House panel to DHS, FBI: help small biz with cybersecurity – start with good cyber hygiene

The following testimony excerpts are very similar to what the #CyberAvengers have been preaching, and for good reason, it is the truth. Checkout the #CyberAvengers Tools for where to begin.

Richard Driggers, DHS deputy assistant secretary for the cybersecurity and communications, said that basic computer hygiene, such as regular software updates, could keep small businesses safer.

“It doesn’t take sophistication to exploit a vulnerability in a small business. And I think all small businesses need to assume that they have some type of vulnerability that exists within their networks or devices that they’re using,” Driggers said. “A lot of small businesses don’t have the resources to really put in place very sophisticated cyber defense mechanisms. But they do have the resources to do the low-cost things … and that should be the focus.”

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“The best thing small businesses can do is elevate the need for cybersecurity within their organizations. Hire capable, competent people to help protect data, create a culture within the organization that promotes security. It’s gotta be something you do every day; it can’t be after the fact,” Marshall said.

Full article: https://fcw.com/articles/2018/02/01/small-biz-cybersecurity-williams.aspx?m=1

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Shawn Tuma (@shawnetuma) is an attorney with an internationally recognized reputation in cybersecurity, computer fraud, and data privacy law. He is a Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Attorney at Scheef & Stone, LLP, a full-service commercial law firm in Texas that represents businesses of all sizes throughout the United States and, through its Mackrell International network, around the world.

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#CyberAvengers: A National Cybersecurity Action Plan is a Serious Priority

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The #CyberAvengers (Paul FerrilloChuck BrooksKenneth HolleyGeorge PlatsisGeorge ThomasShawn TumaChristophe Veltsos) are a group of salty and experienced professionals who have decided to work together to help our country by defeating cybercrime and slowing down nefarious actors operating in cyberspace seeking to exploit whatever their tapping fingers can get a hold of. How? We do this by raising our collective voices on issues critical importance so that we can keep this great country in the lead – both economically and technologically – and to keep it safe and secure. All the issues are intertwined and more complex than ever, which is why we have differing backgrounds but have a common cause. We complement each other, we challenge each other, and we educate each other. What do we get out of writing articles like this? Nada. Goose egg. We are friends. We are patriots. And we are not satisfied to sit around and do nothing. We want to keep this nation and its data safe and secure.

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CyberAvengers Playbook CoverThe #CyberAvengers recently published The #CyberAvengers Playbook: The Non-Technical, No-Nonsense Guide for Directors, Officers, and General Counsels. This book was sponsored by FireEye which has made this free download available on its website.

While you’re at it, check out The #CyberAvengers website and join in the #CyberAvengers discussion on Twitter!

 

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The #CyberAvengers (Paul FerrilloChuck BrooksKenneth HolleyGeorge PlatsisGeorge ThomasShawn TumaChristophe Veltsos) are a group of salty and experienced professionals who have decided to work together to help our country by defeating cybercrime and slowing down nefarious actors operating in cyberspace seeking to exploit whatever their tapping fingers can get a hold of. How? We do this by raising our collective voices on issues critical importance so that we can keep this great country in the lead – both economically and technologically – and to keep it safe and secure. All the issues are intertwined and more complex than ever, which is why we have differing backgrounds but have a common cause. We complement each other, we challenge each other, and we educate each other. What do we get out of writing articles like this? Nada. Goose egg. We are friends. We are patriots. And we are not satisfied to sit around and do nothing. We want to keep this nation and its data safe and secure.

Checklist for Good Cyber Hygiene for #CyberAware National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the United States and you can check out lots of great content by going to #CyberAware on Twitter or to my team’s #CyberAvengers content. As my contribution to #CyberAware, I hope you find the following checklist to be helpful and all I ask of you in return is that you share it freely with others! You can download it here.

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The #CyberAvengers recently published two articles that offer fabulous timely advice in these troubled cyber-times.

While you’re at it, check out The #CyberAvengers website and join in the #CyberAvengers discussion on Twitter!

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The #CyberAvengers (Paul FerrilloChuck BrooksKenneth HolleyGeorge PlatsisGeorge ThomasShawn TumaChristophe Veltsos) are a group of salty and experienced professionals who have decided to work together to help our country by defeating cybercrime and slowing down nefarious actors operating in cyberspace seeking to exploit whatever their tapping fingers can get a hold of. How? We do this by raising our collective voices on issues critical importance so that we can keep this great country in the lead – both economically and technologically – and to keep it safe and secure. All the issues are intertwined and more complex than ever, which is why we have differing backgrounds but have a common cause. We complement each other, we challenge each other, and we educate each other. What do we get out of writing articles like this? Nada. Goose egg. We are friends. We are patriots. And we are not satisfied to sit around and do nothing. We want to keep this nation and its data safe and secure.

