Catch up on the past week's cybersecurity news. 

Petya/NotPetya made its way back into the news this week with a number of countries placing blame on Russia and GDPR continues to make headlines as we near the deadline with organizations scrambling to secure a data protection officer.

  1. Australia joins UK, US in blaming Russia for NotPetya Via IT Wire
    • Australia has joined the UK and the US in blaming Russia for the NotPetya ransomware attack which hit Windows computers in a number of countries in June last year.  The UK was the first to issue a statement blaming Russia early on Thursday and the US did so overnight. Russia has denied it had anything to do with the outbreak.  The ransomware, known variously as Petya (nomenclature given to ransomware that already existed at the time), NotPetya, ExPetr, Nyetya, and GoldenEye, caused major issues at the US pharmaceutical company Merck, Russia's state oil company Rosneft, the shipping conglomerate Maersk and the UK-based advertising and public relations firm WPP.  Read More
  2. Rise of the data protection officer, the hottest tech ticket in town  Via Reuters
    • They may not have the cachet of entrepreneurs or geek chic of developers, but data protection officers are suddenly the hottest properties in technology. Read More
  3. 100 days to GDPR - the industry speaks Via ITProPortal
    • With the clock ticking down to GDPR, we ask the technology industry for their advice.  May 25th, 2018 could prove to be a crucial day for many businesses, as the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules come into force. But with the deadline for GDPR is now exactly a hundred days away - so how are businesses coping?  We asked some of the leading figures in the technology industry for their advice on how best to cope with GDPR - here’s what they said.  Read More
  4. Study shows which phishing attacks most successful Via SC Magazine
    • People are very predictable when it comes to designing phishing attacks that appeal to potential victims with people most likely to click on messages concerning money. Read More 
  5. Rapid Ransomware Being Spread Using Fake IRS Malspam Via Bleeping Computer
    • A new variant of Rapid Ransomware is currently being distributed using malspam that pretends to be from the Internal Revenue Service.  Read More 
  6. Cybersecurity is 'greatest concern' at Senate threats hearing Via CNET
    • At the Senate Intelligence Committee’s annual "Worldwide Threats" hearing, the top US intelligence agencies put technology front and center.  Read More 
  7. Data breach fatigue requires better response planning Via CSO Online
    • Customers may view data breaches as common, but companies have to nail the response or risk a consumer backlash. Read More 

Inside Mimecast

Mimecast's new offices in Lexington - recap of the ribbon-cutting ceremony Via Venture Fizz

It’s not uncommon for a company to move when they experience growth in their employee ranks. Take, for example, the UK-based, email-focused cybersecurity company Mimecast. Since they started doing business in North America in 2008, they went from having 45 people in their Newton office to more than doubling that in Watertown. Recently, they packed up once again to a new location. Read More 


Triathlon fun lures Mimecast staff to support a great cause

A dozen of Mimecast’s fittest and keenest staff have been busy stretching, jogging, and pedaling in their office chairs as they seek to repeat last year’s success by once again challenging corporate teams from around Melbourne in this year’s Smith Family Corporate Triathlon Series.  Two teams, of three staff each, will be contending the main race – a 400m swim across Elwood Beach, 10km cycle along Ormond Esplanade, and 4km run along the St Kilda foreshore.

Taken together, that means nearly 20 percent of Mimecast’s office staff will be competing for triathlon glory – and all for a good cause! Money raised from the event will support the Smith Family charity.

Mimecast’s debut team, which ran the 2017 race, placed an extremely respectable 13th out of 40 IT-vendor teams competing. This year’s teams are hoping to repeat or better the mark. Read more 

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