Cybersecurity Center Article Archive

The Cybersecurity Center at Purdue Global has compiled a list of cyber defense articles. Read on to learn more about current trends and challenges in the cybersecurity industry.

Ransomware Gangs Have Leaked the Stolen Data of 2,100 Companies So Far

May 8, 2021

As ransomware has evolved from its simpler roots in 2013 to the use of leaking unencrypted data today, 34 gangs have now leaked the data for more than 2,100 organizations.

DHS Kicks Off Workforce Sprint with Push to Hire 200 Cyber Pros

May 6, 2021

The Department of Homeland Security has announced a concentrated hiring initiative to, focusing on a variety of topics, with the hopes of hiring 200 cyber personnel by July 1.

The Cybersecurity Conversation Is Changing

April 29, 2021

Protecting data isn’t just a matter of thinking defensively and countering tactics as cyberattacks happen. Cybersecurity personnel must also become detectives, finding the trail hackers used to get in and sharing information to prevent other companies from facing the same fate.

Why Executive-Focused Security Awareness Training Is Important

March 18, 2021

Many data breaches are financially motivated, and senior executives make attractive targets—they have incredible access and authority, and they are not always tech savvy. Executives must learn to resist social engineering to protect their companies.

Opportunity to Reskill Federal Workforce for AI Jobs ‘Underutilized,’ Panel Warns Congress

March 12, 2021

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence has released a report warning that the Defense Department and intelligence community needs to recruit more talent to stay on top of technology developments.

IT Supply Chain Threats: Who is Responsible for Securing Our Technology?

March 9, 2021

Attention to cybersecurity has increased in the wake of December’s SolarWinds Orion cyberattack. When one link in the supply chain is vulnerable, who is responsible for protecting against breaches?

Cybersecurity in 2021: Stopping the Madness

March 8, 2021

Software hacks have dominated news headlines and it seems like everything is at risk. However, cybersecurity professionals are learning as well, and solutions are possible.

Three Reasons The Security Industry Is Protecting The Wrong Thing

March 2, 2021

The security industry focuses on network security to the neglect of addressing data breaches, which is often a flawed approach to protection. Companies must consider different solutions and avoid the tried-and-true in order to preserve their data.

Why Do Chief Security Officers Leave Jobs So Often?

February 28, 2021

Chief information security officers seem to not stay in their jobs very long—the average tenure is just over two years. The dangerous nature of their work can make them easy scapegoats, but other reasons can account for the short durations.

Tech Together: How AI, Blockchain, Drones, and IoT Can Safeguard the Supply Chain

February 25, 2021

A 2019 E. coli outbreak provided an outline for how to recognize red flags in a supply chain and demonstrate how emerging technologies can work to safeguard food and prevent a problem from becoming a disaster.

Why Was SolarWinds So Vulnerable to a Hack?

February 23, 2021

The 2020 hack of SolarWinds granted access to the computer networks of many of their customers (including U.S. government agencies) for months, creating major problems for U.S. national security. Part of the blame rests with SolarWinds’ parent company cost-cutting, leading to underspending and outsourcing on vital security functions.

Compliance, Privacy, Security in a Work From Home (WFH) Environment, Oh My!

February 22, 2021

Working from home is becoming more widespread, and presents new challenges with regulation, privacy, and security. Figuring out the risks of each home environment and each remote-work device is important to assess how best to enable effective security measures.

Most Executives Expect to Spend More on Cybersecurity Risk Management

February 17, 2021

A recent poll of IT executives found that the majority of them are satisfied with how their organization is dealing with cybersecurity risk, though they anticipate budget increases soon. Further, execs in larger companies report being more content with their risk management.

Supply Chain Threats and the Cybersecurity Solution

February 1, 2021

An entire supply chain can be disrupted by a malware or ransomware attack at a weak link. Simple solutions like an incident management plan or having backups can mitigate the damage, though they are often overlooked.

9 Top Jobs in IT That Are Currently Booming With Opportunities

February 1, 2021

IT professionals are seeing a booming market, with jobs expected to increase through 2028. Positions like DevOps engineers, software engineers, and information systems security managers are among the jobs that require advanced understanding and vast experience, but expect growth in years to come.

Top Cyber Attacks of 2020

January 27, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic and related economic uncertainty brought with it new kinds of cyberattacks in 2020, taking advantage of people’s fears or use of online meeting apps. Even the coronavirus response and the U.S. federal government were subject to attacks.

9 Lessons We Learned From Cybersecurity Experts in 2020

January 12, 2021

Hackers are sharing information among themselves that can exploit vulnerabilities small- and medium-sized businesses vulnerable, and it’s up to cybersecurity personnel to similarly coordinate and recognize what they can do to protect their charges.

Six Hot Data Privacy Certifications for 2021

January 4, 2021

Privacy and data protection credentials can be highly useful and demonstrate knowledge to companies searching for trained professionals to help them safeguard valuable customer information.

Right Strategy, Wrong Century

January 1, 2021

Commonplace use of computers has blended national and economic security, and attacks that decades ago would have been tanks and missiles has been replaced by cyberwarfare. National defense is no longer simply the U.S. military, but must also prioritize cyberdefense as we find ourselves in a different kind of arms race.

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