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Penetration testing: Pros and cons of attacking your own network

Pen-testing, or red-teaming, can be an indispensable tool for discovering and correcting network security weaknesses, but if not done right, things can go terribly wrong.

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Is there a uniform way to handle online identities?

NIST proposes a model for maintaining and revoking user identities in an increasingly complex online world.

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Attack traffic from China takes a great leap forward

Cyberattack traffic originating in China took a sharp jump in late 2012, according to the latest analysis of activity on Akamai’s global content delivery network.

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USPS to pilot cloud-based federal ID credential hub

The Postal Service has been tapped to build a pilot identity credential hub that would simplify secure access for citizens to online government services.

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Know the 4 denial of service types that can threaten the Domain Name System

DNS' openness leaves it vulnerable to a variety of denial of service techniques, from brute-force floods to sophisticated recursive attacks.

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9 steps that help defend against DDOS

Most experts agree that you can't do it all by yourself, but there are practical measures agencies can take to shore up their networks against denial of service attacks.

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How to mitigate and defend against DOS attacks

Treating DOS attacks like a man-made disaster can help agencies determine the proper communication and technical response.

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Can DNS be protected from spikes in attacks?

Denial of service attacks on the Domain Name System are becoming common, but an effective defense will require a few rule changes.

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As defenses against network DDOS attacks improve, hackers find a new target

Brute-force denial of service attacks against networks are still the most common, but hackers are increasingly moving toward more efficient attacks on applications.

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Surviving denial-of-service? You need outside help to keep from going under.

The flood of bandwidth in the hands of attackers can overwhelm agency resources, making in-house defense impractical. You need allies outside your network.

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DARPA takes multipronged approach to securing military's cloud

As DOD moves into cloud computing, pilots and projects look to assess risk and develop multiple layers of network defense.

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Other cyber shoe waiting to drop on BYOD

Lax security could soon threaten the gains agencies have made by letting employees use their own mobile devices for work, a new study says. There are basic protective steps agencies can take now.

Topic Resources

  • Continuous Monitoring: Elevating Cybersecurity in State and Local Government

    State and local agencies are not required to comply with federal policies related to continuous monitoring and NIST's Cybersecurity Framework, but they would be better off if they did. Whether it is required or not, the concept of continuous monitoring has been proven to raise the level of cybersecurity when implemented appropriately and with the right tools. Join this webcast to learn more about how your agency could benefit from continuous monitoring and NIST guidance.

  • The Rising Threat of Enterprise Cybercrime

    Cybercriminals are leveraging vulnerabilities of the Internet, browsers, operating systems, and applications to secretly and proficiently gain access to information assets. Compromising employee endpoints with malware has become the preferred method; a far simpler path into the network than a direct network attack. Agencies need to recognize and address this growing danger.

  • Continuous Monitoring to Achieve Cybersecurity

    As the cyber threat landscape evolves, security methods and tools need to change, too. In this Digital Dialogue, Ken Durbin, manager of Continuous Monitoring Practice at Symantec, explains how the undefined boundaries of the modern IT infrastructure necessitate the deployment of continuous monitoring solutions.

  • Stopping Zero-Day Exploits for Dummies

    Cyber attacks are growing every day and can become serious threats to your organization, but how do you know and understand the threats out there? Download a copy of this book, and you will discover the zero-day exploits and threats used to compromise your agency.

  • The STAND: Cybersecurity

    Advanced persistent threats. Zero-day attacks. Insider threats. Cybersecurity experts say that if IT leaders are not concerned about the ongoing evolution of the cyber landscape, it just means they are not paying enough attention. The problem is that these and other emerging cyber tactics are designed to evade traditional cyber defenses and escape detection until it’s too late. The good news is it’s not a lost cause. In this special report, two subject matter experts discuss cybersecurity technologies and strategies that can help agencies defend their systems and data against the latest cyber threats, today and into the future.