My Cup of IT: Semper Eadem

By Steve O’Keeffe – What do Federal cyber security chiefs and Queen Elizabeth I have in common? The guts and determination to fend off an armada of invaders – perhaps? Despite Federal CISOs’ fortitude and dedication, I’d suggest that it’s England’s warrior queen’s motto that really unites the two. “Semper Eadem” – always the… Read more »

The Cyber Power Index

The Economist Intelligence Unit sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton recently released their Cyber Power Index, which compares the G20 countries in their ability to resist cyber attacks while simultaneously leveraging information technology in their economy. The nations are ranked based on 39 indicators combined into 4 weighted attributes: Legal and Regulatory Framework, Economic and Social… Read more »

Chain Links

Protecting and connecting Here are a few recent links of note on cybersecurity and disruptive technology: The Cyber Power Index by Booze Allen Hamilton. The G20 are ranked by their potency in cyber, determined by their legal and regulatory framework, economic and social context, technology infrastructure, and industry application. The United States is ranked second… Read more »

Daily Dose: Justice Dept. Website Goes Down with Megaupload

After Megaupload was shut down this Thursday by Federal Authorities, anonymous hackers in turn attacked the Justice Department’s website. This is the second time in the past six months that a government website has been under significant attack. Initially officials claimed they were unaware of the attack, but by Thursday night it became clear that… Read more »

2011 in Cybersecurity

2011 was a watershed year for cybersecurity, but it was evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Political hacking, industrial skullduggery, drones gone wild, and mobile malware all made 2011 a year, to borrow CrucialPoint amigo Matt Devost‘s phrase (since I’m already borrowing his image for the post graphic, why not?), to live cyberdangerously. The Rise of the… Read more »

Invincea Continues to Gain Momenturm

We’ve already covered how odds are your software applications aren’t secure. Threats and attack vectors seem to expand faster than solutions, and many solutions are employed sub-optimally due to poor updating, patching, and information management. And conventional tools can’t protect users against targeted attacks like spear phishing, which rely on flaws in judgement rather than… Read more »

Only 18% of Software Apps Pass Security Tests

Over the past 18 months, almost 10,000 software applications from the government and private sector were submitted to Veracode’s online security testing platform for independent security auditing and 8 out of 10 failed to achieve an acceptable level of security on their first try. Veracode reached this conclusion by automatically checking submitted apps for over… Read more »

Mitigating Risk in the Use of Social Media

Most government employyees and agencies protect their computers by installing and updating reliable anti-virus software. Managers, IT staff and front-line workers understand the threats posed by malicious software, and they know that they have to take steps to counter that threat. But as more agencies take advantage of social media, new risks emerge that may… Read more »

Are you a Gov IT Professional? Check out just launched as a go-to resource for any government IT professional involved in cybserSecurity. It’s main feature is an on-line assessment of cybersecurity skills to determine whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced, and it also has a broad variety of resources, ranging from “Cybersecurity for Dummies” to detailed technical papers on every… Read more »

Preparing for the Fight

Originally posted on By Prem Iyer, Director of Information Security at Iron Bow Technologies Despite a reported reduction in the number of cyber attacks, major brands and government agencies across the globe have been the targets of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks. A notorious hacker group, LulzSec, has recently infiltrated government Web sites belonging to… Read more »