Amazon Web Services has become the first commercial cloud provider authorized to handle the Defense Department’s most sensitive unclassified data. via Big Win for Amazon: First Provider Authorized to Handle Sensitive DOD Workloads in Cloud – Nextgov.com. Via OODA Loop [...]
FedCyber is an annual cybersecurity event hosted by Matt Devost & Bob Gourley that brings together several hundred attendees to advance the dialogue on critical enterprise and federal government challenges. The FedCyber web site serves as the community nexus and information aggregator.
2014 FedCyber Date Announced - Registration Open
Please visit Events.FedCyber.com to register for this year's event which will be held on November 5, 2014 in Tyson's Corner.
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A security ratings firm found that Flashback – a trojan noted for infecting hundreds of thousands of Mac machines – was the most prevalent malware impacting institutions of higher education. via Study: Most higher ed malware infections attributed to ‘Flashback’ – SC Magazine. Via OODA Loop [...]
The following is a recap of Navy Gold Coast 2014, a Small Business Procurement Event. Attendees were treated to some great presentations 11-13 Aug 2014 in San Diego as the Navy provided their assessment of upcoming opportunities to interested small businesses. This event receives great support! [...]
Do You Have Contributions To Make To National Security? Attend 18-19 Sep 2014 Intelligence and National Security Summit
By Bob Gourley The inaugural Intelligence and National Security Summit will occur September 18-19 2014 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC. Two of the most highly regarded professional organizations in the national security ecosystem have combined to facilitate this event: the Armed Forces C [...]
Cyber Strategy and the Dunning-Kruger Effect: Could some policymakers be too unskilled to recognize their ineptitude?
By Bob Gourley The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias manifesting in unskilled individuals suffering from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their inept [...]
By Katie Kennedy What you did not know about your personal data? Reddit, Imgur, Twitch, and a couple other major internet portals are about to hand over reams and reams of user data to university professors to do research on. How can the sites do it while still maintaining users’ trust? Earlier th [...]
Data breaches have captured the attention of the American media several times this year. The compromise of Target’s systems and the resulting media coverage cost the corporation hundreds of millions of dollars in the first half of 2014, and the repercussions are far from over. In a recent report, [...]
In the age of surveillance paranoia, most smartphone users know better than to give a random app or website permission to use their device’s microphone. But researchers have found there’s another, little-considered sensor in modern phones that can also listen in on their conversations. And it do [...]
The next major network security threat could come from the sky, in the form of drones equipped with video cameras and the ability to sniff out mobile devices and their unique identifiers, perhaps even establishing rogue network access points in the sky that could be used to hack sensitive government [...]
Community Health Systems Inc, one of the biggest U.S. hospital groups, said on Monday it was the victim of a cyber attack from China, resulting in the theft of Social Security numbers and other personal data belonging to 4.5 million patients. via Community Health says data stolen in cyber attack f [...]
A Chinese national has been indicted in connection with an alleged computer hacking scheme to steal trade secrets from American defense contractors, federal prosecutors announced Friday. via Chinese national in custody for allegedly hacking into Boeing computer – LA Times. Via OODA Loop [...]
Hackers have broken into the credit and debit card payment networks at two of the nation’s most popular supermarket store chains: Albertson’s and SuperValu. via Albertson’s stores hacked for credit card data – Aug. 15, 2014. Via OODA Loop [...]
A Russian accused of hacking U.S. retailers’ computer systems to steal credit card data has been ordered by a Washington State judge to be held pending his trial in October, citing risks that he could flee the country, prosecutors said. The arrest of Roman Seleznev, the 30-year-old son of a deputy [...]
Apple Inc has begun keeping the personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, marking the first time the tech giant is storing user data on Chinese soil. The storage of user data in China represents a departure from the policies of some technology companies, notably Google Inc wh [...]
By Bob Gourley We have previously written about the Security Innovation Network (SINET) and the yearly SINET Showcase. This is a group every technology firm should have some familiarity with now. Startups should track SINET as a way to learn and perhaps expose your technology to the community. Est [...]