Best Practices for Fortifying Your Organization Against Cybercriminals
The connectivity of today’s employees has left executives unable to overlook the cybersecurity of their organization any longer. It’s no longer a question of if your business will be targeted by cybercriminals, it’s now a matter of if your cybersecurity precautions will fail you. Cybercriminals have reached a new level of sophistication – they can attack your infrastructure at all times of day, using automated algorithms, making it nearly impossible to keep them out all of the time. Staying current with your technology and processes is the only way to protect your business from harm.
Today, almost all businesses are affected by compliance. Whether you’re in the healthcare industry and are bound by HIPAA regulations, or you’re a manufacturer attempting to meet NIST standards before you lose your government contract, your business cannot afford to be in the dark about compliance regulations.
If you’re a manufacturer within 50 miles of Washington D.C., your organization is probably working with the United States government in some way, shape or form. Whether you have a contract directly with the government or you provide products or materials to someone who does, your company is now responsible for ensuring that you are compliant with NIST 800-171 standards.
The Maryland Tech Council is partnering with the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) to co-host an exclusive deep-dive focusing on Maryland tech, biotech and cyber vendors. These sessions with feature over 50 tech exhibits and three intensive technology sessions, complete with demonstrations of the latest technology for county governments. Exhibitors will present everything from GIS to 3-D printing, body cameras, virtual reality and more, featuring cutting-edge technology that is revolutionizing sectors across Maryland.
Specter and Meltdown, names given to a recently discovered vulnerability that affects almost every computer chip manufactured in the last 20 years. If exploited, attackers could gain access to data previously considered completely protected. The Specter and Meltdown flaws work by exploiting two important techniques used to make CPU chips execute faster, called speculative execution and caching.
We are a connected, digital society that depends heavily on networks, databases and other digital systems to operate. Almost every aspect of our lives, from the most basic tasks at the workplace to our personal communication and social interactions, to the way we shop and the tools we use to study and learn, depends on some form of electronic interaction or data exchange. These digital environments are practical, useful and fast, but in our excitement to use, leverage and widely deploy them, we have forgotten to secure them.
As a strategy, attacking one’s enemies as a way to protect oneself has been promoted throughout history as the best kind of defense. This doctrine has been suggested by Machiavelli, Sun Tzu and even Abraham Lincoln when he referred to “…offensive operations, being the surest, if not the only means of defence…” .
Innovation is at the heart of Maryland’s economy and the wellbeing of patients in our state. New, groundbreaking cures and treatments save and extend the lives of patients, pushing the bounds of modern medicine, for the benefit of all. Innovative companies are able to leverage Maryland’s combination of technology know-how, business-friendly climate, and highly-educated, highly-skilled workforce to produce these cures and provide hundreds of thousands of Marylanders with well-paying jobs.
We’re for new rules for the new economy….
We’re the most Innovative State in the Nation.
We have around 12,000 IT companies – second only to Silicon Valley.
We’re the cyber security capital of the United States, home to the National Security Agency, the U.S. Cyber Command and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, and around 1,200 cyber security companies.
The skills to pay the bills, 20 years ago, was the catch phrase that started the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc. (BTI) a non-profit located in Baltimore, MD. Margaret Penno, Ph.D, a researcher at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, had the idea that as the regions bioscience enterprise develops, everyone should be included. In other words, a rising tide raises all boats. Since its founding, BTI has trained entry-level lab technicians in R & D, production and bio-manufacturing positions at institutions like Johns Hopkins and at local biotech companies such as Emergent Biosolutions and Becton Dickenson to name a few employers of our graduates. Three assumptions are the foundations of BTI. The first is that there are good people that are under and unemployed that can do the work if trained properly. The second, is that those trained cannot afford the cost or time constraints of a college education. They need to work and BTI does not charge a tuition. And third, as biomanufacturing matures, college graduates will not want to do the repetitive critical tasks associated with “working on the factory floor.” As it turns out, these assumptions were correct.