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.

Common pitfalls in attributing cyberattacks

Late-game election security: What to watch and watch out for

Late-game election security: What to watch and watch out for

Despite disruption of the Trickbot botnet network, last-minute leaks of stolen documents and post-election undermining of trust in the election system remain big concerns.

How SilentFade group steals millions from Facebook ad spend accounts

How SilentFade group steals millions from Facebook ad spend accounts

SilentFade steals credentials and ad spend account information and sells the information to other bad actors. The group returned with improved malware after Facebook's initial mitigation efforts.

New FBI strategy seeks to disrupt threat actors, help defenders through better coordination

New FBI strategy seeks to disrupt threat actors, help defenders through better coordination

The FBI sharpens its focus on collaboration among US and foreign government agencies and the private sector. It will acting as a central hub to deal with cybersecurity threats.

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

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

Both private- and public-sector CIOs see many more employees permanently working remotely, and say security needs to adapt to new threats and how they communicate.

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.

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