WannaCry shed light on government cybersecurity vulnerabilities around the world and emphasized what many already know: malware is a real problem and it’s not going anywhere. The attacks pushed cybersecurity to the top of priority lists for many government agencies and, deep in the throes of IT modernization, agencies are paying more attention to more advanced malware prevention.
Of course, cyberattacks are not new threats to the federal government and their numbers are only growing. In fact, the U.S. was hit with 77,000 cyberattacks in 2015 alone, a 10 percent jump from 2014. One of the most memorable of these 2015 breaches was the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Breach which affected nearly 22 million people.
Year over year, these numbers continue to increase and hacking strategies are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) is even becoming a rising business model, making it easier than ever for hackers to inflict damage on government IT systems. The threat of ransomware will continue to evolve and, in turn, government agencies recognize that more advanced technology leveraging big data and machine learning are the answer.
In light of the recent attacks and in an effort to employ wisdom from past attacks, Thomas Pace, Director of Consulting Services at Cylance, will be hosting a webinar on June 15 that will discuss the OPM Breach of 2015, the course of events that led to it, and artificial intelligence’s (AI) role in the malware removal process.
The registration page for the webinar can be found here. Tune in to learn about how the threat landscape has changed over the last two years, the benefits of cyber threat prevention technology and how AI is disrupting malware detection.