Why Ransomware Encrypted Baltimore’s Systems and How It Could Have Been Prevented

Why Ransomware Encrypted Baltimore’s Systems and How It Could Have Been Prevented

Since early May, the city of Baltimore has been under siege by ransomware. The offending ransomware, called Robinhood, has encrypted data needed to perform several city services, and its creators are demanding a payment of 13 Bitcoins—about $113,000—to restore the city’s files.

Ransomware attacks on cities have been increasing around the country. For example, in March 2018, Atlanta was compromised by a ransomware attack that ended up costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

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Defining and Mitigating the Different Types of Insider Threats to Your Business

Defining and Mitigating the Different Types of Insider Threats to Your Business

If you suffer a security breach, there’s a good chance it will come from within your company. It’s even more likely that the incident won’t be reported.

A recent Carnegie Mellon report found that 50% of incidents involving the exposure of private or sensitive information were the result of insiders.

Compounding the problem, according to Gartner, nearly 60% of workplace misconduct goes unreported. And because insiders tend to cover their tracks, their attacks are more difficult to uncover in the first place.

To make matters even worse, when insiders are caught, the issue is often downplayed or handled internally to avoid the publicity that might result from prosecution.

In this article, we’ll speak with an expert in the field, define the different types of insider threats, and discover practical ways to reduce internal security risks.
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How the Instagram Leak Compares With 5 Recent Data Breaches

How the Instagram Leak Compares With 5 Recent Data Breaches

An unsecured database holding the personal information of 49 million Instagram customers was recently discovered. The data breach has affected numerous celebrities, influencers, and brands because the database in question is owned by a social media marketing firm that specializes in sponsored content for the platform. For Facebook—the parent company of Instagram—the episode is just the latest in a series of data security lapses.

Breaches such as Instagram’s appear in the news on a regular basis, but, though the results are usually similar, the causes often vary. Businesses must learn from recent data breaches to protect themselves against similar attacks in the future.
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Can We Prevent Bias in AI Algorithms? A DrupalCon Debrief

Can We Prevent Bias in AI Algorithms? A DrupalCon Debrief

Drupal is a free and open source content management platform used for all sorts of websites, from personal blogs to NASA’s. During his opening keynote at DrupalCon Seattle 2019, Drupal Founder Dries Buytaert shared that 1 in 30 websites today are built on Drupal’s back-end framework.

Each year, the nonprofit Drupal Association hosts DrupalCon North America—an annual gathering of developers, UX designers, content managers, and more who use Drupal each day. I was pleased to speak at this year’s conference as part of the “Builder” track on a subject that influences all: artificial intelligence (AI) and the datasets used to train these products.
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3 Field Service Technologies to Ease Your Technician Shortage Woes

3 Field Service Technologies to Ease Your Technician Shortage Woes

Quick quiz: Your most experienced technician is about to retire. How do you replace someone with 30+ years of experience without sacrificing the service quality your business is known for?

Replacing technicians is not easy: It takes time to train new employees, and you don’t want your customer service to suffer in the interim. According to a poll conducted by The Service Council, 70% of organizations are concerned about their aging field service workforce.

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