Chris Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS, said recent ransomware attacks on Baltimore, Louisiana and Texas brought to light the need for a more coordinated federal, state, local and private sector response to cyber attacks.
Cybersecurity awareness programs are not a one and done event, but an area of continuous and universal reinforcement. Laws may be needed to require ransomware incident reporting and perhaps prohibit ransom payment.
Local officials examined the challenge of educating executive leadership on cybersecurity importance.
One of the most troublesome forms of cyber attack, ransomware famously hit Baltimore earlier this year.
NSA’s six-year-old program challenges students and others to solve a multi-step cybersecurity problem as a way to expose them to the type of work the agency and the government does.
Patrick Knight, a senior director of cyber strategy and technology at Veriato, outlines basic steps for agencies to take as ransomware attacks become more prevalent.
Because individuals and businesses heavily rely on the internet, it’s essential to maintain a safe place online and take proactive measures to protect against a data breach, like ransomware, using a multilayered approach.
Pentagon cybersecurity officials say two global ransomware attacks highlighted improvements the Defense Department has made to its ability to command and control its own networks, but also showed areas that are ripe for improvement.
Clark Campbell, the vice president for public sector for BDNA, argues that if agencies don’t address end of life technology, the next cyber attack could be much worse.
Jeanette Manfra, the acting deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at the Homeland Security Department, offered an in-depth look into the steps DHS and the government took to keep federal agencies safe from WannaCry.