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#CyberAvengers: Cyber Hygiene and Government–Industry Cooperation for Better Cybersecurity

Read the recent #CyberAvengers recent article, Cyber Hygiene and Government–Industry Cooperation for Better Cybersecurity, on Brink-The Edge of Risk.

This article discusses the recent federal legislation, Promoting Good Cyber Hygiene Act of 2017, which promotes the following best practices items that are further discussed in the article

  1. Security updates and patch management
  2. Workforce phishing training
  3. Multifactor authentication
  4. Backup redundancy and management
  5. Not using outdated and unsupported software
  6. Use of the cloud
  7. Intrusion detection and prevention systems
  8. Using a managed services provider (MSP) or managed security service provider (MSSP)
  9. Cyber insurance

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The #CyberAvengers (Paul FerrilloChuck BrooksKenneth HolleyGeorge PlatsisGeorge ThomasShawn TumaChristophe Veltsos) are a group of salty and experienced professionals who have decided to work together to help our country by defeating cybercrime and slowing down nefarious actors operating in cyberspace seeking to exploit whatever their tapping fingers can get a hold of. How? We do this by raising our collective voices on issues critical importance so that we can keep this great country in the lead – both economically and technologically – and to keep it safe and secure. All the issues are intertwined and more complex than ever, which is why we have differing backgrounds but have a common cause. We complement each other, we challenge each other, and we educate each other. What do we get out of writing articles like this? Nada. Goose egg. We are friends. We are patriots. And we are not satisfied to sit around and do nothing. We want to keep this nation and its data safe and secure.

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#CyberAvengers: 9 Ways to Declare Independence from Hacking

Read the recent #CyberAvengers recent article, 9 Ways to Declare Independence from Hacking, on NextGov and Levick.com.

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The #CyberAvengers (Paul FerrilloChuck BrooksKenneth HolleyGeorge PlatsisGeorge ThomasShawn TumaChristophe Veltsos) are a group of salty and experienced professionals who have decided to work together to help our country by defeating cybercrime and slowing down nefarious actors operating in cyberspace seeking to exploit whatever their tapping fingers can get a hold of. How? We do this by raising our collective voices on issues critical importance so that we can keep this great country in the lead – both economically and technologically – and to keep it safe and secure. All the issues are intertwined and more complex than ever, which is why we have differing backgrounds but have a common cause. We complement each other, we challenge each other, and we educate each other. What do we get out of writing articles like this? Nada. Goose egg. We are friends. We are patriots. And we are not satisfied to sit around and do nothing. We want to keep this nation and its data safe and secure.

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#CyberAvengers: Ransomware Spreading Like Crazy Worms

Read the recent #CyberAvengers recent article, Ransomware Spreading Like Crazy Worms, on NextGov.com, Levick.com, or The #CyberAvengers website.

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The #CyberAvengers (Paul FerrilloChuck BrooksKenneth HolleyGeorge PlatsisGeorge ThomasShawn TumaChristophe Veltsos) are a group of salty and experienced professionals who have decided to work together to help our country by defeating cybercrime and slowing down nefarious actors operating in cyberspace seeking to exploit whatever their tapping fingers can get a hold of. How? We do this by raising our collective voices on issues critical importance so that we can keep this great country in the lead – both economically and technologically – and to keep it safe and secure. All the issues are intertwined and more complex than ever, which is why we have differing backgrounds but have a common cause. We complement each other, we challenge each other, and we educate each other. What do we get out of writing articles like this? Nada. Goose egg. We are friends. We are patriots. And we are not satisfied to sit around and do nothing. We want to keep this nation and its data safe and secure.

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#CyberAvengers: Fixing the Federal IT Mess Before it is Too Late

Read the recent #CyberAvengers article, Fixing the Federal IT Mess Before it is Too Late, on Levick.com or The #CyberAvengers website.

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The #CyberAvengers (Paul FerrilloChuck BrooksKenneth HolleyGeorge PlatsisGeorge ThomasShawn TumaChristophe Veltsos) are a group of salty and experienced professionals who have decided to work together to help our country by defeating cybercrime and slowing down nefarious actors operating in cyberspace seeking to exploit whatever their tapping fingers can get a hold of. How? We do this by raising our collective voices on issues critical importance so that we can keep this great country in the lead – both economically and technologically – and to keep it safe and secure. All the issues are intertwined and more complex than ever, which is why we have differing backgrounds but have a common cause. We complement each other, we challenge each other, and we educate each other. What do we get out of writing articles like this? Nada. Goose egg. We are friends. We are patriots. And we are not satisfied to sit around and do nothing. We want to keep this nation and its data safe and secure.