2016 News

September 21, 2016
Opinion: For the sake of privacy, pardon Snowden
While Edward Snowden's leaks damaged US national security, the disclosures also led to crucial surveillance reforms. A pardon would signal to the world the US has learned from its mistakes and respects internet freedom, privacy, and human rights.

August 3, 2016
Homeland Security chief weighs plan to protect voting from hackers
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said he's considering whether to designate the US election system as critical infrastructure, which could trigger greater cybersecurity at the ballot box.

July 12, 2016
White House releases federal cybersecurity workforce strategy
The government is putting additional weight behind recruiting and retaining talent for information security jobs.

April 4, 2016
Cybersecurity spending: more does not necessarily mean better
Cybersecurity budgeting should start with a holistic and comprehensive risk assessment. Once all threats and vulnerabilities are listed and prioritized, companies can proceed to properly managed RFP to select right security controls. A security control shall assure appropriate, efficient and continuous risk mitigation in accordance to corporate risk strategy and risk appetite. However, in reality things happen in much different and less effective way.

March 24, 2016
Small banks face the greatest risk from hackers
Cyberattacks on the country’s largest banks, from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to Bank of America Corp., grab the headlines. But the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and other regulators worry that smaller banks, with less robust cybersecurity, provide easier targets for criminals, terrorists, and foreign states seeking to infiltrate the US financial system.

February 29, 2016
Pentagon chief to appeal to Silicon Valley for help with cybersecurity
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will visit a crucial front this week in the war the Pentagon considers its greatest potential threat: cyberspace.

February 26, 2016
Giving veterans a new start in cybersecurity
When Chris Crace, a Marine Corps captain, left the military in August 2006 he wasn't sure what to do next — a dilemma for many former military personnel.

February 25, 2016
U.S. Power Producers Seeking to Stem Grid Cybersecurity Threats
Exelon Corp. and other major U.S. power producers are in discussions with regulators and stakeholders on a detailed plan for preventing and responding to cyberattacks designed to disrupt the country’s electric system.

February 24, 2016
BlackBerry Buys UK’s Encription To Kickstart A New Cybersecurity Consultancy
BlackBerry is not the smartphone powerhouse it used to be, but it’s been making a concerted effort to hold on to its position as a go-to place for enterprise customers, specifically in highly secure environments. As part of that strategy, today the company announced that it has acquired Encription Ltd, a cybersecurity consultancy that delivers services globally but operates “from a secure location in Worcestershire” in the UK.

February 23, 2016
AT&T, Accenture, Nokia Invest 23 Million in Cybersecurity Startup-Creator
Team8, a cybersecurity startup based in Israel, said Tuesday it raised $23 million. The Series B round of financing includes investors AT&T T -0.33% , Accenture ACN -0.70% , Nokia NOK -1.78% , Japanese conglomerate Mitsui, and Singaporean government-owned Temasek.

February 22, 2016 ACSC
More than 1.3m Mass. residents affected by data breaches
More than 1.3 million Massachusetts residents had personal information compromised last year by cybercriminals, careless workers, and old-fashioned crooks, a fourfold increase from 2014 and the most since the state began tracking data breaches in 2007.

February 19, 2016
Apple, FBI in 'PR war': Cybersecurity expert
Apple's legal encounter with the FBI does not boil down to a fundamental right to privacy, but rather a battle of appearances, Michael Fertik, Internet security expert at Reputation.com, said Friday.

February 18, 2016
Two Mass. companies help found cybersecurity policy group
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center is the target on an ongoing cyberattack that has limited doctors' ability to access patient records.

February 17, 2016
Hackers’ Ransom Attack On California Hospital More Proof Healthcare Cybersecurity Is Floundering
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center is the target on an ongoing cyberattack that has limited doctors' ability to access patient records.

February 16, 2016
Protections and Rewards for Cybersecurity Whistleblowers
With cybersecurity becoming a topic of ever-increasing visibility and importance, information security professionals ask what protection they have when they make potentially unpopular disclosures of cybersecurity issues.

