source products and services designed to meet the EU’s specific needs and values, while avoiding being subject to the influence of the outside world. In the digital world, such needs may encompass hardware, software or algorithms, manufactured as products and/or services, which should comply with the EU values, and thus preserve a fair digital ecosystem while respecting privacy and digital rights. Learn More

Rolls Royce launches cybersecurity research network

Aerospace and defence manufacturer - Rolls Royce - launches new cybersecurity research with two leading universities in the field. 

Joining the ‘Rolls Royce Cybersecurity Technology Network’ Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have already started research projects. Read More

U.K. Launches Free Cybersecurity Training for School Teachers and Staff

British schools will be able to improve their defense against online attacks through new training created for teachers and staff by the U.K.’s cyber experts.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ – has released free cyber security training for school staff, which sets out real-life incident case studies and four practical steps staff can take to protect themselves online. Read More

Cybersecurity for the Factory Floor

“Complexity is often the enemy of security. Manufacturing is one of the most complex infrastructure sectors, given the scale and assortment of suppliers with a predominance of small and medium manufacturers and variety of business models,” said Wayne Austad, chief technology officer for the National and Homeland Security Directorate at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), based in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

With fully connected manufacturing machine tools, today’s cyber threats are even more real. There is some element of risk attached to any device being connected to the Web. Read More

White House launches cybersecurity push targeting electricity sector

The White House on Tuesday announced the first pilot program to improve the cybersecurity of the nation's electricity infrastructure as part of a broader initiative focused on industrial control systems.

"The 100-day plan includes aggressive but achievable milestones and will assist owners and operators as they modernize cybersecurity defenses, including enhancing detection, mitigation and forensic capabilities," according to an April 20 statement from Emily Horne, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council. Read More

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