Cynthia Brumfield

Cynthia Brumfield is a veteran communications and technology analyst who is currently focused on cybersecurity. She runs a cybersecurity news destination site, Metacurity.com.

SolarWinds hack is quickly reshaping Congress’s cybersecurity agenda

US bulk energy providers must now report attempted breaches

US bulk energy providers must now report attempted breaches

US bulk energy providers must now report attempted breaches as well as successful breaches. Guidance is murky over what constitutes an "attempted" breach.

Egregor ransomware group explained: And how to defend against it

Egregor ransomware group explained: And how to defend against it

Egregor is one of the most rapidly growing ransomware families. It employs "double ransom" techniques to threaten reputational damage and increase pressure to pay.

12 new state privacy and security laws explained: Is your business ready?

12 new state privacy and security laws explained: Is your business ready?

States from Maine to California have recently enacted privacy, data security, cybersecurity, and data breach notification laws. Let's break down what each of these laws entails and how businesses and consumers are affected.

How to prepare for the next SolarWinds-like threat

How to prepare for the next SolarWinds-like threat

It is possible to minimize the risk from nation-state attacks like SolarWinds. This is the best advice based on what experts have learned so far.

26 Cyberspace Solarium Commission recommendations likely to become law with NDAA passage

26 Cyberspace Solarium Commission recommendations likely to become law with NDAA passage

Once passed, the National Defense Authorization Act will create a White House cybersecurity director role, expand CISA's capabilities, and create a K-12 security education assistance program.

New AI privacy, security regulations likely coming with pending federal, state bills

New AI privacy, security regulations likely coming with pending federal, state bills

CISOs should prepare for new requirements to protect data collected for and generated by artificial intelligence algorithms.

Cybersecurity under fire: CISA’s former deputy director decries post-election vilification

Cybersecurity under fire: CISA’s former deputy director decries post-election vilification

Matt Travis talks about CISA's role in the recent US elections and how President Trump and his surrogates have politicized the security function.

New US IoT law aims to improve edge device security

New US IoT law aims to improve edge device security

The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act will require device manufacturers to meet new security standards for government contracts. Carryover effect expected for the private sector.

China’s exclusion from US 5G market likely to continue  with Biden administration

China’s exclusion from US 5G market likely to continue with Biden administration

Telecom insiders discuss supply chain security and call for better communication, collaboration, and transparency from the federal government about threats within their industry.

Defining data protection standards could be a hot topic in state legislation in 2021

Defining data protection standards could be a hot topic in state legislation in 2021

Some states could follow the New York Shield Act’s lead and set clearer regulatory expectations for reasonable cybersecurity. Election security legislation likely not on the agenda.

Passage of California privacy act could spur similar new regulations in other states

Passage of California privacy act could spur similar new regulations in other states

Voters approved the California Privacy Rights and Enforcement Act (CPRA), which in part limits how organizations can use personal data. Legal experts expect other states to follow suit.

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