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Cybersecurity Trends for 2017 - Week 21 of Cyber Talk Radio

Our guest this week was Stephanie Ewing-Ottmers, cybersecurity evangelist at Delta Risk.

Show Summary

This past Saturday, February 18, episode 21 of Cyber Talk Radio hit the air on 1200 WOAI and iHeartRadio streaming. I was joined by Stephanie Ewing-Ottmers, cybersecurity evangelist at Delta Risk, to discuss cybersecurity trends for 2017 and election hacking.

In the first half of the show, we kick off by having Stephanie give us an overview of Delta Risk. We then dive into the latest cybersecurity trends for 2017 including the “Internet of Horrifying Things,” passwords management, incident response, backing up your data, ransomware, DDoS attacks and more. As the number of cyberattacks grows over the coming year, response times for cybersecurity incidents are increasing due to not having incident response plans in place before something bad happens. This is a good thing! The technology industry is also in the midst of a cyber skills gap and data tells us the gap isn’t closing anytime soon. What are we doing in 2017 to fill this gap? Training programs like the Open Cloud Academy and Codeup are working hard to help with training new talent to close the gap.

In the second half of the show, we dig into the recent trending topics of election hacking and Grizzly Steppe. Stephanie gives us an example of a successful hacker, Andrés Sepúlveda, that rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. Have you ever heard of Grizzly Steppe? Grizzly Steppe is Russian malicious cyber activity. Stephanie points us to a recent Joint Analysis Report (JAR). According to the report, the report is a result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The document provides technical details regarding the tools and infrastructure used by the Russian civilian and military intelligence Services (RIS) to compromise and exploit networks and endpoints associated with the U.S. election, as well as a range of U.S. Government, political, and private sector entities. The U.S. Government is referring to this malicious cyber activity by RIS as GRIZZLY STEPPE. Read the full JAR for more details.

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