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HHS OIG Audit of MIDAS – central system managing citizen health care insurance data

Public Summary Report: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Implementation of Security Controls Over the Multidimensional Insurance Data Analytics System Needs Improvement (A-06-14-00067). September 21, 2015. “This summary report provides an overview of the results of the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) review of the Multidimensional Insurance Data Analytics System (MIDAS). It does notContinue Reading

UNESCO calls to combat online and offline violence against women and girls

“On 24 September 2015, the United Nations Broadband Commission’s Working Group on Gender released its report on combatting cyber violence against women at United Nations Headquarters in New York. UNESCO’s Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova, serves as Co-Vice Chair of the Broadband Commission alongside ITU Secretary-General, Mr Houlin Zhao. The report aims to mobilize the publicContinue Reading

New research from Google: The underground market fueling for-profit abuse

Framing Dependencies Introduced by Underground Commoditization, September 2015 – via the Workshop on the Economics of Information Security 2015. “Internet crime has become increasingly dependent on the underground economy: a loose federation of specialists selling capabilities, services, and resources explicitly tailored to the abuse ecosystem. Through these emerging markets, modern criminal entrepreneurs piece together dozensContinue Reading

Google Research – Comparing Expert and Non-Expert Security Practices

“…no one can hack my mind”: Comparing Expert and Non-Expert Security Practices – USENIX Association, 2015 Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security. “The state of advice given to people today on how to stay safe online has plenty of room for improvement. Too many things are asked of them, which may be unrealistic, time consuming,Continue Reading

The 2015 Inspector General Survey

The Association of Government Accountants’ 2015 Inspector General Survey “…Our survey raised a number of concerns that continue to hamper the effectiveness of IGs and their work. Examples include: issues related to greater sharing and access to data; the IG community’s primary legislative priority; antiquated pay scales; and unfilled IG positions. Similarly, budget uncertainty, theContinue Reading

ACLU – Capitol Hill staffers should be able to make encrypted calls, send secure text messages

“Today, the ACLU sent a letter to both the House and Senate, urging them to provide secure voice and text messaging capabilities to Members and their staff. (The Washington Post writes about our letter today. In recent years, computer security researchers have warned about the poor security of cellular networks, which in many cases useContinue Reading

The Deep Web and The Darknet

The Deep Web and The Darknet A Look Inside the Internet’s Massive Black Box. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, August 2015. “Many believe a Google search can identify most of the information available on the Internet on a given subject. But there is an entire online world – a massive one – beyond theContinue Reading

A Guide to Cyber Risk

“Cyber risk is now a major threat to clients’ businesses. Companies increasingly face new exposures including first-and third-party damage, business interruption (BI) and regulatory consequences.  A Guide to Cyber Risk examines global trends and developments in cyber, while also identifying the emerging risks that will significantly impact the industry in the near future. > DownloadContinue Reading

DNI Testimony on Worldwide Cyber Threats

Statement for the Record – Worldwide Cyber Threats – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence – James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, September 10, 2015. “Worldwide Cyber Threats – Overview – Cyber threats to US national and economic security are increasing in frequency, scale, sophistication, and severity of impact. The ranges of cyber threatContinue Reading

Pew – Americans Concerns about China

Pew Research Center: “As the White House prepares to host Chinese President Xi Jinping for his first state visit to the United States later this month, the American public continues to see a number of issues related to China and its rising power as major concerns. In particular, economic issues loom large. China’s growth rateContinue Reading

ADA Coverage Data Repository: Risks With Systems Development and Deployment

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration – Affordable Care Act Coverage Data Repository: Risks With Systems Development and Deployment. June 2, 2015. Reference Number: 2015-23-041 “In March 2010, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were enacted. These laws are collectively referred to as theContinue Reading

OPM, DoD Announce Identity Theft Protection and Credit Monitoring Contract

OPN News Release: ” The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) today announced the award of a $133,263,550 contract to Identity Theft Guard Solutions LLC, doing business as ID Experts, for identity theft protection services for 21.5 million individuals whose personal information was stolen in one of theContinue Reading