Cybersecurity

Technology Foresight Forum: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Autonomous Vehicles

Earlier this year, the Stevens Institute of Technology Maritime Security Center (MSC)—a US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence—and the NY/NJ Regional Metro Alumni Chapter of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) hosted the Technology Foresight Forum. This forum brought together a broad base of representatives from the public, private, and government sectors to engage in discourse on the capabilities and potential implications of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and autonomous vehicles on safety, security, and public policy. 

In addition to presenting at the forum, NJOHSP took Intelligence. Unclassified. on the road to talk to some of the forum participants, see how technology impacts each of their organizations, and learn what they hoped to get out of these artificial intelligence-related panels.

2019 Threat Assessment Series: Enemies in Cyberspace - Cyberterrorism And Terrorists' Use Of The Internet

The New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) assesses that cyber threat actors pose a moderate threat to New Jersey. The continued growth of IP-enabled devices for both personal and business uses will result in an increased attack surface for threat actors to target, impacting attached physical systems.

Tune in to the final installment of our 2019 Threat Assessment series as the NJCCIC analysts delve deeper into the cyber threats facing the State of New Jersey and its citizens.

Hacking Your Holiday: How to Protect Yourself From Cyber Criminals This Holiday Season

During the holiday season, it is important to maintain awareness of the many threats posed by cyber criminals while shopping online and in stores. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will exceed last year’s holiday spending to total between $717-720 billion between November and December. As the popularity of online shopping continues to increase, so does the number of potential unsuspecting victims for cyber criminals to exploit. Scammers may target victims through a variety of methods, including via phone calls, text messages, emails, compromised websites, or unsecured Wi-Fi networks.

This week, one of our cyber threat analysts at the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) discusses proactive steps to reduce your risk and make it harder for cyber criminals to succeed this holiday season. 

2018 Threat Assessment Series: Enemies in Cyberspace - Cyberterrorism and Terrorists' Use of the Internet

According to our 2018 NJ Terrorism Threat Assessment and our partners at the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC), terrorists will increasingly use encryption, the dark web, and cryptocurrencies for recruitment and to spread propaganda. They will also use those items to encourage lone-wolf attacks, facilitate their operations, and acquire weapons to conduct physical attacks against targets. As such, we have seen social media companies remove extremist content and suspend accounts, forcing extremists to move their Internet activities to less active platforms, limiting their potential influence.

Join us as analysts from our office and the NJCCIC provide insight into terrorist groups’ current cyber capabilities and their predictions of what their future cyber operations may look like. Additionally, the analysts discuss the challenges for social media and web hosting companies in policing terrorists’ content on their sites.

Episode 47: Staying Cyber Safe This Holiday Season

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), American consumers are expected to spend an average of $967 during the 2017 holiday shopping season. This is an approximate 3.5 percent increase from last year’s projections, and a majority of these purchases are expected to take place online. The NRF Consumer Survey found that online shopping is the preferred method of purchase this year for the first time in the survey’s history. Last year, Adobe reported that approximately $5.27 billion was spent in online sales between Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, with $1.2 billion spent in purchases made through the use of mobile devices.

As the popularity of online shopping continues to increase, so does the number of potential unsuspecting victims for cyber criminals to exploit. This week, one of our cyber threat analysts at the New Jersey Cybersecurity Communications and Integration Cell (NJCCIC) discusses proactive steps to reduce your risk and make it harder for cyber criminals to succeed this holiday season. 

Episode 41: Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.

In the second week of NCSAM, we focus on cybersecurity in the workplace. Creating a culture of cybersecurity is critical for all organizations and must be a shared responsibility among all employees. Join one of our cyber intelligence analysts as she discusses how organizations can protect against the most common cyber threats and the resources available to help strengthen cyber resilience.

