April 2016

The Department of Homeland Security wants private-sector companies to get under the agency’s information-sharing umbrella in order to better manage and mitigate cyber risks to critical infrastructure. Suzanne Spaulding, the Under Secretary of DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate, told audiences at Wednesday’s MetricStream GRC Summit that industry’s sharing of cyber threat information with DHS creates […]

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What if, in 2020, wearable devices did not care about how many steps you took, and instead were concerned with your real-time emotional state? With networked devices tracking hormone levels, heart rates, facial expressions, voice tone and more, the Internet could become a vast system of “emotion readers,” touching the most intimate aspects of human […]

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Threats to the virtual world can be threats to the physical world — especially in the energy sector. In recent years, Internet-based attacks have hit electric grids, dams, oil producers and nuclear facilities. One of the earliest warnings that such attacks were possible happened here in Idaho in 2007, when Idaho National Lab researchers launched […]

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The US military’s secretive cyber warfare group, Cybercom, is working to destroy the Islamic State group’s internet connections and leave it in a state of “virtual isolation”, Pentagon chiefs have said. In what he described as the command’s “first major combat operation”, Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Cybercom was playing an important role in the […]

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Miscellaneous errors accounted for the largest number of data security breaches last year, while ransomware is becoming a more common form of cyber attack, according to Verizon. The telecom company said in its 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report that miscellaneous errors were at fault for 17.7% of breaches, followed by insider and privilege misuse (16.3%) […]

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If we’re super-wired in the future, will we also be super-vulnerable? Credit: keoni101/flickr, CC BY-SA What if, in 2020, wearable devices did not care about how many steps you took, and instead were concerned with your real-time emotional state? With networked devices tracking hormone levels, heart rates, facial expressions, voice tone and more, the Internet […]

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After the terrorist attacks in Brussels and Zaventem, Belgium’s physical security has been labelled inadequate and in urgent need of improvement. But what about cyber security and cyber threats? Is Belgium a “failed digital state”? There is some good news for the country’s cyber security. Belgium is one of the countries least affected by online […]

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