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How Riviera Beach left the door wide open for hackers

Last week, Riviera Beach, a small city of approximately 35,000 Floridians, authorized a $600,000 ransom payout to attackers in an unsuccessful attempt to regain access to its data. Due to interim leadership, outdated systems, and other factors, the city's network was left vulnerable to ransomware. HORNE Cyber's Director of Cyber Operations, Dr. Wesley McGrew, comments on the attack in a recent article from The Palm Beach Post. McGrew noted that "it's very rare that the value of the information exceeds the ransom itself." Read More.

How Riviera Beach left the door wide open for hackers

Last week, the city council of Riviera Beach, a small Florida city of about 35,000 residents, authorized a $600,000 ransom payout to attackers in an unsuccessful attempt to regain access to the city's data. Dr. Wesley McGrew, HORNE Cyber's Director of Cyber Operations, provides comments on the attack in The Palm Beach Post.  Read More.

CCH Tax Software Outage Leaves Accountants in Limbo

Director of Cyber Operations, Dr. Wesley McGrew, spoke with CFO Magazine about the recent CCH Axcess outage caused by a malware attack on Wolters Kluwer.  Read More.

Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting updates concerned customers on breach

Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting is keeping much of CCH’s functionality offline as a precaution against any possible further compromise of data, according to the company's latest announcement. Accounting Today spoke with Dr. Wesley McGrew, Director of Cyber Operations about the malware attack. Read More.

How to Secure Your Cloud-Based Software in Light of Recent Attacks

In a recent AccountingWEB article, Partner in Charge Mike Skinner provides insightful tips for protecting your data in light of recent attacks.  Read More.

Cybersecurity in the City: HORNE, Willis Towers Watson host hacking demo, discussions, more in Cool Springs

FBI special agents and cybersecurity experts gathered this week at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs to discuss the threats facing Nashville businesses of all sizes. The event was co-hosted by HORNE Cyber and Willis Towers Watson and included a live hacking demo as well as discussions on cybersecurity response planning and ways to control the human element of cybersecurity. The day’s keynote address on common threats and proactive measures companies can take was delivered by FBI Special Agent Regis Billings. Read More.

Ghidra Explained: A Sophisticated Tool with Far-Reaching Implications

On March 5, the National Security Agency (NSA) officially released Ghidra, a software suite that the NSA hopes will help cybersecurity professionals “make the cybersecurity of our great nation BETTER.” While the release of this software is both significant and high-profile, the use of it is specialized, so there are far more people asking questions about it than those who have answers. Director of Cyber Operations, Dr. Wesley McGrew, explains Ghidra's functionality, purpose, and implications in this recent Cyber Defense Magazine Exclusive article. Read More.

Events

Louisiana Bankers Association's Human Resources and Security Conference

July 11, 2019: New Orleans, LA - Join Director of Cyber Operations, Dr. Wesley McGrew, at the LBA's Human Resources and Security Conference where he will discuss Recent and Active Advanced Persistent Threat Groups.  Read More.

Women in Technology of Tennessee (WITT) July Meeting

July 30, 2019: Franklin, TN - Join Marketing Director, Ashley M. Madison, at WITT's July meeting where she will discuss "Cybersecurity for the Road Warrior and Remote Employee". Read More.