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DHS to Require Federal Agencies to Set Vulnerability Disclosure Policies
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
News
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) publishes a draft document mandating a vulnerability disclosure policy and a strategy for handling reports of security weaknesses.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 12/2/2019
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The Hunt for the 'Goldilocks Zone' in Tech and Data Policy
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer
Commentary
During a preview of CES 2020, Gary Shapiro spoke about finding a balance between legislation and leeway for technology implementation.
By Joao-Pierre S. Ruth Senior Writer, 11/9/2019
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Accounting Scams Continue to Bilk Businesses
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
News
Yes, ransomware is plaguing businesses and government organizations, but impersonators inserting themselves into financial workflows most often via e-mail continue to enable big paydays.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 11/6/2019
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Disclosure Does Little to Dissuade Cyber Spies
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
News
In the past, outing nation-state cyber espionage groups caused a few to close up shop, but nowadays actors are more likely to switch to new infrastructure and continue operations.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 11/5/2019
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Free & Discounted Security Services Now Available for US Election Orgs
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading
News
Nonprofit Defending Digital Campaigns (DDC) offers security services for email, user education, mobile, and encrypted communications, to federal election committees.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 11/1/2019
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Cybersecurity Trumps Political, Reputational Concerns for Companies
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
News
The average company has seen its risk increase, with cybersecurity topping the list of business threats, followed by damage to reputation and financial risks, a report finds.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 10/29/2019
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Cozy Bear Emerges from Hibernation to Hack EU Ministries
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
News
The cyber-espionage group, linked to Russia and blamed for hacking the Democratic National Committee in 2016, has been using covert communications and other techniques to escape detection for at least two years.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 10/17/2019
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When Using Cloud, Paranoia Can Pay Off
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
News
Journalists are increasingly concerned about what cloud providers may access or share with governments - and companies should worry as well.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 10/14/2019
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Complex Environments Cause Schools to Struggle for Passing Security Grade
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
News
As ransomware attacks surge against school systems, an analysis of 1,200 K-12 institutions in North America shows complex environments and conflicting security controls.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 10/4/2019
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Cybersecurity Certification in the Spotlight Again
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
News
Swiss technology non-profit group joins others, such as the Obama-era President's Commission, in recommending that certain classes of technology products be tested.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 9/27/2019
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Voting Machine Systems New & Old Contain 'Design' Flaws
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading
News
DEF CON Voting Village organizers presented a final report on their findings at the Capitol.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 9/26/2019
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Russia Chooses Resiliency Over Efficiency in Cyber Ops
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
News
New analysis of the software used by espionage groups linked to Russia finds little overlap in their development, suggesting that the groups are siloed.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 9/24/2019
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California's IoT Security Law Causing Confusion
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
News
The law, which goes into effect January 1, requires manufacturers to equip devices with 'reasonable security feature(s).' What that entails is still an open question.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 9/19/2019
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Attackers Hit Ceiling in Ransomware Demands
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
News
New Bedford, Massachusetts' refusal to pay a $5.3 million ransom highlights how victim towns and cities may be hitting the limit to what they're willing to spend to speed recovery.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 9/5/2019
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Rising Fines Will Push Breach Costs Much Higher
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
News
The cost of breaches will rise by two-thirds over the next five years, exceeding an estimated $5 trillion in 2024, primarily driven by higher fines as more jurisdictions punish companies for lax security.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 9/4/2019
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Bug Bounties Continue to Rise, but Market Has Its Own 1% Problem
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
News
The average payout for a critical vulnerability has almost reached $3,400, but only the top bug hunters of a field of 500,000 are truly profiting.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 8/29/2019
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Fancy Bear Dons Plain Clothes to Try to Defeat Machine Learning
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
News
An analysis of a sample published by the US government shows Russian espionage group APT28, also known as Fancy Bear, has stripped down its initial infector in an attempt to defeat ML-based defenses.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 8/28/2019
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Texas Towns Recover, but Local Governments Have Little Hope for Respite from Ransomware
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
News
Their struggles underscore the difficulties for small towns in dealing with cyberattacks.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 8/22/2019
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Towns Across Texas Hit in Coordinated Ransomware Attack
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
News
The state government and cybersecurity groups have mobilized to respond to a mass ransomware attack that simultaneously hit 22 different towns statewide.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 8/19/2019
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North Korean Cyber Ops Reportedly Stole $2B to Fund Weapons Programs
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
News
Unlike many nations, North Korea often engages in cyber operations to generate much-needed cash for the country's coffers. In that respect, its hackers have been extremely successful.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 8/7/2019
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