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Tyler Chancey is a seasoned cybersecurity professional currently serving as the Director of Cyber Security at Scarlett Cybersecurity Services, With a solid foundation in Computer Software Engineering from the University of Florida, Tyler holds a repertoire of certifications that underscore his expertise. These include the prestigious Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert and Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate, showcasing his mastery in Microsoft's enterprise solutions. Tyler's commitment to comprehensive security is further evidenced by his CompTIA Security+ certification, demonstrating proficiency in core cybersecurity principles. Additionally, his GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) credential attests to his advanced skills in forensic analysis—an invaluable asset in today's complex cybersecurity landscape. Tyler's dedication to staying at the forefront of industry standards is evident in the active pursuit and maintenance of these certifications, making him a trusted authority in the field.

Nation State Cyber Attack on Local Government

In late January 2024, the City of Jacksonville Beach was hit by a significant cyber onslaught, resulting in extensive IT disruptions and service outages. Following a thorough investigation into the incident, city officials disclosed on March 20th that the municipality had fallen victim to a malicious cyberattack. The probe uncovered that a hacker group had infiltrated the city's network, potentially compromising sensitive personal data belonging to city employees and patrons of municipal services, such as Beaches Energy Services. Among the compromised information were Social Security numbers, driver's licenses, and financial account details.

Although the attack transpired in January, the notification of the breach was delayed, affording time for forensic analysis to ascertain the breach's scope. Presently, the city is actively reaching out to potential victims via mail, offering guidance on monitoring for signs of identity theft.

The cybersecurity incident targeting Jacksonville Beach has drawn significant attention, with insights provided by cybersecurity expert Tyler Chancey from Scarlett Group. Quoted in an article, Chancey contextualized the attack within the broader landscape of escalating cyber threats across multiple sectors, remarking, "Looking at this, it really tracks very closely with a lot of the other attacks we've seen in the industry. In government, in the private sector, it's been really rough for cyber security."

Chancey underscores the importance of proactive measures for potentially affected individuals, advising, "Your bank is going to have a very vested interest in keeping your account safe. They want to because they'll lose money too if something happens. Talk to them. They might suggest new cards or account security measures, but it's worth it."

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