Cyber Defense

New DOJ guidance on key hacking law creates carve out for security researchers

Nearly a decade after the death of open-access advocate Aaron Schwartz, his legacy is still playing out in cybersecurity policy.

Legislation promoting cyber collaboration between DHS and states awaits Biden signature

The legislation would improve information sharing between federal cybersecurity authorities and state and local governments.

Survey: 93% of Americans fear cyber warfare against U.S.

A consumer survey suggests Americans are taking some steps to prepare for possible cyber warfare.

NIST is building a 5G network to model cybersecurity for operators

NIST's draft publication is designed to clarify how cloud security capabilities can help protect a 5G network.

Google survey suggests government workers dissatisfied with legacy software, concerned over cyberattacks

A Google survey of federal, state or local government employees revealed a heavy reliance on Microsoft products and expectations of cyberattacks.

Schools would receive funding for cyber education programs under bipartisan bill

The proposed Cybersecurity Grants For Schools Act of 2022 establishes federal grants for schools to promote cybersecurity education. 

NIST refreshing voluntary Cybersecurity Framework amid push for mandates

The agency is soliciting comments to update a core document that lets entities pick and choose which technical standards they want to apply to their systems based on their own risk assessment.

Extended reality sees potential, challenges across multiple industries

A new GAO report itemizes how extended reality technologies can be used, and what other emerging tech needs to be bolstered to support its implementation.

NIST releases final cybersecurity assessment guidance

The document extensively reviews best practices in security assessments for organizations. 

Aurora gang steps up attacks, with 'seemingly unlimited' zero-day exploits

Symantec says the well-funded hackers behind the 2009 Google attacks are still very active in gathering intelligence, while an NSA official says nations are getting "reckless" with their attacks.

Dem, GOP platforms expose divide over cyber defense

Acknowledging Congress' failure to pass cybersecurity legislation, Democrats assert the president’s willingness to act on his own through executive order.

Air Force to expand use of cyber warfare training center

Illinois center will include more military commands, educational institutions and other federal agencies.

DOD wants cyberterrorism-prediction software

DARPA seeks proposals for new software that can scour social media and other sites to predict cyberterrorism events.

NORAD, Northcom launch joint cyber division

The new Joint Cyber Center includes members from the intelligence, operations, and command and control divisions, and a team from the U.S. Cyber Command.

DOD expands cyber threat info program

The Defense Department is expanding a program to share cyber threat information and inviting all of its eligible contractors to take part.

DOD still has penchant for BlackBerry 7 devices

New Defense Department approval means personnel can now use the BlackBerry 7 line of products across the department's enterprise network.

The real threat: China, Iran or our own weaknesses?

Forget Russia, China and Iran. The real threat to critical infrastructure is a failure to address security fundamentals in the design and operation of U.S. systems, says one analyst.