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Healthcare DDoS Attack: Mitigation Lessons


The main lesson from a distributed-denial-of-service attack on Boston Children's Hospital last spring is that such attacks represent a real threat in healthcare that must be mitigated, says CIO Daniel Nigrin, M.D.

The life and untimely demise of TrueCrypt


The developers of TrueCrypt, a once highly respected, open-source encryption application, have apparently folded their tents and disappeared. Left behind are questions and paranoia — and a message that users should migrate to other encryption platforms.

Howard Tech Council program helps startups beat cyber threats


The Howard Tech Council has launched a new program to help businesses fend off cyber attacks. The program, created in partnership with the Howard County Economic Department Authority, is for members of the HTC and residents and affiliates of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, said Patrick Wynn, the executive director of the HTC.

Heartbleed Vulnerability Advisory (CVE-2014-0160)


The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).

Howard County, Md., Launches CISO in Residence Program - Find Out Why


Howard County, Maryland's Center for Entrepreneurship and the Howard Tech Council have teamed up to launch a new Chief Information Security Office In Residence program, they are calling it HoCo CISO.

Howard County Travels West to Expand Cyber Footprint


Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and officials from the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) joined officials from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), and the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore to attend the RSA© Conference last week in San Francisco. The trip marked Howard County’s first appearance at RSA©, a week-long conference that brings the nation’s top information security experts together to address critical cybersecurity issues.

2013 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis


Symantec Corporation and Ponemon Institute are pleased to present the 2013 Cost of Data Breach: Global Analysis, our eighth annual benchmark study concerning the cost of data breach incidents for companies located nine countries. Since 2009, we have provided a consolidated report of the benchmark findings from all countries represented in the research. In this report, we present both the consolidated findings and country differences.

Howard County, Md., Launches CISO in Residence Program


In Howard County, Md., a new program is unique enough that it’s drawing attention from as far as Germany. Launched by the Howard Tech Council, under the Howard County Economic Development Authority and in alignment with local tech incubator Innovation Catalyst, the county's new chief information security office in residence program (called HoCo CISO) gives more than 300 member organizations the opportunity to receive security consulting advice and resources.

Volunteer CISOs Help Small Businesses


A new program in Howard County, Md., is offering small and midsize businesses the opportunity to work with area chief information security officers who are volunteering to offer free advice on a variety of security issues to help mitigate cyber-attack risks.

Howard County Launches Chief Information Security Officer in Residence Program


The Howard Tech Council is proud to announce the formation of a Chief Information Security Officer “In-Residence” program known as “HOCO CISO”. The program will be based at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE).