Entries by Shaan Ishfar

Could homomorphic encryption be the solution to big data’s problem?

Could homomorphic encryption be the solution to big data’s problem?
Helical founder Eric Hess discusses how homomorphic encryption could change the way data is transferred and processed securely. While advances in data analytics have enabled businesses to gain expanded insight into large structured and unstructured datasets, these advances have come with increased privacy and misappropriation risks. Exercising greater control over the life cycle of data and...

Iranian Cyberthreats Persist Amidst Rising Tensions

Iranian Cyberthreats Persist Amidst Rising Tensions cks.
As noted in a previous Helical blog, escalating tensions between the US and Iran have continually resulted in a series of state-sponsored cyberattacks. This trend holds true as tensions flare once again between the two nations. On August 20, 2020 the US demanded that the UN re-impose sanctions on Iran that were laxed as a part of the now defunct 2015 nuclear deal. 10 days prior to this...

City Officials Forced to Pay $45,000 After Ransomware Attack

City Officials Forced to Pay $45,000 After Ransomware Attack
According to an alert on the city website, Lafayette Colorado was hit by a ransomware attack compromising their phone, email, and online payment services. After a cost analysis, the city determined that paying a $45,000 ransom was less damaging than rebuilding the compromised systems. Thanks to their use of PCI compliant payment gateways, security was strong enough to keep personal payment...

COVID-19 Business Continuity: A Plan of Action and Practical Considerations

Webinar-COVID-19 Business Continuity: A Plan of Action and Practical Considerations
Speaker Eric Hess, founder of Helical, Inc., comes from a long career on Wall Street where he was last General Counsel, Chief Regulatory Officer and Head of Information Security for the third-largest stock exchange in the United States before forming a law firm, a cybersecurity consulting business and Helical, Inc. Topic Pandemic Planning and Business Continuity Planning...