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Ransomware Strikes Again…

Oct 7, 2019

Happy Monday! Last week, NeQter Labs’ CEO, Richard Astle, was a finalist in the Cox Business Get Started RI Pitch Competition. We want to thank everyone who came out to support NeQter Labs, and let you know that we are grateful to have been given the opportunity to present.

In this week’s news, National Defense Industrial Association San Diego just released a draft of the “NIST 800-171/DFARS 252.204-7012 Compliance and the DoD’s Small Business Base.” A few key points from this document include the eight dimensions of cybersecurity readiness, along with their recommendations to policymakers, Prime contractors, etc. The eight dimensions of Defense Industrial Base (DIB) cybersecurity readiness are preparedness, costs, education, contracting, cloud computing, risk assessment and remediation, saturation for compliance, and certifications. To highlight a few of the main points of the recommendations, for example, one states that “prime contractors must add a clause flowing down the 252.204-7012 requirements on their subcontract documents. These documents must state specifically and in detailed the specific requirements of the DFARS…This includes the mandate for subcontractors to: create a System Security Plan (SSP) and associated plan of action and milestones (POA&Ms), report non-compliance to the DoD CIO’s office within 30 days after contract award,” etc.

In other news, another case of ransomware has come upon us. Three hospitals within the DCH Health System were impacted by a recent ransomware attack, forcing them to close their doors to any patients who were not in the most critical conditions. The payment amount being demanded by the hackers is still unknown. Currently, they are still working to get their systems back online and “medications, clinic appointments, medical records, and visit history are still unavailable.”

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 info@neqterlabs.com. Enjoy your week!

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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