The Cybersecurity Mentorship Pilot Program kicked off in October 2020 as part of Massachusetts Cybersecurity Month and concluded in December 2020 with a Project Showcase. The Pilot paired ten diverse undergraduate students from across Massachusetts with mentors from the cybersecurity industry.
Stephanie Helm, director of the MassCyberCenter at MassTech, and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, co-authored a column that appeared in The Worcester Telegram & Gazette on how we must remain vigilant against the increased threat of cybersecurity attacks during the pandemic. The column ran on Sunday, November 14th.
BOSTON – At the 2020 Massachusetts Cybersecurity Forum today, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker lauded efforts happening across the Commonwealth to boost cyber resiliency and to boost diversity in the cybersecurity sector. During his remarks, the Governor highlighted the efforts of the MassCyberCenter to assist Massachusetts communities with the development of contingency plans focusing on cybersecurity, including sessions held during spring and summer 2020.
This piece by MassCyberCenter director Stephanie Helm was originally published by the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA). It contains good tips for municipal leaders and employees, which can also be helpful for citizens and students working or studying from home.
The Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) was established in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 to "develop a consensus on a strategic approach to defending the United States in cyberspace against cyber attacks of significant consequences." On March 11, 2020 the CSC released their report and presented it to the public.
BOSTON — The RSA Conference 2020 kicks off in San Francisco on Monday, February 24th, and Massachusetts will be well represented at the conference, which brings together approximately 45,000 attendees and over 700 vendors from around the world.
As part of this year’s conference, MassCyberCenter Director Stephanie Helm will participate in the RSA Public Sector Day at RSAC 2020, appearing with other state and local leaders from around the country. Helm’s panel will focus on “Cyber Security as a Public Service,” where she will highlight how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is helping cities and towns stay ‘cyber resilient’ against emerging digital threats.
By: Thomas F. Duffy, MS-ISAC Chair
Cyber threat actors (CTA) leverage interest during public health threats and other high-profile events in order to conduct financial fraud and disseminate malware. We expect that this trend will continue with the emergence of new and recycled scams involving financial fraud and malware related to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released an announcement warning users to remain vigilant for malicious cyber activity targeting Hurricane Dorian disaster victims and potential donors.
WASHINGTON – July 29, 2019 – The recent ransomware attacks targeting systems across the country are the latest in a string of attacks affecting State and local government partners. The growing number of such attacks highlights the critical importance of making cyber preparedness a priority and taking the necessary steps to secure our networks against adversaries. Prevention is the most effective defense against ransomware.