New York Governor Wants Credit-Reporting Firms to Follow Cyber Rules

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that he wants credit-reporting firms to comply with the state’s cyber-security regulations, the latest government official to crack down on the industry in the wake of the massive Equifax hack. Also on Monday, Bloomberg News reported that federal authorities have opened a…


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Cybersecurity and technology transfer seen as top priorities for NIST director nominee

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President Donald Trump has nominated Walter Copan, an expert in technology transfer, to be the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which supports physical sciences research and operates labs in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Boulder, Colorado. The 63-year-old Copan is a Ph.D. chemist and president and CEO…


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EU plans more robust security to shore up cyber defenses

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Growing cyber crime has spurred proposals to strengthen the European Union’s specially dedicated security agency and set up a fund to help countries who suffer such attacks. An increase in ransomware attacks such as this year’s WannaCry worm that locked up more than 200,000 computers around the world has convinced…


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For business, mindset trumps infrastructure when it comes to next-gen cybersecurity

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Today’s enterprise organizations have never been more connected — with more devices, users and data to secure than ever. Meanwhile, the threat landscape is more complex, with each enterprise having to contend with its own challenges in ways that won’t slow down business. Any organization will at some point consider…


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NATIONS THAT HACK THE U.S. COULD FACE ‘REAL WORLD’ CONSEQUENCES, HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISER WARNED

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White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert suggested the U.S. government may dole out “real world” punishment to nation-states that hack federal systems or violate agreed upon cybersecurity norms. The White House is exploring ways to deter cyber adversaries as called for by President Donald Trump’s May executive order, Bossert…


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UK university hackers read up on secret military tech

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UK university cyberattacks have doubled in the last two years alone, with hackers found to be focusing on critical information connected to national security. Areas including research pertaining to missiles, scientific developments and medical advances are among the areas that cyber adversaries have shown an acute interest in. This information…


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WHY THE US GOVERNMENT SHOULDN’T BAN KASPERSKY SECURITY SOFTWARE

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EARLIER THIS SUMMER the House Science Committee sent letters to 22 US government agencies requesting information on their use of Kaspersky Lab security products. As the federal government continues to investigate claims of ties between the Trump administration and Russia, officials in Washington have expressed concern that the government’s use…


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Security lapse exposed thousands of military contractor files

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Thousands of files containing the private info of US military and intelligence personnel have been exposed online. The documents (which included a mixture of resumes and job applications) were found on a public Amazon Web Services server by cybersecurity firm UpGuard. A research analyst for the company traced the files…


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FBI, Homeland Security warn of more ‘antifa’ attacks

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Federal authorities have been warning state and local officials since early 2016 that leftist extremists known as “antifa” had become increasingly confrontational and dangerous, so much so that the Department of Homeland Security formally classified their activities as “domestic terrorist violence,” according to interviews and confidential law enforcement documents obtained…


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Air Force veteran in leak case wants FBI admission suppressed

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A young woman charged with leaking classified U.S. documents has asked a federal judge to rule that comments she made to FBI agents before her arrest can’t be used as evidence. Reality Winner, a former Air Force linguist who held a top-secret security clearance, worked as a government contractor in…


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How can Australia’s technology sector retain the best cyber-security staff?

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There is no doubt that the more we come to rely on technology, the more likely we are to be held ransom by it if we do not have the right systems – and staff – in place to mitigate the risks of this happening. And with new legislation now…


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Will The Government Declare War On Wikileaks?

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The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee recently passed its Intelligence Authorization Act for 2018 and it contains a chilling attack on the First Amendment. Section 623 of the act expresses the “sense of Congress” that WikiLeaks resembles a “non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors and should be treated…


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Members of Trump’s cybersecurity council resign in protest

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Several members of a White House cybersecurity council resigned last week in protest over President Donald Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville and the decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, among other issues. In a resignation letter obtained by NextGov, eight members of the 28-person National Infrastructure…


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100% of government IT workers said employees are biggest threat to cybersecurity

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The government sector lags behind others in implementing modern cybersecurity defenses, according to a new report from security firm Netwrix. This failure to update has led to an increase in breaches: 72% of government entities worldwide had their security compromised in 2016, the report found. And only 14% of government…


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Sen. Wil Castro seeks to strengthen local Homeland Security; officials eye cybersecurity

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Republican lawmakers Wednesday met with the island’s top public safety officials and the governor’s liaison to discuss ways to improve Guam’s Homeland Security office. Sen. Wil Castro, R-Barrigada, who led the meeting at Adelup, said he’s currently writing a bill to strengthen the 2003 executive order that created the local…


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Trump approves Obama-era plan for a more independent US Cyber Command

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President Trump has given the go-ahead for a plan dating from the Obama administration to elevate US Cyber Command to the level of Unified Combatant Command, giving it more operational independence from the National Security Agency. The statement also raised the possibility of splitting off CyberCom from the NSA entirely….


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How America Is Closing the Cybersecurity Skills Gap

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America is facing a critical shortage of people trained in cybersecurity. The Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance — a partnership of companies, the government and universities — aims to bridge that skills gap because the country’s future literally could depend on it. Sounding the call to cyber defenses through “industry-first” planning and…


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The Menacing, Hopeful Future of U.S. Government Cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity; the top of every corporation, organization, and in fact, nation’s agenda, for arguably the majority of the 21st century. The U.S. government is working to keep up with the private sector and remain ahead of the countless impeding cyber-attacks. But where specifically do federal agencies fall short in cybersecurity,…


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Senator Cantwell makes keynote remarks on cybersecurity at TRIDEC luncheon

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Known on the hill as “Senator Freight”, Senator Maria Cantwell graced the Tri-Cities with her presence today. Senator Cantwell made keynote remarks at the TRIDEC luncheon this afternoon in Richland in front of many local organizations. Cantwell focused her thoughts on Washington State leading the country in national security. She…


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State Department quietly establishes new cybersecurity office

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The State Department quietly established a new office earlier this year within its Diplomatic Security Service to safeguard against and respond to cybersecurity threats. The State Department officially launched the new office, called the Cyber and Technology Security (CTS) directorate, on May 28, a department official confirmed. The establishment of…


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