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Jon Seals

Jon Seals

The increase of ransomware has been discussed in great length over the past year. In my 2016 security predictions round-up, I noted that we should expect to see substantial growth in ransomware attacks, quoting Stu Sjouwerman, founder and CEO of KnowBe4:

Current estimates from the Cyber Threat Alliance put the damage caused by CryptoWall ransomware at $325 million, up 1800 percent since the FBI's report in June 2015.

And I’m not the only one who had ransomware on the mind. Others also were concerned about the rise of ransomware. For example, CSO had this to say:

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/data-security/another-accurate-2016-prediction-the-rise-of-ransomware.html

(TNS) -- A new microwave backup to the region's 911 emergency telephone service will add a layer of reliability in case of violent storms or an accidental slicing of a fiber-optic cable.

The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission will spend about $3.3 million to erect 12 towers and equip five existing towers with the technology, said Pete De La Cruz, director of the commission's 911 program.

Although it could become the primary system for Jefferson, Hardin and Orange counties sometime in the future, for now it's designed as a backup, De La Cruz said.

Recently, a contractor in Lumberton building a new dentist's office sliced through a fiber-optic cable bundle in the ground.

The bundle contained the cable that connected to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office 911 dispatchers at the courthouse in Kountze.

No emergency calls were missed because all the Hardin County calls were routed to the Silsbee Police Department, the second location for incoming emergency calls in Hardin County.

But it did demonstrate a vulnerability of the 911 system, De La Cruz said.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/next-gen-911/Regional-911-System-Backup.html

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 00:00

Emergency Leader: Dual Helping Careers

(TNS) - When an emergency strikes in the Flathead Valley, Mary Granger may or may not be physically present at the scene, but it is very likely that Granger somehow has a hand in keeping folks safe.

Granger retired as the Flathead County Emergency Medical Services manager in April. The six-year stint was a second career for Granger after working 33 years as a school teacher.

“I’ve been on this adventure since 1980 when I took a first-aid class and this is really the culmination of that adventure,” Granger said of her retirement.

Granger was one of the founding members of the Lakeside Quick Response Unit. At the time there was no first responder program in Lakeside, which sometimes meant waiting a long time for emergency personnel to arrive from Kalispell or Polson.

After the first-aid class, Granger was hooked.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Emergency-leader-Dual-helping-careers.html

Early next month, FEMA Region X, in cooperation with local, state and tribal entities in the Pacific Northwest, will lead on a three day emergency operations test scenario that includes a 9.0 magnitude earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) with a resulting tsunami -- the most complex disaster scenario that emergency management and public safety officials in the Pacific Northwest could face in the future.

Several days earlier, my own neighborhood organization that covers roughly 300 homes will perform its own first earthquake disaster drill.  We’re organized by zones, with homes pre-identified as care and shelter centers or first aid centers.  We’ve purchased and stored emergency supplies in each of our zones.  But we’ve never tested our search and rescue or communications capacities, or the protocols we plan to follow, including ham radio communications with the city’s emergency operations center.

Working on either exercise always brings up the same questions:  what should my family have on hand in the way of an emergency supply kit?  How will our family communicate if we are spread out around the city when such a disaster strikes?  How long will we be without help?

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http://anniesearle.createsend.com/t/ViewEmailArchive/r/A9A57AEB9B28A7172540EF23F30FEDED/6F21BA1D1D483682/

File analysis functionality introduced in Netwrix Auditor platform enables better information management and storage optimization

IRVINE, Calif. – Netwrix Corporation, a provider of IT auditingsoftware that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, announced today that Netwrix Auditor 8.0 offers new extensive data governance functionality. A new file analysis feature allows customers to enable user behavior analytics across Windows-based, NetApp, and EMC storage to ensure visibility into both structured and unstructured data.

Netwrix Auditor is a visibility and governance platform that enables control over changes, configurations and access in hybrid cloud IT environments to protect data at rest regardless of its location. The platform provides security analytics to detect anomalies in user behavior and investigate threat patterns before a data breach occurs. File analysis functionality allows organizations to make better information management decisions about critical data, improve internal controls and resource planning, and comply with various requirements.

New file analysis features available in Netwrix Auditor 8.0 empower customers to:

Improve data security

  • Control access to business-critical data. The new predefined reports provide detailed information about excessive access rights and overexposed data. They also indicate effective permissions and how they were granted, which allows IT teams to stay proactive and prevent insider threats and data exfiltration.

  • Prevent ransomware threats. More comprehensive visibility into systems and data allows quicker detection of suspicious activities or anomalous spikes of activities that may originate from ransomware. It also allows users to deconstruct the kill chain and mitigate possible damage.

  • Enable user behavior analytics. Netwrix Auditor enables anomaly detection such as suspiciously high number of reads, data tampering, and failed access attempts. The drill down and cross-system capability allows to conduct detailed investigation of security incidents across all IT systems.

Optimize file storage and reduce storage costs

  • Identify stale files. Netwrix Auditor shows duplicate, unused, and most used files, as well as empty folders. Knowing what files can be safely deleted, organizations are able to optimize storage use and related costs.

  • Engage data owners in data governance process. The software indicates data owners and data users, who access and manipulate certain data most often. This enables IT staff to engage users in data governance process to increase its efficiency.

File analysis enables storage managers, legal and security professionals, and business analysts to understand and manage unstructured data stores to reduce costs and risk, increase efficiency of business-critical data, and make better information management decisions for unstructured data,” stated Gartner Market Guide for File Analysis Software, 4 August, 2015.

Unstructured data stored on file shares is often the most critical and the least governed sensitive asset in an organization. Compliance requirements and internal policies require companies to ensure continuous control over unstructured data to enable better security and better governance of sensitive data. Visibility and user behavior analytics allows companies to enhance data governance, detect anomalies and ransomware, prevent data exfiltration, and address one of the most challenging tasks for CIOs: detection and prevention of insider misuse,” commented Michael Fimin, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix.

To learn more about the newest release of Netwrix Auditor, please visit: https://start.netwrix.com/file_analysis.html

About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation provides IT auditing software that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, including who changed what, when and where each change was made, and who has access to what. Over 150,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to audit IT infrastructure changes and data access, prepare reports required for passing compliance audits, and increase the efficiency of IT operations. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 70 industry awards and was named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. For more information, visit www.netwrix.com.