Cybersecurity

Cal Poly Working To Be On Cutting Edge Of Cyber-Security

Professor Zachary Peterson is with Cal Poly's Computer Science Department and the first person hired at the University as part of a system-wide effort to combat cyber hacking. He says the University is working to stay one step ahead of the criminals and the school has a new, specially-constructed lab just for this purpose.

Coalition Of Private Technology Companies Tracks Hacking To Chinese Intelligence

The attacks had led to the theft of some of the most valuable American technologies and, according to the report, malicious codes used by the hackers have been removed from 43,000 computers since Oct. 14. The coalition's members, which include Microsoft Corp, Symantec Corp, Cisco Inc., FireEye Inc., and iSight Partners, have banded together against Chinese hackers suspected of stealing information from American, Asian and European governments, technology manufacturers and companies for nearly six years, Bloomberg reported.

Cyber Attacks on U.S. Companies in 2014

The spate of recent data breaches at big-name companies such as JPMorgan Chase, Home Depot, and Target raises questions about the effectiveness of the private sector’s information security. This list includes only cyber attacks that have been made known to the public. Most companies encounter multiple cyber attacks every day, many unknown to the public and many unknown to the companies themselves.

Is The US Finally Accelerating A Move To Chip And Pin?

The US is more than a decade behind many other countries in adopting chip and pin systems, which are standard in much of Europe and other developed countries around the world. Only two per cent of Americans have chip and pin enabled cards, according to the Smart Card Alliance.

Banks offer cybersecurity advice to government

An influential advocate for banks and financial services on Monday released 10 principles it believes the government should follow when issuing new cybersecurity regulations. While a partnership between the government and private industry is important, information sharing should be "limited to cybersecurity purposes," according to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).

Cyberattacks trigger talk of ‘hacking back’

The mere mention of it within cybersecurity circles can prompt a lecture about the many risks, starting with the fact that most forms of hacking back are illegal and ending with warnings that retaliating could spark full-scale cyberwar, with collateral damage across the Internet. Yet the idea of hacking back — some prefer the more genteel-sounding “active defense” — has gradually gained currency as frustration grows about the inability of the government to stem lawlessness in cyberspace, experts say.

Happy National Cybersecurity Awareness month

There is little as customers that we can do about the security of the companies and government agencies with which we conduct business, but there are things we can do to protect ourselves from identity theft and the effects of massive data breaches that are a part of modern life.

The ethics of Hacking 101

Shenoi, Brumley and Hotz are players in a controversial area of technology: the teaching and practice of what is loosely called “cyberoffense.” In a world in which businesses, the military and governments rely on computer systems that are potentially vulnerable, having the ability to break into those systems provides a strategic advantage.

What The United States Can Learn From Israel About Cybersecurity

Two weeks ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the creation of a new cyber defense authority to defend Israel’s civilian networks. This is the latest in a series of steps taken by Israel’s government to bridge the public-private cyber divide and bolster the country’s position as a global leader in cybersecurity.

White House Cybersecurity Plans Hinge on Industry Dialogue

October marks Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an occasion Jay Healey, director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council, greeted with a stark warning. "We've been losing. We've been losing every step of the way. We are still losing today," Healey said at an event hosted by the Information Technology Industry Council and the law firm King and Spalding. "If anything, the bad guys are continuing to pull away from us."

Former DHS chief offers cyber insurance package

Ridge on Monday announced a new cyber insurance package that he said should make it easier for companies to safeguard their networks and their bottom lines.

Survey: Young Adults Are Unaware Of Cybersecurity Profession

Millennials aged 18 to 26 understand the importance of protecting themselves online and the majority take steps to do so, the poll of 1,000 young adults, found. But while this awareness has sparked an interest in Internet security, more than six in 10 of the respondents were unaware of the cybersecurity profession and what the job entailed.

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Nearly $15 Million to Strengthen Cyber Job Training at Maryland Community Colleges

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded $14,957,899 in federal funding to fourteen Maryland community colleges as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative.

Fewer Cyber Pros, More Cyber Problems

According to two recent analyses, we do not have an adequate workforce to address the government’s growing and critical cybersecurity needs. The lack of cybersecurity expertise coupled with the small number of skilled workers has created a fearsome trend.

Congress punts hacker fight to 2015

Congress is punting the fight against hackers to next year. Lawmakers have indicated that they are already preparing ways to protect against the scourge of data breaches, even though they have largely failed to mount a successful response to major attacks at stores like Target and Home Depot.

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