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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31 Jul 2019

53% of enterprises have no idea if their security tools are working

A new report by AttackIQ shows that a majority of organizations (53%) are not sure to what extend the security tools they use actually work, and an ever bigger number of firms (63%) have noticed security tools falsely reporting that they stopped an attack. While most firms plan to increase security

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31 Jul 2019

State and local governments urged to beef up ransomware defense

State and local governments need to bolster their cybersecurity defenses in order to weather the ransomware storm that is currently sweeping across the United States, four government organizations warned in a joint statement[pdf] released earlier this week. The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the National

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30 Jul 2019

How effective is your security operations center?

A new report by the Ponemon Institute and Devo Security shows that security operations centers (SOCs) are struggling to keep up with mounting cyber threats, leading to crippling workloads and long resolution times for security incidents. The majority of respondents indicated that the effectiveness of their SOC is low, while

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29 Jul 2019

China making ‘quite significant’ strides in supercomputing: Lowy Institute

A new report by the Lowy Institute ranks the military cyber capabilities of various countries, with a special focus on the Asia Pacific region. The index takes into account “the ability of countries to both defend against and commit acts of cyber espionage and attacks,” lead researcher Hervé Lemahieu stated.

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26 Jul 2019

Russia targeted election systems in all 50 states, Senate concludes

A new, heavily redacted report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee confirms that in 2016, Russian state-backed hackers carried out attacks on election systems in all 50 United States. Hacking activity related to this campaign started in 2014 and went on until at least 2017, according to the report. The

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25 Jul 2019

FBI Director Names China the Nation’s Most ‘Severe Counterintelligence Threat’

In a Tuesday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray stated that “there is no country that poses a more severe counterintelligence threat to this country right now than China.” Wray also warned that Russia is still “absolutely intent” on interfering in the 2020 US presidential election.

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24 Jul 2019

NSA Launches Cybersecurity Directorate

The National Security Agency (NSA) is setting up a new defensive cyber division called the Cybersecurity Directorate, the agency announced on Tuesday. The Cybersecurity Directorate will take over the foreign intelligence and cyber activities of the NSA in order to “operationalize threat intelligence, vulnerability assessments and cyber defense expertise.” The

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22 Jul 2019

Cyber Warfare: US Military Admits Immediate Danger Is ‘Keeping Us Up At Night

The deteriorating relations between the United States and Iran have been a catalyst for further integration between cyber operations and physical acts in the context of national defense. In the midst of mounting tensions, both countries have been stepping up offensive cyber campaigns directed at each other, thereby effectively using

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19 Jul 2019

Report Finds California Government IT Security Flaws

A recent report by California’s state auditor uncovered “high risk deficiencies” at 21 of 33 government entities that are not forced to follow security standards developed by the California Department of Technology. Certain entities had not implemented basic security measures including changing default passwords and patching vulnerable systems. The report

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