Talking the Expanding Digital Risk Footprints of Organizations

May 26, 2017

The digital footprints of organizations are expanding. With that expansion comes more avenues of attack for cybercriminals to exploit and more areas of concern for organizations to address.

On this episode of the Cyber Chat, SurfWatch Labs chief security strategist Adam Meyer discusses the challenges businesses are currently facing due to their expanding level of presence and how organizations can respond to those new challenges to better manage their cyber risk.


Talking Strategic, Operational and Tactical Threat Intelligence

May 1, 2017

Cyber threat intelligence has become increasingly popular over the past few years, and with that rise comes a variety of questions for organizations around the topic: what types of threat intelligence are available, how can that intelligence can be implemented at different levels of an organization, and most importantly, how can it help to limit the overall cyber risk facing an organization.

On this episode of the Cyber Chat, SurfWatch Labs chief security strategist Adam Meyer attempts to answer those questions and shed some light on this growing and evolving field.


Talking Banner Health’s Data Breach Lawsuit with Michella Kras

August 29, 2016

Earlier this month, Banner Health announced a data breach affecting 3.7 million individuals. In late June, Banner discovered that intruders may have gained unauthorized access to the computer systems that process payment card data at certain Banner Health food and beverage outlets. Two weeks later Banner discovered that the intruders may have also assessed patient and health insurance records. Now the company is facing several potential class action lawsuits over the incident.

On today’s Cyber Chat we talk with Michella Kras, one of the attorneys working on the Banner data breach case filed by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro. We discuss the specific case, how data breach lawsuits can motivate organizations to improve security, and what companies can do to limit their potential liability.


Talking SWIFT and Financial Sector Cyber-Attacks with ThetaRay’s Mark Gazit

July 13, 2016

In late June, ISACA discovered dozens of banks in Ukraine and Russia being impacted by cyber-attacks utilizing the SWIFT messaging system, adding to the growing list of financial institutions that have been targeted in 2016. Cybercriminals are continuing to find new ways to steal massive amounts of money from these organizations.

On today’s Cyber Chat we talk once again with Mark Gazit, CEO of ThetaRay, about how financial sector attacks are evolving and what needs to be done to stay ahead of cybercriminals and combat these attacks.


Talking the Cyber Skills Gap and IT Middle Class with Confer’s Paul Morville

June 27, 2016

One of the cyber challenges that has long faced organizations is the IT skills gap, and as cybercriminals have widened their focus and moved down the food chain to target more small and medium-sized businesses, that problem has become more pronounced. This is particularly true for what Confer founder and VP of products Paul Morville described as the “IT middle class.”

On today’s Cyber Chat we talk with Morville about the skills gap, how it’s affecting the IT middle class, and what security vendors, businesses and others can do in order to make security easier, train a larger and more knowledgeable workforce, and ultimately, keep those organizations safer.


Talking Lost Data, Breaches and Regulation with Ground Labs’ John Wethington

June 20, 2016

Throughout 2016 we’ve seen numerous data breaches related to businesses being unable to properly monitor and protect their data. As Ground Labs VP of Americas John Wethington put it, organizations simply cannot keep track of the growing amount of data they have. However, new regulations such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation come with stiff penalties for those organizations that do not protect the sensitive data they collect.

On today’s Cyber Chat we talk with Wethington about why businesses are having trouble monitoring that data, how they can improve, and what the future holds for data security.


Talking Business Intelligence and Data Masking with Datawatch

May 16, 2016

In early May Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was fined £185,000 by the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office for inadvertently publishing the personal details of 6,574 staff on its website. And last week retailer Kiddicare announced that 800,000 customers were impacted after a test site using real customer information was compromised by hackers. The incidents highlight a growing problem. Organizations have more data than ever, and that sensitive data is often being shared with other departments or with third parties for a variety of purposes.

On today’s Cyber Chat we talk with Datawatch chief product officer Jon Pilkington and chief marketing officer Dan Potter about business intelligence, the importance of data masking and how businesses can protect their sensitive information when it’s being shared both inside and outside of the organization.


Talking PowerShell and Stealth Attacks with Carbon Black’s Rico Valdez

April 20, 2016

A new ransomware was recently discovered dubbed PowerWare, which targets organizations via Microsoft Word and PowerShell, and just last week Carbon Black released a report looking at how PowerShell is being utilized for malicious intent. They wrote in the report that “the discovery of using PowerShell in attacks such as PowerWare is part of a larger, worrisome trend when it comes to PowerShell.”

On today’s Cyber Chat we talk with Carbon Black senior security researcher Rico Valdez about the company’s recent findings and how cybercriminals are increasingly using PowerShell to remain under the radar while targeting organizations.


Talking Cyber-Terrorism and ISIS with Morgan Wright

April 12, 2016

In an interview last week, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter confirmed he had given U.S. Cyber Command its first wartime assignment and that the team would start launching online attacks against ISIS. The announcement comes after several months of news and debate about the issue of cyber-terrorism.

On today’s Cyber Chat we talk with cyber-terrorism expert Morgan Wright, who has nearly two decades in state and local law enforcement and has previously taken on roles such as a senior advisor for the U.S. State Department Anti-terrorism Assistance Program. We talk about the threat of cyber-terrorism, recent attacks against critical infrastructure, and how groups such as ISIS are impacting the cyber threat landscape.


Talking MedStar, Ransomware and Healthcare with Arbor Networks’ Dan Holden

April 5, 2016

Last week MedStar Health, which operates 10 hospitals and more than 250 outpatient medical centers in the Washington region, suffered a ransomware attack that disrupted their operations and put them front in center in the fight against cybercrime.

On Friday we spoke with Dan Holden, Director of ASERT, Arbor's Security Engineering and Response Team. We chatted about how healthcare organizations are being impacted by ransomware, where that threat is headed, and how organizations can keep themselves safe.