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Nebraska Medicine Falls Victim To Cyber Attack

Sep 25, 2020

Nebraska Medicine is recovering from a cyber attack that caused significant disruption this week. Officials say many appointments had to be postponed due to the hack that impacted the information technology system. The company said patients who had critical appointments or surgeries were prioritized, and the emergency room remained open.

A Lincoln health care company targeted by cybercriminals says there's no evidence of any patient data being compromised. NRC Health says it immediately shut down its system Feb. 11 to contain the ransomware attack. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that NRC Health says it's made significant progress in restoring services to customers. NRC Health offers performance measurement and management services for health care companies. Ransomware renders files inaccessible unless a computer user pays the cybercriminals to release them.

The Nebraska Capitol's public wireless internet was turned off temporarily after a “critical security breach" this week. Sen. Mike Hilgers, chairman of the Legislature's Executive Board, says the Wi-Fi was shut down to protect the state's network and the private information held by state lawmakers and other state officials. Hilgers says state officials don't know who caused the breach and were still investigating. He said the internet service would return as soon as it's safe.

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Insurance and finance company Ameritas has notified customers that their personal information may have been exposed in a data breach.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Lincoln-based company said in a letter dated July 23 that several of its employees fell victim to phishing scams in May and early June that tricked them into providing their email credentials. The company says it has taken action to address the exposure, including disabling the unauthorized access and deploying a mandatory company-wide password reset.

For the fifth consecutive year, a nationally recognized cybersecurity camp, called Midwest GenCyber (MGC), will introduce Omaha-area students to the fast-growing field.  The free, week-long camp, is currently accepting applications.  The session will run June 24-28.  Thirty camp slots are available and student applicants should be entering grades 9-12 in the fall.

Doug Rausch is an assistant professor at Bellevue University and one of the educators at the camp.  He joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the program and the role cybersecurity plays in our daily lives.

Funded by a grant through the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, GenCyber is a national program.  In Omaha, the MGC camp will take place at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) (Camp Days 1 and 2) and at Bellevue University (Camp Days 3, 4 and 5).

The program offers students fun, hands-on activities like making and breakings apps to explore security vulnerabilities, conducting forensic investigations, and a “capture the flag” challenge to get students interested in careers in computing and cybersecurity.

More information can be found at https://cyberomaha.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/GenCyber-MCC-BU-vFinal.pdf

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The demand for cybersecurity experts has grown as crooks with computers hack their way into business, government and other networks.

CyberSeek, a project funded by the U.S. Commerce Department, says nearly 4,600 people are working on cybersecurity in Nebraska, and there are openings for more than 2,000 workers. Nearly 4,300 are doing cybersecurity in Iowa, and there are more than 2,400 openings.

Colleges in both states have been trying to meet the need for more cyberdefenders.

Nebraska GenCyber is underway this week

Jun 19, 2018

Nebraska GenCyber is a free two-week camp focused on cybersecurity.  The camp runs this week with a focus on middle school and high school teachers.  Next week’s sessions will center on 9th and 10th grade students. 

Metropolitan Community College is partnering with Cyberworld Institute to offer high quality IT and cybersecurity certification training.

UNO's Cybersecurity Program Receives NSA Honor

Jun 16, 2017

  

UNO’s Cybersecurity program, in the College of Information Science and Technology, was recently designated a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency (NSA).