Who’s to Blame for Ransomware Attacks?

Originally published on TechTarget. Alvaka’s COO and CISO—Kevin McDonald—discusses that, although cyber attackers are the main culprits for ransomware attacks, the companies that release flawed software or those who don’t install patches are not off the hook. In early May, [...]

Who’s to Blame for Ransomware Attacks?2019-07-18T15:14:52-07:00

How Intelligence Data Leaks Has Damaged Infosec

Originally published on June 19, 2017 on TechTarget. Alvaka’s COO and CISO, Kevin McDonald, examines the real-world damage caused by CIA and NSA data leaks, putting dangerous government cyberweapons in the hands of hackers. WikiLeaks' CIA data dump shook a [...]

How Intelligence Data Leaks Has Damaged Infosec2019-07-17T15:50:44-07:00

DFARS 252.204-7012: Aerojet Rockets to a Courtroom Sting

I was stunned to learn that Aerojet, a division of Rocketdyne, set legal precedent three weeks ago in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of California. The heart of the matter is an allegation that Aerojet made false [...]

DFARS 252.204-7012: Aerojet Rockets to a Courtroom Sting2019-06-24T10:32:35-07:00

Moody’s Cyber-Risk Ratings & Impact for Enterprises

Written by Kevin McDonald, COO and CISO of Alvaka Networks. Originally published December 2018 on TechTarget. Kevin explores what Moody's new cyber-risk ratings could mean for enterprises and the infosec industry. Having access to credit is critical for any healthy company, [...]

Moody’s Cyber-Risk Ratings & Impact for Enterprises2019-01-04T16:41:07-07:00

Cybersecurity is an Organized Behavior [Podcast] – with Kevin McDonald

COO and CISO of Alvaka Networks, Kevin McDonald, sits down with Brian Sherman of IoTSSA for a very candid conversation on building a successful cybersecurity offering. He offers some great advice in this episode, such as using law enforcement as [...]

Cybersecurity is an Organized Behavior [Podcast] – with Kevin McDonald2018-11-29T14:23:48-07:00

Alvaka’s COO/CISO Kevin B. McDonald to Present at 1903 Solutions’ 8th Annual Technology Showcase

IRVINE, Calif., October 11, 2018 (Newswire.com) - At their Annual Technology Showcase, 1903 Solutions is continuing an eight-year tradition of bringing together some of the best-of-the-best in technology. For this year’s event at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, 1903 [...]

Alvaka’s COO/CISO Kevin B. McDonald to Present at 1903 Solutions’ 8th Annual Technology Showcase2018-10-11T15:35:06-07:00

Pentagon’s lack of cyber authority leaves data at risk…

Lawmakers on the Senate Armed Forces Committee claim that the Department of Defense is not taking strong enough action against defense contractors in regards to protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), which is putting all of that data at risk. Given [...]

Pentagon’s lack of cyber authority leaves data at risk…2018-09-04T12:43:12-07:00

Steps for an Effective Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan

Written by Kevin McDonald, COO and CISO of Alvaka Networks. Originally published January 2016 on TechTarget. Kevin discusses steps to help you prepare a cybersecurity incident response. When your system is compromised, you generally have one chance to get the response [...]

Steps for an Effective Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan2018-10-18T10:47:11-07:00

HIPAA Security: Don’t Neglect Physical Workstation Security Safeguards

With all the recent headlines regarding cyber security breaches, it is easy for companies to forget about the physical security controls they must put into place. This crucial element of the HIPAA Security Rule will vary in implementation depending on [...]

HIPAA Security: Don’t Neglect Physical Workstation Security Safeguards2018-06-13T12:06:57-07:00
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