Low-intensity, Internet-enabled conflicts between nation states will become the rule, not the exception according to a report (pdf) issued Oct. 29 during Georgia Tech's Cybersecurity Summit.
An internal audit of the Energy Department's unclassified cybersecurity program found critical and high-risk vulnerabilites across many systems and networks tested, problems with access controls and web applications, and weaknesses in identifying and managing security features across systems.
Cyberattacks are likely to increase in the next 10 years, but effective counter measures will minimize damage, a new study found.
The Army has stepped up recruitment for its new Cyber Branch, the first branch to be formed since the Special Operations Branch nearly 30 years ago.
If the Pentagon uses offensive military operations in cyberspace, it must first carefully consider "projected effects," including impacts on non-military and foreign policy areas, says a recently declassified military document.
A report commissioned by the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate says barriers to using and developing open source software must be addressed as IT budgets across government continue to tighten.
Vulnerabilty testing of the Food and Drug Administration's computer network found several deficiencies that could potentially be exploited by attackers, but auditors did not gain unauthorized access to the network, an internal investigation revealed.
Federal departments and agencies were instructed to adopt the use of security-enhanced cards, such as those that use chip-and PIN technology "as soon as possible" in an Oct. 17 executive order signed by President Obama. Chip-and-PIN technology – which uses an embedded chip in credit, debit and other payment cards, in lieu of a magnetic strip, and a personal identification number – has greatly reduced financial fraud and identity theft in Europe.
A review of cloud computing services in the Commerce Department found missing clauses in contractors' agreements to permit reviews of their facilities and operations, as well as lack of compliance with federal security standards.
The Obama Administration hopes to overcome resistance to a single, large cybersecurity bill by pushing for several, smaller cybersecurity bills that could increase the odds of passage, said the White House Cybersecurity director during an Oct. 9 event.