Creating Curriculum for HGTC
Rob Cheng, PC Matic’s enigmatic CEO, sat down again with Liz Calloway today. First, they discussed the Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s new cyber certification program. Rob is particularly excited about the jump into healthcare IT focused cybersecurity. It’s long overdue.
Healthcare is one of the most vulnerable cybersecurity landscapes. As we know, breaches in healthcare IT systems can negatively affect patients’ lives. Therefore, delving further into this particular IT niche has the potential to save lives.
This Week’s Cyberattacks
Next, Liz and Rob covered the slew of cyberattacks that happened on major companies this week. There seemed to be more than normal; notably Molson Coors Beverage Co, Acer, and CNA Financial. However, let’s focus on that last one.
CNA Financial is the largest ransomware insurance agency in the country, and they just got hit with ransomware. As a result, the attackers now have the names of the companies insured and how much they’re insured for. It’s assumed these companies are now targets.
Cybersecurity and the Government
Liz asked Rob if she felt the US Government was prepared for an attack. Being familiar with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Rob said that agency is aware. On the other hand, he wasn’t sure what preventative measurers are in place.
Unfortunately, there’s no mandate to report breaches. As the fallout from the SolarWinds hack continues, we see an increase in other attacks. There is a bill in congress, however, that would require anyone successfully attacked to report it. It has yet to pass through.
“There’s a lot more to be learned here,” Rob explained. Effective ransomware protection is proactive rather than reactive. Additionally, it takes increased awareness of the challenges facing IT professionals today.
“So what is the answer?,” Liz asks. “Prevention,” responded Rob.
To listen to the entire episode and learn more, check out the entire segment below.
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