Tagged: cybersecurity

Keeping American Lights On: National Power Grid Security

The emergence of cyberattacks as a more prevalent form of aggression by American adversaries has caused infrastructure stakeholders to take a closer look at their security policies. This is especially true of power stations and essential distribution points on the national electricity grid. Two recent publications that discuss power grid...

Cyber-attack at 35,000ft

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report to congressional requesters titled “FAA Needs to Address Weaknesses in Air Traffic Control Systems.” The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ensures the advancement, safety, and regulation of civil aviation, as well as the development of the air traffic control (ATC) system. They...

President Obama Unveils New Cyber Security Initiatives

“If we’re going to be connected, then we need to be protected.” – President Barack Obama   Yesterday, President Barack Obama gave the first in a series of three subsequent speeches rolling out the administration’s efforts to strengthen cyber security and promote individual privacy.  (President Obama’s remarks are available in...

Analyzing China’s Cybersecurity Strategy

“Efforts should be made to build our country into a network powerhouse“ -Chinese President Xi Jinping As the effects of globalization have spread, the amount of information stored on digital networks has simultaneously increased. A subsequent bi-product has been developing strategies to protect this information, or “Cybersecurity.” The Center for...

The Global Cost of Cybercrime: On the Rise

Together, McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) published the report, “Net Loss: Estimating the Global Cost of Cybercrime.” This is a global estimate of cybercrime that follows from previous research conducted by CSIS on the cybercrime in the United States. This study focuses on the costs...

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...