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Why the Government Needs Cyber Translators

October 5, 2016 Cybersecurity professionals will need more than their technical abilities to tackle government challenges, according to two agency IT security officials. Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz, NASA’s associate chief information officer for IT security and senior agency information security official, sees her role as helping agency employees understand why her team does certain things,...

Yahoo Responds to Email Scanning Program

October 5, 2016 Yahoo responded to the news report that it was scanning all its users’ emails for U.S. intelligence agencies. “The article is misleading. We narrowly interpret every government request for user data to minimize disclosure,” Yahoo said in a statement. “The mail scanning described in the article does not exist on...

Report: Hackers Attack 20 Voter Registration Systems

October 3, 2016 Hackers continue to test state election systems for weaknesses, according to government officials. Cyber adversaries, possibly tied to foreign nations, attempted to access at least 20 state voter registration systems and successfully accessed four, said an ABC News report. Voter registration systems, unlike the machines voters will cast their ballot...

Election Systems Are Vulnerable But Not How You Think

September 29, 2016 American election systems face threats, but the most vulnerable part isn’t technical, electoral and cybersecurity experts told a House subcommittee. “The biggest threats to the integrity of this November’s election and our democratic system are attempts to undermine public confidence in the reliability of that system,” Lawrence Norden, deputy director...

FBI Looks into Democratic Officials’ Mobile Phones Hack

September 28, 2016 The FBI wants to examine the mobile phones of Democratic Party officials to determine whether they have been hacked, according to reports. Reuters reported the bureau asked the suspected hack victims to image their devices—create a copy of the device and data—so investigators could search for evidence of malware. A...

Senator Wants SEC to Investigate Yahoo Hack Disclosure

September 27, 2016 One lawmaker wants to know when Yahoo executives learned about a security breach of 500 million user accounts and whether the company complied with disclosure laws. “I encourage you to investigate whether Yahoo and its senior executives fulfilled their obligations to keep investors and the public informed, and whether the...

What To Know About ‘The Cyber’ From The First Presidential Debate

September 27, 2016 The presidential nominees agree that the nation’s cybersecurity will be a priority for the winner of the November election. And that’s where the agreement ends. During the “Securing America” segment of Monday’s presidential debate, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump offered some of their thoughts—and colorful quotes—on...

7 Takeaways from GAO's Information Security Assessment

September 23, 2016 Cyber incidents affecting federal agencies have increased 1,300 percent in the last decade, but the same previously identified issues keep government systems vulnerable, according to the Government Accountability Office. GAO submitted testimony about the state of federal information security to the president’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, tasked with figuring...

Your Personal Information Was Hacked. Now What?

September 22, 2016 Yahoo announced today that 500 million user accounts were compromised, but it’s just the latest in a series of megabreaches. This summer's events, exposing user names, passwords and other personal data, tallied up quickly: 68 million Dropbox accounts, 43 million Last.FM accounts and 33 million Russian instant messenger accounts. And,...

Lawmakers: How Secure Are Voting Machines?

September 13, 2016 Election security experts testifying before a House committee found little consensus on whether hackers could get into voting machines, but agreed they have disrupted the process regardless. Numerous reports on cyberattacks “have voters questioning whether their vote will actually count, which in my opinion is more damaging than the potential...