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Cyber Attacks Targeting Cities

Happy Monday! As a reminder, NeQter Labs’ CEO will be sitting on the panel at the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce Cybersecurity event on September 12th, 2019 at 4:00 P.M. Register online here ASAP if you want to attend! We can’t wait to see you!

In a world filled with technology, cyber attacks are really putting a damper on some of our everyday lives. Cyber attacks are not slowing down, they are multiplying. Last week, I talked about the ransomware attack on Texas governments, which they are still recovering from. The police have been writing paper tickets and librarians are using the old borrowing cards to check out books. The Texas communities will not be functioning normally for weeks, while responders are still trying to make sense of the situation.

In a completely different scenario this week, an entire school district in Idaho is shut down due to a cyber attack. As of right now, they are saying the attack came from an email, but the details have not been confirmed. It seems that the attack is only affecting Windows, but the network has been shut down and the schools in this district are living similarly to those in Texas. School has not been closed, but teachers have turned to blackboards and pen and paper to continue teaching their lessons. 

With all of the recent attacks, this should come as no surprise when I say, please backup your systems, implement cybersecurity tools, train your staff on cyber awareness (including what not to click on in emails!), and update your systems! It may take a lot of work to prevent attacks, but it will take a lot more work to recover from them.

In other news, NIST announced that the release of NIST SP 800-171 Revision 2, “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations,” will be pushed back even further. According to NIST, this is due to the awaiting review of NIST SP 800-53.

That’s all for today! Thank you for tuning in to this week’s segment of “Mondays With Miranda!” Keep up to date with current news by following NeQter Labs on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. We love comments and questions, so drop me an email [email protected]. Enjoy your week!

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