NIST cybersecurity center moves into high gear

From: FCW

NIST cybersecurity center moves into high gear

By Amber Corrin

For more than 150 years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has toiled in the background of federal operations, carrying out the nation’s business of science ranging, as its website points out, from nanotechnology to skyscrapers and jetliners. Today, that tradition endures, but one key mission is raising the agency’s profile: cybersecurity.

In his February executive order on cybersecurity, President Barack Obama directed NIST to create a framework that would help government and the private sector better protect networks and information. The latest legislation on cybersecurity also focuses on NIST and its role as a leader in securing U.S. assets in cyberspace.

GPS flaw could let terrorists hijack ships, planes

From: Fox News

By John Roberts

The world’s GPS system is vulnerable to hackers or terrorists who could use  it to hijack ships — even commercial airliners, according to a frightening new  study that exposes a huge potential hole in national security.

Using a laptop, a small antenna and an electronic GPS “spoofer” built for  $3,000, GPS expert Todd Humphreys and his team at the University of Texas took  control of the sophisticated navigation system aboard an $80 million, 210-foot  super-yacht in the Mediterranean Sea.

Tailoring NIST Framework for Healthcare

From: GovInfoSecurity

Industry-Specific Cybersecurity Guidelines in the Works

By Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

A draft of a healthcare-specific version of the upcoming National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework will be unveiled this fall.

NIST’s framework, being developed as a result of an executive order from President Obama, will be a set of voluntary best practice guidelines intended to help protect the nation’s critical infrastructure, which includes healthcare and many other sectors, such as financial services, energy distribution and transportation.

Putting Enterprise Risk Under the Microscope

From: E-Commerce Times

By Dana Gardner

“We have to find a way to embed risk assessment … to make ourselves more competitive,” said TIAA-CREF’s Jack Freund. “Whether that’s an embedded function within IT or an overarching function that exists across multiple business units, there are different models that work for different size companies and companies of different cultural types. But it has to be there. It’s absolutely critical.”

Recent developments in the cybersecurity landscape have heightened interest in the challenges associated with accurately anticipating and understanding risk, and using that knowledge to better manage organizations.

U.S. energy companies seen at risk from cyber attacks: CFR report

From: Reuters

U.S. oil and natural gas operations are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks that can harm the competitiveness of energy companies or lead to costly outages at pipelines, refineries or drilling platforms, a report said on Wednesday.

The energy business, including oil and gas producers, was hit by more targeted malware attacks from April to September last year than any other industry, said the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) report, citing data from a Houston-based security company, Alert Logic.