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  • How to prevent ransomware or recover from a ransomware breach

    Ransomware, the latest malware threat with which information security professionals must grapple, is spreading, according to many authorities. This TechGuide explores the nature of the threat and the latest ransomware trends. But it does more than merely raise the alarm: Included in this primer on ransomware is also actionable intelligence on both ransomware prevention and recovery. It outlines several steps information security pros should take now in order to heighten their company's resistance and prevent ransomware attacks. It also guides information security pros through recovery steps if they are indeed victims of a ransomware attack.

    Readers of this guide will gain a deeper insight into the nature of ransomware and how it's changing and spreading. But they will also be better equipped to prevent ransomware attacks and possess crucial knowledge to guide them in the event of a ransomware attack on their corporate systems.

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  • Risk & Repeat: Equation Group hack raises questions for NSA

    In this Risk & Repeat podcast, SearchSecurity editors discuss the mystery behind the recent Equation Group hack and the motives and identity of the Shadow Brokers. Continue Reading

  • The key steps to launching blockchain implementations

    Bill Caraher, CIO and director of operations for a Wisconsin law firm, is one believer in the huge impact blockchain technology -- a peer-to-peer distributed network used to validate transactions and other records -- can have on legal services. Blockchain implementations, he said, could "lead to speedier resolutions, [and] it could lead to better evidence gathering [and to establishing] foundation for a case" and have other "sweeping implications" for this industry. Indeed, the technology's potential use cases are a hot talking point among Caraher and fellow observers of blockchain -- but figuring out which use cases make sense and putting them into action demand a lot of work. The effort involved in implementing blockchain will depend on many factors, including vertical industry, having the right software and hardware, and more.

    In this issue of CIO Decisions, Editorial Director Sue Troy lays out the four key stages of blockchain implementations, including identifying use cases, running proofs of concept and launching field trials. Plus, we explore how one healthcare CIO used cloud computing to bridge the disconnect between IT and patient care; get MIT Sloan cybersecurity expert Stuart Madnick's take on how to build a better defense against dark web hackers; and delve into innovative ways to close the tech skills gap.

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