ISU’s cybersecurity chief says COVID-19 can bring online threats with more people working from home

NORMAL — A cybersecurity expert at Illinois State University says COVID-19 has made our workplaces less safe — from online threats. Dan Taube is the interim chief information security officer at Illinois State University. He said businesses, schools, banks and others that had large numbers of people working from home are especially vulnerable. “It’s […]

Hospital Cyberattacks: More Frequent, Severe As Pandemic Continues

INDIANAPOLIS — Ransomware attacks against healthcare facilities are becoming more frequent and severe as the pandemic and workforce shortages stress hospital capabilities. That makes cyberattacks pose potential life-threatening consequences, experts say. On Aug. 4, Indianapolis-based Eskenazi Health experienced a ransomware attack, halting access to electronic medical records and requiring ambulances to bypass the city’s […]

Top Illinois Military Leader Says Cyber Threats Are Growing, Preparation Is Needed

NORMAL — Illinois’s top military officer says the growing threat of cyber attacks requires more resources to combat them. Maj. Gen. Rich Neely is adjutant general and commander of the Illinois National Guard. He’s also a master cyberspace officer at the forefront of training others to defend the nation’s at-risk information infrastructures. Listen to […]

Illinois Attorney General Reports Office Network ‘Compromised’

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced Tuesday that his agency’s office internet network was discovered to be “compromised” on Saturday, according to a news release. “In the early hours of Saturday morning, it was discovered that the office’s network was compromised. Since then, information technology staff and investigators from the Attorney General’s office […]

News Around Illinois – May 25, 2020

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State COVID-19 Cases Top 110,000 SPRINGFIELD – On Sunday, the state reported 2,508 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 110,304. Illinois Department of Public Health also reported an additional 67 deaths, making the statewide total 4,856. The Coles County health department says two more residents of Charleston Rehab and Healthcare died of COVID-19. The […]

Audit Questions Cybersecurity At Illinois State Board Of Elections

SPRINGFIELD – An audit is criticizing cybersecurity practices at the Illinois State Board of Elections, but the board is taking issue with some of the findings. The audit criticizes the board for not doing enough to reduce the risk of a hack, and for not having cybersecurity training when new people are hired and every […]