Cyberattack shuts down e-learning for two days in New Palestine

wthr | August 06, 2020

The Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County was back online Thursday. But a cyberattack on the school district’s internet network prevented remote learning the previous two days in the first week of school. "To be unable to offer that right out of the gate is frustrating, especially frustrating knowing that this was a malicious attack on our system and not something of our own doing,” said Wes Anderson, CSC Southern Hancock County director of school and community relations.

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Cybersecurity is a hot topic for every business today, no matter its size or market. In recent years, we’ve seen cybercrime spread like wildfire throughout the financial marketplace, leaving many mortgage companies wondering, “Are we next?” Mortgage companies and financial institutions are at an especially high risk of becoming the target of a cybersecurity attack. Even small mortgage companies face data breaches from viruses and worms that infiltrate security measures via infected emails or fake social media ads. No business is immune from hackers intent on stealing sensitive financial and personal information—just ask the government agencies and department stores that have suffered heists of massive consumer information.

Spotlight

Cybersecurity is a hot topic for every business today, no matter its size or market. In recent years, we’ve seen cybercrime spread like wildfire throughout the financial marketplace, leaving many mortgage companies wondering, “Are we next?” Mortgage companies and financial institutions are at an especially high risk of becoming the target of a cybersecurity attack. Even small mortgage companies face data breaches from viruses and worms that infiltrate security measures via infected emails or fake social media ads. No business is immune from hackers intent on stealing sensitive financial and personal information—just ask the government agencies and department stores that have suffered heists of massive consumer information.

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Palo Alto Networks and PwC Join Forces to Boost Cybersecurity Defenses

prnewswire | October 29, 2020

Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, and PwC today announced an expanded partnership to deliver managed detection and response (MDR) services to joint customers. The offering combines MDR services delivered by PwC — Managed Cyber Defence — and Cortex XDR™ by Palo Alto Networks. Together, customers can take advantage of a state-of-the-art managed threat hunting, protection, detection and response service from anywhere, globally. The Managed Cyber Defence service fuses the power of PwC's global threat intelligence, thousands of hours of incident response expertise, and advisory services with Cortex XDR, the industry's first fully integrated detection and response platform, to provide a unique level of protection with unrivaled visibility and detection capabilities. As a result, security teams can significantly reduce attack dwell time, down to minutes, and manual day-to-day security operations workloads by up to 90%, elevating organizations to a mature security posture. According to Christina Richmond, vice president of Worldwide Security Services research at IDC, "The evolving threat landscape has forced organizations to mature their security capabilities, creating opportunities for PwC to elevate their offerings and provide a blending of managed security/MDR and professional security capabilities." Built to cater to organizations of any size, in any industry, PwC's Managed Cyber Defense reduces response times from what typically takes days to minutes, minimizing the likelihood of an emerging threat manifesting as a breach. Detection of emerging attacker behaviors and pivoted attack scenarios put organizations on a path to proactive defense against "the unknown," while extending protection across on-premises, cloud, virtualized and IoT environments. Cortex XDR is the industry's first extended detection and response platform that runs on integrated endpoint, network, cloud and third-party data to reduce noise and focus on real threats. By combining Cortex XDR with MDR services, customers can relieve the day-to-day burden of security operations and achieve 24/7 coverage, from alert management and investigation to incident response. Colin Slater, cyber security partner at PwC UK, had this to say: "Our unique market insight and trusted relationships with our clients makes us best placed to advise on their cyber challenges. Using this in-depth knowledge, we have meticulously created a service offering to address our clients' pain points. We are excited to work with Palo Alto Networks as the market demands new ways to do detection and response. COVID-19 has spurred a move to remote work at a scale that has left many businesses more vulnerable than ever to cyberattacks because they are less able to respond and recover remotely. PwC's cybersecurity team has responded to several major incursions from nation-state threat groups and mitigated cyber breaches caused by vulnerabilities introduced through transitions to remote work at scale. Preventing these attacks is a core element of the PwC and Palo Alto Networks approach." Shailesh Rao, senior vice president for Cortex at Palo Alto Networks, offered: "We are thrilled to expand our partnership with PwC through the delivery of best-in-class managed detection and response (MDR) services powered by Cortex XDR to our joint customers. More and more enterprise customers have validated PwC's service over the last year in detecting and responding to cyberattacks. The combination of advisory services, analytics, and modern, AI-driven detection and response capabilities and metrics, with visibility across an enterprise's entire infrastructure, is made possible by our unmatched joint Cortex XDR and MDR service offering." About PwC At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We're a network of firms in 157 countries with over 276,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. About Palo Alto Networks Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We help address the world's greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, we are at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organizations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. Palo Alto Networks, Cortex, and the Palo Alto Networks logo are trademarks of Palo Alto Networks, Inc. in the United States and in jurisdictions throughout the world. All other trademarks, trade names, or service marks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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To Combat Rise in Cyberattacks, NexusTek to Releases New Cybersecurity Services Plans

NexusTek | July 29, 2021

A national provider of complete IT outsourcing solutions and managed IT services to businesses across the U.S., NexusTek, has announced it has released plans for new managed cybersecurity to bring the essential protection businesses need for hybrid and distant employees. The three plans, detection, providing managed protection, and response to cyber threats, provide diverse levels of safety that are tailor-made for all businesses. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the worldwide migration to a remote workforce has augmented cyber risks such as uncatalogued endpoints, delayed or unpatched devices, and unsecure networks. Cybercriminals exploit such unstable times and susceptible employees, and thus, social engineering attacks have increased. This new managed cybersecurity plan further widens NexusTek's commitment to clients, enhancing their cyber resilience and security posture against escalating cyber threats. Additionally, companies of all sizes can effortlessly select the tactic that best suits their requirements and objectives. The pre-packaged plans comprise the up-to-date security requirements every business needs. About NexusTek a national provider of managed IT services and complete IT outsourcing solutions and trusted by thousands of businesses for over two decades, NexusTek, offers a complete portfolio including cloud, end-user services, cybersecurity, infrastructure, and IT consulting. 24/7/365 domestically-staffed support team of NexusTek designs holistic technology solutions to progress business productivity, operational efficiency, continuity, and cost-effectiveness for companies across Canada, the U.S., the United Kingdom, and Mexico.

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October Virtual Cyber Carnival promotes understanding of cybersecurity through a variety of cyber games

prnewswire | September 29, 2020

Katzcy, a woman-owned small business dedicated to growth hacking and cyber as a sport, today announced the inaugural month-long, virtual Cyber Carnival Games™ promoting Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM) and the critical role of Cyber Gaming in building a strong workforce and helping individuals #BeCyberSmart. This unique event held throughout October 2020 brings together in one place six different gaming platform providers to deliver a fun learning experience for all. From virtual escape rooms to digital puzzles to full-on capture the flag, the Cyber Carnival celebrates cyber awareness by showcasing the power of gaming and competition to help learn and upskill.

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