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July 17, 2019

[Blog] Federal Agencies Moving to the Cloud Must Take Stock of Information Systems

Mike Wigal, deltarisk.com, July 12, 2019 

It’s crucial that federal agencies moving to the cloud take stock of their existing information systems, including applications. What else should be considered before migrating to a cloud environment? Read our latest blog to find out more.

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Indiana County Meets $130,000 Ransomware Demand Despite Advice Against Payment

cyberscoop.com, July 15, 2019

Officials in La Porte County, Indiana, agreed to pay $130,000 in bitcoin to alleviate the pain from a ransomware attack that affected two domain controllers and knocked network services offline. The Indiana county is the latest local government to pay extortionists to unlock a compromised network.

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Instagram Flaw Could Have Let Hackers Break into Your Account

pcmag.com, July 15, 2019

A security researcher uncovered a bug in Instagram’s account recovery process that could have been used to break into people’s accounts. Researcher Laxman Muthiyah found the bug while investigating how the social media app lets users regain access to accounts in the event that they forget their password.

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Threatlist: 68 Percent of Overwhelmed IT Managers Can’t Keep Up with Cyberattacks 

threatpost.com, July 14, 2019  

IT managers feel overwhelmed by the volume of cyberattack attempts, with most of them admitting that successful hacks of their company networks are becoming the norm. In a new survey of 3,100 IT managers across 12 countries (at organizations with 100 to 5,000 employees), two out of three respondents said their organization had suffered a cyberattack in 2018, despite efforts to prevent them.  

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NSA Gets Middling Grades in FISMA Audit 

fcw.com, July 9, 2019 

The National Security Agency is lagging in all eight of the security areas set in the 2014 Federal Information Security Management Act, according to a new Inspector General report. The report, which provides summaries of the office’s mostly classified work to Congress and the public, disclosed that the IG issued 13 reports and oversight memoranda between Oct. 1, 2018, and March 31, 2019.

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Marriott Faces $125 Million GDPR Fine Over Mega-Breach  

databreachtoday.com, July 9, 2019  

Britain’s privacy watchdog has previewed a suggested fine of £99 million ($125 million) under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation against hotel giant Marriott for its failure to more rapidly detect and remediate a data breach that persisted for four years. The massive data breach exposed approximately 339 million customer records globally, of which about 30 million related to residents of 31 countries in the European Economic Area and 7 million to U.K. residents.

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Federal Workers Can Sue Over Data Breach, Court Says

msspalert.com, July 9, 2019

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that two class action lawsuits, in which federal workers claimed they were harmed when the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) exposed the personal data of 21.5 million people in 2014, can proceed,. The case could have a significant impact on other cyberattacks that have targeted the federal government and involve the personal data of employees.

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