Archive: Cyber

Thales USA President and CEO Alan Pellegrini. Photo: Thales

Connected Aircraft Open New Cyber Threat Vectors To Commercial Aviation, Thales USA Chief Warns

As commercial aircraft increasingly become connected to the larger Internet of Things, the potential for safety risks also rise, the head of Thales’ business operations in the U.S. said on Wednesday. There have already been hacks of aircraft and aviation-related systems, including inflight entertainment systems, data communications between pilots and ground-based controllers, and airline operations […]


Energy Grid Personnel Lacking Clearances To Access Classified Cyber Attack Info

Facing continued threats from nation-state adversaries directed at disrupting critical infrastructure networks, a recent exercise showed many energy grid utility personnel are still without the necessary security clearances to access classified information on cyber attacks. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) released a report March 30 with findings from a recent grid cyber exercise, […]


Lawmakers Seek Input On Addressing Open-Source Software Vulnerabilities

House Energy and Commerce Committee leadership is seeking input from the head of the Linux foundation on how to better secure systems using open-source software (OSS) from known vulnerabilities. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), committee chairman, and Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), oversight subcommittee chairman, sent a letter to Linux Monday calling for information on the “Heartbleed” […]

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Symantec: Industry Facing New Ransomware, Supply Chain Software Attacks

Following another year of an upward trend in private sector cyber attacks, industry can expect to see rapidly changing ransomware variants and an emphasis from hackers on software-targeted supply chain attacks, according to a new Symantec [SYMC] report. The software company released its annual Internet security report Wednesday, and detailed a 200 percent increase in […]

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Chamber Of Commerce Issues Industry Cyber Attack Response Recommendations

Chamber of Commerce officials are asking companies to work with law enforcement agencies to develop cyber attack response plans and threat sharing partnerships to combat increasing numbers of ransomware and data breach attempts. A new white paper released Wednesday urged industry to more effectively report cyber breaches, citing the Department of Homeland Security’s InfraGard threat […]

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New Cyber Command Strategy Emphasizes Offensive Operations

Cyber Command officials are calling their current reactive approach to cyber defense “unacceptable” and looking to move to an operational approach focused on thwarting attacks at their point of origin, according to a new command strategy released March 23. The new strategy document cites the growing threat from foreign adversaries directed at U.S. networks and […]

Matthew Masterson, former EAC commissioner and current DHS cyber security advisor.

DHS Hires Former Election Assistance Official To Be New Cyber Adviser

The Department of Homeland Security has hired the former commissioner of the agency tasked with assisting states’ voting security efforts to be a new cyber security adviser, following pushback from lawmakers on the department’s ability to address future election interference. Matthew Masterson, who served as a lead official with the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) since […]

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NSA Completes Full-Spectrum Cyber Operations Exercise With Military Academies

The National Security Agency (NSA) has completed its first ever cyber exercise testing military academy teams’ ability to defend against near full-spectrum cyber operations. NSA Cyber Exercise (NCX), which ran from March 19 to 21 at the U.S. Naval Academy, featured 12 teams from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard academies executing cyber […]


Multi-Billion Dollar DoD Cloud Project, Army Tactical Network Fix Included In Omnibus Bill

Pentagon officials secured priorities in the latest omnibus spending bill, approved Thursday by the House, for new projects to build more resilient cyber networks needed to address known vulnerabilities. Department of Defense leadership’s plan for a multi-billion dollar cloud computing network project and the Army’s move to reinforce its tactical network were both included in […]