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Symantec Intelligence Report June 2015

“There is good news this month on the email-based front of the threat landscape. According to our metrics, the overall spam rate has dropped to 49.7 percent. This is the first time this rate has fallen below 50 percent of email for over a decade. The last time Symantec recorded a similar spam rate wasContinue Reading

GAO Reports – DOD Business Systems Modernization, Insider Threats, Patient Protection, Senate Public Records, Space Launch System

DOD Business Systems Modernization: Additional Action Needed to Achieve Intended Outcomes, GAO-15-627: Published: Jul 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2015. Insider Threats: DOD Should Improve Information Sharing and Oversight to Protect U.S. Installations, GAO-15-543: Published: Jul 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2015. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Observations on 18 Undercover TestsContinue Reading

Is There a Judicial Remedy for Victims of Federal Data Breaches?

CRS Legal Sidebar – Is There a Judicial Remedy for Victims of Federal Data Breaches? “The scope of information believed to have been compromised by a series of cyber-intrusions at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) continues to grow. OPM recently announced that further investigation of the initial breach affecting 4.2 million current and formerContinue Reading

CRS Report, The Dark Web

Dark Web, Kristin Finklea, Specialist in Domestic Security. July 7, 2015: “The layers of the Internet go far beyond the surface content that many can easily access in their daily searches. The other content is that of the Deep Web , content that has not been indexed by traditional search engines such as Google. TheContinue Reading

Information about OPM Cybersecurity Incidents

“OPM –  This site will be updated regularly. What happened How you may be affected What you can do What we are doing to help Frequently Asked Questions What Happened? OPM recently discovered two separate but related cyber-security incidents that have impacted the data of Federal government employees, contractors, and others: In April 2015, OPMContinue Reading

Hacking of federal personnel data called “treasure trove of information”

Washington Post, Ellen Nakashima: “The massive hack last year of the Office of Personnel Management’s system containing security clearance information affected 21.5 million people, including current and former employees, contractors and their families and friends, officials said Thursday. That is in addition to a separate hack – also last year — of OPM’s personnel databaseContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Biosurveillance, Crude Oil Export Restrictions, Helium Stewardship Act of 2013, Info Sec, Medicaid, SBA

Biosurveillance: Additional Planning, Oversight, and Coordination Needed to Enhance National Capability, GAO-15-664T: Published: Jul 8, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2015: “Naturally-occurring infectious disease or the intentional use of a biological agent to inflict harm could have catastrophic consequences.” Crude Oil Export Restrictions: Studies Suggest Allowing Exports Could Reduce Consumer Fuel Prices, GAO-15-745T: Published: JulContinue Reading

Commentary – Why Protecting Data Privacy Matters, and When

Data Science Central – (A Wake-Up Call to Data Geeks Who Doubt) by Anne Russell “It’s official. Public concerns over the privacy of data used in digital approaches have reached an apex. Worried about the safety of digital networks, consumers want to gain control over what they increasingly sense as a loss of power overContinue Reading

Site tracks and maps data breaches around the globe

“ThreatWatch is a snapshot of the data breaches hitting organizations and individuals, globally, on a daily basis. It is not an authoritative list, since many compromises are never reported or even discovered. The information is based on accounts published by outside news organizations and researchers. We have tried to provide you with a sample ofContinue Reading

Harvard Hacked

“On June 19, Harvard discovered an intrusion on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Central Administration information technology networks. Since discovering this intrusion, Harvard has been working with external information security experts and federal law enforcement to investigate the incident, protect the information stored on our systems, and strengthen IT environments across the University.Continue Reading

FTC on Public Wi-Fi Networks

“Whether in a hotel or airport across the world, or in the coffee shop just down the street, chances are you’ve used free Wi-Fi hotspots. While convenient, they’re often unsecure. So how can you reduce your risk? Encryption — having your information scrambled into code — is key to staying secure online. Watch this videoContinue Reading

Unisys Security Insights – Report for US

“Consumers in the U.S. are most concerned about data breaches at retailers and government agencies. U.S. consumers indicated relatively lower levels of concern about data breaches at other organizations such as airlines, healthcare and telecom companies. Interestingly, the perceived threat of data breaches is low for banks and utilities, possibly reflecting traditional high levels ofContinue Reading