HTM’s Role During Cyber-Attack: Cybersecurity Best Practices


K. Richard Douglas

While 2020 will be chronicled as one of the most tumultuous years in modern American history, the focus for most has remained on the impact of the pandemic, the civil unrest and a presidential election.

What has been largely unnoticed, outside of the cybersecurity world, is the substantial increases in cyberattacks and data breaches that have plagued all segments of the economy.

The security of cyberspace has become an international focus as government regulations, new laws and agencies have been created to protect it.

In November of 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018. It created the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to protect government networks.

There are incidents when cybercrimes occur that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must get involved. DHS focuses on both asset response and threat response. The FBI terms some of the worst of these cybercriminals; “advanced persistent threat (APT) actors.”

Along with Health and Human Services (HHS), the FBI and CISA issue alerts warning of...

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