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How the FBI Protects Against Cyber-Hacks

Monday, November 16th, 2015
Cyber Hacking

Information sharing helps protect against cyber-hacking.

You may remember the cyber-attack on Sony last year after they released the film “The Interview”. The comic farce, in which two men try to assassinate Kim Jong-un, was taken as a threat by North Koreans, who launched the cyber-attack as a response. While the FBI was able to figure out where the attack came from, it was still dangerous. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, described the attack as “the most serious cyber-attack ever made against US interests”. Imagine that these kinds of attacks are directed at banks or sensitive government files. There are two main sources of cyber-attacks to protect from: crime-sponsored attacks that are used for extortion (criminals also make money by selling Malware), and state-sponsored attacks that are used for espionage. It takes constant vigilance to maintain our systems against cyber-attacks, and there are ways that we can ensure we have as safe a system as possible.

What is Information-Sharing?

Back in 2011, the Obama Administration proposed a reform that would make information-sharing easier, and since then, Congress has passed information-sharing bills every year. This kind of information-sharing technology allows for clues about potential hackers to be passed on to others. For example, if Oil Refinery A notices that someone is attempting to hack its systems, then it can pass that information on to Oil Refineries B, C, and D, so they can take preventative measures to keep from getting hacked. Obama’s reform this year has been to make it easier for information from the private sector to be shared with the government, which helps the government to prevent sophisticated cyber-attacks.

How Does Information-Sharing Help Me?

You have nothing to worry about when it comes to this type of information-sharing. The only information that is passed on is information that’s crucial to identifying hackers; things like IP addresses, routing information, and time stamps. Your personal information is not stored or collected. As it stands now, our information-sharing program still only creates a patchwork of security. We’re moving towards more security with security products—like anti-malware, antivirus, and intrusion protection systems—that scan for threats. Sharing crucial information is important to prevent cyber-attacks that affect American businesses and citizens directly. In 2013, US retailers were affected by point of sale malware called BlackPOS. You may remember how Target had to pay hack victims $10 million in damages after hackers stole bank card information for $40 million people from the Target in-store credit cards. Cyber-attacks get worse and worse every year, and it is up to companies like DHA Group, Inc. to stop them.

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Cyber Attack Highlights Importance of Cyber Security

Monday, July 7th, 2014

 

Cyber attacks have become commonplace in today’s digital sphere, a fact that serves to underscore the importance of a coordinated cyber security strategy for any operation. A reminder of this came this week as a hacker group based in Tunisia made public its intent to begin a cyber attack on banks and airport computer systems in the United States.

 

The group, known as The Tunisian Hackers Team, took credit for a previously attempted attack on U.S.-based banks in 2013, and this week plans to attempt new cyber attacks on more banks. The group is demanding that the U.S. remove its military presence from several countries in the Middle East.

 

According to the Steven Stalinksky, Executive Director of the Middle East Media Research Institute, the hackers capabilities are unknown, but should be taken seriously and suggest that more cyber attacks from hacker groups based in the area are imminent. Quoted in Homeland Security Today, Stalinksy noted:

 

It’s unclear how strong the THT’s capabilities really are – but their warning that they will be working to gain control of American airport computer and communication systems should be taken seriously by homeland security officials. These types of threats by Middle East and South Asia cybergroups are the new norm and will only be increasing in the future.

 

Cyber security is critical for any sensitive operation where asset protection is of the highest importance. DHA provides ISO, network and physical security, critical infrastructure protection, as well as risk and vulnerability management through penetration testing in order to safeguard the IT aspects of your operation. Cyber security will only continue to grow in importance, which is why it’s important to take preventative measures now and provide the maximum protection available for your operation. Contact us today for more information.

 

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DHA Group, Inc., headquartered in Washington, D.C., is an award-winning management consulting and contracting firm primarily serving federal civilian and defense agencies. DHA Group supports clients’ mission-critical work by delivering expert professional services. Since DHA Group’s 1994 founding, our ability to improve productivity, cost effectiveness and efficiency has contributed to significant corporate growth and earned us a reputation for quality, value and excellence. For more information about Cyber Attack Highlights Importance of Cyber Security, please visit us atwww.dha-inc.com or call 202-347-9865, or join the conversation on FacebookLinkedInTwitter or Google+.

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What is a Cyber Attack?

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Cyber SecurityThe past few months have been rife with cyber attacks and hackings. As technology evolves, people find ways to evolve with it and learn to overcome security features. A cyber attack is defined as “an attempt to damage or destroy a computer network or system,” by Google. Cyber attacks can come from individuals or even groups that have organized together to attack a specific person, company, or group. Some of the most recent cyber attacks include:

  • Target – With over 40 million credit card numbers stolen from Black Friday through the holiday season, Target’s security breach is one of the worst that has occurred so far.
  • Email breach – 360 million email addresses were recently hacked and include all the big platforms such as Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft. Emails can contain any number of personal details that can lead to identity theft.
  • Snapchat – Most people use Snapchat because you can take pictures, send them, and have them self-destruct within seconds. I’m sure you can see the issue with a cyber attack into Snapchat’s system, since they keep records of all of the pictures sent.

With all of the big companies and social media sites that have been hacked lately, it is becoming more and more important to understand cyber security and how to protect yourself and your information from the skilled hands of hackers. As a business, if your information is privy to a cyber attack, information from not only your business, but from other clients and companies can easily be stolen and preyed upon. Credit card numbers and other important personal information can be taken from your email address or social media sites if you’re not careful. Learn more about the importance of cyber security and consider hiring a consulting service to help keep your personal and professional information safe.

About DHA:

David F. Hale founded DHA Group, Inc. in 1994 to provide superior program management and operations support services to agencies within the Federal Government. Since June 2008, DHA has won many contract awards, including a Prime Contractor position on the prestigious Program Management Support Services (PMSS) contract with the FBI. DHA was also awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract on the FBI’s $30 billion Information Technology Supplies and Support Services (IT Triple S) program to provide supplies, equipment, and IT services to support, maintain, and modernize the Bureau’s IT systems and architectures.

As we continue to expand into new areas of business, DHA remains committed to maintaining our high standards of service excellence.

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Source: The Biggest Cyber Attack Ever Was Just Detected – 1.25 BILLION emails Hacked