Tag Archives: cybersecurity

MI5 Hires Teens to Combat Hackers

According to news reports, 50 youths were hired by MI5 to fight cyber attacks. Attacks have already been traced by the new cyber professionals to China, Russian, and Pakistan. The youths have also discovered messages from terrorists in a maximum security prison.

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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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Assistant Secretary of DHS’ Office of Cybersecurity, Greg Schaffer, on Cyber “In-Fighting”

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, …

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Bipartisan Cyber Legislation Will Ditch Presidential Emergency Powers, Include Emphasis on Training, Certification

Forthcoming bipartisan cybersecurity legislation from Senators J. Rockefeller (D-WV) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) will undergo some significant modifications.  The revised legislation will remove a controversial provision that enables the President to effectively turn off the internet in the event of a major cyber attack and feature a greater emphasis on training and …

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NIST Will Reorganize IT Lab for Enhanced Cybersecurity Research

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has started reorganizing its Information Technology Laboratory, aiming to enhance NIST cybersecurity research.  After the reorganization, NIST’s chief cybersecurity adviser, Curt Barker,  (also its Computer Security Division cheif) will relocate to the IT Laboratory office, while continuing to oversee the Computer Security Division. …

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Albert Gonzales, Cybercrime Kingpin Behind 130 Million Stolen Credit Cards, Indicted

Albert Gonzales, aged 28, believed by police to be one of the nation’s largest cybercrime kingpins, was indicted Monday along with two Russian accomplices for the largest hacking/identity theft caper in U.S. history.  Federal prosecutors allege that the trio stole data from 130 million credit and debit cards worldwide by …

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Lockheed Martin’s “Mission Maker” Initiatives: Cyber Weapons for Cyber Warriors

Military operations threatened by cyberassault will be aided by Lockheed Martin’s new information security tools: the “Mission Maker” initiatives.  Lockheed Martin’s “Mission Maker” initiatives embed cybersecurity into command and control, add cyber threat monitoring to situational awareness capabilities, and enhance information operations. These capabilities are designed to ensure essential communications …

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IBM Releases Integrated Web Application Security Software

Benefits of IBM’s new software include: reduced security management operational costs, improved security posture, consolidated reporting infrastructure,  a common workflow system for managing security incidents, and correlation of application vulnerabilities with potential security events and real-time attacks, which enables organizations to prioritize remediation to immediately address top threats.

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Boeing Wins $1.2 Million Air Force Cybersecurity Contract

Boeing has been awarded a $1.2 million contract by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y., to study and demonstrate improved situational awareness, visualization, and response automation for networks during a cyber attack.  Under the contract, Boeing will analyze network operations and develop procedures, processes, and tools that will …

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