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MSSP Alert’s regional coverage of managed security services providers, cybersecurity news and events in the Americas and Canada — including the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America and more.

North Dakota Statewide Cybersecurity Laws: A Model Worth Watching

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, a Microsoft veteran, supports statewide cybersecurity law. Will additional state governors follow his lead?

Hackers Steal $498,000 From Tallahassee, Florida, Payroll

Hackers steal roughly $498,000 from the city of Tallahassee’s employee payroll system. Florida’s capital city investigates alleged cybercrime.

DHS on Ransomware Protection: Separate Backups, Security Training Key

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides security guidance to help organizations protect their data & networks against ransomware attacks.

Proposed NIST Budget Cuts Trigger Cybersecurity Talent Concerns

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), known for offering cybersecurity guidance that MSSPs & MSPs leverage, may suffer budget custs.

Talent: DHS Plans 150 Cybersecurity Hires

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funds Cyber Talent Management System & plans 150 new cybersecurity hires by end of fiscal year 2020.

ECS Opens Security Operations Center

ECS opens security operations center (SOC) for threat monitoring, detection, incident response & more. Key partners include McAfee & ThreatQuotient.

DHS Leader Kirstjen Nielsen Resigns

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigns. The next DHS leader must balance physical & cybersecurity priorities.

Data Breach, Cybercrime Notifications: New FBI Strategy Needed?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) processes for notifying and engaging with victims of cyber crime needs updating, an audit by the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) Inspector General found.

CrowdStrike Hires McAfee Veteran Fernando Quintero

CrowdStrike hires McAfee veteran Fernando Quintero, MSSP Alert confirms. The move comes as CrowdStrike ramps up worldwide partner program & explores potential IPO.

Department of Homeland Security: Cybersecurity Advice On the Way?

Lawmakers propose cybersecurity committee top help U.S. Department of Homeland Security on policies and programs.