Top Cybersecurity News For 22nd April 2016

  1. Rules For Cyberwarfare Still Unclear, Even As U.S. Engages In It. From NPR.  Who’s in charge when the U.S. wages cyberwar? “The chain of command is clear on paper,” says Susan Hennessey, who served as a lawyer at the National Security Agency until November 2015. “It’s much more difficult to understand in practice.”
  2. IBM’s Survey Of The Cybersecurity LandscapeFrom IBM.com. In 2015, 60 percent of all attacks were carried out by insiders, either ones with malicious intent or those who served as inadvertent actors. In other words, they were instigated by people you’d be likely to trust. And they can result in substantial financial and reputational losses.
  3. Boston Cybersecurity Map Shows Deep, Diverse Local Sector. From XConomy. It’s no secret that the Boston area is home to a formidable group of companies related to cybersecurity. Just how big is the local cluster? Xconomy surveyed the landscape and found 63 firms within an hour’s drive of downtown Boston, including locally based companies and outposts of firms based elsewhere.

  4. Tomorrow’s Buildings: Help! My building has been hacked. From BBC. According to Mr Billy Rios, who runs security company Whitescope, there are 50,000 buildings currently connected to the internet – including research facilities, churches and hospitals, and 2,000 of those are online with no password protection.

  5. FBI Warns Farmers About the Dangers of Hackable IoT Farm Equipment. From Softpedia. Farmers who employ Internet-connected and precision farming equipment should be very mindful of the way they configure their devices, the FBI warned in a public statement advisory at the end of March. The Bureau, together with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), issued the note on March 31, as an alert to the growing threat of IoT security.
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