Cybersecurity

For some hacks, everything old is new again

A cybersecurity report from Hewlett-Packard highlights the prevalence and persistence of coding errors, vulnerabilities and exploits that should have been corrected long ago.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Hackers own today's free-love PC architecture, and it's time to move on

With the coming post-PC architecture, sensor, device and cloud components will form a new multi-machine OS with built-in solutions for security and ID management.

Cybersecurity

Finally, an alternative to the tyranny of passwords?

DARPA's "active authentication" would be a welcome alternative to passwords and other cumbersome credentials.

Cybersecurity

NIST proposes cleaning up the Digital Signature Standard

Changes proposed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology would clarify the transition to a new set of approved tools and correct some errors in the current version.

Cybersecurity

Beware 'rnicrosoft.com' and similar sp00fed links in e-mail

Even if you check the URLs for links in e-mail and other messages, you could still be fooled by homographs.

Cybersecurity

Victim list in Utah medical-records hack grows to 780,000

State IT and health officials say 280,000 of the victims had their Social Security numbers stolen in the medical-records hack, which came from Eastern Europe.

Cybersecurity

Open doors with phones, and 4 other predictions for federal mobile access

CAC and PIV cards will move to smart phones in 2012, creating a new model for access control, according to observers' predictions.

Cybersecurity

Iran building a private, isolated Internet, but can it shut out the world?

The country's "national information network," set to be completed in 2013, would track users' actions and keep out any content the government deems offensive.

Cybersecurity

Hackers steal medical records on 181,000 from Utah server

The breach, apparently originating in Eastern Europe, took information on 181,604 Medicaid and CHIP recipients, including Social Security numbers for 25,000.

Cybersecurity

Employees who BYOD leave basic security behind, study finds

Fewer than half of personal devices used for work have basic security protections, and the numbers are even lower for smart phones and tablets, a new survey finds.

Cybersecurity

The untimely death of the advanced persistent threat?

The term advanced persistent threat has become a buzzword that many security pros prefer to avoid, but it remains a useful description of a serious threat.

Cybersecurity

Best defense? Start by admitting hackers will get in anyway.

In a security landscape that ranges from merely gloomy to extremely gloomy, you can't keep attackers out, but you can make sure it's not worth their while, experts said at the FOSE conference.

Cybersecurity

Organizations in dark as employees party on with BYOD

A SANS Institute study found that only 9 percent of organizations are "fully aware" of the personal mobile devices accessing their networks.

Cybersecurity

Plan for dealing with insider threats getting close

The FBI and ODNI are leading the initiative to put together the pieces of a coherent national policy on insider threats. “No agency is starting from scratch.”

Cybersecurity

Hacktivists dominate 2011 data thefts, report says

Verizon's annual report says that most of last year's incidents were unsophisticated attacks -- and 97 percent of them could have been easily avoided.

Cybersecurity

DARPA: Dump passwords for always-on biometrics

The agency's Active Authentication program would analyze typing patterns and other behavioral traits so that a user's ID is continuously being confirmed.

Cybersecurity

Hacker teams throw down in international CyberLympics

Seven teams from around the world go head to head this week in Virginia in the first Olympic-style hacker games -- but don't expect to see the winners on a Wheaties box.

Cybersecurity

IRS systems leave taxpayer data at risk, audit finds

The agency has developed security policies, but incomplete implementation results in weak access controls that expose sensitive data to internal threats, GAO says.

Cybersecurity

To hackers, government users are phish in a barrel

Attacks against government systems rose again in 2011, and phishing campaigns were by far the most common source of security incidents, according to US-CERT.

Cybersecurity

Agencies way behind in using DNSSEC to secure .gov domains

More than two years after the deadline for deploying DNS Security Extensions in .gov domains, fewer than 60 percent of agencies have digitally signed DNS records to enable the security tool.

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