Archive: IT

Former national security officials Richard Clarke and Ret. Gen. Michael Hayden at a Washington Post cyber event. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Former Security Officials Call For Greater Penalties Following Data Breaches

For companies like Equifax [EFX] to take massive breaches of personal data more seriously, Congress might consider implementing similar penalties to those paid by oil companies following spills, according to two former national security officials. Former CIA and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden and former White House National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection and […]

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New Malware Threat Hitting U.S. Aerospace & Defense, Manufacturing Industries

Aerospace and defense contractors and manufacturing companies are facing a new malware threat disguised in standard business software documents that is aimed at stealing critical information for identity theft and extortion, according to a new report from cyber protection company FireEye [FEYE]. The new threat, known as FormBook, is being sold on hacking forums and […]

White House Cyber Security Coordinator Rob Joyce at the Washington Post Cybersecurity Summit on Oct. 3. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

White House Mulls Social Security Number Replacement

The White House is considering replacing Social Security Numbers (SSN) as a prime way to identify individuals and is calling on federal agencies to develop new methods for people to identify themselves in light of the recent Equifax data breach of millions of Americans personal data, the Trump administration’s cyber security coordinator said on Tuesday. […]

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U.S. Announces $5 Million Security Package To Ukraine During First Bilateral Cyber Dialogue

The U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine announced a $5 million assistance package to strengthen Ukrainian cyber security efforts during the nation’s first bilateral dialogue on cyber security on Sept. 29 in Kyiv. Delegations from both nations met last week to discuss strengthening Ukraine’s ability to protect its critical infrastructure and military systems, and affirmed a […]

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Treasury Department Focused On Cyber Resiliency Of Bank Systems in FY 18

The Treasury Department says it is aiming to step up its oversight of banks’ cyber resiliency efforts in fiscal year 2018 as part of its supervising priorities. The department’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) report, which dictates policy objectives for the next fiscal year, calls on supervisors to assess cyber risks for mid-size […]

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TSA To Release RFP For Enrollment Services Contract Soon

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) soon expects to issue a solicitation to kick-off a re-competition for a contractor-owned and operated service that enrolls and vets people for various trusted participant programs. The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the new Universal Enrollment Services (UES) program is expected to be released in late October or early November […]

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Lack Of Policy, Definition Of Digital War, Hurting U.S. Cyber Deterrence Efforts

The U.S. will remain vulnerable in the cyber domain without a coherent deterrence policy or definitions for digial acts of war, as adversarial nation-states grow their capabilities to infiltrate federal networks and attempt to disrupt critical infrastructure. Following the massive Equifax [EFX] data breach in September, a greater effort is coalescing to adopt measures that […]

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Navy Official Highlights Industry Interaction In NGEN-R Delay

A Navy official said Tuesday the delay in the Next Generation Enterprise Network Re-compete (NGEN-R) is allowing the service to develop the acquisition documents in a way more akin to how software is developed in industry. Capt. Don Harder, deputy program executive officer for the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO-EIS), explained to […]

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Ransomware Remains Greatest International Cyber Threat, Europol Says

Ransomware remains the greatest cyber-dependent crime facing the international community, with world leaders urged to take action against a threat that has resulted in breaches affecting over 2 billion European Union (EU) citizen records in the last year, according a new Europol report. The EU policing agency released its 2017 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment […]

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Tillerson’s Deputy Secretary Says No Final Decision On Fate Of State Cyber Office

The fate of the State Department’s cyber diplomacy office remains in limbo, despite plans announced in August by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to merge the office with the organization’s economics bureau as part of a department-wide reorganization. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan faced questions during a House Foreign Intelligence Committee Monday hearing from […]