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Feds looking to hire cyberpros

Feds looking to hire cyberpros

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Acknowledging a shortfall in the pool of cybersecurity talent needed to combat today's increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks, the federal government announced it is actively expanding recruitment.

ICIT Report: Despite pact with U.S., China continues to steal intellectual property

ICIT Report: Despite pact with U.S., China continues to steal intellectual property

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A report released today by the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology warns that China's latest five-year plan is reliant upon the digital theft of Western nations' intellectual property, despite a 2015 Sino-U.S. pact to eliminate cyberattacks against corporate assets.

Zero Days documentary: Stuxnet a harbinger of cyberwarfare

Zero Days documentary: Stuxnet a harbinger of cyberwarfare

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In the documentary-thriller Zero Days, an anonymous source not only acknowledges that the U.S. and Israel were behind the Stuxnet cyberattack on Iran's Natanz nuclear facility, but also blames Israel for the worm's eventual discovery.

Bill seeks to alter nation's critical infrastructure

Bill seeks to alter nation's critical infrastructure

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Disconnecting computers used in power plants and electrical grids from the internet is being proposed in a bill before the Senate.

Shades of Stuxnet: Newly found malware can sabotage industrial controls, but only in simulated environments

Shades of Stuxnet: Newly found malware can sabotage industrial controls, but only in simulated environments

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FireEye yesterday revealed details of a recently discovered malware, dubbed Irongate, whose properties echo the infamous StuxNet virus, in that it is theoretically designed to manipulate industrial control systems.

Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange to select its MSP by end of month

Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange to select its MSP by end of month

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Five weeks after its official launch, the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange is already close to selecting an MSP that will manage the group's new cyberthreat intelligence sharing forum, according to a panel session at SC Congress Toronto on Wednesday.

 SC Congress Atlanta: Atlanta is no dummy when it comes to cybersecurity, CISO says

SC Congress Atlanta: Atlanta is no dummy when it comes to cybersecurity, CISO says

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Atlanta has an ambitious plan to bolster its cybersecurity posture.

DHS issues alert over old SAP vulnerability after 36 organizations infiltrated

DHS issues alert over old SAP vulnerability after 36 organizations infiltrated

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The DHS yesterday issued its first-ever US-CERT security alert pertaining to the active exploit of an SAP application, after a security vendor determined 36 organizations were infiltrated via an SAP vulnerability that was disclosed over five years ago.

Tampa airport to conduct major IT security audit following apparent breach

Tampa airport to conduct major IT security audit following apparent breach

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Tampa International Airport has expedited and expanded an audit of its network security, following the resignation of an IT consultant who was allegedly found to have shared system passwords with unauthorized parties.

U.S. Cyber Command closer to break from NSA

U.S. Cyber Command closer to break from NSA

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A defense authorization bill could split off the U.S. Cyber Command from under the direction of U.S. Strategic Command and the NSA.

Smart cities still dumb enough to be hacked

Smart cities still dumb enough to be hacked

The root of the problem with malicious smart city hacking lies in the fact that sensors typically collect 'raw' data and then merely pass it on.

FBI, DHS launch series of briefings to raise awareness of Ukraine power grid attack

FBI, DHS launch series of briefings to raise awareness of Ukraine power grid attack

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The FBI and DHS has scheduled a series of unclassified webinars and threat briefings across the U.S. addressing the 2015 cyberattack against Ukraine's power grid.

DHS issues three advisories warning of vulnerabilities in Industrial Control Systems

DHS issues three advisories warning of vulnerabilities in Industrial Control Systems

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The DHS Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT, has issued security advisories on vulnerabilities in ICS technologies from Eaton Lighting Systems, Pro-face and Rockwell Automation.

 Devalue data, deter cybercriminals

Devalue data, deter cybercriminals

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The same motivation that has for decades convinced cat burglars to sneak in through open windows and pilfer jewels from the dresser drawers of their sleeping victims moves cybercriminals to slither around in cyberspace to steal data: It's valuable. And easy to get to.

