Did you know September is also National Insider Threat Month? We read headlines almost daily about the damaging affects malicious insiders have on our businesses, organization or national security.  Headlines like, Employee Passes Secret Information to Competitors, Data Breach Carried Out by a Single Insider, Disgruntled Employee Changes Code, Exfiltrates Data and Foreign National Business Partners Steal Critica...

September is National Preparedness Month, and with the way 2020 has been going, some renewed emphasis on preparedness is undoubtedly a good idea. 

As operators and guardians of critical infrastructure, we routinely develop emergency and continuity plans, procure needed emergency equipment and supplies, train to handle emergencies, and conduct drills and exercises to ensure our readiness to counter the wide variety of threats to...

What have you learned during COVID-19?

This is the essential question that has emerged over the last few months. From inspiring us to ask different interview questions to influencing our work-from-home procedures, our drive to learn from the pandemic has permeated all of our activities and planning. It has also influenced moments of pure self-reflection, as we all find ourselves asking this question as a paramount benchmark to...

As individuals, companies, and the country have adapted new ways of interacting to minimize risks from COVID-19, the use of remote access and telework have exploded.   USTelecom, the Broadband Association, reported that network traffic in the first few weeks of the COVID-19 response increased as much as 27% over baseline. NCTA, a cable industry group, similarly reported an overall 30% increase of upstream traffic sin...

With all the focus on COVID-19 lately, you may have completely forgotten that 2020 was a Leap Year.  However, I was reminded today when somebody said, “What a unique Leap Year.  February had 29 days, March had 300 days, and April had five years!”.  

There’s no question that with stay at home restrictions, mass telework, and social distancing, it could certainly feel like the longest Leap Year.  However,...

At the end of February, InfraGardNCR and the American Gas Association (AGA) hosted a ransomware summit with guest speakers from the FBI, Dragos, FireEye, and IBM to look at how we can work together as an industry to learn from attacks and prevent more in the future.

We had over 600 hundred individuals attend this first-of-its-kind summit, and it was a promising sign for our industry to see how engaged this group was.

Ransomware...

Biothreats can take on many forms.  Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is the biothreat that has been on most of our minds recently.  And for good reason.  Since it was first identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei Province, COVID-19 has infected tens of thousands of people worldwide, killing over 2,000 of those infected.   

One of the most disturbing factors in the outbreak is the timeli...

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” One of my favorite movie quotes is true about life, and true about threats. One could tweak that legendary Ferris Bueller quote to read, “Threats develop pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

As InfraGardNCR members are surely very well aware, 2020 started with increased security con...

This Sunday will mark one year until the 2020 election in the United States. Over the course of the next 366 days, we will have many opportunities to learn about candidates for the various offices and about the issues that matter to us.

Throughout this time, we should remember that our democratic system is the most important piece of critical infrastructure in the United States, and it is one that we should all strive to p...

Like many Americans, I’m very, very happy that professional football is back. I love football. On each side of the ball, eleven players committed to working together to best achieve their common objective in the face of an adversary committed to the same objective. Unlike in some other sports, no single player, no matter how great, can win a game without their teammates. Sports take active involvement, and many have heard that...

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