Cybersecurity

What is Log4j? A cybersecurity expert explains the latest internet vulnerability, how bad it is and what’s at stake

Simple to exploit, Log4j is used in cloud services as well as a wide range of programs from software development tools to security tools, which makes it easy for an army of bad actors to attack millions of systems.

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When multifactor authentication for data security isn’t enough

Pre-boot authentication denies an attacker access to even a single data point – a viable option for federal agencies and critical infrastructure organizations securing data at rest.

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7 cyber defense use cases

Whether facing data loss, ransomware, fraud or privacy threats, agencies can leverage technology and process solutions to help them prevent and respond to attacks.

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Kronos ransomware attack impacting government employee paychecks

The cyberattack on the Kronos Private Cloud may last for weeks, affecting payroll and workforce management for many state and local government agencies.

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The best way to protect personal biomedical data from hackers could be to treat the problem like a game

By accounting for the value of the shared data, the game-based approach finds strategies that strike the right balance between utility and privacy.

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DHS scales up bug bounty program

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced a plan to pay vetted cybersecurity researchers between $500 and $5,000 for identifying cybersecurity vulnerabilities within agency systems.

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Virginia legislature hit with ransomware

An attack on Virginia’s legislative branch has shut down computer systems and websites for the state’s legislative agencies and commissions.

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Keeping UX front and center in ID management

When Boston overhauled its identity management infrastructure, it learned that even a solution built with best-in-class components also requires a seamless user experience.

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When the question is paying ransom, the answer isn’t always clear

Robust federal investment and clear operational procedures would help state and local agencies better defend against ransomware, experts said.

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Powering up red team operations

Because it takes a red team so much time and subject matter expertise to build a test infrastructure that emulates sophisticated threats and evades detection, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency wants to automate some of that work.

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How a Florida county’s election office solved authentication challenges

The Orange County Elections Office deployed a user-friendly, identity-bound biometrics solution that authenticates staff to ensure the security of voter data and prevent vote tampering and fraud.

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DOD, UMD to launch IC research center

The Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security will focus on basic and applied research for the security and intelligence communities.

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On the offense: Deterring threats with cyber strategy

By depriving attackers of the ability to scan or traverse networks, micro-segmentation greatly reduces the attack vector and helps agencies and commands with their mission.

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How identity and access management enabled county's remote work

To accommodate the switch to remote work, Ramsey County, Minn., expanded its virtual-private network and remote connection capabilities and made multifactor authentication mandatory.

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Why self-sovereign identities are so valuable to residents and agencies

SSIs combine control, portability, interoperability and protection to help agencies improve efficiencies, security and services while allowing citizens to be stewards of their data.

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CISA floats plan to better secure federal civilian email

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency wants to beef up federal civilian email security with CISA-provisioned threat hunting and incident response efforts, according to a request for information published last week.

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Live-fire cyber training slashes incident response time

IT teams at the Illinois Office of the Treasurer have been training on a virtual enterprise-grade network defending against sophisticated attacks using their own tools.

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CBP expands biometric authentication to Maine border crossings

Customs and Border Protection will use Simplified Arrival to provide a streamlined and contactless authentication process at pedestrian crossings.

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TSA calls for public transportation info sharing center

The Transportation Security Administration wants to stand up an Information Sharing and Analysis Center that would provide security incident reporting, threat-monitoring and information sharing for mass transit and passenger rail service operators.

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CISA issues enterprise mobile security checklist

The Enterprise Mobility Management system checklist outlines steps for device management, authentication, app and network security as well as defending enterprise systems from mobile devices.

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