$5 Million in Funding Now Available for Pennsylvania Broadband Projects

Nongovernmental entities can now apply for funding for projects that facilitate the deployment of high-speed broadband service infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas of the Commonwealth through the Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding Program (UHSB). The application window opened June 1 and applications will be accepted until September 24. The UHSB authorizes the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) to … Continue reading $5 Million in Funding Now Available for Pennsylvania Broadband Projects

US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES NEW CYBERSECURITY GUIDANCE

Guidance seeks to help protect an estimated $9.3T in assets The U.S. Department of Labor on April 14, 2021 announced new guidance for plan sponsors, plan fiduciaries, record keepers and plan participants on best practices for maintaining cybersecurity, including tips on how to protect the retirement benefits of America’s workers. This is the first time … Continue reading US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES NEW CYBERSECURITY GUIDANCE

FERC Proposes Incentives for Cybersecurity Investments by Public Utilities

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) took a major step toward enhancing the cybersecurity posture of the bulk power system this month with a proposal for public utilities to secure incentive-based rate treatment for voluntary cybersecurity investments that go above and beyond mandatory Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards. The December 17, 2020 … Continue reading FERC Proposes Incentives for Cybersecurity Investments by Public Utilities

Utility Scam Awareness & Education

Understand How Fraud Artists Operate and Remain Vigilant Against Common Utility-Related Scams The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) marked November 20th as Utility Scam Awareness Day – a national effort to educate residents and businesses about the ways that scammers use utility-related schemes to scare or trick customers into sending them money or disclosing personal information. “Scam … Continue reading Utility Scam Awareness & Education

Ransomware Activity Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector

Multiple federal agencies sent out a joint alert on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 about ransomware activity targeting the healthcare and public health sector. The advisory, which was sent out by Cybersecurity and Infrastrustrure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), describes … Continue reading Ransomware Activity Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector

October is CyberSecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). Visit cisa.gov/ncsam to learn more about the awareness campaign. Businesses face significant financial loss when a cyber attack occurs. In 2019, the U.S. business sector had 17% increase in data breaches. Cybercriminals often rely on human error—employees failing to install software patches or clicking on malicious links—to gain access to … Continue reading October is CyberSecurity Awareness Month

Beware of Scams and Fraud Schemes – COVID-19 Phishing

Last week, a Rhode Island company and its owner were prohibited from misrepresenting they are affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of a settlement resolving Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges they misled consumers in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Ponte Investments, LLC, and its owner were charged by the FTC in April with … Continue reading Beware of Scams and Fraud Schemes – COVID-19 Phishing

If You Are Still Using Windows 7, You Are At Risk

In  a Private Industry Notification announcement this month from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about the official end of life for Windows 7, the FBI states it "has observed cyber criminals targeting computer network infrastructure after an operating system achieves end-of-life status," and added that "continuing to use Windows 7 within an enterprise may provide … Continue reading If You Are Still Using Windows 7, You Are At Risk

FTC-FCC warning letters suggest a different kind of distancing

Agencies Target Companies Routing Scam Robocalls to Consumers about Fake COVID-19-Related Refunds, Loan Reductions, and Social Security Threats May 20, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) demanded that gateway providers allowing COVID-19 pandemic-related scam robocalls into the United States cut off this traffic or face serious consequences.  This is the second … Continue reading FTC-FCC warning letters suggest a different kind of distancing

Pay the Computer Ransom? – 94% get their data back

The State of Ransomware 2020 global study conducted earlier this year on behalf of Sophos and reported this week in its blog found that organizations that decide to pay the ransom to get their data back, do so in 94% of cases. The research questioned 5,000 IT managers from 26 countries (500 from the US … Continue reading Pay the Computer Ransom? – 94% get their data back