Editor’s note: There is a lot going on in the world of IT, from emerging technologies to digital transformation and new cybersecurity threats. However, we can’t possibly cover it all, so we’ll bring you This Week in IT, a curated summary of IT and enterprise technology stories each week.
Trellix Expand Live Event in Las Vegas
Zachary Comeau, executive editor of My TechDecisions is at Trellix Live event this week at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The cybersecurity company unveiled updates to its detection and response (XDR) platform that includes a new user interface, and new endpoint and network detection tools. The updated XDR platform is said to enable the company’s 40,000+ customers to build greater cyber resiliency, maximize the value of their existing security tools, and reduce the mean time to detection and response. Follow Zachary on twitter for the latest happenings at Trellix Live.
.@Trellix CEO Bryan Palma: “Cybersecurity is at an inflection point.” Nation state attacks, hybrid work attack vectors, targeted attacks, ransomware, burnt out security teams are big industry issues. pic.twitter.com/fpaY2njl1q
— Zachary Comeau (@ZWComeau) September 28, 2022
FCC Warns of Hurricane Ian Phishing Scams
Scammers will try to capitalize on Hurricane Ian, as they do during any natural disaster. It can’t hurt for security leaders to remind employees, friends and family, especially in Florida, where the storm hit, to be suspicious of unsolicited email asking for donations to recovery efforts or personal data related to accounts at local companies. The Federal Communications Commission released anti-phishing tips.
Almost half (46%) of Ransomware Attacks Happen in the US
U.S. companies are the most affected by ransomware, with almost half (46%) of all ransomware attacks happening there, according to new research from cybersecurity company NordLocker. The study analyzed numerous databases of ransomware incidents that affected over 5,000 companies worldwide. With a collective revenue of 4.15T USD, the companies under investigation produce more value than Germany’s entire GDP.
Nordlocker’s research found that out of 18 industries identified, construction (12% of all attacks), manufacturing (9.6%), transportation (8.2%), healthcare (7.8%), and tech/IT (7.6%) industries are the most likely to be hit by ransomware in the U.S. The state of Michigan is the most affected by ransomware. Missouri — the least. Small businesses are at the highest risk, accounting for two-thirds of all attacks (65.8%).
HHS Neglected Basic Cyber Protections of COVID Tracking System
An internal review that was never published found that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services didn’t implement basic security measures to protect a COVID-19 data tracking system it created in 2020, the Washington Post reports. The inspector general’s report said failures left the HHS Protect program vulnerable to cyberattacks. The report said the department didn’t identify threats and risks, provide an overview of security requirements and protections meeting those, or systematically evaluate the program for vulnerabilities.