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Focusing on advanced persistent threats can blind organizations to more likely and equally dangerous adversaries, according to Thomas Hofmann of Flashpoint.

Opinion: Don’t Be Blinded by APTs

In this industry perspective, Thomas Hofmann of Flashpoint says that sensational coverage of advanced persistent threat (APT) actors does little to help small and mid sized firms defend their IT environments from more common threats like cyber criminals. The key to getting cyber defense right is understanding the risks to your firm and prioritizing investments to protect critical IT assets.

Data stolen in a breach can surface months or years after the victimized firm has returned to "business as usual," warns Thomas Hofmann of the firm Flashpoint.

Taking the Long View of Breach Fallout

In this industry perspective, Thomas Hofmann, the Vice President of Intelligence at the firm Flashpoint* warns that the effects of data breaches can often be felt months or years after the actual incident, as stolen data bubbles up in underground marketplaces. He has three pieces of advice for companies that want to develop an incident response plan that mitigates the damage of breaches in the short term and over the long term.   

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How To Make Your Intelligence Program Ready for Executive Consumption

In this Industry Perspective, Thomas Hofmann of the firm Flashpoint* writes that cyber threat intelligence professionals from the government don’t just bring their skills when they migrate to the private sector – they bring their jargon, also. Communicating effectively with the C-suite, however, demands making threat intelligence ready for executive consumption.  Spread the word!119shares14969

Faced with blowback from its cyber operations in the US and Western Europe, will Russia reconsider the utility of such tools? Flashpoint said that is one possible development to watch for in 2018. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense.)

Spotlight Podcast: Is Russia rethinking its Cyber Offense?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIf 2016 and 2017 saw aggressive efforts by the government of Russia to use hacking and online information operations to influence politics in the U.S. and Western Europe, 2018 may see the country reckoning with the aftermath of those campaigns. And that may result in a rethink of the utility of online information and hacking operations, says Flashpoint in its Business Risk Intelligence report. 

We talk with PAS Global about a Chatham House report on the hacking risk to nuclear weapons.

Episode 79: Hackable Nukes and Dissecting Naughty Toys

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn this week’s Security Ledger Podcast episode, the UK -based policy think tank Chatham House warned last week that aging nuclear weapons systems in the U.S., the U.K. and other nations are vulnerable to cyber attacks that could be used to start a global conflagration. We talk with Eddie Habbibi of PAS Global about what can be done to secure hackable nukes. Also: with CES raging in Las Vegas last week, we go deep with security researcher Jay Harris on flaws in connected toys being sold to children.