Lawmakers take on cybersecurity

It’s going to be a busy week for cybersecurity, after a digital intrusion at raised new alarms on Capitol Hill. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing to explore cybersecurity and terrorism for Wednesday morning. Intelligence and digital security officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Counterterrorism Center and the FBI will testify.

Hagel To Challenge Defense Industry to Innovate

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday is expected to challenge the defense industry to innovate by developing new technologies, operational concepts and procurement methods, according to defense officials.

One-stop privacy shop just in time for the new school year

With ‘back to school’ now in full-swing, and to address both the promise and challenges surrounding privacy and data in education, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) today unveiled a one-stop shop resource website providing parents, school officials, policymakers, and service providers easy access to the laws, standards and guidelines that are essential to understanding student privacy issues and navigating a responsible path to managing student data with trust, integrity, and transparency.

U.S. finds hacker tool is widespread

More than 1,000 U.S. businesses have been affected by the cyberattack that hit the in-store cash register systems at Target, Supervalu and most recently UPS Stores, the Department of Homeland Security said in an advisory released Friday.

Preparing Kids for Cyber Jobs and Cyber Warfare

In April of this year, high school students from Iowa gathered at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames to match wits in a new kind of competition. They weren’t testing their knowledge on traditional subjects like geography or history; they were competing at a computer “hackathon” to see who could code like a pro.

Hackers seek scores for electronic car wars

A group of hackers in the United States has called on car-makers to start ranking vehicles according to how well they stack up against the threat of electronic attack. “Dependence on technology in vehicles has grown faster than effective means to secure it.”

Are Schools Protecting Your Kids’ Data?

A 40-year old federal law protects kids’ school records from the prying eyes of outsiders, but the law is in desperate need of a 21st-Century overhaul. Efforts to do that began last week with the introduction of the Protecting Student Privacy Act in Congress by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), but it’s a baby step that’s unlikely to close a Pandora’s Box.

US should pay hackers who find threats, says analyst

Dan Geer said large bounties would prevent the vulnerabilities from ending up in the hands of criminal gangs or hostile authorities. Mr Geer, whose tech firm assists the CIA, was referring to previously unknown security flaws, for which a patch is not yet available.

Cybersecurity is Not Just an Information Technology Issue

Cybersecurity directly impact a company's bottom line, the authors contend, because it is about risk management and protection of assets, and because practically every business relies on information to maintain a competitive advantage. These factors mean that managers at all levels need to understand how investing in cybersecurity produces value for their companies.

Expanding The Breadth And Impact Of Cybersecurity And Privacy Research

The Frontier awards are part a diverse $74.5 million portfolio of more than 225 new projects in 39 states. These cybersecurity research and education projects are aimed at minimizing the misuses of cyber-technology, bolstering education and training in cybersecurity, establishing the science of security, and transitioning promising cybersecurity research into practice.

Senators unveil bill to protect student privacy

A bipartisan team of senators is looking to better safeguard students’ privacy by placing new limits on schools and companies that share personal information.

Hacking contests ID cyber talent for government, industry

Enter cyber competitions: Contests for aspiring cybersecurity warriors to show their mettle in real hacking challenges, where they can both practice their skills in a legally safe environment and appeal to recruiters that sometimes will hire the top talent on the spot.

CyberPatriot Having Big Impact on STEM Education and Career Choices, Data Shows

The Air Force Association's CyberPatriot Program Office released today results of its first comprehensive survey assessing current education and career pursuits of past participants of AFA's CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program.

Rep. Issa takes aim at FTC ‘inquisitions’

In a hearing over the agency’s enforcement powers, Issa accused the commission of making “often erroneous inquisitions” into small businesses doing their best to protect people’s data.

9/11 panel: ‘History may be repeating itself’

Ten years after releasing a landmark report on the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the members of a former government commission are raising new alarms about the threat of cyberterrorism.


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