News Recap: Rise of Mobile Payments Dominates Security Concerns for 2015

By | January 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|

As experts weighed in this week with their predictions on security trends that will shape the coming year, the growth of mobile payments and mobile banking quickly emerged as a popular topic of focus.Steve Weisman of USA Today shared his predictions on top cyber trends to come in 2015, among them, the concern that as [...]

News Recap: United Kingdom Increasing Cyber Security Initiatives

By | December 19th, 2014|Uncategorized|

The UK minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, announced new cyber security initiatives taking place in Britain to make it a safer place to do business, reported Mike Hine with Infosecurity Magazine. Hine broke down the 24-page document into different initiatives, including:Developing 13 cyber security “clusters” around the countryProviding financial assistance for universities to [...]

News Recap: Banks May Face Cyber Security Assessments to Improve National Security

By | December 12th, 2014|Uncategorized|

The U.S. government and the financial sector are trying to make cybersecurity a more prominent issue for the nation by performing cyber security assessments on banks.Daniel Huang of the Wall Street Journal shared a recent letter to the financial industry from Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of the Department of Financial Services. According to Huan, Lawsky’s letter [...]

News Recap: House Intelligence Committee Cybersecurity Hearing Summary

By | November 21st, 2014|Uncategorized|

This week, the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee held a hearing on “Cybersecurity Threats: The Way Forward” to share why and how the United States should move forward in dealing with cybersecurity threats.According to Reuters’ Patricia Zengerle, Director of the U.S. National Security Agency Admiral Mike Rogers stated that “China and ‘probably one or two’ [...]

News Recap: US Postal Service Breach

By | November 14th, 2014|Breach, Uncategorized|

This week, the United States Postal Service (USPS) became 2014’s latest data breach victim after a cyber attack targeting the organization’s computer systems resulted in the loss of employee information.Devlin Barrett of the Wall Street Journal reported, “More than 800,000 people, including employees, top directors and regulators, could be affected by a computer systems breach [...]

News Recap: WireLurker Malware

By | November 6th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Researchers at Palo Alto Networks announced this week that they have unearthed a new malware strain that targets Apple products. The malware has been dubbed “WireLurker.”Brett Molina, of USA Today, reported, “security researchers have discovered new malware targeting Apple's iOS mobile operating system and OS X for Macs that can be transmitted through USB connections.” [...]

News Recap: White House Breach Uncovered

By | October 30th, 2014|Breach, Uncategorized|

The story filling headlines this week surrounds a breach of a number of White House computers.Ellen Nakashima of The Washington Post reported, “Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks, sources said, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cybersecurity teams worked to [...]

News Recap: Ebola Phishing and Malware

By | October 24th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Ebola has caught the attention of consumers, the media and now cyber criminals. According to ZDNet’s Violet Blue, the United States of Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) sent an alert for consumers to be on watch for email scams involving Ebola news as phishing bait. The alert stated, “Phishing emails may contain links that direct [...]

News Recap: An Update on the Shellshock Bug

By | October 9th, 2014|Uncategorized|

On September 24, 2014, the Shellshock bug was discovered, exposing vulnerabilities in Unix and Linux machines. The aftermath of the Shellshock bug has continued to stay in headlines as a wave of new vulnerabilities have emerged.Threatpost’s Michael Mimoso explains that Shellshock has been actively exploited: “Analysis into the vulnerability and Bash behavior once it was [...]

News Recap: FDA Establishes Cyber Security Guidelines for Medical Devices

By | October 2nd, 2014|Uncategorized|

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released cyber security guidelines for medical devices this week, recommending that manufacturers consider and submit cybersecurity risks associated with the medical device of their making and provide ways to mitigate risk via operating system and software updates.USA Today’s Elizabeth Weise reported that the Director of Emergency Preparedness at [...]

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