Cyber Threats

Welcome to the Insider Threat Blog……

Insider Threat Best Practices from Industry Hello, this is Derek A. Smith, Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives for the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College. Thanks for taking the time to visit our new insider threat blog. Insider threat is often not given...  [Read More]

Hackers ‘Spearphish’ NATO

If the news had been “Russian backed hackers attack another retailer”, it probably would have gotten a collective yawn from the public and the cyber community. TJMaxx, Home Depot, Target, KMart, PF Chang, just one more to add to the list. However,...  [Read More]

Kmart Joins the Ranks of Breached

Retailer Kmart has finally joined the ranks of the many retailers that have had their digital systems attacked and breached in recent months. Joining with Home Depot, Target, Neiman Marcus, PF Chang and a host of others, Kmart becomes just the latest...  [Read More]

JP Morgan Wasn’t Lonely

According to recently disclosed information, financial giant JP Morgan wasn’t the only financial institution that was breached recently. As many as 12, and perhaps more, financial institutions were attacked during the same time period. Some of the institutions attacked include, but are...  [Read More]

6 Actions for Small Businesses during National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Our country loves to celebrate with National Month of groups, events, or causes. Did you know there is a National Celery Month (March), National Novel Writing Month (November) and Smart Irrigation Month (July)? October is the host of National Cyber Security Awareness...  [Read More]

Watch Your Wallet……

More details are emerging from the recent cyber breach at banking giant JP Morgan. Upwards of 75 million customer bank records were stolen during a breach that began in June and ran through August. Representatives of the firm confirm the breach but...  [Read More]

Well this is a Shell Shocking Bashing Mess!

If you are involved with cybersecurity in any fashion, then you know that yet another vulnerability has been discovered. However, this one could even be worse than The OpenSSL Heartbleed Vulnerability bug! Just a week ago a major security flaw was found...  [Read More]

Who’s Controlling your Vehicle?

As a blog follow up to the Black Hat 2014 Conference in Las Vegas, I had promised to cover the presentation where researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek had named the most hackable cars in 2014. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have...  [Read More]

Interceptor, High Tech Hackers are in the Towers!

Well, there is someone intercepting your data while you drive along in your auto on the interstate. Who? Well, we don’t know that answer! Yes, it has been reported that there are so called rogue cell phone towers that are popping up...  [Read More]

Trust Us. . . . No Data was Lost

Word comes today that HealthCare.gov has been hacked by a person or person’s unknown. Reports indicate that the initial breach occurred in early June but went undetected until recently when IT specialists scanning the logs manually noted the issue. According to government...  [Read More]