Cybersecurity

Top DOD intel official calls for cyber bill

Because effective cybersecurity requires public and private enterprises to work together, “I think we need legislation in this area,” said Michael Vickers, the Defense Department’s (DOD) top civilian military intelligence official. “Cybersecurity is a job for everybody,” he said a Defense One event Wednesday.

State Dept Computers Hacked, Email Shut Down

A senior department official said Sunday that "activity of concern" was detected in the system around the same time as a previously reported incident that targeted the White House computer network. That incident was made public in late October, but there was no indication then that the State Department had been affected. Since then, a number of agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service and the National Weather Service, have reported attacks.

US agencies struggle vs. cyberattacks

A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and is unwittingly being undermined by federal employees and contractors.

US, China see little progress on cybersecurity

The U.S. and China made little if any progress on cybersecurity when President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping met at this week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing. Chinese hackers have become a major irritant in the U.S.-China relationship, and Obama was expected to make the issue a top priority in the bilateral talks.

Some of the Most Sought-After Tech Jobs Don't Require a College Degree

Some estimates of the cyber skills shortage are striking. Cisco’s 2014 Annual Security report puts the gap in demand for professionals with relevant cybersecurity skills and the supply of those people at 1 million worldwide. In a survey of 12,000 information security specialists by the consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, 56 percent said their organization was understaffed in that department.

6 Things We Learned From This Year's Security Breaches

2014 is well on its way to replace 2013 as the highest year on record for exposed records, according to the Open Security Foundation and Richmond, Vir.-based Risk Based Security Inc. If we learn from our mistakes, then this year should be a banner year in security education.

Cybersecurity Education and Technology: An Expert’s View

In this poscast, Robin Adney discusses cybersecurity with Dr. Clay Wilson, Program Director for Cybersecurity Graduate Studies at American Public University (APU). Among other things, Dr. Wilson discusses cybersecurity education as well as the latest cybersecurity technology and issues.

The spies who kill innovation

As the Internet connects the world, cybercrime steals from it. Each year, the economy suffers $375-$575 billion in losses due to cybercrime, according to a comprehensive study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). CSIS reports that the U.S. economy suffers $70-140 billion of those losses, more than any other nation does. To put this in perspective, CSIS estimates that those losses amount to 200,000 lost jobs for American workers, roughly the same number of total jobs added in September.

HP Helps Schools Fend Off Mounting Cyber Threats

As the number of "bring your own devices" keeps growing at colleges and other schools, academic IT departments are finding it increasingly difficult to stave off malware, bot attacks and a variety of other cyber Relevant Products/Services-threats. Several educational institutions across the U.S. have turned to Hewlett-Packard's TippingPoint network Relevant Products/Services security Relevant Products/Services solutions for help.

Online Security Experts Link More Breaches to Russian Government

United States intelligence analysts have long cited Russia as a major concern. One top-secret 2009 National Security Agency intelligence estimate obtained by The New York Times last year named Russia as the most sophisticated adversary for the United States in cyberspace. But diplomatic efforts have predominantly been aimed at curbing digital threats from China.

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).

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