DHS launches two-way threat sharing system for public-private collaboration

DHS launches two-way threat sharing system for public-private collaboration

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The Department of Homeland Security has declared itself officially ready to exchange cybersecurity intelligence with private industries and other organizations using an automated threat-sharing system, under the terms of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015.

U.S. preparing indictment against Iranian hackers of NY dam

U.S. preparing indictment against Iranian hackers of NY dam

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U.S. authorities are reportedly preparing to issue an indictment against Iranian hackers believed to have carried out acyber attack against a New York dam.

 Scaling the cloud

Scaling the cloud

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There used to be a time when large enterprises, in particular, took pride in the idea of managing all their various and sundry IT functions, every backend process, in-house.

Book 'Dark Territory' chronicles how NSA hacked DoD command-control systems in four days

Book 'Dark Territory' chronicles how NSA hacked DoD command-control systems in four days

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In the first-ever high-level exercise testing the U.S. military's ability to defend against a cyberattack, the NSA in 1997 hacked into the DoD's entire network in just four days, according to a new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Fred Kaplan.

Keeping the lights on!

Keeping the lights on!

Recently, there has been an increased intensity in scrutiny of the world's electric grids, says Edna Conway, CSO, global value chain, Cisco Systems.

Cylance exposes 'Dust Storm' APT attack on Japanese infrastructure

Cylance exposes 'Dust Storm' APT attack on Japanese infrastructure

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An advance persistent threat group has recently been concentrating its efforts on infiltrating Japanese critical infrastructure and key commercial interests, according to cybersecurity firm Cylance.

U.S. drew up scenarios for Iran cyberattack in case of military aggression, report says

U.S. drew up scenarios for Iran cyberattack in case of military aggression, report says

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Before its historic nuclear agreement with Iran, the U.S. had drawn up contingency plans for launching major cyberattacks against the Middle Eastern nation, the New York Times reported.

BlackEnergy evolving to attack new sectors

BlackEnergy evolving to attack new sectors

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Trend Micro is reporting that Russian hackers likely attempted to use BlackEnergy malware to attack a mining operation and railway, in addition to taking down two power plants in the Ukraine in December.

Telephonic DoS tied to Ukraine power grid takedown

Telephonic DoS tied to Ukraine power grid takedown

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More information is being revealed regarding the late December attack on the Ukrainian power grid with reports indicating the attack on the utility was supported by a simultaneous telephonic denial of service (DoS)incident.

ICS-CERT: Manufacturing sees greater share of 2015 critical infrastructure attacks

ICS-CERT: Manufacturing sees greater share of 2015 critical infrastructure attacks

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A report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) noted a rise in reported cyberattacks against critical manufacturing organizations during 2015.

ICS-CERT: U.S. critical infrastructure susceptible to cyberattacks

ICS-CERT: U.S. critical infrastructure susceptible to cyberattacks

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A senior U.S. official said the direct connection of the industrial control systems (ICS) handling the country's critical infrastructure networks to the internet has led to an uptick in penetrations during the past year.

First major blackout caused by hackers likely due to malware, says SANS

First major blackout caused by hackers likely due to malware, says SANS

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A cyberattack on a power plant in the Ukraine "demonstrated planning, coordination and the ability to use malware," says SANS.

UK security products market could reach US $1.7 billion in 2019

UK security products market could reach US $1.7 billion in 2019

Almost half of UK businesses plan to increase their ICT spending this year.

U.S. utilities warned to beef up defenses following Ukraine attack

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Following a cyberattack on a utility provider in the Ukraine, the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center warned its members to improve their network defenses.

South Korea boosts cyberdefenses against the DPRK

South Korea boosts cyberdefenses against the DPRK

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In the wake of North Korea testing a nuclear device earlier this week, the South Korean military has raised its cybersecurity level as a precautionary measure.

Bill to strengthen cyber defenses passes House

Bill to strengthen cyber defenses passes House

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A bill to infuse funds into state and local government budgets in order to fight cybercrime unanimously passed the House on Thursday.

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