Tag Archives: cyber security

Government Suggests Caution for Professionals Visiting China

As one of the central hubs for cyber attacks launched against the United States, Chinese attempts at cyber espionage against U.S. industry is of increasing concern. Government officials have suggested a number of somewhat strange protocols in an effort to defeat Chinese cyber-attack efforts. Some of the suggestions include weighing …

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NIST Publishes Updated Report on Government Cybersecurity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a report updated from its 2005 version on recommended standards on security controls for federal organizations. The report is meant to create a centralized set of requirements and controls that cover both the national security communities and civilian agencies. The report …

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ACC Publishes Report on Cybersecurity for Companies Abroad

The American Chemistry Council has published a report stressing companies must focus on cybersecurity in emerging geographical manufacturing sectors, such as Asia. The report, titled “Cyber Security in Emerging Geographies”, calls on companies to increase cybersecurity to secure intellectual property and data privacy. The report breaks down the emerging sectors …

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DoD Needs Better Management System

The Government Accountability Office recently released a report citing the Department of Defense still needs to improve portions of its system for developing and acquiring new software products. GAO was investigating the implementation of the Software and Systems Process Improvement throughout the DoD. SSPI is meant to increase the effectiveness …

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DNI Places Cybersecurity as Top Mission Objective

In the 2009 National Intelligence Strategy, Dennis Blair, director of national intelligence, placed enhancing cybersecurity as one of the six top objectives for the Intelligence Community. NIS highlights the importance of increasing cooperation and coordination between intelligence organizations, the private sector, and academia. The nation’s cyber infrastructure “is neither secure …

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Hackers Better at Information Sharing

Philip Reitinger, deputy undersecretary for National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS, told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs that “Hackers, in some way, have remained better in information sharing than we in government have been.” Hackers gather on servers and share information on new techniques and …

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Chinese Researcher Causes DHS to Investigate California Power Grid

Network analyst Jian-Wei Wang of Dalian University of Technology in China, used public information to demonstrate how to cause a power spike that could cause serious power failures throughout a power grid network in California. An article, published in New Scientist, brought Wang’s study (which has been publicly available since …

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SANS Institute Report on Top Cyber Risks

The SANS Institute published a report Tuesday highlighting the top cyber risks based on data collected from government and the private sector. According to the report, websites and unpatched software are the greatest cyber risks. More than 60 percent of attacks on the Internet are against websites and often take …

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Hathaway Optimistic on Direction of Cybersecurity

At the ArcSight Protect 09 conference, keynote speaker Melissa Hathaway, former acting senior director for cyberspace at the White House, pointed to her belief that the federal government is moving in the right direction for securing cyberspace. However, she highlighted that currently the nation is not where it should be …

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Lack of Cyber Czar Criticized

The chairs of the House Cybersecurity Caucus urged President Barack Obama to appoint a “cyber czar” quickly. In the letter dated last week, Rep. Michael McCaul (R.-TX) and Rep. James Langevin (D.-RI) highlighted Obama’s failure to successfully appoint a candidate to head cybersecurity issues. The letter pointed to two major …

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Army Developing Manual for Fighting in Cyberspace

The U.S. Army is currently working on a manual for using cyberspace as a war fighting platform that will be released in October. Once the manual is completed, it will provide battlefield commanders with a coherent guide to exploiting cyberspace in military operations. The new doctrine is focused on both …

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Raytheon Buys out BBN Technologies

Raytheon, which recorded more than $23 billion in revenue for 2008, announced recently it has settled on terms to purchase BBN Technologies, an R&D company involved in the development of the Internet. Raytheon is looking to build its capacity as a leading player in technology services to the government, alongside …

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Revised Cybersecurity Emergency Bill

Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W. VA), has written a revised draft of the proposed cybersecurity bill. The bill had initially caused alarm among interested parties due to language allowing the President to shut down the Internet in the case of a cybersecurity emergency. The current draft still gives the President the …

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Greg Schaffer Assistant Secretary of DHS' Office of Cybersecurity on Cyber "In-Fighting," US-CERT and the Cyber Battleground

Greg Schaffer, assistant secretary of DHS’ Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, recently spoke to InformationWeek about US-CERT and the shifting terrain of cyber warfare.  Schaffer suggests that much of the perceived “in-fighting” and cyber “turf wars,” often portrayed in media as bitter administrative squabbles between government agencies, private industry, and …

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