Maine develops 'neighborhood watch' approach to cyber

Wednesday - 8/18/2010, 4:45pm EDT

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  • Cybersecurity experts in Maine have come up with a plan for getting more, and better, information out to the public about staying secure online. Its creators call it a "neighborhood watch" style approach to cybersecurity. It's called My Maine Privacy, and it won the award for Best Local and Community Plan in this year's Cyber Challenge held by the Department of Homeland Security. Angelo Castigliola is an Information Security Systems Analyst who helped put it together, and tells the DorobekInsider more about it.

  • Accurately measuring the extent of cyber-risks, and then communicating that to managers, was again at the heart of this year's Metricon event held by Securitymetrics.org. CSO reports the techniques they talked a lot about at the conference generally revolved around language. Andrew Jaquith, senior analyst with Forrester Research and host of this year's event, said the risks are crystal clear. Referencing a "rolling snapshot" WhiteHat Security Founder and CTO Jeremiah Grossman conducted between January 2006 and August 2007, Jaquith noted that in that timeframe, seven out of 10 websites from the 128 million scanned had critical or urgent vulnerabilities. The issue at hand is how to put those vulnerabilities and the damage they can cause into the proper perspective for the CEO or board of directors.

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