Tagged: cybersecurity

U.S. Port Security Not Watertight, Says GAO Audit

This month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report stating that the U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security have not yet done enough to address cybersecurity concerns in the maritime port environment. The report, addressed to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation...

US Cybercrime: On the Rise

Together with the United States Secret Service, CSO magazine, and the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University the PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) published the “2014 US State of Cybercrime Survey“, an annual survey of cybercrime trends. This study reveals that cybercrime is on the rise and most...

International Cyber Officials Take Down BlackShades Malware Creators, Sellers, and Users

Cybercrime and cyberattacks are becoming increasingly prevalent in computer networks worldwide. Everything from national power grids to individual users’ private data is being targeted for malicious use, and on top of that, these networks and data are becoming harder and harder to protect. To combat the growing cybercrime phenomenon, the...

How Can We Make Cybersecurity Policy a Cybersecurity Reality? New Report Provides Fundamentals

In a world where many of us depend on information technology to get through the day–where computers play a role in transportation, healthcare, and banking–cybersecurity is vital to personal security. On a larger scale, it is vital to national security. Today, the National Academies Press released a prepublication copy of...

Senate Report: Target’s Negligence Allowed Massive Theft of Shopper Data

On December 19, 2013, news broke that 110 million Target customers had their personal data stolen from the Target network. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has released a report detailing exactly how this breach occurred, and has made recommendations to prevent such massive theft in the...

Catching Credit Thieves: A Global Approach

The U.S. Department of Justice published a new report, “Examining the Structure, Organization, and Processes of the International Market for Stolen Data”, by Thomas Holt and Olga Smirnova.  This report found that Russia provides a “home base” for hackers and that many hackers and data thieves are operating primarily in...

25 Years of the World Wide Web: Current Overview and Predictions for the Future

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web (the Web) by British computer scientist, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. On March 12, 1989, Berners-Lee wrote a proposal for an “information management” system that could be accessed and utilized by all, a concept that would eventually become the...

Power Grid Needs a Cybersecurity Boost: Bipartisan Policy Center Report Finds Weaknesses in U.S. Critical Infrastructure Protection

In February, the Co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative, together with the National Homeland Security Project, published a report of findings on the security status of the nation’s electricity infrastructure. Protecting this power grid from cyber attacks is critical to national security in an environment where...

NISTs New ‘Framework’ for Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is an important subject, especially when it comes to the U.S. government. We are becoming a more “connected” society, and with a constant connection there are constant risks. The threats on our critical infrastructure places the Nation’s, “security, economy, public safety and health at risk.” On February 12, 2014,...