Last December, Vance Brown looked back on what he called a year of “incredible momentum” for cybersecurity in Colorado Springs, and for the National Cybersecurity Center itself. Now, taking stock of 2019, the NCC’s CEO says he had no idea where that momentum would lead. “I’m an optimist, so when...
Rapid-fire cyber attacks and a shifting regulatory landscape are the “new normal” — and a traditional tech-focused cybersecurity stance isn’t enough anymore. Experts say prioritizing risk management and a law-led approach to cybersecurity could be the difference between an inconvenience and a catastrophic breach. For any business, it could also...
Data breaches cost more than ever, and the fallout lasts even longer than previously thought, IBM has revealed in a new study. Colorado Springs cybersecurity expert Terry Bradley knows this firsthand. “My company, PLEX, worked a ransomware data breach case starting back in February of this year,” he said, “and we...
The attention of 27 students from Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo high schools is fixed on computer screens in the Pikes Peak Community College classroom at the Catalyst Campus. The students are working on their first task in a weeklong cyber boot camp: learning to open images in two operating...
People are very, very worried about protecting their data — but not worried enough to work through the nuts and bolts of protecting it. That’s the central finding of Malwarebytes Labs’ latest report, “The Blinding Effect of Security Hubris on Data Privacy,” which surveyed almost 4,000 people to measure their...
When even the giants aren’t safe in the cloud, what’s everyone else to do? TD Bank, Ford and Netflix all discovered this month that their data was exposed when card-skimming hacker group Magecart found a way to scan Amazon S3 buckets (public cloud storage that holds data and other backend...
Denver printing company Colorado Timberline abruptly closed down in September, blaming an unnamed ransomware attack for its demise. “We have recently been plagued by several IT events,” a message on the company’s website stated at the time. “Unfortunately we were unable to overcome the most recent ransomware attack.” This month marks...
World Password Day was May 2, but it’s not too late to avert disaster by ditching “123456,” “qwerty123” or — yes — “password” as your password. If you’re leaning on “sunshine,” that’s also in 2018’s Top 10 Worst Passwords, and hackers probably have your number. (Coloradans: Hackers also know “gobroncos”...
We don’t fall for spear phishing because we’re idiots — it’s because we relax behind our email, and because we’re decent people. But, experts say, to stop clicking our way into hackers’ traps we’ll have to start thinking more like criminals. The Solarwinds Cyberthreat Guide, released last week, identified phishing...
Breaking into your own house is unnerving. Why wasn’t that window locked? Why didn’t the alarm trip? Why didn’t the neighbors blink? It’s too easy. For the same reasons, cybersecurity experts say, breaking into your own place is important in the cyber world. And that’s what white hat hackers are for. White...
From phony iPhones preloaded with malware to election meddling and the rules of cyberwar, Black Hat USA 2019 wrapped up in Nevada last week with something for everyone to lie awake worrying about. Unlike most of us, Shawn Murray was there, with about 17,000 other infosec professionals. He’s a cybersecurity...
Why are there so many cryptocurrencies? Are they scams? Should I buy some? Can I start my own? You’ve got questions — the Business Journal did the research to bring you (cautious, qualified) answers. Cryptocurrencies everywhere How many cryptocurrencies are there? CoinLore pegs the number at 2,172, with a total market...