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2017 U.S. State and Federal Government Cybersecurity Research Report

“In August 2017, SecurityScorecard analyzed and scored the current security posture of 552 small, medium and large U.S. government organizations with more than 100 public-facing IP addresses, to determine the state of government cybersecurity programs today. In this report, 2017 U.S. State and Federal Government Cybersecurity Research Report, you’ll learn:  Top performing U.S. State and… Continue Reading

CRS Report – Russia: Background and U.S.

Russia: Background and U.S. Policy, Cory Welt, Analyst in European Affairs, August 21, 2017. “Over the last five years, Congress and the executive branch have closely monitored and responded to new developments in Russian policy. These developments include the following: increasingly authoritarian governance since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidential post in 2012; Russia’s 2014… Continue Reading

President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council Report – Securing Cyber Assets

President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) Report – Securing Cyber Assets – Addressing Urgent Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure, August 2017. “Executive Summary: Imperative Takeaways – Our review of hundreds of studies and interviews with 38 cyber and industry experts revealed an echo chamber, loudly reverberating what needs to be done to secure critical U.S.… Continue Reading

Those supposed;y secure passwords you routinely create are not secure at all

WSJ.com – “…Back in 2003, as a midlevel manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Bill Burr was the author of “NIST Special Publication 800-63. Appendix A.” [this is the 2017 version] The 8-page primer advised people to protect their accounts by inventing awkward new words rife with obscure characters, capital letters and… Continue Reading

New Tool for Looking at Federal Cybersecurity Spending

“With malicious hacking and other cyber threats on the rise, Taxpayers for Common Sense recently turned our attention to how much the federal government spends to keep us safe from cyber threats and where it spends that money.  Our analysts spent two years reviewing hundreds of thousands of pages of federal budget documents in an attempt to answer those questions. When… Continue Reading

Your Social Security Number is a major target of ID theft – government has yet to implement an alternative

Social Security Numbers: OMB Actions Needed to Strengthen Federal Efforts to Limit Identity Theft Risks by Reducing Collection, Use, and Display, GAO-17-553: Published: Jul 25, 2017. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2017. “Governmentwide initiatives aimed at eliminating the unnecessary collection, use, and display of Social Security Numbers (SSN) have been underway in response to recommendations that… Continue Reading

State Department Telecommunications: Information on Vendors and Cyber-Threat Nations

State Department Telecommunications: Information on Vendors and Cyber-Threat Nations, GAO-17-688R: Published: Jul 27, 2017. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2017. “Federal telecommunications systems can include a variety of equipment, products, and services which may be produced by foreign manufacturers—and may potentially be vulnerable to manipulation by a cyber-threat nation like China, Iran, North Korea, or Russia.… Continue Reading

HHS Unveils Improved Web Tool to Highlight Recent Breaches of Health Information

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today launched a revised web tool that puts important information into the hands of individuals, empowering them to better identify recent breaches of health information and to learn how all breaches of health information are investigated and successfully resolved.  The HIPAA… Continue Reading

New Initiative by Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney – Defending Digital Democracy

The Washington Post: “The former managers of Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns are leading a new initiative called ‘Defending Digital Democracy’ in the hopes of preventing a repeat of Russia’s 2016 election interference. Robby Mook, Clinton’s 2016 campaign chief, and Matt Rhoades, who managed the 2012 run of GOP nominee Romney, are heading… Continue Reading

Paper – Metadata: The Most Potent Weapon in This Cyber War

Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology – “Metadata, or “data about data,” is collected and recorded to describe data, identify trends, administer algorithmic solutions, and model potential scenarios. When one understands how to make sense of seemingly random metadata or how to pair the data with other exfiltrated data pools, there are limitless possibilities for social… Continue Reading

Report – 66% of US law firms reported a breach in 2016

NetSecurity – “The majority of US-based law firms are not only exposed in a wide variety of areas, but in many cases, unaware of intrusion attempts. These findings were based on Logicforce survey data from over 200 law firms, anonymous system monitoring data and results from their on-site assessments. The degree of preparation and vigilance… Continue Reading

Personal data of millions of Verizon customers exposed in cyber breach

Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Investigate Verizon Customer Data Breach – “Today, reports indicate that one of Verizon’s business partners, Nice Systems, exposed millions of Verizon customer records. According to ZDNet, “as many as 14 million records of subscribers who called [Verizon’s] customer services in the past six months were found on an unprotected Amazon S3… Continue Reading