Mar
03

Saudi Arabian Cyber Security Leaders Gather to Address Rising Threats

From: Press Release

Regional and local experts gather to address cyber security with global solution providers to secure their critical assets through a proactive approach.

Dubai, UAE — (ReleaseWire) — 03/02/2015 — In a world where everything is connected, from intelligent fridges to driverless cars, technology is playing a prominent role in our lives. It has influenced the way we socialize and connect at a personal, enterprise and international level. As a result, we need to collaborate to protect what matters to us and fight against cyber attacks.

Mar
02

Texas Administrative Code: INFORMATION SECURITY STANDARDS

From: The Texas Department of Information Resources

TAC 202

First, some background.

Back when it was proposed in 2002, Legacy TAC 202 established a baseline of security standards for Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education.

Setting security standards at the federal level is FISMA, which stands for the Federal Information Security Management Act. FISMA requires federal agencies and their contractors to safeguard their information systems and assets. The National Institute of Standards and Technology, known as NIST, helps develop standards and guidelines for FISMA.

FISMA was updated in 2013.

Feb
26

EU and US groups sound alarm on China cyber security rules

From: Financial Times

European and US companies have asked their authorities for urgent help in stopping the implementation of new Chinese cyber security regulations, which are expected to force local and foreign banks to use information technology equipment deemed “secure and controllable” by Beijing.

In a letter to the European Commission dated February 25 and seen by the Financial Times, six business organisations led by Business Europe and The City UK said the “worrisome” Chinese regulations “could close the door for many foreign IT companies to the Chinese banking IT market”.

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Feb
24

IT Leaders Aren’t Addressing Security Threats

From: CIO Insight

By Patrick K. Burke

Crime doesn’t pay, but it certainly costs enterprises a ton of time and money.

Organizations face serious risks associated with cyber-crime over the next three years, according to a new study commissioned by Raytheon in conjunction with Ponemon Institute.

Among some of the more harrowing findings: A lack of resources and a serious disconnect between security leaders and top business leadership are preventing companies from addressing growing cyber-security threats, and a majority of respondents (78 percent) said their organization’s top officials have not been briefed on a cyber-security strategy in the last 12 months. In addition, 66 percent of respondents believe senior leaders in their organization do not perceive cyber-security as a strategic priority.

Feb
23

China’s Dangerous Digital Agenda

From: Project Syndicate

, Paul Hofheinz

WASHINGTON, DC/BRUSSELS – When the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba listed on the New York Stock Exchange late last year, it became the world’s 17th largest publicly traded company overnight, with a market capitalization of $230 billion – larger than Amazon, eBay, or Facebook. Europe, however, seems to have missed the news.

Indeed, instead of responding to China’s digital rise, the European Union has remained fixated on the global success of American platforms like Amazon, Facebook, and Google, even threatening punitive actions against them. A couple of months after Alibaba’s IPO, the European Parliament passed a non-binding resolution to prevent online companies like Google from “abusing” their market position. The resolution called for “unbundling search engines from other commercial services.”

Feb
19

Dark Web To Hell: How the FBI Busted the Amazon of Drugs, Guns and Hit Men

From: Newsweek

By

The clerk read each of the guilty verdicts, seven of them, while standing next to a large window that framed the Brooklyn Bridge in thin winter sunlight. That panoramic view will be one of the last Ross Ulbricht, who had just been convicted of multiple crimes, including narcotics trafficking conspiracy and money laundering, will likely enjoy for many years. The man who built Silk Road, the Amazon of what’s often called the Dark Web, took his conviction stoically, then turned and smiled at his family and supporters—young men and women who distrust the government at least as much as Tea Partyers do.

Feb
17

Aussies ignorant to cyber threat, says security chief

From: The Australian

AUSTRALIANS are living in a “sea of blissful ignorance” about the growing online threat of ­foreign spies and criminals, the country’s first cyber-security co-ordinator has warned.

In an exclusive interview with The Australian, the head of the new Australian Cyber Security Centre, Stephen Day, also revealed that a cyber-terrorist ­attack was “an absolute possibility” as rogue groups become better resourced.

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Feb
16

Carnegie Mellon response team has battled computer virus attacks since 1988

From: TribLive

By Andrew Conte

Pittsburgh’s prominent and growing role as a national center for cybersecurity started with a chance encounter more than 25 years ago.

On Nov. 2, 1988, researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, were ending the workday when calls started coming in from across the country. Something was slowing computer connections on the early Internet — moving freely, guessing passwords to break into systems, accessing files and quickly replicating.

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Feb
13

The Future of Crime: Smartphone Tracking, Neurohacking, and AI Assisted Murder

From: SingularityHUB

By

The world Marc Goodman outlines in exhaustive detail in his forthcoming book, Future Crimes, is as real, gritty, and frightening as life outside the Matrix. Indeed, Goodman opens his book by quoting the classic sci-fi epic. Do you want the red pill or the blue pill? “Remember, all I’m offering is the truth.” He would know.

Goodman, who began his career as a beat cop at the Los Angeles Police Department, has worked with the FBI, US Secret Service, Interpol, and police in over 70 countries. He is an authority on today’s exponentially scaling cybercrime and a theorist of future crimes worthy of the best sci-fi but, in fact, lurking just around the corner.

Feb
12

Grant Schneider, Federal Cybersecurity Advisor, OMB

From: FederalNewsRadio.com 1500AM

Agencies should expect a cybersecurity revival of sorts from the Office of Management and Budget this year. OMB is reasserting its cyber oversight role with a new group of experts. Grant Schneider, a federal cybersecurity adviser within OMB, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about what agencies should expect from his agency in the coming months.

 

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