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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.

Trump Sends Congress Cybersecurity Report, Another Top Official Exits Team

President Trump on Thursday finally sent Congress a classified report detailing U.S. policy for defending the country against foreign nation state hackers.

MSSP ITC Secure Acquires Cybersecurity Consultancy SBD Advisors

British managed security services provider (MSSP) & network security consultancy ITC Secure acquires SBD Advisors, a U.S. cybersecurity advisory firm.

New York City’s WiFi Mobile Security: Start of a Trend?

NYC Secure, leveraging Quad9, seeks to safeguard WiFi networks and mobile users across New York City. Will additional U.S. metropolitan areas follow suit?

Atlanta Ransomware Attack Update: City Refuses Cyber Kidnappers Demands, Still Assessing Damage

A ransomware attack that hit Atlanta’s network infrastructure late last week continues to plague the city. Here’s which Atlanta city applications are working, and which are infected with the malware.

Top Five SOC 2 Compliance Questions Answered

What is the difference between the SOC 2 Type 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 Audit? Here’s the answer to that and four other common compliance questions.

U.S. Department of Energy Pursues Cybersecurity Enhancements

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces the new Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response (CESER). Key mission: Defend the energy grid from alleged Russian hackers.

Education Department Threatens to Pull Funding for Non-Compliance

U.S. Department of Education (ED) guidance threatens to “yank” Title IV funding for post-secondary institutions lacking appropriate data security safeguards.

Applebee’s Security Breach: Malware Hits RMH’s Point of Sale Restaurant Systems

Applebee’s discovers & removes malware on point of sale (POS) systems across nearly 170 restaurant locations, according to RMH Franchise Holdings.

U.S. Needs National Cybersecurity Strategy Right Now, Key Leaders Say

Is a U.S. cybersecurity blueprint truly on the horizon? Not yet, according to intelligence officials, legislators and a top U.S. Army General. But there better be a blueprint soon. Here’s why.

Report: U.S. Eyes U.K. Model for Possible National Cyber Security Strategy

U.S. cyber intelligence may emulate strategies from the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC). The NCSC offers advice & support to manage incidents, protect critical infrastructure & offer guidelines to defend against cyber threats.