The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in coordination with North Dakota University System (NDUS) and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), convened a pilot Leadership Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education (LTTX) on Feb. 7, 2018, in Bismarck, North Dakota.
The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) is aware of a set of security vulnerabilities—known as Meltdown and Spectre—that affect modern computer processors. While we are not aware of any active exploitation at this time, these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to obtain access to sensitive information. Patching your operating system is the best way to protect yourself form these vulnerabilities.
The public voice network has become the target of many attacks, including Telephony Denial of Service (TDoS), robocalls (automated telephone calls), SWATing (anonymously filing police reports to provoke a police raid) and bomb threats. TDoS is a flood of malicious inbound calls that target public-safety response systems such as 911. The Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Distributed Denial of Service Defense (DDoSD) is working to shift the advantage from a DDoS attacker to the network administrator by developing the capability to authenticate callers and detect fraudulent call spoofing.