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cyber threat

Destination Atlanta: Ransomware Lessons for Municipalities and Law Enforcement SWJED Fri, 08/23/2019 - 4:29pm
The rise of ransomware as an attack vector has continued to thrive and appears focused on those municipalities and law enforcement agencies with limited resources and unchecked system vulnerabilities. Of major concern are the evidentiary losses and reduction in consumer confidence within these governmental organizations requiring a new focus and financial expenditures to mitigate these attacks from occurring in the future.

The Advent of the “Digital Mercenaries”

Modern day “condottieri”, a new type of modern “soldiers of fortune”, is emerging center stage. Namely, the ascent of a new breed, one that could be best described as “digital mercenaries”. The advent of these new professionals is of no less importance than their “traditional” counterparts who provide muscle and boots on the ground in distant and difficult environments.

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Cyber Offensive Operations: Is There a Digital Delta Force? SWJED Mon, 10/08/2018 - 7:04am
As cyber-attacks become more frequent and cause more damage, the US government and the vast majority of private and commercial companies dig deeper into a defensive posture. Offensive cyber operations do not happen, except for maybe a few confidential US military or government (NSA) operations that cannot be confirmed or denied. Over 90 percent of the internet, including the massive amounts of data the travel through it; belong to non-government entities that so far are unable to punch back against their attackers.

OODA Loops in Cyberspace: How Cyber Awareness Training Helps Threat Actors

Cybersecurity’s human adversarial engagement is often lost in discussions of cybersecurity. We discuss how defenders’ focus on technology unintentionally creates vulnerabilities which can be exploited by threat actors. In particular, we discuss how the convergence of cyber awareness training and defensive technologies is exploited by threat actors with devastating consequences.

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Cyber Threat or Cyber Threat Inflation? - Assessing the Risk to U.S. National Security SWJED Mon, 08/07/2017 - 7:37am

There are two competing arguments regarding the gravity of the threat that cyber-attacks pose to the nation’s security.