National Cybersecurity Center partners with Cyber Resilience Institute on c-Watch Training

Colorado Springs, CO June 18, 2020 – The National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) is pleased to announce its support for the Cyber Resilience Institute (CRI) and its c-Watch 2020 cyber intelligence training.   The NCC is a strong advocate for the advancement of cybersecurity-related trainings to fill a critical need for more cyber-aware and active students and professionals. The c-Watch 2020 training offers a three-week intensive course on the interdisciplinary domain of cyber intelligence, social media, and international cyberspace conflict. In a time of unprecedented proliferation of misinformation and disinformation, the NCC believes this training is fundamental to increasing the security of our citizens, businesses and government.   The training will provide students with access to open source tools, and training on those tools to include threat intelligence platforms, social media tools, analytic frameworks, and collection management resources. Students can sign up for one of three separate tracks: Social Media Threat Hunting, Cyber Observable Hunting, and Cyber Policy.   The course begins June 22, 2020 and is open to students, mid-career professionals and anyone who wants to learn cyber threat intelligence. More information on registration can be found at the following link: https://www.cyberresilienceinstitute.org/c-watch-2020/  **National Cybersecurity Center ** The National Cybersecurity Center exists to help secure the world using knowledge, connections and resources to solve global cybersecurity challenges and develop a protected cyber ecosystem. An independent and non-profit think tank based in Colorado Springs, Colo., the NCC provides cybersecurity leadership, services, training and a cybersecurity community for public officials, business executives and the workforce. Discover the NCC at cyber-center.org. 

COVID-19 Impact on Cybersecurity

Christopher Gorog from the New Cyber Frontier podcast has a conversation with Chuck Brooks, one of the “Top 5 people to follow LinkedIn,” Adjunct Professor at Georgetown, and founder of Brooks Consulting International. They discuss the recent impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the cybersecurity community. Listen and join in on the conversation!

A call to action

The Cyber Resilience Institute (CRI), through the Sports-ISAO Program Office, will be focusing its efforts this summer on monitoring online threats to health-related critical infrastructure. Not only has the coronavirus pandemic disrupted ordinary life, but malicious entities are engaged in unconscionable attacks on the very system so critically needed right now. CRI, as a nonprofit devoted to building community cyber capacity, and Sports-ISAO, an organization devoted to protecting the sports community from cyberattack, assembled its cadre of cyber researchers, bloggers, interns, and managers to reach a common belief that the collective resources could be best used in the common defense of the health industry. Supporting the health industry became obvious when, as an intern observed, Sports-ISAO has been a leader in detecting and reporting on the nation-state tactic of coupling cyberattacks with disinformation. Called Hack and Hype, Sports-ISAO has been able to associate certain cyberattacks with nation-state actors, or their proxies, because the attacks have commonly connected to a foreign nation’s disinformation campaign (e.g., Russia’s interest in distancing itself from its repugnant doping scandals). In the COVID-19 environment, we are again seeing disruption in two forms: cyberattacks and disinformation. Accordingly, Sports-ISAO will be monitoring for Hack and Hype activities associated with COVID-19. In addition to cyberattack research, CRI and Sports-ISAO will use their media resources to publicize bad actors and their bad actions. Attacking hospitals during apandemic is unconscionable! Moreover, attacks upon advanced COVID-19 research and the healthcare supply chain are equally reprehensible. Indeed, many of these attacks are designed to create disruption and to advance the interests of certain nations and their economies. As these connections are made, the team will expose the culprits and their malicious agendas. In due course, Sports-ISAO will return to its original mission, seeking to protect the Purity of Sport. During the summer months, […]

Unsung heroes in Russia’s sports doping scheme

Two interns of the c-Watch Program (a cyber threat intelligence training curriculum) recently read another intern’s article that was posted to the Sports-ISAO blog. That article declared “Russia is the globe’s reigning World Champion of Hack and Hype”.The term “Hack and Hype” refers to Russia’s tactic of coupling hacking with disinformation, all as part of a strategic plan to disrupt the global leadership that has been built upon Western values. In the following article, these two additional interns take note of the heroic efforts of three Russians whose whistleblowing caused international investigation of Russian athletic doping, and how the sunshine cast upon Russian dishonesty helped to expose Russia’s Hack and Hype cyber strategy. There are three unsung Russian heroes who have unintentionally become the guidon bearers of a new order of cyberspace transparency and decency. The Stepanova family (Yulia and Vitaly), along with Grigory Rodchenkov, exposed the realities of athlete doping within the Russian sports world. But for their heroic acts of whistleblowing, the Sochi Doping Scandal would never have been investigated and unmasked, and Russia’s Hack and Hype game plan would not have been exposed. Simply put, who else but Russia, in retaliation for the anti-doping investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that led to Russia being barred from the Olympics, would hack and seek to undermine WADA’s legitimacy? We owe it to the Stepanovas and to Rodchenkov for revealing the extent of Russia’s dishonesty and cunning. Yuliya Stepanova was a top runner within the Russian track and field national team, and her husband Vitaly was employed by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). The pair fled Russia with their young son in 2014, right before the airing of a German documentary that exposed the widespread Russian state sponsored doping program. Those allegations led to the banning of Russian […]

c-Watch2020 – Hack and Hype During the COVID-19 Crisis

Time: Thu, Jun 4, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT Click here to register for the seminar. The 2020 global public health crisis has changed lives in many ways, including our online lives. Criminals and cyber hackivists have increased their activities in the areas of cyber crime, fraud, supply chain attacks, ransomware, misinformation/disinformation and other attack vectors. The 2020 c-Watch program will be focused on tracking the hack and hype of the COVID-19 crisis. Join us for this short overview of the 2020 c-Watch program, scheduled to begin June 22, 2020.