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Homeland Security News is reporting that if hackers can steal a company's top-secret data, they can just as easily destroy a company's network. Richard Bejtlich, chief security officer for Mandiant, a cyber-security company, said not only are hackers getting into networks to steal huge amounts of intellectual property but they can also permanently erase data.
Cyber security advocates are frustrated that new legislation is caught between a rock and a hard place. It's stuck in contentious debates over government surveillance and the government shutdown. NSA's highly skilled cyber workers have been told to stay home, weakening the nation's ability to protect critical cyber infrastructure. Thousands of people with PHDs and math whizzes and thousands of computer scientists have been sitting idly at home.
Your agency's chief information security officer has a problem that might not have a solution. The online ecosystem of apps and mobile devices is creating a perfect storm of incoming threats and financial challenges. Hord Tipton, executive director of the information security non-profit (ISC)², is the former chief information officer of the Interior Department.
Even though government agencies are in shutdown mode, contractors are still moving ahead in making business decisions. Small businesses are likely to hurt more from the shutdown due to smaller cash reserves and slimmer margins.
Officials say that an advertising firm must immediately stop using its network of high-tech trash cans to track people walking through London's financial district. The City of London Corporation says it has demanded Renew pull the plug on the program, which measures the Wi-Fi signals emitted by smartphones to follow commuters as they pass the garbage cans.
Kelly Jackson Higgins wrote in her "Hacking The Adobe Breach" column, "At first glance, the massive breach at Adobe that was revealed last week doesn't neatly fit the profile of a pure cybercrime attack." She said not only did the bad guys steal customer data and payment info, but they also got ahold of the company's source code for Adobe's ColdFusion, Acrobat, and Reader software. Criminal investigators are looking into whether it was an accident or they deliberately went after the source code.
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee said the longer we wait on cybersecurity legislation, the worse it gets for cyber attacks on the U.S.
While leaders at CMS said the hub connecting personal information stored in the health insurance marketplace to multiple agencies will be ready by the Oct. 1 deadline, legislators are concerned with how well CMS is securing individuals' personal information from cyber threats.
Congress approves a $175 million spending package that will let the Army move ahead with plans to consolidate 400 IT security watchtowers down to around a dozen. The cyber initiative is part of broader effort to move the entire DoD toward the Joint Information Environment.
The "persistent threat" is becoming the hallmark of how government and industry deal with cybersecurity concerns, particularly threats to the nation's electrical grid and critical infrastructure. Plus: how is industry and government training and retaining top cybersecurity professionals? On this edition of "AFCEA Answers", we'll explore these topics with Dr. Ernest McDuffie from NIST; Mike Peterson, Vice President with URS, former Air Force CIO; and Tom Conway, Director of Federal Business Development with McAfee.