Alarm sounds over census cybersecurity concerns

TheHill | July 17, 2019

Alarm sounds over census cybersecurity concerns
Lawmakers are raising concerns that the upcoming 2020 census, which people are expected to fill out primarily online for the first time, is opening the door to potential cyber vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities were in the spotlight on Capitol Hill on Tuesday as the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing to examine the security of the census, which residents will be able to complete online, over the phone or on paper.  The hearing featured testimony from top officials from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which has added the Census Bureau to its list of “high risk programs” due to cybersecurity and information technology shortfalls.

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With recent high profile hacks of companies such as Uber, Equifax, and HBO, it’s safe to say that cybersecurity is already top of mind for many of the world’s biggest companies. However, as billions of more devices get connected to the internet every year – including many that are not properly secured – this cybercrime threat is evolving quickly, and the stakes are rising as well.

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Arcserve | May 20, 2020

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iENSO | March 09, 2021

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Arctic Wolf Security Operations Cloud Reaches Massive Scale and a Global Footprint

Arctic Wolf | November 09, 2021

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This unification of an organization’s security data ensures only verified security incidents are escalated to customers, effectively eliminating alert fatigue, and ensuring internal security resources have the time needed to focus on hardening their overall security posture. Powering Security Operations at a Global Scale To further support Arctic Wolf’s ongoing global expansion, the company has leveraged the scalability and extensibility of the AWS public cloud infrastructure, providing new customers the ability to have their native security solution data hosted within the Arctic Wolf Security Operations Cloud in their choice of the United States, Germany, or Canada. 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With recent high profile hacks of companies such as Uber, Equifax, and HBO, it’s safe to say that cybersecurity is already top of mind for many of the world’s biggest companies. However, as billions of more devices get connected to the internet every year – including many that are not properly secured – this cybercrime threat is evolving quickly, and the stakes are rising as well.