A result of recent DDoS attacks targeting American banks and the lackluster OpUSA campaign against the federal government has been improved sharing of threat information, former DHS cybersecurity leader Mark Weatherford says.
A House panel establishes a bipartisan supply chain working group to explore the federal government's role in helping industry assure that IT and telecommunications wares they buy abroad are safe from exploits.
A $400,000 federal penalty stemming from the investigation of a breach at a clinic owned by Idaho State University is the latest example of how even relatively small security incidents can trigger hefty sanctions.
"Organizations have to be able to develop their security plans that really talk to their specific mission," National Institute of Standards and Technology's Ron Ross says. "The overlay concept is introduced to allow that specialization."
A key difference between state-sponsored espionage and organized criminals or hacktivists is the level of persistence and determination to break through defenses. Here's advice from security experts on defending against nation-state attacks.
Payment data and personal information are both attractive targets for criminals, says breach investigator Erin Nealy Cox of forensics firm Stroz Friedberg. Learn why she says card data isn't the only lucrative target.
A Defense Department report to Congress says China could use the targeted information to benefit its defense and high-technology industries as well as give Chinese policymakers a clear picture of U.S. leadership thinking on key China issues.
Mark Weatherford, who recently stepped down as DHS deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity, says that although planned OpUSA DDoS attacks may initially be a nuisance, they represent a genuine long-term threat to the government.
The massive distributed-denial-of-service attack in Europe that targeted Spamhaus could easily have been prevented if information service providers followed a 13-year-old industry best practice, ENISA's Thomas Haeberlen says.
NIST's Ron Ross, a big NASCAR fan, likens new security controls guidance to the tools race-car builders use to prevent drivers from breaking their necks when crashing into a brick wall at 200 miles an hour.
NIST's Donna Dodson is leading a federal government effort to take hundreds of suggestions from the private sector to create an IT security best practices framework that critical infrastructure operators could voluntarily adopt.
The Boston Marathon tragedy is yet another reminder to organizations to develop alternative ways to communicate with employees during such emergencies. Otherwise, they could put their organizations' continuity plans at risk.