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Cybersecurity recap October 2021

Cybersecurity recap October 2021

October 27, 2021

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What is new in July, 2021 in Cybersecurity?

October was a cybersecurity month: Time for your safety check

If Cybersecurity Awareness Month prompts you to revisit your cybersafety, the holiday is worth celebrating. The sophistication and rate of automated password cracking, data breaches and phishing schemes continue to increase, says Guemmy Kim, Google's director of account security and safetyLearn More

Cybersecurity challenges drive adoption of zero trust

The need to improve our cybersecurity posture is a no brainer but that doesn’t make it an easy proposition.

Executives at this Washington Technology Executive Perspectives roundtable described how the type of threats in today's cybersecurity landscape are well known, but the frequency of attacks and types of targets continue to grow. Read more

New post will be part of a department overhaul to tackle global cybersecurity challenges, the Wall Street Journal reports. Learn More

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: FBI offers steps to protect against ransomware, what to do if it hits

During Cybersecurity Awareness Month, observed each October, the FBI and its partner agencies remind you to do your part and #BeCyberSmart all year long.

As the premier cyber investigative agency, the FBI works to keep you safe online, but there are many simple steps you can take to help protect yourself and your family. If you do become a victim, contact us at the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center ( to report online crime.

This week's focus is on ransomware - what it is and how to stay safe. Learn More

NIST Starts Consumer Labeling Program for IoT Cybersecurity

Over the last several weeks, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has taken key steps towards the creation of a consumer labeling program for the cybersecurity of Internet of things (IoT) devices.

President Biden's May 2021 Executive Order (EO) 14028, "Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity," which DWT covered in a prior blog post, directed NIST and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to explore and pilot such a labeling program as part of the EO's push to improve the security of software supply chains. The labeling program, which has been likened to the Energy Star program for energy efficiency, would allow consumers to identify which IoT devices incorporate certain cybersecurity capabilities and have undergone comprehensive testing and assessment. Read More

A new cybersecurity center wants to protect medical devices against hacks

In the decade since, there’s been an explosion in the number of connected medical devices — drug infusion pumps, pacemakers, monitors — that makes the issue even more pressing. There is an average of 10 to 15 internet-connected devices on each hospital bed, security researchers estimate. That exposure is one reason the University of Minnesota set up a new Center for Medical Device Cybersecurity, which launched at the beginning of September in partnership with medical device companies like Medtronic (which made Radcliffe’s pump) and Boston ScientificRead More

DDoS attacks are becoming more prolific and more powerful, warn cybersecurity researchers

A report warns about a rise in DDoS attacks as cyber criminals get more creative with ways to make campaigns more disruptiveRead More

Cybersecurity Solutions to Know in 2021: Open Source and Scaling Up

Speed is of the essence in digital defense. As the latest Ponemon Institute Cost of a Data Breach Report makes clear, businesses and agencies that are able to respond to and contain an incident rapidly will save millions over their slower peers. The average total cost of a data breach increased by nearly 10%, the largest increase in nearly a decade. However, groups able to identify and contain a breach in less than 200 days saved an average of $1.26 million compared to those that needed more time. So, the right thing to do is put more cybersecurity solutions in place, right? Read More

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