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Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got?

Analysis On January 6, president-elect Donald Trump had a meeting with the heads of the intelligence services and came out with one action point: cybersecurity. "Whether it is our government, organizations, associations or businesses we need to aggressively combat and stop cyberattacks," an official statement read. "I will appoint a …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Apr 2017
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NSA hacking chief's mission impossible: Advising White House on cybersecurity

NSA hacking crew bossman Rob Joyce is set to join US President Donald Trump's National Security Council as a cybersecurity adviser. Joyce headed up the NSA's Tailored Access Operations division, the spy agency's elite computer exploitation squad. Whispers have been sloshing around since the weekend that Joyce was tapped to …
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2017
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FCC under fire for trying to ditch cybersecurity

Analysis The ideological goal of "light touch regulation" as proposed by the new head of the US FCC has hit a barrier: cybersecurity. As the federal regulator of all things telecom, the FCC has been increasingly pulled into efforts to secure the United States' online infrastructure against attacks, just as have many other federal …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Mar 2017

Cybersecurity rules toughened up for NY financial firms

Major financial firms operating in New York need to comply with tougher cybersecurity rules that came into effect this week. The regulation [PDF] by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) covers issues ranging from the maintenance of written policies, testing, governance and auditing, to detection, defence …
John Leyden, 3 Mar 2017
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US Homeland Security is so secure even its own staff can't log in

US Department of Homeland Security staff returning to work on Tuesday after the Presidents' Day holiday have apparently had a tough time getting computer systems to function. DHS staff say they weren't able to log into computer systems at their offices in Washington DC, when clocking on this morning. Staff in at least four …
Iain Thomson, 21 Feb 2017

Trump cybersecurity order morphs into 2,200-plus-word extravaganza

The latest draft of a cybersecurity executive order to be signed by President Trump has become an unusually precise, report-ordering extravaganza. Executive orders – even those signed by Trump – tend to be relatively short and quite vague, with general policy goals listed and expected to be interpreted by others. The new …

Trump's cybersecurity strategy kinda makes sense, so why delay?

Analysis President Trump can't read, can't accept reality, and can't take a joke. Worrying and puzzling, indeed. But here's what's got computer security experts scratching their heads: why did Donald postpone signing a new cybersecurity executive order. According to a leaked draft, the order will hold US government department chiefs …
John Leyden, 7 Feb 2017

UK.gov slammed by Parliamentary types for 'dysfunctional' infosec

A scathing parliamentary report into UK.gov’s infosec practices has called for the government to step up its efforts to protect Britain from cyber attacks in the face of today’s “chaotic” practices. The criticism is published today in the Public Accounts Committee’s report on Protecting Information Across Government, which …

Trump hits control-Z on cybersecurity order: No reason given for delay

US President Donald Trump unexpectedly cancelled the signing of a new executive order on cybersecurity Tuesday, following a day of briefings by the White House on its contents. The order – a draft of which was leaked and we reviewed last week – was due to be signed at 3:15pm Eastern time, but was cancelled at the last minute …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Jan 2017
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UK Cybersecurity: Permanent job salaries growing faster than contractor pay rises

Demand for cyber security skills in the UK means that salaries for full time IT security jobs are increasing faster than contractor rates, according to a new survey. Annual IT security permanent salaries climbed by 5 per cent (from Q4 2015 to Q4 2016) to £57,706, compared to a 0.62 per cent increase for contractor day rates ( …
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2017

Wow, look out, hackers: Trump to order 60-day cybersecurity probe

US President Donald Trump will order a 60-day report on the state of the nation's cybersecurity, complete with recommendations on whether new legal powers are required. That's according to a draft executive order leaked to The Washington Post and posted online. For the most part, the draft [PDF] reflects the persistent …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Jan 2017
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Donald Trump will take cybersecurity advice from, um, Rudy Giuliani

The transition team for US president-elect Donald Trump has announced that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani will advise the incoming administration on how to secure America's digital infrastructure. We're told that the Donald may hold meetings with senior private industry executives with experience in online security. …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jan 2017
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Rethink on bank cybersecurity rules might only follow major bank breach, says expert

It might take a major bank to fail as a result of a cyber attack for meaningful changes in cybersecurity practices, regulation and governance in the UK banking market to be implemented, a leading industry commentator has said. In an interview with Out-Law.com, professor Richard Benham, chairman of the National Cyber Management …
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Jan 2017
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US commission whistles to FIDO: Help end ID-based hacks by 2021

A White House commission on improving cybersecurity has come up with a list of recommendations for US president-elect Donald Trump’s administration – including a target for no big hacks to involve identity-based compromises. The US Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity has identified 16 key recommendations on security …
John Leyden, 8 Dec 2016

CloudFlare warns of another massive botnet, er, flaring up

CloudFlare has warned of another massive botnet that appears to be ramping up and targeting the US West Coast. In a blog post, the content delivery network said it has been watching a flood of attack traffic that started two weeks ago and appears to have been coming from one person testing out its abilities before moving it to …
China cybersecurity

China passes new Cybersecurity Law – you have seven months to comply if you wanna do biz in Middle Kingdom

On Monday, the Chinese government officially passed its 2016 Cybersecurity Law. From June 2017, all companies doing business in the Middle Kingdom will have to obey the new rules. The legislation, approved by the National People's Congress, takes away the last vestiges of anonymity for China's 710 million internet users, and …
Iain Thomson, 7 Nov 2016

Uncle Sam emits DNS email security guide – now speak your brains

The US National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has published a guide on how to improve email security – and it wants your feedback on it. The center is part of NIST – America's National Institute of Standards and Technology – which itself part of the US Department of Commerce. The NCCoE has put out its "draft …
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US govt straight up accuses Russia of hacking prez election

The Russian government "directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions," the US Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said on Friday, an accusation that gives formal recognition to a claim previously voiced through unnamed sources. In late July, The …

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