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State CIOs face same cyber issues as corporate peers, with budget constraints

States must focus more on digital modernization and improve the role of CISOs, and the cyber issues they face mirror those of broad array of industries. The top barriers state CIOs face sound eerily familiar: lack of sufficient or dedicated cybersecurity budget, inadequate cybersecurity staffing and availability of cybersecurity professionals, and legacy infrastructure and solutions…

More connectivity means greater cyber risk for plane manufacturers

Airplane manufacturers have cybersecurity controls in place and there haven’t been reports of successful cyberattacks on commercial airplane IT systems to date. But evolving cyber threats and increasing connectivity between airplanes and other systems could put future flight safety at risk if the FAA doesn’t prioritize oversight, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). An…

Hackers chain Windows, VPN bugs to access government systems

Threat actors have gained access to government networks through a combination of Windows and VPN bugs, a commonly used tactic known as vulnerability chaining in which multiple bugs are used in a single intrusion to compromise a network or application. The recent malicious activity took aim at federal and state, local, tribal and territorial government…

SMEs relearn security basics under COVID’s telework conditions

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on Wednesday launched a free “Telework Essentials Toolkit” designed to help businesses to adjust to the realities of working from home during the COVID pandemic. DHS teamed up with the Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI), Global Cyber Alliance and other partners to add these resources to the agency’s dedicated…

Commerce imposes prohibitions on TikTok, WeChat

After previously expressing support for Oracle’s planned partnering with TikTok, the Trump administration took a step back from the deal Friday with the Commerce Department putting prohibitions on transactions related to the video-sharing platform and, separately, on the mobile communications app WeChat, both owned by Chinese companies. President Trump had said at a Wednesday news…

Oracle will inherit TikTok security, privacy headaches

By partnering with the popular Chinese videosharing platform TikTok, Oracle will inherit a laundry list of security and privacy issues once the deal is approved, as soon as Sept. 20, by TikTok parent company ByteDance. TikTok boasts 100 million users in the U.S. and 689 million globally. Earlier this year President Trump threatened to ban…

All eyes on VA security measures after compromise of 46,000 accounts

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disclosure that the information of 46,000 U.S. service people recently was breached through an apparent social engineering scheme underscores the need for government vigilance even when a significant investment has been made in state-of-the-art protection. Security experts said the relatively low number of impacted accounts – in comparison…

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