Top CyberSecurity News For 27th April 2016

1. U.S. Cyberattacks Target ISIS in a New Line of Combat. From NYTimes. The United States has opened a new line of combat against the Islamic State, directing the military’s six-year-old Cyber Command for the first time to mount computer-network attacks that are now being used alongside more traditional weapons.

2. Cybersecurity Threats Are Real: You And Your Organization Could Be In Danger. From Forbes. When board members were asked about the amount of knowledge they had on cybersecurity, less than 20% had a high level, 65% had some and 15% had little knowledge. During the webinar, over 50% were dissatisfied with the quality of information provided to the board by management pertaining to cybersecurity and IT risk.

3. The future of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. From IApp.Org. On April 5-7, the National Institute of Science and Technology hosted a Workshop on its “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.” The workshop was extremely well-attended, with more than 900 registrants and hundreds more attending by webcast. It was preceded by a NIST request for information, which prompted 105 responses, many from industry associations representing hundreds of companies.

4. Aligning Cybersecurity with Corporate Culture. From Wall Street Journal. Creating a “cybersecurity culture” means instilling in employees an acute sensitivity to cyber risks and arming them with knowledge and tools to mitigate these threats. Tightly linking cybersecurity to the day-to-day work environment could vastly improve organizations’ security posture.

5. Singtel launches first-of-its-kind cyber security institute in Asia Pacific. From Straits Times. Telco Singtel on Tuesday (April 26) launched its Cyber Security Institute (CSI), a hybrid between an advanced cyber range and an educational institute. It is the first-of-its-kind in the region to test and train companies in dealing with sophisticated cyber threats. Housed in a permanent space of over 10,000 sq ft in the eastern part of Singapore, the institute provides cyber skills development and education programmes tailored to the varying needs of company boards, C-suite management, technology and operational staff.

 

Top Cybersecurity News For 18th April 2016

  1. Detailed account of the Hacking Team data breach by FinFisher. From Softpedia. Hacking Team is a Milan-based IT company that sells offensive intrusion and surveillance capabilities to governments, law enforcement agencies and corporations. On July 5, 2015, the Twitter account of the company was compromised by an unknown individual who leaked links to over 400 gigabytes of data, including alleged internal e-mails, invoices, and source code. This article explains how that breach was conducted.
  2. Dump Adobe QuickTime, Department Of Homeland Security tells Windows users. From Krebs On Security. Apple is deprecating QuickTime for Microsoft Windows. They will no longer be issuing security updates for the product on the Windows Platform and recommend users uninstall it. Furthermore, there are two new, unpatched vulnerabilities which could be used to remotely compromise Windows computers.
  3. More US commandos, choppers and bases are hacking ISIS. From Daily Beast. Three U.S. officials told The Daily Beast that US cyber operations against ISIS have moved beyond mere disruption and are entering a new, more aggressive phase that is targeted at individuals and is gleaning intelligence that could help capture and kill more ISIS fighters.
  4. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is poised to deliver new cybersecurity guidance, according to NIST fellow Ronald Ross. From HealthcareITNews. “We can build and deploy systems that we can trust, too, in a hospital environment, so the systems can better withstand cyberattacks, are more penetration-resistant, and limit the damage an adversary can do if an attack comes through the perimeter,” Ross said.
  5. Indian political party accused of hacking Facebook. From Economic Times. An internal email communique allegedly from the AIADMK IT Wing president to his team informing that they have hacked Facebook for making posts about their party “go viral” has leaked and the mail itself has gone viral.