Dakota State Hosting U.S. Senate Cybersecurity Field Hearing

From: KDLT News


Dakota State University is hosting a U.S. Senate cybersecurity field hearing on Thursday.

U.S. Sen. John Thune will chair the 2:30 p.m. CDT hearing on confronting the challenge of cybersecurity in the school’s Tunheim Classroom Building, Thune is chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

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Donna Dodson – D.C.’s Top 50 Women in Tech 2015

From: FedScoop

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Donna Dodson

Chief Cybersecurity Adviser and Director of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence  National Institute of Standards and Technology

Associate Director Chief Cyber Security Adviser  Information Technology Laboratory

Donna Dodson leads NIST’s work with industry, academia and other government agencies to forge a consensus on how best to secure the nation’s information and communications infrastructure.

Her efforts to develop common standards, metrics and best practices on a range of IT security issues – including security management, testing and assurance, cryptography and identity management – have led to a number of widely recognized technical documents and resources, including NIST’s Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Framework.


Not your grandmother’s career: DHS’ Schneck on bringing girls into tech

From: Federal Times

Michael Hardy, News Editor

Phyllis Schneck is a walking case study in the importance of role models and encouragement for women entering science and technology fields.

Schneck, deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications for the Homeland Security department’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, credits her computer scientist father with initially exposing her to technology as a career path.

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The 22 Amendments That Could Determine the Fate of the Senate’s Cybersecurity Bill

From: National Journal

These amendments will get a vote if and when CISA comes up after recess.

After a brief but heated battle, senators packed up for summer recess early this month without voting on a key cybersecurity bill. In announcing that the bill’s consideration would be delayed, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lined up 22 amendments that will get a vote when the bill comes up again in the fall, a product of intense negotiations over the bill’s fate.


How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election

From: Politico Magazine

Google has the ability to drive millions of votes to a candidate with no one the wiser.

America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was accomplished.

Research I have been directing in recent years suggests that Google, Inc., has amassed far more power to control elections—indeed, to control a wide variety of opinions and beliefs—than any company in history has ever had. Google’s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more—up to 80 percent in some demographic groups—with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated, according to experiments I conducted recently with Ronald E. Robertson.


Federal workers’ personal devices pose security risk

From: USA Today

Erin Kelly

ASHINGTON – Half of federal employees access government email and documents from their personal smartphones and mobile devices, creating potential cybersecurity risks for agencies already under siege from hackers, a new study found.

In a survey of 1,000 workers from 20 civilian, intelligence and military agencies, 60% of employees said they are aware of some of the risks of using their personal devices for work, but 85% of those respondents said they do it anyway. The study was commissioned by Lookout, Inc., a cybersecurity company. About 40% of employees who work at agencies that prohibit the use of personal smartphones for work said the rules have little to no impact on their behavior.


Saudi group hacks government websites ‘as a cyber-security warning’

From: al-Araby

By: Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

A Saudi Arabian group has hacked at least 23 government websites, saying it was to draw attention to the kingdom’s vulnerability to cyber-attack.

At least 23 Saudi Arabian government websites have been hacked within a two-hour period.

The massive attack was carried out by a Saudi Arabian hacker group named “Cyber of Emotion“, purportedly to highlight the websites’ vulnerability to potentially malicious cyber-attack.

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Russian antivirus firm faked malware to harm rivals – Ex-employees

From: Reuters


Beginning more than a decade ago, one of the largest security companies in the world, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, tried to damage rivals in the marketplace by tricking their antivirus software programs into classifying benign files as malicious, according to two former employees.

They said the secret campaign targeted Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), AVG Technologies NV (AVG.N), Avast Software and other rivals, fooling some of them into deleting or disabling important files on their customers’ PCs.

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Will This New Report Help Agencies Get Their Cyber Act Together?

From: Nextgov

By Mohana Ravindranath

The National Institute for Standards and Technology wants federal agencies to get their act together on cybersecurity standards.

In a new publication, the group calls on agencies to coordinate with each other, with the private sector and with international governments to draw up, and abide by, cybersecurity benchmarks. NIST is collecting comments on its recommendations until Sep. 24.

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Facebook Cancels Internship of Indian-Origin Harvard Student After He Exposes Flaw in App

From: NDTV

Washington:  Facebook cancelled an Indian-origin student’s internship after he exposed a serious privacy flaw in the social media giant’s messenger service, a media report said.

Aran Khanna’s application, Marauder’s Map, used data from Facebook Messenger to map users’ location when they sent messages, reported on Wednesday.

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