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Trusted CI Webinar: Lessons learned from a real-world ransomware attack on researchers at MSU
What researchers need to know about the increased risk from ransomware attacks.

Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting researchers (along with hospitals, cities, schools, and utilities) because ransomware allows them to target a broader set of victims. Ransomware monetizes the attack by encrypting data and holding it ransom until victims pay, meaning victims no longer need to hold data of direct financial value. The proliferation of ransomware attacks has led to the U.S. Department of Justice calling it a growing national security threat.*

The Physics and Astronomy department at Michigan State University (MSU) suffered a ransomware attack in 2020. The MSU Information Security Office partnered with Trusted CI, the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, to investigate the attack and produce a report for the research community on lessons learned.

This webinar by MSU CISO Tom Siu and Trusted CI, will present that report. MSU and Trusted CI will discuss the impact and lessons learned from the attack and offer cybersecurity mitigation strategies for protecting academic researchers. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session. Audience members are encouraged to ask about their challenges engaging with researchers on the importance of information security.

* https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-government-launches-first-one-stop-ransomware-resource-stopransomwaregov

About Trusted CI: Trusted CI is the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. See our website trustedci.org.

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Dec 6, 2021 11:00 AM in Indiana (East)

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Speakers

Andrew Adams
Principal Information Security Officer @Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center
Andrew Adams is the principal information security officer at Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center (PSC) under Carnegie Mellon University, and the security manager for the Bridges-2 supercomputer. He also acts as the chief information security officer for Trusted CI, the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.
Tom Siu
CISO @Michigan State University
Tom Siu joined MSU IT in October 2020 as chief information security officer. As CISO, Tom leads the Security Engineering; Security Operations; Incident Response; and Governance, Risk and Compliance teams within the Information Security department and is responsible for the university-wide information security strategy.
Von Welch
Associate VP for Information Security @Indiana University
Von Welch is the associate vice president for Information Security and executive director for Cybersecurity Innovation at Indiana University, executive director for the OmniSOC, and the director of IU's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR).