ProCircular Information Security Experts Corner

Iowa’s Linn County Partners with ProCircular to Secure Elections

Posted by Aaron R. Warner on Sep 1, 2017 5:42:00 AM

 

Cedar Rapids, IA, September 1, 2017 – Linn Count y Auditor & Commissioner of Elections Joel Miller has retained Iowa-based cybersecurity firm ProCircular to review Linn County’s voter registration and election system. The effort will support the upcoming county-wide school elections to be held on Sept. 12, 2017, in Linn County , Iowa.
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Topics: Cybersecurity, election, voting, government, municipality, hacking

WannaCry: Solutions to the Latest Ransomware Challenge

Posted by Aaron R. Warner on May 15, 2017 7:56:20 AM

 

The WannaCry (aka wCry or WannaCrypt) ransomware is making its way across the world, and there are several variants on their way to the united states. The original version of the ransomware behaves much like the Locky or other mainstay threats – it encrypts your data with military-grade encryption tech, starts a timer, and provides you with a place that you can pay to get a key which allows you to decrypt your valuable data.
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Topics: Data Breach, Cybersecurity, Incident Rsponse, Incident Response, healthcare, it risk assessment

Diagnosing the Cybersecurity Bug

Posted by Solomon Smith on Apr 24, 2017 3:06:59 PM

Industry Trends

Cybersecurity in the healthcare field has gone through a lot changes the past few years. In 2016 there was a significant jump in the total number of healthcare specific cybercrimes.  According to SecurityIntelligence there was a 71% increase of confirmed data breaches in the healthcare sector from 2015 to 2016.  Drilling down on that increase revealed that most of the jump was from external (aka "hacking" or ransomware or malware") followed by internal non-malicious (aka accidents from insiders).  Trends are showing that cybercriminals have found more value in healthcare data and the potential for long term use is much higher because it is more difficult to change an individual’s "health data".  Another eye-opener is that the type of healthcare entities affected is not limited to hospitals.  Business associates, specialized care providers and healthcare plan have all been targets for cyber crime.  Oncology, anesthesiology, orthopedic, and radiology are a few of the specific entities that were in the top 10 largest healthcare breaches of 2016.  This data tells us that cybercriminals will target or find data outside of the large medical providers and may even be targeting the organizations that have lagged behind in implementing security controls.  

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Topics: Cybersecurity, healthcare, HIPAA, Data Security, Information Security, Network Security

Cybersecurity Insurance for C-Level Executives

Posted by Solomon Smith on Apr 10, 2017 11:54:55 AM

For any business leader or CIO, navigating the world of cybersecurity insurance can be very complicated. It seems as if there are often more questions than answers, it can be difficult to know who you need to speak to in order to get what you need. This article will attempt to provide some direction, point out a few of the pitfalls, and help you to ask the right questions within your organization.


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Topics: Cybersecurity, cybersecurity insurance, insurance, it risk assessment

Startup Cybersecurity Strategy

Posted by Aaron R. Warner on Mar 20, 2017 9:24:18 AM
In the world of startups, cybersecurity is often an afterthought.

Not because budding entrepreneurs haven’t heard the horror stories, but it seldom ranks highly among things that directly generate cash or hurry a company to market. Like so many other priorities, cybersecurity often falls to the wayside in the early business stages.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing, Incident Response, Security Awareness Training