The US and Israel Tied to Stuxnet, The Navy Seeks to Tame Big Data, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: President Obama ordered to accelerate a campaign of cyberattacks against started by President Bush and code-named Olympic Games including the U.S. and Israeli developed Stuxnet. More here. The Department of Energy missed 500 data centers managed by contractors when it took inventory in July, 2011. MoreRead… Read more »

Private Sector Implications of Operation Olympic Games

The New York Times revealed today what many experts had already asserted regarding the United States role in the Stuxnet attack. While speculation of U.S. involvement complicated international relations on cyber conflict, an acknowledgement of U.S. involvement in a forum such as the New York Times heralds in a brave new world of cyber conflict.Read… Read more »

Weekly Round-up: June 01, 2012

Gadi Ben-Yehuda Who’s Online and What Are They Doing? The Next Web reports on an IAB Europe study finding that 427 million Europeans are now online, and 37% uses more than one device. Meanwhile, The HowTo.Gov blog writes about how all internet users spend thier time online: 22% on social networking, 21% on searches, andRead… Read more »

Qualifying a “Cyber Arms Race”

Several recent pieces have looked at the prospects for a “cyberwarfare arms race” and a “cyber warfare gap” concerning the US, China, Russia, and other nations with an interest in offensive cyber capabilities and doctrines. Beyond the endemic refusal to distinguish between computer network attacks and computer network exploitation, there is a larger problem loomingRead… Read more »

123,000 Federal Social Security Numbers Stolen, $755 for Homeland Security Cyber, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: The State Department purchased anti-Al Qaeda ads on affiliate websites to counter their message and did not, as initial reports claim, hack the Al Qaeda sites. More here. The WikiBoat, a new hacking group, launched its operation #OpNewSon which aims to breach and take down theRead… Read more »

Al Qaeda’s Electronic Jihad, NSA Cyber Operations Classes, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: An Al Qaeda video calls for an “electronic jihad” against American computer networks. More here. The National Security Agency will set up Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations at Dakota State University, Naval Postgraduate School, Northeastern University, and University of Tulsa where cleared students canRead… Read more »

Advancing Cyber History at the Atlantic Council

On 16 May 2012 I attended, with Alex Olesker and defense contractor Robert Caruso the Atlantic Council/Cyber Conflict Studies Association’s event “Lessons From Our Cyber Past: The First Cyber Cops.” Jason Healey of ACUS/CCSA moderated a discussion between the ODNI’s Steven R. Chabinsky, Crowdstrike President Shawn Henry, the State Department’s Christopher Painter. Alex has alreadyRead… Read more »

Anonymous Breaches the DoJ, Bomb Threat at NSA Data Center, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: Hackers from Anonymous have gained access to a Bureau of Justice Statistics server at the Department of Justice. More here. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Transformation initiative to digitize immigration paperwork has resulted in its first online immigration form. More here. The U.S. Federal TradeRead… Read more »

Attracting the Next Generation of Cyber Warriors

This week on the 
DorobekINSIDER, Chris spoke with Karen Evans, the national director of the
 US Cyber Challenge. Evans discussed her organization and its mission and unique approach to improving U.S. cybersecurity efforts.
 The US Cyber Challenge is an online talent competition, developed to help move 10,000 people into the cybersecurity profession.
 In short:Read… Read more »

Changing of the Guard: White House Cybersecurity Coordinator

This week on the 
DorobekINSIDER, Chris Dorobek spoke with Karen Evans, the national director of 
US Cyber Challenge. Among other cybersecurity issues, Karen discussed
 soon-to-be-retired Howard Schmidt’s tenure as the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator and the challenges facing his successor, Michael Daniel.

 Evans argues that Howard Schmidt brought a lot of attention to the complicatedRead… Read more »