16 Apr 2019

Government websites top the charts for online trust

According to a new report based on 2018 figures from the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA), US Federal government websites ranked higher than any other sector in terms of security and privacy, with 91% of websites qualifying for the ‘ Honor Roll,’ OTA’s top rating. This is a vast

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09 Apr 2019

Trump Shakeup Impacts Cybersecurity Policy

Cybersecurity experts are worried that the recent departures of US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Secret Service Director Randolph Alles will undermine the continuity of the US cybersecurity policy. Both the DHS and the Secret Service play vital cybersecurity roles, since their responsibilities include the protection

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09 Apr 2019

Government, private sector team up to boost cyber workforce

Mastercard, Microsoft, Workday, the Partnership for Public Service and 11 government agencies, including the CIA and the FBI, are launching a cooperative effort to boost the US government’s cybersecurity workforce. The Cyber Talent Initiative will enable graduates to work at one of the government agencies for two years. After that,

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14 Feb 2019

U.S. Senators Announce Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Bills

U.S. senators recently introduced two bipartisan bills intended to make it easier for government agencies to overcome the cybersecurity skills gap and prevent an increase of unfilled jobs. Last week, two Republican and two Democratic Senators reintroduced the Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act, which outlines the development of a program

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12 Feb 2019

Trump signs executive order prioritising AI development

The US government has committed itself to playing a leading role in the global proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that launches the American AI Initiative under supervision of the National Science and Technology Council Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence (NSTC Select Committee).

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01 Feb 2019

Warren, Smith introduce bill to bar US from using nuclear weapons first

The potential use of nuclear weapons by the United States in times of conflict may become an important issue during the campaign for the 2020 US presidential election. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is one of the major candidates for the Democratic nomination for President and a member of the Senate Armed

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23 Jan 2019

DHS releases emergency order to prevent DNS hijacking

On Tuesday afternoon, the Department of Homeland Security ordered federal agencies to implement a variety of security measures aimed at preventing DNS hijacking attacks. As part of such attacks, threat actors target the domain name system (DNS) infrastructure that plays an essential role in directing Internet traffic, in order to redirect

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17 Jan 2019

Massive Oklahoma Government Data Leak Exposes 7 Years of FBI Investigations

In the latest data leak stemming from an unsecured web server, 3 terabytes of data belonging to the Oklahoma Securities Commission has been found exposed to the Internet. The millions of unencrypted files included highly sensitive government information, such as details of FBI investigations, email archives and social security numbers. An UpGuard

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11 Jan 2019

TLS Certificates for Many .gov Domains Not Renewed Due to Government Shutdown

Internet services company Netcraft warns that the ongoing US Government shutdown is putting Internet users at risk. The shutdown, which began three weeks ago, has prevented the renewal of TLS certificates for more than 80 .gov websites. Netcraft’s Paul Mutton explained that “[m]ost of the affected sites will display an

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10 Jan 2019

The government shutdown is catastrophic for US cybersecurity

The current US government shutdown caused by a conflict over the budget, and in particular by president Trump’s refusal to approve legislation to fund the government if it does not include $5 billion for a border wall with Mexico, is having an immediate negative impact on the country’s cyber defenses. However, the

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