2022 Fall Privacy + Security Forum

2022 Fall Privacy + Security Forum

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2022 Fall Privacy + Security Forum

Michael McAndrews to Speak at the Privacy + Security Academy Conference

Michael McAndrews, our Chief Technology and Security Officer is speaking this week as part of a panel at the Fall Privacy + Security Forum in Washington, DC. The conference runs from November 2nd to the 4th and focuses on deep-dive sessions with practical takeaways for the industry’s most seasoned security experts.

Michael will be part of a four-person panel during the Thursday session, The Supply Chain Privacy Conundrum – Compliance and Risk in a World of Unknowns. Other panel members include Michael Gold, Partner & Chair of Cybersecurity & Privacy Group, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell Tanya Forsheit, Senior Counsel, The New York Times, and Robert Bond, Solicitor, Notary Public & Compliance & Ethics Professional, Privacy Partnership Law.

Session Topics

“My focus will be on the subsections of Incident Response Plans that detail what to do if there is an attack in your supply chain.”

– Michael McAndrews

The questions Michael will address will be related to the preparation for a security incident based on his experience with companies that have fallen short in their ability to respond. His focus will be on the subsections of Incident Response Plans that detail what to do if there is an attack in your supply chain. Typical discussion topics include:
  • How do you respond when there is no cooperation from the vendor or partner?
  • How do you verify the authenticity of the data?
  • How how do you protect your brand?
As in all incident response cases, the key is speed and visibility.

If you are in Washington, DC, for the conference, be sure to stop by the session on Thursday or reach out to Michael on LinkedIn if you want to connect in person.

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PacketWatch Log4J Article also Published on Law360

PacketWatch Log4J Article also Published on Law360

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PacketWatch Log4J Article also Published on Law360

PacketWatch CTO Michael McAndrews recently collaborated with Squire Patton Boggs to create an article for the law firm’s Consumer Privacy World blog. The blog post focused on the recent Log4J vulnerability that has become a top cybersecurity concern for most organizations.

We learned that Law360, a prominent news service for attorneys operated by Portfolio Media (subsidiary of LexisNexus), picked up the article to share with their paid subscriber base. The article provides technical and operational guidance to companies trying to respond to the Log4J vulnerability concerns.

Law360 subscribers can read the article “A Case Study in Appropriately Responding to the Log4J Cybersecurity Vulnerability” (pdf) on the Law360 website. If you need assistance with any of the recommendations in the article, please contact us for assistance.

“This article illustrates how vulnerabilities create both technical and legal challenges for organizations. Working with Squire Patton Boggs helps PacketWatch ensure our clients get the highest level of attention on both fronts.”

Michael McAndrews Chief Technology Officer PacketWatch
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PacketWatch Log4J Article Published in National Law Review

PacketWatch Log4J Article Published in National Law Review

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PacketWatch Log4J Article Published in National Law Review

PacketWatch CTO Michael McAndrews recently collaborated with Colin Jennings and Ericka Johnson to produce an article for the Squire Patton Boggs law firm Consumer Privacy World blog. The blog post focused on the recent Log4J vulnerability that has become a top cybersecurity concern for most organizations. Within hours, the National Law Review republished the article, and now other news and legal websites are sharing the content too.The article provides technical and operational guidance to companies trying to respond to the Log4J vulnerability concerns. In the article, they cover:
  • Technical recommendations
  • Non-technical questions business leaders should ask
  • Steps to mitigate cyber risk
If you would like to confirm that your organization is taking the appropriate steps to protect your assets, you can read “A Case Study in Appropriately Responding to the Log4J Cybersecurity Vulnerability” on Consumer Privacy World or National Law Review. If you need assistance with any of the recommendations in the article, please contact us for assistance.

“This article illustrates how vulnerabilities create both technical and legal challenges for organizations. Working with Squire Patton Boggs helps PacketWatch ensure our clients get the highest level of attention on both fronts.”

Michael McAndrews Chief Technology Officer PacketWatch
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PacketWatch Cybersecurity Expertise used in Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Story

PacketWatch Cybersecurity Expertise used in Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Story

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PacketWatch Cybersecurity Expertise used in Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Story

Investigative journalist Rich McHugh included PacketWatch’s cybersecurity expertise in his latest NewsNation Now story on the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack.

In the video, Michael McAndrews, PacketWatch CTO, discusses:

  • The impact of malware and ransomware on organizations
  • How we never encourage paying a ransom
  • How planning will help you get ahead of the game
  • The importance of an Incident Response Plan

The Colonial Pipeline cyberattack has disrupted the gas and diesel supply throughout the southeast, creating a frenzy at the pumps and potentially raising the prices of goods and services reliant on fuel for transportation.

You can view the entire 3-minute story “Top US pipeline operator shuts major fuel line after cyber attack“ with contributions from Stephanie Kelly and Christopher Bing on the NewsNation website.

“Ransomware and malware, in general, is a huge problem for companies right now. It puts jobs at risk. It puts livelihoods at risk. It costs companies millions of dollars.”

Michael McAndrews Chief Technology Officer PacketWatch

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PacketWatch Discusses Unemployment Payment Fraud and Password Scams on Pix11 News

PacketWatch Discusses Unemployment Payment Fraud and Password Scams on Pix11 News

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PacketWatch Discusses Unemployment Payment Fraud and Password Scams on Pix11 News

Emmy-Award-winning reporter Mary Murphy spoke with Michael McAndrews, PacketWatch CTO, about identity theft, passwords, and stolen unemployment payments during a story on Pix11 News (NYC).

Michael explained how the volume of unemployment claims during the pandemic has created an environment for cybercriminals to take advantage of the states and the payment recipients. Using a password manager and unique, strong passwords are the best ways to protect yourself from this type of attack. Cybercriminals are constantly trolling the Internet looking for exposed passwords. There has been a tremendous increase in unemployment check fraud, it’s just a matter of time before the criminals find password that allows them to steal an identity.

You can view the entire story “Brooklyn mom victim of unemployment identity hacker“ as told by Mary on the Pix11 News website.

“Since so many state agencies have been overwhelmed by unemployment claims, they haven’t been able to audit them. So, many times, the claims are simply being paid, and therefore, the money is being sent to the criminals.”

Michael McAndrews
Chief Technology Officer
PacketWatch

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