February 15, 2016
American Bureau of Shipping Publishes Cybersecurity Guidance
It is the first volume in the ABS CyberSafety™ series, which covers best practices in four key areas: cybersecurity, automated systems safety, data management and software assurance.

February 12, 2016
Cybersecurity & Healthcare: Does Cybersecurity Act Help or Hurt?
Without adequate resources, the new Cybersecurity Act of 2015 Act is merely a snapshot in time that does little to safeguard sensitive medical information.

February 11, 2016
Here's What 19B Will Buy the U.S. Government in Cybersecurity Measures
These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answers by Ed Felten, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, on Quora.

February 10, 2016
Andy Ozment on Information Sharing and Cybersecurity
The Homeland Security official discusses the potential impact of recent legislation

February 9, 2016
Obama signs two executive orders on cybersecurity
hrough two executive orders signed Tuesday, President Obama put in place a structure to fortify the government's defenses against cyber attacks and protect the personal information the government keeps about its citizens.

February 8, 2016
Report examines the massive future cybersecurity problem of connected cars
The cybersecurity of connected vehicles was called 'a massive future security problem just around the corner.'

February 5, 2016
Regulations, cybersecurity main hurdles left for autonomous vehicles
'Thieves no longer need a crowbar to break into your car, they just need an iPhone,' says Sen. Markey

February 4, 2016
Top Six Actions to Manage Hospital Cybersecurity Risks
Here are the best ways to tackle security issues in your hospital.

February 3, 2016
Clinton Calls Cybersecurity ‘One of the Most Important Challenges’ for the Next President
At the end of a get out the vote campaign event in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton was asked about her plans for protecting cyber security.

February 2, 2016
Corporate legal dept. finds role shifting amid cybersecurity, privacy concerns
That “giant sucking sound” that can be heard is the tangled monster of data security and privacy issues pulling “all lawyers with expertise” into its grip, Juliet M. Hanna, associate general counsel at Fannie Mae, told attendees of the LegalTech conference in New York Tuesday.

February 1, 2016
Venture Capitalists Chase Rising Cybersecurity Spending
Investors have been pouring money into companies selling “next-generation” security products.

January 29, 2016
FDA outlines cybersecurity recommendations for medical device manufacturers
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a draft guidance outlining important steps medical device manufacturers should take to continually address cybersecurity risks to keep patients safe and better protect the public health. From 1/15/16

January 28, 2016
Ben Carson’s Cybersecurity Plan Is Terrible. But At Least He Has One.
It’s old news by now that Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson—despite his medical degree—has a tenuous relationship with science. So I didn’t exactly have great expectations for his campaign’s cybersecurity plan, modestly titled “Prescription for Winning the 21st Century Cyberspace Race.” To be honest, I wasn’t expecting a dedicated cybersecurity plan at all, much less an op-ed dedicated to the topic by Carson in Re/code this week.

January 27, 2016
Bank of America's Unlimited Cybersecurity Budget Sums Up Spending Plans In A War Against Hackers
The U.S. federal government, big banks, and big businesses are spending big bucks in a war against hackers and cyber criminals.

January 26, 2016
8 tips for recruiting cybersecurity talent
Finding cybersecurity talent isn't easy, but it's even harder if you use the same methods that work for other IT talent specialties. Here's how to get it right.

January 25, 2016
Brown to offer Executive Master in Cybersecurity
Brown University’s School of Professional Studies announces a new 16-month program leading to an Executive Master in Cybersecurity degree. Enrollment is underway for the fall session of the new degree program, created for individuals with five to 15 years of managerial experience and responsibility for information security.

January 22, 2016
Feds bankroll $4.2M UMass program for cybersecurity training
Cybersecurity is one of the hottest fields in technology. And that means there’s plenty of competition for bright young people with the right skills. Government agencies are trying to improve their recruitment of these in-demand graduates by bankrolling scholarships for digital security students, including a new program at UMass Amherst. The $4.2 million grant-funded initiative will help train up to 28 students in cybersecurity at the school for two years each, beginning this fall.