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.

CIOs say security must adapt to permanent work-from-home

Preventing insider threats: What to watch (and watch out) for

Preventing insider threats: What to watch (and watch out) for

Understanding human behaviors that precede malicious actions from an insider is the best way to avoid data loss or disruption, experts say.

Ransomware attacks growing in number, severity: Why experts believe it will get worse

Ransomware attacks growing in number, severity: Why experts believe it will get worse

Law enforcement and federal experts discuss recent ransomware trends and challenges of fighting the attacks.

Election security status: Some progress on ballot integrity, but not on Russian interference

Election security status: Some progress on ballot integrity, but not on Russian interference

With the election less than two months away, government and election officials say voting itself is more secure, but Russian disinformation remains largely unaddressed.

CMMC bakes security into DoD’s supply chain, has value for all businesses

CMMC bakes security into DoD’s supply chain, has value for all businesses

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification provides a means for the DoD to certify the security capabilities of its contractors, but it's a good way to assess the cybersecurity maturity for all companies.

With cloud's security benefits comes systemic risks, report finds

With cloud's security benefits comes systemic risks, report finds

A new report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace seeks to give law and policy makers a better understanding of cloud security risks.

Security in the spotlight as the US heads into elections

Security in the spotlight as the US heads into elections

A new report and tabletop exercise show how the upcoming US elections could be disrupted at the local government level without hacking the election itself.

TLS attacks and anti-censorship hacks

TLS attacks and anti-censorship hacks

Despite safeguards in TLS 1.3, China is still censoring HTTPS communications, according to a new report. There are workarounds to this. Plus, how TLS can be used as an attack vector.

Hybrid cloud complexity, rush to adopt pose security risks, expert says

Hybrid cloud complexity, rush to adopt pose security risks, expert says

Organizations rushing to adopt hosted cloud infrastructure alongside on-premises systems might not fully understand or address potential security threats.

CISO Q&A: How AvidXchange manages COVID-related threats and risk

CISO Q&A: How AvidXchange manages COVID-related threats and risk

Like many CISOs, Christina Quaine's team is supporting the payment processor's work-at-home employees and managing internal pandemic-specific risks. It also helps its mid-market customers meet new security challenges.

18 (new) ways attackers can compromise email

18 (new) ways attackers can compromise email

Researchers have discovered eighteen new vulnerabilities in how email systems authenticate senders, making it even easier for criminals to fool users.

Mathematical Mesh alpha release promises better end-to-end encryption

Mathematical Mesh alpha release promises better end-to-end encryption

Web pioneer proposes a new cryptographic system that relies on threshold key infrastructure to improve end-to-end encryption.

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