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Mondays With Miranda: April 23, 2018

April 23rd, 2018

Hi Everyone! It’s Monday again… everyone’s favorite day of the week *sigh*. To brighten up your day, I’ve got some exciting news to share with all of you. Tomorrow, April 24th, the 2018 5th Annual Cybersecurity Summit is happening at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, in McLean, Virginia. This summit focuses on how federal agencies can improve their respective data security measures, and will include speeches from public and private sector leaders. The speeches will emphasize incorporating defensive and offensive cyber training into federal cybersecurity practices, as well as the importance of implementing the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. (You can learn more about this at: https://neqter.staging.wpengine.com/nist-compliance/ ).

As for exciting, fresh cybersecurity news this week, NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) has released Version 1.1 of their Cybersecurity Framework, its first major update. The new version includes improved authentication and identity, self-assessing cybersecurity risk, and updates for managing cybersecurity within the supply chain. They are calling this “a significant advance” and said that it reflects the success of the model that addresses cybersecurity issues. NIST also announced that they are planning on releasing an updated document titled “The Roadmap for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” which will focus on development, alignment, and collaboration.

With so many data breaches in the news, is 2018 the year of the cyber criminal? In the first few months of 2018, many government and healthcare organizations all over the world, including the United States, have seen major breaches. In just the first week of April alone, restaurant chains, department stores, and major retailers have also reported significant data breaches.

With breaches on the rise, there is an increased need to hire cybersecurity professionals, in addition to private and public sector organizations improving both their cybersecurity planning and incident management. Organizations need to stay more vigilant in addressing their cybersecurity.  Cybersecurity teams need to become larger, stronger and more knowledgeable than their cyber criminal peers. An increasing trend is cyber criminals working together in large organized groups; a development that has changed the cybersecurity landscape. It is our job then, as cybersecurity professionals, to ensure that our companies develop stronger, knowledgeable security in order to combat these new developments.


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I’ll talk to you guys again next week. Have a great week everyone! Happy Monday!

References: https://homelandprepnews.com/stories/27945-nist-releases-first-major-update-cybersecurity-framework/, https://www.richardvanhooijdonk.com/en/cybercrime-may-be-the-biggest-global-threat-of-2018

About the Author: Miranda Simpson

Miranda Simpson is a Technical Writer & Support Representative at NeQter Labs, in Middletown, RI. She is extremely passionate about technology and cybersecurity. She enjoys long walks on the beach while listening to punk rock with her mobile walkman.

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