Domestic Terrorism Conference Series: Outlining Russian Influence Operations with Clint Watts

In May 2017, NJOHSP hosted over 250 federal, state, and local intelligence and law enforcement, academic, and private sector partners for the 2nd Annual Domestic Terrorism Conference. The event provided a forum to discuss the threat of extremists and groups aligned with race-based, single-issue, anti-government, and religious ideologies in the United States. Over the next several weeks, you will hear from some of the experts who shared their research and insights at the conference. In today’s episode, Clint Watts joins Intelligence. Unclassified. once again to discuss his recent testimony before Congress concerning Russia’s strategy to disrupt the United States and the active measures being used by Russia to distribute political, financial, and social messages.

Episode 22: Election Security in New Jersey

In advance of the New Jersey primary on June 6, Erin Henry, Principal Planner in the Preparedness Bureau at NJOHSP, sat down with Michael Geraghty, State Chief Information Security Officer, and Robert Giles, Director of the State Division of Elections, to discuss New Jersey election systems security and efforts in New Jersey to keep these election assets secure and the voting process free from interference. Although there are no specific or credible threats to election systems in New Jersey, the FBI confirmed cyber attacks on voter registration systems in Arizona and Illinois in 2016.

Episode 1: Welcome to Season 2! - GRIZZLY STEPPE and Cybersecurity Efforts in New Jersey

Today, as we welcome you back to Season 2 of Intelligence. Unclassified., Rosemary Martorana is joined by NJ's Chief Technology Officer Dave Wienstein, NJOHSP's Director of Cybersecurity Steven Branigan, and NJCCIC Director Mike Geraghty who discuss what GRIZZLY STEPPE actually is and what efforts are being put forth in New Jersey to secure our digital footprint. 

Episode 45: Ransomware - Holding Your Computer Hostage

Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that attempts to extort money from victims by restricting access to a computer system or files. The most prevalent form of this profit-motivated malware, referred to as crypto-ransomware due to the use of encryption algorithms, is on the rise as many new variants are being developed by hackers and international cybercrime groups. One of our cyber threat analysts joins us once again to explore the dangers of ransomware and how individuals and businesses can avoid being victims. 

Episode 44: Bots and Botnets - The Zombies Among Us

Since today is Halloween, this podcast is dedicated to the topic of zombies! A cyber threat intelligence analyst at the NJCCIC talks about zombie computer armies, also known as botnets, and how they might impact your daily digital life. She also discusses the DDoS attack that took down a large portion of the internet on Friday, October 21. For more information about this or any other cybersecurity topic, please visit www.cyber.nj.gov.

Statement by Director Rodriguez Concerning the Cybersecurity of New Jersey's Election Systems

WEST TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), through its New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC), is constantly collaborating with federal, state and local authorities, as well as other third parties, on securing New Jersey’s voter registration and election systems

Introduction to the Dark Web and Bitcoin

Beyond the World Wide Web that most people use and access every day, there exists additional content located in an area known as the Dark Web. Additionally, Bitcoin is the most popular type of digital currency which allows owners to conduct financial transactions electronically without an intermediary.  The anonymous nature of these transactions make them popular for criminal activity.

Jewish Federation Event - Cybersecurity

Director Chris Rodriguez and Deputy Director Steve Gutkin met with members of the Cardozo Society—a group where legal professionals can network, share experiences and come together as a Jewish community—at the offices of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer to discuss the diverse security challenges the US will encounter over the next decade, from homegrown extremism to the evolving global threat landscape.

MidJersey Chamber of Commerce Cybersecurity Forum

NJOHSP's Dave Weinstein spoke at the MidJersey Chamber of Commerce Cyber Security Forum at the Mercer County Technical School about the importance of public/private sector partnerships, how to implement best practices and a cybersecurity culture at work, threats to small businesses in New Jersey, and what the New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) has to offer its members and New Jersey residents.

Cybersecurity Workshop

NJOHSP and the New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell, in coordination with the US Department of Homeland Security and the Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (C3) Voluntary Program, hosted a cybersecurity workshop for local government and business panel discussions with public and private sector representatives to talk about best practices.