Tag Archives: cyber security

Safety in the Cloud?

Researchers at MIT and the University of California, San Diego, have found that attacks can target specific data held within the cloud. The report claims that operating in the cloud brings new security risks that organizations should consider. The researchers conducted a fake attack against a well known cloud service …

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Command Information Appoints New Head of Cyber

Command Information announced that Lisa Donnan will be the new Executive Vice President for Cyber Security Solutions. She will be the lead in ensuring that Command Information brings top quality cyber solutions to the public sector. The CEO of Command Information, Al Rogers, said “We are thrilled to have Lisa …

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Government Cyber Spending to Increase Drastically

According to research conducted by the analytic firm Input, government spending on cyber security will increase at a compound rate of 8.1 percent between 2009 and 2014. Funding for contracted work will increase $3.8 billion from 2009 to 2014. Government spending on general IT products and services will also increase …

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Nigeria Cracks Down on Cyber Crime

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, reported 800 fraud emailers have been deactivated. Additionally, members of 18 cyber crime syndicates have been arrested. EFCC has been working with Microsoft to help track down the cyber criminals. Police units have moved to a greater reliance on technology to …

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Federal Student Aid Data at Risk

According to a redacted report recently released by the Inspector General, Federal Student Aid, a section of the Department of Education, has placed applicant’s personal data at risk. The reported highlighted eight poor security practices at Federal Student Aid. The report did not highlight any specific instances of data being …

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Bill to Increase DHS Funding for Cyber

Congress has approved a bill increasing the Department of Homeland Security’s budget by 6.6 percent for 2010. The bill includes an 27 percent increase for cyber security. The bill has been sent to President Obama for his approval. The total bill, authorizing $42.8 billion, is slightly below Obama’s requested$43.1 billion. …

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Administration's Barrage of Cyber Info

The Obama administration is stepping up its efforts to effectively educate the American public regarding cyber security issues. Janet Napolitano and President Obama have both conducted video presentations on cyber security in the past week. With October designated by Obama as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), the administration has …

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Government to Tap Brakes on IT Spending

According to a new report by TechAmerica, federal IT budgets will only grow 3.4% in the next 5 years. This is a significant drop from the 8.3% growth rate from 2005 to 2010. The estimates for the decrease in growth rate are influenced by the percentage of the federal deficit …

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Navy CIO Outlines Strategies

Robert Carey, the Navy’s CIO, outlined some of the key concepts and strategies for Navy cyber/IT on his blog. He believes that these six areas are significant opportunities that the Navy should work to implement. Carey’s first strategy is to ensure that the Navy embraces new technologies as they become …

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Alexander Picked to Head Cyber Command

The Department of Defense announced that Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, current director of the NSA, was nominated by President Obama to head the DoD’s new Cyber Command. Alexander will be promoted to a four star general and will be responsible for coordinating the new US Cyber Command that will be …

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New Fake Anti-Virus Program Forces Users to Download

Researchers at PandaLabs have discovered a new fake anti-virus program that forces users to purchase the software. The program, using a combination of techniques, hijacks the target computer and keeps the computer from functioning until the victim purchases the fake program. The program forces infected users to pay around $120 …

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Obama the Cyber Educator

In a video released on the White House Blog, President Obama discussed the roles of government, private sector and citizens in securing cyber security. President Obama provided useful guidelines to being “cyber smart” as an individual and highlighted the pivotal role individuals play in cyber security. [youtube UIIY9AQSqbY]

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NASA Has Been Breached

According to a report by the Government Accountability Office, NASA has experienced more than 1,000 security incidents involving malware in 2007 and 2008. The malware was installed on NASA systems, putting sensitive data at risk of compromise. The report cited 1,120 incidents in which malware was installed on systems or …

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Information on 800,000 Doctors Stolen

An unencrypted laptop with information on around 800,000 physicians was stolen recently from an employee of an insurance firm. A number of the physicians have been warned that the data was stolen. The laptop contained the personal information on a number of physicians throughout the country. The theft puts them …

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