19 Aug 2019

Cybersecurity Has Become a Political Issue for Americans, Survey Shows

A new survey by Anomali shows that 87% of Americans think that cybersecurity is a crucial priority for the government, and only a little over half (51%) are satisfied with government efforts in this context. More than one in five people have been at the receiving end of a ransomware

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19 Aug 2019

‘Coordinated Ransomware Attack’ in Texas Hits 23 Local Governments

Since last Friday, an unidentified threat actor has launched a wave of ransomware attacks against government entities in Texas. The state’s Department of Information Resources (DIR) said that at least 23 entities were “actually or potentially impacted” by the “coordinated ransomware attack.” The affected organizations have not been identified. The

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19 Aug 2019

Feds never faced a ‘major’ cybersecurity attack in 2018

In fiscal year 2018, US federal government departments experienced a total of 31,000 cybersecurity incidents, according to the Office of Management and Budget’s annual report on the state of cybersecurity in the government. The number represents a 12% decrease from the 35,000 incidents reported in the previous fiscal year. In

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16 Aug 2019

Network Deception Techniques Cut Dwell Times, Says Report

A new survey by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) and Attivo Networks looks at how deception technology can improve the cyber defenses of organizations. It found that the majority of firms (55%) are using this technology. Around half of these firms rely on commercial solutions, 30% have developed their own solutions

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16 Aug 2019

Red/Blue team exercises show defensive shortfalls: Survey

A new Exabeam survey indicates that according to 35% of organizations, their blue teams hardly ever or never succeed in mitigating simulated attacks by red teams. A mere 2% of firms indicated that red teams were caught every time, with the rest reporting occasional blue team success. 60% of firms

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15 Aug 2019

Fewer Than Half of States Take These Two Election Security Precautions

A new report by the Brennan Center for Justice shows that only 24 US states are implementing two vital measures to bolster election security before the 2020 presidential election. Security experts have said that in order to prevent election meddling by Russia and other hostile actors in 2020, states should

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08 Aug 2019

A Secure Network Is Not Enough, Cyber Wargames Show

A series of cyber war games organized by the US Defense department has revealed unexpected ways in which threat actors could sabotage military operations, even if military networks are well protected. The vulnerabilities stem from the military’s reliance on private contractors and civilian infrastructure. For instance, military operations could be

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06 Aug 2019

Connected Cars Could be a Threat to National Security, Group Claims

In a new report, the US nonprofit Consumer Watchdog (CW) warns that Internet-connected vehicles are a threat to national security due to the risk of coordinated hacking attacks that could target many vehicles at the same time. Currently, connected cars make up 20% of all vehicles on American roads and

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02 Aug 2019

Resource Headaches Top Security Pros’ Challenges

A new report by the Chartered Institute of Information Security points to a lack of resources (45%), a lack of experience (37%), and skills gaps (31%) as the three biggest problems that cybersecurity professionals are currently facing. The estimated global shortage of qualified security pros is estimated to approach three

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01 Aug 2019

The Pentagon Spent Millions on Vulnerable Chinese Tech in 2018, Watchdog Says

An internal Pentagon audit by the inspector general found that the US Department of Defense last year spent around $33 million on 8,000 printers and 1,500 computers from Chinese companies that have been accused of involvement in cyber espionage by national security officials. Moreover, the printers contained serious security flaws

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