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737 MAX: What's Software Got to Do with It?

By Deb Radcliff,Creative Director, SANS Analyst Program

A lot of folks would turn to the developers behind the 737 MAX nosedive prevention software as the primary reason for the catastrophic malfunction that led to the deaths of hundreds of people.

That answer would be much too simple and mostly inaccurate.

Ransomware Magnified in the Cloud

By Deb Radcliff, Creative Director, SANS Analyst Program

A small company with around 50 users was put out of business for a week last year because of ransomware that encrypted files on a local drive that then replicated back to other endpoints through the cloud.

The ransomware did not actually go into the cloud directly, but instead it just encrypted the local folder on the user's drive, which then synched to the cloud when the user accessed applications, according to Elisha Riedlinger, COO of NeuShield, who was called after the infection occurred. At that point, all the data in the cloud was then encrypted and the encrypted data was sent back down to all other systems requesting access to the data.

Buried in RSA Conference News: Quantum Computing Will Break Crypto As We Know It

By Deb Radcliff, Creative Director,SANS Analyst Program

SAN FRANCISCO, March 12, 2019 - The RSA Security Conference last week was abuzz with the need for security practitioners to support and enable "business digital transformation." But nearly lost in that message was a more important warning around the emergence of quantum computing and its impact on data privacy in the future.

Funding Cybersecurity Innovation: RSA 2019 Preview

By Deb Radcliff,Creative Director,SANS Analyst Program

It's good to see that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is sponsoring another innovator's booth this year at RSA 2019 -particularly after meeting folks from the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) in Las Vegas at Black Hat 2018 where I learned about 13 DHS-funded commercial startups coming out of stealth mode.

At RSA 2019, another 11 DHS-funded startups transitioning to commercial product launch will be on display, according to the DHS S&T.

Plan for Risk on a Global Scale

By Deb Radcliff,Creative Director, SANS Analyst Program

Businesses and governments need to think about risk on a global scale, not just to their individual systems. As such, organizations must plan for risk holistically, not as an afterthought to every new project.

This insight is the ultimate takeaway from an interesting new what-if predictive scenario project, Cybersecurity Futures 2025, developed by the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) at UC Berkeley, CNA's Institute for Public Research and the World Economic Forum's Centre for Cybersecurity.