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Stronger International empowers firms to create stronger, more efficient, and more secure cultures. Stronger has partnered with colleges and universities, local and state governments, and holds a Federal GSA contract. Founder and CEO, Heather Stratford, is called upon regularly to educate, interview, and comment on technology news.

 

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Heather Stratford, published in HR.com :

Your Cybersecurity Awareness Training Doesn’t Work – January 5, 2021

Technological shifts and Covid-19 restrictions have pushed the workforce to new levels of remote work as well as new collaboration platforms. The training industry must adjust to these changes and the needs of a rapidly evolving workforce —one that is younger, more mobile, more diverse, and increasingly more connected. In 2020, cybersecurity attacks grew exponentially. Employee training must catch up with these shifts and increasing cyber-attacks.   

Human Resource professionals need to be aware that these new shifts require more focus on cybersecurity, cybersecurity education, and the new solutions in the marketplace that help address these constantly evolving needs….

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Heather Stratford, published in Security Info Watch :

Hackers go phishing for remote workers during pandemic – December 30, 2020

The shift to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it a 300% increase in cybercrime. Wandera’s 2020 Mobile Threat Landscape Report stated that every three minutes new phishing sites pop up. And in April of this year, 18 million phishing attempts were blocked by Google each day for a week. Cybercriminals are enjoying the dispersed work environment and making good use of the chaos, curiosity, and uncertainty. Without the structures of the work environment, employees are relaxing their diligence in cybersecurity awareness and criminals are taking advantage of it.

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Back Ups Let You Sleep At Night, Heather Stratford

Heather Stratford, published in Thrive Global :

Backups let you sleep at night – December 20, 2020

As a part of my series about “5 Things You Need To Know To Optimize Your Company’s Approach to Data Privacy and Cybersecurity”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Heather Stratford, MBA, founder and CEO of Stronger International, Inc. a global cybersecurity firm focused on education and consulting. Heather is a thought leader in the cybersecurity field, keynoting at conferences and universities, and is a champion for attracting more women into technology and cybersecurity. Heather has spoken and written for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and the 2018 G7 summit, to name a few. Heather is a national Tory Burch Foundation Fellow, alumni of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small businesses program, and the recipient of the Women in Business Leadership Award from Whitworth University.

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Heather Stratford, published in Help Net Security :

Why microlearning is the key to cybersecurity education – December 1, 2020

Cyber attacks are on the rise during this year of uncertainty and chaos. Increased working from home, online shopping, and use of social platforms to stay connected and sane during this year have provided criminals with many attack avenues to exploit.

To mitigate the threat to their networks, systems and assets, many organizations perform some type of annual cybersecurity awareness education, as well as phishing simulations. Unfortunately, attackers are quick to adapt to changes while employees’ behavior changes slowly. Without a dramatic shift in how we educate employees about cybersecurity, all industries are going to see a rise in breaches and costs.

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Heather Stratford, interviewed by Jason Remillard in Authority Magazine:

5 things you need to know to optimize your company’s approach to Data privacy and cybersecurity – november 13, 2020

a part of my series about “5 Things You Need To Know To Optimize Your Company’s Approach to Data Privacy and Cybersecurity”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Heather Stratford, MBA, founder and CEO of Stronger International, Inc. a global cybersecurity firm focused on education and consulting. Heather is a thought leader in the cybersecurity field, keynoting at conferences and universities, and is a champion for attracting more women into technology and cybersecurity. Heather has spoken and written for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and the 2018 G7 summit, to name a few. Heather is a national Tory Burch Foundation Fellow, alumni of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small businesses program, and the recipient of the Women in Business Leadership Award from Whitworth University.

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Heather Stratford, published in Training Industry:

Outmoded Training Methods in Cybersecurity fuel increased  cyberattacks – november 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic unleashed cybercriminal activity and created a surge in cyber attacks. With so many employees working remotely and with so many new processes and so much uncertainty, nefarious actors continue to take advantage of the chaos. Cybersecurity awareness training is no longer reserved for financial institutions or hospitals. All organizations need it in order to prevent successful attacks — because if a business has money transactions, it is a target for criminals. Yet, cybersecurity training has not evolved to meet the current needs of an ever-changing workforce and its new work conditions.

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Heather Stratford in the Washington Examiner, by Grant Gross:

Cyber Command blames Russian hacking groups for two malware strains – november 5, 2020

[excerpt] “Knowing where malicious packages originate helps security teams better know how to defend against them,” said Vanlperen, founder and managing partner of PWV Consultants, specializing in digital tech and security consulting. “Every hacker has their own signature, which helps security teams set protections. It’s also helpful for security teams to know what to keep their eyes open for.” 

The attributions point defenders to the attackers’ modus operandi, added Heather Stratford, CEO of cybersecurity firm Stronger International.

“Knowing the malware architects, and where they are coming from, helps you know who you are defending against,” she told the Washington Examiner. “This is a war, and all the pieces of information are valuable.”

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Stronger International’s Stratford called on government agencies and private companies to continue to share information. “Cybersecurity and defense is not a solo sport. It’s a team event in many ways, and sharing information and strategies is helpful to all,” she said.

Better cybersecurity training is also needed, she added.

“The way it is being done today, frankly, sucks,” she said. “It is commoditized, antiquated, and static. Despite the money spent in this area, the training is not up to the level of sophistication that the criminals are escalating to, and the current market is trying to make training a one-size-fits-all.”

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Heather Stratford Interviewed on Tech in the Right Direction

Heather Stratford, interviewed by Jennifer Didier on Tech in The Right Direction:

The Importance of Cybersecurity in the Modern Age – November 3, 2020

This week’s guest is Heather Stratford, the founder and CEO of Stronger International. As a thought leader in cybersecurity, Heather keynotes at conferences, universities, and large financial institutions on the importance of keeping their data secure. She continually writes on cybersecurity and was a featured guest at the 2018 G-7 Summit in Canada. Heather also regularly speaks on entrepreneurship, failing forward, women in technology, and diversity in cybersecurity…

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Trickbot. Elections. Virginia. WUSA9 Oct 2020 Interview Heather Stratford

Heather Stratford, interviewed by WUSA9:

The Trickbot Ransomware Is Infecting Computers in Virginia. Elections Officials Say They’re Ready

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How Online Security Threats Hurt Work-From-Home Businesses

Heather Stratford, quoted in:

How Online Security Threats Hurt Work-From-Home Businesses

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Heather Stratford quoted Oct 2020
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Outmoded Training Methods Fueling Ever-Increasing Cyberattacks

COVID-19 has forced millions to work from home; meanwhile, the rate of data breaches, ransomware demands, and other cybercrimes has climbed dramatically—yet employee training remains outmoded, over-commoditized. For companies to defend themselves, says Stronger International, a new approach to employee training is needed.

Heather Stratford, CEO of cybersecurity firm Stronger International, notes that 2020 has been a good year for cybercriminals. Recent studies show a 238% increase in cyberattacks against banks(1) and a 667% increase in phishing schemes.(2) On the ransomware front, there has been a sevenfold increase in attacks(3), and the average ransomware payment has increased by a third, to $111,605.(4) Meanwhile, business leaders agree that the single largest cybersecurity risk … [keep reading]