14 Aug 2018

Experts question the benefit of proliferating cybersecurity offices

A long series of state agencies and departments have been founded to secure U.S. programs, assets, and operations, but some experts are arguing that this has generated more confusion than security as the government has not worked to coordinate private sector capabilities. Problems of information sharing and overlapping agendas have

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18 Jul 2018

If Your Weapons Aren’t Cyber-Hardened, Expect to Lose Pentagon Contracts

The Pentagon will begin in-house assessments of its weapons’ cyber protections, rather than relying on manufacturer assessments. Companies are currently responsible for conducting their own assessments and confirming whether their products meet the relevant cybersecurity standards. A number of failures in this process has pushed the Pentagon to move forward

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17 Jul 2018

Putin: 25 million cyberattacks thwarted during World Cup

Speaking at a meeting with representatives from 55 intelligence units across 34 countries, Putin announced that the broad coalition of cyber forces thwarted almost 25 million cyber attacks connected to the World Cup. Most of the attacks targeted the “information infrastructure” connected to the tournament, but Putin did not provide

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12 Jul 2018

Details on an Air Force drone? $200 on the dark web

The appearance of sensitive documents detailing UAV plans and a variety of army manuals have highlighted ongoing cyber-related difficulties within the U.S. military. The plans were accessed through a router vulnerability that had been disclosed two years previously, through the computer of a Air Force captain would have completed a

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03 Jul 2018

US “best in the world” for offensive cyber capabilities, “most vulnerable in world” on defense

The former director for cyber security policy in the Obama White House said that, while the U.S. is the “best in the world on offense,” it is the U.S. the most vulnerable country in the world to cyber attacks. The vulnerabilities are both political and technical, due to its democratic

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14 Jun 2018

Spending the $380 million in election security

Working to prevent situations similar to Russian involvement in the 2016 election, inspectors from the Department of Homeland Security have assessed the cybersecurity measures being taken at the state and local election systems levels. Most of the measures are standard procedures, including improved software update schedules, the training of election

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11 Jun 2018

America’s Most Powerful Supercomputer Unveiled by Energy Department

The Department of Energy’s new supercomputer is now the fastest supercomputer in the country, and possibly the entire world. In one hour, the computer can solve a problem that would take the typical PC 30 years to complete. Taking over 5 years and 280 million USD to build, the computer

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08 Jun 2018

Senate bill could allow for unilateral US responses to international cyber attacks

A recently proposed defense bill in the Senate could improve US cyber capabilities through additional funding and programs. This includes a provision to allow unilateral US responses to cyber interference without needing to ask allies beforehand.  “’The right to act in another country is a norm in counterterrorism operations,’ said

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08 Jun 2018

There will be no ‘Cyber Cuban Missile Crisis’

“Modern technology has outpaced the ability of shared familiar metaphors to describe it. Trying to tie modern threats, executed with code over a global network infrastructure that didn’t exist decades ago, to historical analogies is a perilous activity. Which is why I was perplexed to find a recent instance of

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05 Jun 2018

NATO Secretary General: Better Cyber Defense More Important than 2% of GDP Pledge

Two years ago, NATO adopted a pledge to give cyber issues greater standing in defense strategy. Now, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is emphasizing this pledge as the most important within NATO. Recently, “he told a Paris audience that the pledge isn’t getting the attention it deserves. ‘Today’s great leap

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