Off the Record: Cybersecurity and COVID-19

By Rebecca Hanna, Anne Poulos, and Brady Cox Tune in monthly for a curated collection of articles we found interesting on a broad range of topics, some which are directly related to records management and others which might share common themes. No, we didn’t write these articles—hence the name of this series, “Off the Record”—but…

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Cybersecurity Resources for Texas Local Governments

On Friday, August 16, over twenty local government entities in Texas were targeted by a coordinated ransomware attack. This incident is the most recent in a year marked by cyberattacks on state and local governments across the country. Several state and federal agencies are investigating and actively working with the impacted Texas entities to help…

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Cyber Blackmail: More Than Just Ransomware

We are happy to welcome guest writers from the Texas Department of Information Resources, Daniel Hankins, Shared Services Security Manager and Andy Bennett, Director Information Security Governance. Ransomware, which is when a criminal encrypts an organization’s data and then demands payment before releasing the key required to reverse the encryption that is holding the victim’s…

Time to Change Your Password!

Isn’t it fun to use different passwords for all of the dozens of accounts you use and just when you think you’ve got them memorized you’re forced to change them every few months? I don’t doubt that there are folks out there who appreciate the mental challenge, but for most of us it’s added to…