Will Pelgrin and Rich Licht of the Center for Internet Security see a strong link between cyber and physical security, and that has led to the creation of a new unit at the center to help local and state governments to secure both.
Healthcare providers often fail to conduct comprehensive, timely risk assessments, as required by regulators. But security expert Kate Borten says they can leverage new guidance to help get the job done.
The gut feeling many people have about their physical security hasn't quite developed in the digital world, presenting a challenge for homeland security officials, says State of Delaware Homeland Security Adviser Kurt Reuther.
"Cybersecurity remains a priority for my administration, and we are committed to protecting our critical infrastructure by taking decisive action against cyberthreats," President Obama says in a proclamation designating December Critical Infrastructure Protection Month.
Facial recognition, arguably, is the technology that most threatens individual privacy online, and that's on the mind of Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, who has asked the FTC to report on its growing use.
Michigan this month merged government agencies responsible for physical and information security, consolidating resources as well as opening new areas for growth and partnership, state Chief Security Officer Dan Lohrmann says.
Merging government agencies responsible for physical and information security into a single operation makes sense, says Michigan's new chief security officer, Dan Lohrmann. After all, he says, the same technologies used to allow entry to a building also can be deployed to permit access to a sensitive database.
Government Accountability Office auditors say a lack of prioritization has kept agencies from requiring the use of personal identification verification credentials to obtain access to federal computer systems.
Michigan CTO Dan Lohrmann will head a new operation to provide state agencies with a single organization charged with the oversight of risk management and security issues associated with state assets, property, systems and networks.
"Once you identify that person based on the unique characteristics of their face, you could then match it with other databases," privacy advocate Beth Givens says, referring to privacy gaps created by facial recognition technology.
Facial recognition technology could prove to be an effective way to authenticate individuals seeking entry to secured buildings or databases storing sensitive information. But the biometric technology already is being abused, and IT security managers employing facial recognition should be careful to encrypt the...