Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Awareness Month launched

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The event was launched on Friday with a gathering in Ypsilanti, Mich., featuring Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt.

Industry remembers security heavyweight Schultz

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Gene Schultz, who died on Sunday at the age of 65, is remembered as one of the most accomplished and respected professionals in the field of cybersecurity.

Defense Department releases cyber operation strategy

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Cyberspace is the fifth domain for U.S. Department of Defense activities, the agency said in its first-ever strategy for cyberspace operations, released Thursday.

Reactions to White House proposals mixed

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Reaction is mixed following cybersecurity legislative proposals the White House put before Congress on Thursday that would replace 47 state data privacy laws with one sweeping federal data breach notification law.

Competition seeks teenage cyber warriors

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A national competition was launched on Monday to identify the next generation of cybersecurity experts.

Apple hires cybersecurity pro

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David Rice, a noted expert in cybersecurity with stints in the U.S. Navy and National Security Agency and private practice, has been hired as Apple's director of global security, according to a report on All Things Digital. His expertise in cryptography and software vulnerabilities is expected to be put to use in Apple products, particularly its iPad and iPhone, as more enterprises seek assurance that their networks are secure. Rice, author of the software security book Geekonomics, will reportedly begin working at Apple in March. - GM

Dancho Danchev: Missing cybersecurity expert

Has Dancho Danchev been properly accounted for after missing since September 2010? One news report shares details.

Delaware, Seattle sites named best cybersecurity resources

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The state of Delaware and city of Seattle have won an annual contest recognizing the best state and local government cybersecurity websites. Members of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center judged website entrants on their security content, usability, accessibility and appearance. Delaware's site came out on top in the state government category for its up-to-date news, events and training resources, while Seattle's site took home top honors in the city category for its security bulletins, newsletters, tips and links. — AM

Former Pennsylvania CISO to share challenges, tips

Former Pennsylvania CISO to share challenges, tips

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Bob Maley, former CISO of the state of Pennsylvania, will address data protection strategies at the upcoming SC World Congress.

DoD, DHS to align cybersecurity capabilities

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The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans Tuesday to streamline their cybersecurity capabilities to better protect the nation's networks.

Talent scout: Government recruitment of IT security professionals

Talent scout: Government recruitment of IT security professionals

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The U.S. government is working to attract quality IT professionals, says NICE's Ernest McDuffie. Dan Kaplan reports.

Securing our eCity: Grassroots block-by-block cyber threat awareness

Grassroots block-by-block cyber threat awareness CIO or IT managers can teach the best practices in cybersecurity and reap the benefits of helping protect and secure your eCity.

Public-private awareness initiative developed

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A survey gauging public awareness over the need for internet safety and security confirms the need for a new national messaging campaign, according to two nonprofits.

Cybercrime costs businesses $3.8 million per year

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Web attacks, malware and insider threats can cost organizations millions of dollars in losses each year, according to a new Ponemon Institute study.

United States lacking adequate cyber workforce

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The United States is lacking an adequate number of individuals within the federal government and private sector with the technical skills necessary to secure cyberspace, concludes a new public policy report.

Experts encourage investment in attribution technologies

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A number of experts testified before U.S. House members Thursday that research and development is needed to improve ways to determine the identity and location of cyberattackers. Such technologies could could limit the impact of a major attack, witnesses said at a meeting of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Technology. During the hearing, members and witnesses said that increasing coordination between government and industry to develop new attack attribution technologies would help prevent redundant efforts and take advantage of all available resources. — AM

Cyber progress report: More work is needed

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Cybersecurity stakeholders converged at the White House this week to discuss ideas and progress being made since President Obama issued a digital protection plan last year.

White House office grants DHS cybersecurity oversight

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) now is responsible for ensuring agencies comply with federal information security requirements, according to a recent memo issued by the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Government to help defend private sector networks

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The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has launched a pilot program to detect and respond to cyberattacks against public and private entities, such as energy companies and nuclear power plants, that operate the nation's critical infrastructure.

Third-party apps failing to use Windows security features

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Many third-party Windows applications are failing to utilize two important security features that could prevent certain code execution attacks, according to a report released Thursday by Secunia.

Opinions mixed about White House's online identity plan

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Critics of the White House's proposed national internet identity authentication plan, intended to improve online privacy and security, say the strategy may do just the opposite. Proponents, meanwhile, believe it represents a major step toward establishing online trust.

White House announces national online identity plan

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Howard Schmidt, White House cybersecurity coordinator and special assistant to the president, on Friday unveiled a draft plan for improving online privacy and security through the use of a trusted digital identity system. The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) seeks to improve cyberspace for all those who conduct business online. It would enable individuals to voluntarily obtain a secure credential, such as a smart identity card, from public and private sector providers to authenticate themselves online when banking, accessing electronic health records, sending email and making other online transactions. The White House is seeking comment on the draft strategy and plans to release a finalized version in the fall. — AM

Senate Committee passes major cybersecurity legislation

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A U.S. Senate committee unanimously passed a cybersecurity bill, which would grant the president emergency power over critical infrastructure networks.

Senior leaders becoming disconnected from security

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Board members and senior management are exercising less IT security governance, and the economic downturn may be to blame, according to a survey released by Carnegie Mellon University.

Senate bill would expand government cybersecurity role

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A Senate Committee is set to consider a bill that would grant the president emergency power over critical infrastructure networks, in addition to createcybersecurity offices within the White House and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

GAO applauds DHS critical infrastructure protection plan

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An updated U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plan for protecting critical infrastructure facilities improves regional protection, risk management and resilience, according to federal investigators.

Guide released to mitigate damage of cyberattacks

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Cybersecurity responsibility must extend beyond the walls of IT and into the finance department - or companies risk continued losses, according to a new report.

RSA Conference: White House declassifies U.S. cybersecurity initiative details

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Howard Schmidt, the newly appointed White House cybersecurity coordinator, unveiled details on a Bush-era program to help secure the United States in cyberspace.

Study finds cyberthreats to be largest security concern

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More than traditional crime, natural disasters and terrorism, the security threat that enterprise IT departments are most concerned with is cybercrime, according to a study by Symantec.

U.S. Navy establishes new Cyber Command

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The newly established U.S. Fleet Cyber Command is responsible for defending Navy networks against cyberattacks and ensuring military objectives can be carried out in cyberspace.

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