An ongoing cyberattack against U.S. businesses running versions of the Microsoft Exchange Server has already affected at least five Iowa organizations in the last 12 hours, and more will likely be detected, Coralville cybersecurity firm ProCircular told the Business Record today. Organizations using on-premises Exchange Server versions 2019, 2016 and 2013 are vulnerable. The attack […]

Each year the Business Record gets the pulse on key issues affecting the region’s business community from our audience. Our annual survey asks business leaders to share what they feel are some of the top issues affecting business in Central Iowa, and in particular the Greater Des Moines region.  Below, we’ve published a glimpse of what […]

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller joined 43 other attorney generals in a $39.5 million settlement with health benefits company Anthem over the 2014 data breach that involved personal information of 78.8 million citizens, the attorney general’s office announced this week. Iowa will receive $199,694 from the settlement. Anthem first disclosed the data breach in February […]

More than 27,000 people have been contacted after UnityPoint Health was affected by a ransomware attack against third-party vendor Blackbaud, a cloud-based provider of fundraising and finance services for education and nonprofit entities, reports KCCI. The attack, which took place between Feb. 7-May 20, impacted patients and donors within the St. Luke’s Foundation in Sioux […]

ProCircular was named the Corridor’s Fastest Growing Company of 2020 by the Corridor Business Journal, ProCircular announced this week. The Coralville-based cybersecurity firm opened a second office in downtown Des Moines this year serving national customers. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, ProCircular began offering free vulnerability checks to critical infrastructure around the Midwest, […]

The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council has confirmed it was a customer of a financial services contractor targeted in a massive international ransomware attack earlier this year, the Iowa Capital Dispatch reported. The council is one of three confirmed Iowa customers of Blackbaud, a cloud-based provider of fundraising and finance services for education and nonprofit entities; […]

The Iowa Secretary of State’s Office is conducting a series of workshops through this week to help counties prepare for 2020 elections. Incident Response Plan seminars take county auditors and staff, IT administrators and emergency management coordinators through a variety of scenarios that could disrupt elections, including natural disasters, power outages and cyberattacks, the office […]

Fareway is alerting current and former employees about a data security event after its payroll vendor PaperlessPay Corp. reported a server breach by an unauthorized individual. PaperlessPay notified Fareway on March 20 that an individual had accessed the server one month earlier, Feb. 18, which held data of current and former Fareway employees, according to […]

A work-from-home office; 100 assorted technology cables not shown. Photo by Kate Hayden As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe, a day at the office for many in Iowa looks a lot different this week.  It’s too early to know how many organizations have shifted their workforce to a work-from-home strategy. But as employers […]

The Office of the Chief Information Officer of the State of Iowa has released new guidelines to assist businesses and organizations as they transition employees to a work-from-home status. Workers are encouraged to review the red flags of cybersecurity threats and practice good security habits from home. More guidelines and a list of resources to […]