The MS-ISAC Story: More Than a Decade of Growing Membership and Influence

From: Government Technology


As cyber leaders from across federal, state, local and tribal governments prepare to gather for another annual meeting, the future of government cybersecurity in our local communities now hangs in the balance. The scale of cyberattacks, the cost of data breaches and the significant ramifications to our nation have never been greater. Cyber challenges have almost reached a boiling point. Meanwhile, the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) has grown in their global capabilities and cyberdefense sophistication. World-class information security coordination is now available. How can your government become more engaged?


V3 Security Summit: Botnet barbarians will breach businesses’ perimeters



For years botnet empires have plagued businesses and governments. As noted by director of cyber security solutions of Palo Alto Networks Alex Raistrick during an interview with V3, this is because botnets have the potential to cause lasting damage to their victims and are being used by criminals in a number of ways.

“As one of the most sophisticated types of modern malware, botnets are an immense cyber security concern to governments, enterprises and individuals. Financial botnets, like the Zeus botnet, have been responsible for attacks involving millions of dollars stolen directly from multiple enterprises over very short periods of time,” he said.


Today’s Security Hacks Are After More Than Bank Info

From: CIO

Customers cringe every time they hear about a bank, retail or healthcare hack that puts personal or financial data at risk. Today’s hackers are after much more that credit card numbers, though — and most firms are powerless to stop them.


The beat goes on. In recent weeks, both JP Morgan Chase and Home Depot have been identified as the latest victims of large-scale cyberattacks.


Region to spend $1b on information security this year


Network security equipment and security services are expected to account for 75 per cent of enterprise spend this year

By Sarah Algethami, Staff Reporter

DUBAI: Spend on information security in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) is forecast to reach $1 billion this year, up 8 per cent compared to 2013, according to Gartner, an information technology research and advisory firm.

“In terms of overall spending, we’re looking at just under $1.2 billion [Dh4.4 billion] in the next few years,” said Eric Paulak, managing vice-president of infrastructure protection at Gartner, an information technology research and advisory firm. He was speaking at the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit in Dubai on Monday.


General outlines plans for Army Cyber Command

From: Online Athens

By Wesley Brown Morris News Service

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The commanding general of the Army Cyber Command said this week that his team expects to break ground next year on a defense network at Fort Gordon that will work with private technology firms, and the federal departments of justice and homeland security.

Speaking before a crowd of more than 500 people at TechNet Augusta’s second annual military conference on Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon provided the first public details on how the Army Cyber Command will function at Fort Gordon.

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Islamic State jihadists planning encryption-protected ‘cyber caliphate’ so they can carry out hacking attacks on West

From: MailOnline (UK)

  • Islamic State boasting of its plans to create a sophisticated cyber army
  • Plans to use ‘cyber caliphate’ to launch attacks on banks and governments
  • British hacker once jailed for cyber attack on PM thought to be involved
  • Comes as President Obama announces air strikes will extend into Syria

By Corey Charlton for MailOnline

Islamic State militants are planning the creation of a ‘cyber caliphate’ protected by their own encryption software – from behind which they will launch massive hacking attacks on the U.S. and the West.


Security clearance contractor to lose gov’t work

From: Bloomberg/BusinessWeek

By Stephen Braun

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor that was targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and company officials said Tuesday. The computer network intrusion compromised the personal files of as many as 25,000 government workers.

An OPM official said Tuesday that agency officials decided not to renew USIS’ background investigations and support contracts “following a careful and comprehensive review.” The OPM oversees background investigation contracting for most federal agencies, but the official said that the move would not immediately preclude some other agencies from still working with the firm.


Russian cyber war linked to Spark crash


Spark’s big internet crash at the weekend was not about naked celebrities but linked to Russia’s cyberwar on Ukraine and Western powers’ sanctions on Moscow, security sources say.

The attack, which has eased off, was neither about cyber criminals nor nude photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence, but online aggression launched under Moscow’s direction at Kiev and its friends.

New Zealand was not the target, sources say, but Ukraine and several big international banks enforcing sanctions were.

The attack coincided with the Nato summit in Wales which had just affirmed “that cyber defence is part of Nato’s core task of collective defence”.


NATO adds reaction force, cyber defence to its arsenal

From: France24

NATO approved wide-ranging plans on Friday to boost its defences in eastern Europe, aiming to reassure allies nervous about Russia’s intervention in Ukraine that the US-led alliance will shield them from any attack.


The 28-nation alliance also agreed for the first time to add cyber defence to its core mission, meaning that a major cyber attack on a member state – such as a 2007 attack on Estonia’s digital infrastructure – could trigger a military response.

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Cybersecurity Contractor Names Former GSA IT Exec as Chief Strategist

From: FEDWeek

David McClure, who served as associate administrator for GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies from 2009 until 2014, has been hired as chief strategist at Vienna, Va.-based Veris Group, a cybersecurity and cloud computing firm and federal contractor. McClure, who retired earlier this year from GSA, is credited with helping to shepherd the government’s adoption of cloud computing (including the fedRAMP cloud standards),, and, among other efforts. McClure’s office also oversaw the creation of GSA’s 18F digital services agency while he was there.

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