Colorado governments — state, county and local — took a critical step in honing cyberattack response plans at the Joint Cyber Workshop Feb. 10-11. For the first time, C-suite level decision makers from government IT organizations across the state joined the workshop in closed-door sessions, to create a memorandum of understanding formalizing Colorado’s cyber incident […]
Funding for the Department of Defense’s innovation arm could more than double in 2019 — but three Colorado Springs tech companies are seeing benefits long before that money lands. Rim Technologies, Aspen Logix and Spectrabotics have teamed up to create SpaceBook in response to a Commercial Solutions Opening from the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), […]
If blockchain is unhackable and cryptocurrencies are secure, how did cybercriminals steal 58 billion yen (U.S. $500 million) last month from Coincheck, one of Japan’s largest digital currency exchanges? That’s one of many questions National Cybersecurity Center interim CEO Vance Brown fielded at the NCC’s first blockchain training event, Jan. 30. And the answer was […]
Colorado is set to become one of just a handful of states adopting blockchain technology in government systems and programs, after a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a groundbreaking bill Jan. 17. The Senate bill, Cyber Coding Cryptology for State Records (SB 18-086), sponsored by Sen. Angela Williams and Sen. Kent Lambert with Rep. Joann […]
The Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC is nearing the first milestone in its work toward the community’s first Regional Cybersecurity Strategic Plan. A survey of community assets is due to wrap up Jan. 26, and the study that will form the basis of the strategic plan is expected to be finalized in the second quarter […]
It’s time to stop watching bitcoin and start understanding blockchain. True, the bitcoin rollercoaster is riveting: The cryptocurrency rocketed from $800 per bitcoin in January 2017 to an all-time high of $19,783 Dec. 17, only to plummet to $13,800 on Dec. 22, losing one-third of its value in 24 hours. But blockchain, the technology bitcoin […]
Digital assassination is getting easier to launch and harder to ward off. The menacing term, used by reputation experts Richard Torrenzano and Mark Davis in their book “Digital Assassination: Protecting Your Reputation, Brand or Business Against Online Attacks,” describes anonymous online assaults designed to smear companies and individuals. “It’s becoming increasingly...
With the National Cybersecurity Center, Vance Brown is on a mission to make Colorado Springs the “No. 1 cybersecurity/blockchain city in the world.” Whether or not you said, “What’s blockchain?” is an indicator of how long that might take — but Brown, the NCC’s interim CEO, gives it about a year. “Put a stake in […]
In September, the U.S. government banned all federal agencies from using products from Russian cybersecurity software giant Kaspersky Lab. “The Department is concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and […]
Hackers are using stolen data to make threats against children, and the U.S. Department of Education is warning school districts nationwide to beef up their cybersecurity in response. The threats — some of which have been sent directly to parents — are personal and specific, and are intended to extort...
A cybersecurity breach can break a small business, and now the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center has launched a statewide program to help small-business owners get ahead of the threats. “We have now fully launched our cybersecurity for small business program, which we lovingly call Cyber CYA — Covering Your Assets,” said Pikes Peak SBDC […]