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The U.S. Feds Issue Alert re Ongoing Threat of Ransomware

The U.S. federal government, thru @USCERT_gov, issued a special alert advising that it has “observed an increase in ransomware attacks across the world”: https://bit.ly/2qlcup4 .  According to @USCERT_gov, the “best practices and guidance remain the same” for preventing ransomware:

1. Create system back-ups

2. Be wary of opening emails and attachments from unknown or unverified senders

3. Ensure that systems are updated with the latest patches

And @USCERT_gov encourages users and administrators to review its its Ransomware page and the the U.S. Government Interagency Joint Guidance for further information.

 

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Sony Opening new Digital Media Production Center

Congratulations to to our longtime customer/partner, Sony, on the opening of its new Digital Media Production Center near bTrade world HQ in Glendale, CA: https://bit.ly/2GJjtDc.  The facility will be the company’s home to Los Angeles-based crews for gear, training and education about its latest production technologies that include 4K and high dynamic range capabilities.

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Attack on natural gas network shows rising cyberthreat

A cyberattack on a natural gas service provider late last month has spilled into the electricity sector, underscoring the growing threat hackers pose to critical energy systems: .  The cyber intrusion has not disrupted the flow of natural gas or electricity.  Still, energy and cybersecurity experts say the case offers a cautionary tale in today’s increasingly interconnected world.

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Fewer Records Breached in 2017, but Ransomware Escalates

IBM recently announced its 2018 X-Force Threat Intelligence Index, revealing that the number of breached records declined in 2017: https://ibm.co/2JlJPck. But the decline is not an indication that cyber-crime has decreased, but rather that the focus of cyber-crime has shifted to ransomware and other destructive attacks.

 
Brute Force Attacks

FYI regarding an alert from @USCERT_gov about an obnoxious brute force attack conducted by cyber actors: https://bit.ly/2J0yrlX 

 
Monday Cybersecurity Tip – Healthcare

The HIPAA “Technical Safeguards” focus on the technology that protects PHI and controls access to it.  Remember, HIPAA does not specify the type of technology an organization must use.  Instead, it sets forth the following categories of standards or guidelines:

  • Access Control
  • Audit Controls
  • Integrity
  • Authentication
  • Transmission Security

If you want more information about complying with HIPAA’s “Technical Safeguards,” we recommend this resource which is produced by the US federal government agency responsible for HIPAA compliance.

If you want to learn more about how a managed file transfer software solution like TDXchange can help you comply with HIPAA’s “Technical Safeguards,” contact us at info@btrade.com.

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Multiple Ransomware Infections Reported

Earlier today we advised of a cybersecurity tip from the US Department of Homeland Security about regularly updating software on your Internet-connected devices. That tip was timely given this malware alert from US-CERT: http://bit.ly/2z4Y8QE.shutterstock_189271679A

 
Cybersecurity Awareness: Stop.Think.Connect.

The US Department of Homeland Security, as part of its Cybersecurity Awareness Month activities, offers this cybersecurity tip: “Keep a clean machine. Regularly update the software on your Internet-connected devices, including PCs, smartphones, and tablets, to reduce the risk of infection from malware.”shutterstock_113259814A

 
 
 
 
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