Government

Addressing attacks on critical infrastructure

Just recently we witnessed the U.S. House of Representative pass two bills aimed at bolstering the security operations of the nation's critical infrastructure.

Mobile-derived credentials

It's more than a trend. Mobile devices are becoming the new enterprise desktop. But mobile devices require the same security considerations to access corporate intranets or securely sending and receiving email.

Data security and privacy: Key issues, challenges and responses

Security and privacy professionals employ enumerable solutions and techniques for information security. Yet, the target of the protection, sensitive and private data, is not clearly understood.

Reducing cyber risk in industrial control systems with advanced network segmentation

The ISA99/IEC 62443 portfolio of standards has emerged as a leading framework for cybersecurity in ICS and SCADA and was referenced in the recent Presidential Framework.

Securing critical patient privacy & care: Visibility, control and response for healthcare providers

Healthcare IT professionals deal with an increasing array of critical security issues that involve privacy, BYOD and network access, managing live-saving medical devices, and ensuring compliance federal regulations.

Yelp and TinyCo settle with FTC over COPPA Rule violations

Yelp and TinyCo settle with FTC over COPPA Rule violations

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Yelp will pay $450,000, and TinyCo will pay $300,000 to settle charges that their mobile apps collected information from children under the age of 13.

Congressman asks Issa for hearing on CHS breach

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The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asked for a hearing to investigate the CHS breach.

Documents reveal NSA plans to map every internet connected device in the world

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Documents provided by Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA is looking to build a near real-time map of every single internet-connected device in the world.

FBI facial recognition system ready for use

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has announced that it is prepared to roll out its new fully operational facial recognition system.

Former CTO of Liberty Reserve pleads guilty in New York

Former CTO of Liberty Reserve pleads guilty in New York

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Mark Marmilev pleaded guilty on Thursday for his part in a money laundering conspiracy.

Microsoft held in contempt, moves closer to appeal over customer email warrant

Microsoft held in contempt, moves closer to appeal over customer email warrant

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Microsoft continues to fight an order requesting it to turn over customer emails stored in a data center in Ireland.

Tapping global threat intelligence to secure enterprise networks

On July 9, 2014, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) passed the Senate Intelligence Committee in a 12-3 vote. The legislation encourages threat information sharing between government and the private sector

CMS administrator to testify before committee on HealthCare.gov hack

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Administrator Marilyn Tavenner will have to testify in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Sept. 18.

Privacy groups urge Senate leaders to pass USA Freedom Act

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More than 40 civil liberties groups are urging Senate leaders to pass legislation that would put a halt to the NSA's data collection practices.

How safe is cloud - really?

How safe is cloud - really?

Revelations of government surveillance are fueling a paranoia that isn't going to subside. Kate O'Flaherty asks whether firms should be afraid of adopting cloud?

Game theory: Cyber preparedness

Game theory: Cyber preparedness

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Business leaders are beginning to fathom the importance of cyber war game simulation exercises, reports James Hale.

FTC seeks public comment on adult verification company AgeCheq

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Under the agency's COPPA ruling, website that collect personal information on its young users must receive parental consent before doing so.

Former acting HHS cyber director convicted on child porn charges

Former acting HHS cyber director convicted on child porn charges

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Timothy DeFoggi, who was nabbed by the FBI last year in its Operation Torpedo investigation was convicted by federal jury in Nebraska.

California Assembly passes first student online privacy bill

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The bill would prevent companies from selling students' data and profiting from it.

NSA's ICREACH search engine shares billions of records, The Intercept reports

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More than 1,000 analysts at 23 U.S. government agencies have had access to more than 850 billion records courtesy of NSA's ICREACH, a search engine similar to Google.

Calif. passes law requiring smartphone kill switch technology

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Starting July 2015, all smartphones sold in the state must come with the anti-theft technology.

FTC asks court to shut down debt relief scam

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Claiming funding from the federal government and an endorsement by President Obama, a debt relief program coerced private data from consumers.

Report: UK police push for required mobile phone PWs

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The Metropolitan Police have reportedly lobbied for two years to enact the standard.

Medical transcription provider settles data security charges

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GMR Transcription Services in California agreed to settle FTC charges related to its security practices.

AP denied security docs on HealthCare.gov, a risk to private information

AP denied security docs on HealthCare.gov, a risk to private information

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The Associated Press was denied a request made under the Freedom of Information Act for documents that contain security information on HealthCare.gov.

NSA works to automatically detect attacks, return strikes from foreign adversaries

NSA works to automatically detect attacks, return strikes from foreign adversaries

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The NSA program, called "MonsterMind," is reportedly being developed by the intelligence agency.

FCC creates task force to scrutinize illegal stingray use

FCC creates task force to scrutinize illegal stingray use

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The task force will examine the use of the technology by foreign intelligence agencies and criminals targeting Americans.

Skimming con drains pension of retired officer in Philippines

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) warned that the incident showcases the growing incidence of ATM skimming fraud.

DEA paid $850K for Amtrak passenger info that was available for free

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The DEA paid an unnamed Amtrak secretary more than $850,000 for passenger information that it could have attained for free.

White House charges elite tech team with improving websites

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After a disastrous rollout of healthcare.gov, the White House has put together a team of private sector gurus to improve federal websites.

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