Expert Q&A from Augusta University
What are the best ways for cities and municipalities the best way to defend their infrastructure from a cyber attack?1 answers
What are some concerns if a cyber attack happens with a city's computer system? (1)
So some concerns are always they would want to steal your data that sometimes referred to as a breach where they are going to take your data. There's also potential if they are able to get into your system that it would be something like ransomware, where they would prevent you from using your data. There are other that they could do if they get into your network. They could just sit there and evesdrop and continue to collect your data without your knowledge.
What are the best ways for cities and municipalities the best way to defend their infrastructure from a cyber attack? (1)
"For cities to defend, they always have to be vigilant. They should try to encourage their users to use the systems properly. User education is a big step and is a proactive step in defending your network."
Is there a safe way to use USB public charging stations without the worry of being hacked? (1)
There are USB data blockers, colloquially known as USB condoms, available that will block data transfers but still allow charging. When using public charging stations we should, at a minimum, watch for strange behaviors, weird popups, and being asked questions about trusting the device or drive we’re connected to. Those are danger signs, and we’d want to disconnect quickly. Best bet, bring your own charger.
The FBI recently warned about using public charging stations, what exactly is the danger with plugging your phone into one of them? (1)
"USB uses pins for data and power. When we plug devices in to charge, the data pins are also
connected. No big deal if we’re in an environment we trust. However, do we
trust the public charging stations to have access to our data pins and being able to make data
transfers? Probably not and that’s the gist of the recent warning," said Steve Weldon.
Is C. auris contagious outside a healthcare setting? (1)
So it's not like you, or I are going to be walking down the street, and say hello to somebody, and shake hands (and get infected), that's not going to happen. You have to be in the hospital, and then you have to have the risk factors which I mentioned: they are on broad spectrum antibiotics, or they're on mechanical ventilation, or they've been in the intensive care unit for a period of time.