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Cryptocurrency - It's Time to Acknowledge the Elephant in the Room

9/20/2021

I never thought I would write about cryptocurrency, but with a current global market cap of $2.24 trillion, it doesn’t really matter what I might think about it anymore. There is simply too much money in this space to ignore it any longer.

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The FFIEC's New AIO Handbook

8/31/2021

On June 30, 2021, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) published the new Architecture Infrastructure and Operations (AIO) Booklet, replacing the Operations booklet from July 2004. While this new booklet resembles its predecessor there are significant new themes to evaluate.  

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BankTech Bytes: The FFIEC's New AIO Handbook

8/26/2021

This BankTech Bytes Newsletter discusses the FFIEC's New AIO Handbook. 

On June 30, 2021, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) published the new Architecture, Infrastructure, and Operations (AIO) booklet, replacing the Operations booklet from July 2004. While this new booklet resembles its predecessor there are significant new themes to evaluate. 

 

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Why Your Company Needed to Invest in Cybersecurity Yesterday

8/13/2021

From oil pipelines to government agencies, software vendors to hardware manufacturers, insurance firms and even video game developers, each of these industries have something in common. In the last six months, headlines have been made around ransomware attacks targeting businesses and government agencies within each of these industries with seemingly no discretion. 

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GovCon Updates of the Week Part 11

6/28/2021

Want the latest on the drop in small business contractors, the United States Air Force's potential $750 million contract and cybersecurity specifications like "critical software"?

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WEBINAR MATERIALS: The Rise of Ransomware - The Evolution, Risk & Recovery

6/22/2021

The evolution of ransomware creates constantly changing threats to businesses and if your defense and recovery processes aren’t changing along with it, you may not be prepared to bounce back when it finds you. This webinar includes a discussion about understanding, mitigating, and managing ransomware risks as well as best practices for small businesses.

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GovCon Updates of the Week Part 9

6/14/2021

Want updates on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) new directive, a program called Measuring the Information Control Environment (MICE) and Congress's new bills coming this summer?

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DOL Issues Cybersecurity Guidance for Retirement Plans

6/14/2021

On April 14, the Department of Labor (DOL) outlined a range of practices for combatting the growing threat of cybercrime to ERISA-covered retirement plans. This first-ever cybersecurity guidance issued by the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) casts a wide net, addressing key issues affecting plan sponsors, fiduciaries, record keepers, as well as plan participants and beneficiaries.

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The Evolution of Ransomware

5/28/2021

As many people know, ransomware started by simply encrypting large amounts of victims’ data and holding the encryption key until the victim paid a ransom. The initial iterations of this were almost harmless, but as we look back, the genius involved is obvious. Read more! 

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GovCon Updates of the Week Part 8

5/25/2021

Want the latest updates on Government fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget release, the Department of Defense's (DoD) 5G telerobotic healthcare and the president's Executive Order (EO) on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity? Read more! 

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BankTech Bytes: The Evolution of Ransomware

5/21/2021

This BankTech Bytes Newsletter discusses the evolution of ransomware and what it is today.

As many people know, ransomware started by simply encrypting large amounts of victims’ data and holding the encryption key until the victim paid a ransom. The initial iterations of this were almost harmless, but as we look back, the genius involved is obvious.  

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GovCon Updates of the Week Part 6

5/6/2021

Want the latest updates on the Endless Frontier Act for emerging tech, the newest armed forces branch, the Space Force, and Consortia-Managed Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs)?

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Tech Leaders Worldwide Have Optimistic Outlook For 2021

5/5/2021

Amid unanticipated crisis, technology leaders sprang into action and helped business continue across many industries. After weathering the worst of the storm, tech executives carry continued optimism into 2021, anticipating a continued surge in demand and further opportunities for growth. 

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Nonprofit Data Breach Vulnerabilities and How to Avoid Them

4/23/2021

As more people are shifting to digital lifestyles and remote operations, data is being passed through the internet now more than ever. Proportionate to this, however, are the opportunities for potential compromise of the data, particularly via a data breach.

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GovCon Updates of the Week Part 4

4/21/2021

Want the latest updates on the Biden administration's 2022 budget request, small disadvantaged business (SDB) federal contract percentages and the U.S. Army biosurveillance systems?  

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Nacha's Supplementing Data Security Requirements Rule

4/20/2021

Nacha’s Supplementing Data Security Requirements rule expands the existing ACH Security Framework to explicitly require large, non-financial institution Originators, Third-Party Service Providers, and Third-Party Senders to protect account numbers (consumer and non-consumer) used in the initiation of ACH entries by rendering them unreadable when stored electronically.

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The M&A Metrics Software Companies Need to Know

4/16/2021

Software companies may be surprised by the metrics used to gauge their value and growth potential during M&A. Knowing what investors look at is core to the deal negotiation process.

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GovCon Updates of the Week Part 3

4/15/2021

Want the latest updates on the U.S. State Department's IT modernization, President Biden's nomination of Michael Brown for the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S) and the American Jobs Plan?

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WEBINAR MATERIALS: CMMC Readiness (Part 3) - Where to Start

4/8/2021

By now your cyber score is reported and your plans of action and milestones (POA&Ms) are built. What do you do next? In Part 3 of our series, we share new information released since our last webinar and begin addressing how to approach the CMMC framework at your organization. Access materials from our webinar...

 

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GovCon Updates of the Week Part 2

4/7/2021

Want the latest on Artificial Intelligence (AI), the House’s Defense Critical Supply Chain Task Force and the Securing American Leadership in Science and Technology Act (SALSTA)? 

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Five Ransomware Themes Keeping Directors Up at Night

4/7/2021

Spoiler alert: If it isn’t already, cybersecurity should likely be on your board agenda at every meeting. Here are the top five takeaways from recent discussions with directors and subject matter experts at regional board roundtables. 

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GovCon Updates of the Week

3/29/2021

Want the latest on Federal Acquisition Regulation, Health and Human Services Regulatory Changes and Technology Modernization Fund?

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WEBINAR MATERIALS: Strategies for Maximizing PPP Loan Forgiveness, Part 10

3/24/2021

Our speakers break down PPP updates and the latest guidance from the SBA. They will also review the American Rescue Plan Act and Employee Retention Credit updates. Access webinar materials here.

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To Compete in Fintech, Banks Must Build on Pandemic-Driven Digital Transformation

3/9/2021

Lockdowns during the pandemic precluded face-to-face transactions at bank branches, forcing even “late adopter” banking customers to embrace digital banking and compelling financial institutions to roll out digital alternatives for those transactions—sometimes overnight. When the pandemic eventually subsides, banks may be tempted to rein in those digital transformation initiatives.

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WEBINAR MATERIALS: CMMC Readiness (Part 2) - Let's Talk Plans of Action & Milestones (POA&Ms)

2/26/2021

In Part 2 of our series, we will share a fresh round of information including valuable insights on creating and fulfilling POA&Ms, identifying, documenting and correcting gaps, and leveraging your work to help with CMMC compliance. Access webinar materials here. 

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