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.

Cybersecurity

Why so many bad passwords? Because the rules allow them.

In many systems, "Password1" meets the same complexity requirements as "X$nc*(2^4." If you had to remember it, which would you use?

Cybersecurity

Anonymous supporters fooled into downloading Zeus malware

A modified link to an attack tool used by the group also delivered the Zeus botnet malware, which steals online banking and Web mail credentials, Symantec reports.

Cybersecurity

Successful hacks, lost laptops plagued NASA in past year

In 2011 hackers gained "full functional control" of systems at JPL, and a lost laptop held unencrypted control codes for the International Space Station, NASA's IG tells Congress.

Cybersecurity

Why government is still waiting for 'PKI-at-the-door'

Government has issued smart ID credentials to most personnel and wants to pursue a single credential for both logical and physical access, but infrastructure upgrades and tight budgets slow the use of the cards for physical access control.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Search engine poisoning: How malicious sites fool your filters

Despite efforts by search providers to filter malicious query results, search engine poisoning still accounts for about 40 percent of malware infections.

Cybersecurity

Make your passwords hard to crack, easy to use

RoboForm relieves users of the need to keep track of all of their passwords while keeping them securely stored in one place.

Cybersecurity

Offense must be the new defense, RSA chief says

Cybersecurity is threatened by increasingly persistent and sophisticated threats, and the industry is at risk of failure if it doesn't change strategy, RSA's Art Coviello said.

Cybersecurity

Fuss over cyber war distracts from real threats, security pioneer says

Cybersecurity innovator and outspoken critic Marcus Ranum says cyber war isn't likely, but we're doing a "lousy" job against hackers.

Cybersecurity

Intelligent security and other unsolved mysteries targeted at RSA

This year's RSA Conference focuses on the volatile mix of exploits and human error that puts a premium on the ability to analyze large amounts of data.

Cybersecurity

GPO expands into secure e-document business

The shift to electronic passports opened up a line of business for the Government Printing Office, which is now making PIV cards and other secure documents.

Cybersecurity

New public printer preps GPO for a multi-format future

The emergence of digital media is putting new demands on the Government Printing Office, and newly appointed acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks says the ability to supply new formats for customers is "critical to our survival at GPO."

Cybersecurity

Feds seek private-sector leadership on trusted online identities

NIST has announced it will offer funding for a private steering group to lead implementation of the NSTIC vision of a secure online identity ecosystem for the general public.

Cybersecurity

The 3 steps to securing an Android smart phone

The military's efforts to make Android phones secure enough for classified information makes sense -- and no Angry Birds have been harmed in the process.

Cybersecurity

$10M offered for ideas on creating trusted online identities

NIST is making grants available for research that addresses technical and operational challenges to implementing the administration's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.

Cybersecurity

DISA office to manage mobile devices, online app store

The Defense Information Systems Agency opens program office to offer mobile device management services as well as an online store for apps.

Cybersecurity

Data breach exposes info on NY utility customers

Nearly 2 million customers of two New York-based utility companies have had personal data, including Social Security numbers and birth dates, compromised in a data breach.

Cybersecurity

Encrypted laptop can't take the Fifth, federal judge rules

Is being forced to provide your decryption password a violation of the constitutional guarantee of freedom from self-incrimination in a criminal trial? Not in the eyes of a U.S. district judge.

Cybersecurity

About that speeding ticket – it’s a scam

Phishing campaign targets city employees with e-mailed speeding tickets, similar to a nationwide campaign last year.

Cybersecurity

Oracle releases 78 software patches

Oracle has released critical patches that address flaws that could be exploited remotely without authentication.

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