Friday, July 26, 2013

U.S. updating cyberattack "playbook" amid rising security concerns

The U.S. is updating what the country's top military officer calls a "playbook" relating to cyberattacks and federal agency roles and responsibilities in such scenarios, and it will soon begin talks with China on cybersecurity concerns and rules of conduct. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also discussed steps to reduce the leaking of government secrets such as decreasing the number of employees who need access to critical information and conducting more in-depth background checks

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Survey: Increasing risks are not prompting better security

A State of Cybercrime survey blames weak IT security on enterprises' failure to understand the villains behind the threats and where hackers are coming from. Despite increasing security threats, companies are not taking any new protective action, the survey says. "Possibly the most alarming theme that came out of this year's survey results was that U.S. organizations are misjudging the severity of risks they face from cyberattacks from a financial, reputational and regulatory perspective," said Bob Bragdon, publisher of CSO

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

U.S. steps up efforts to prosecute corporate cyberspies

Recent changes to U.S. laws on corporate spying could pave the way for a renewed effort to bring Chinese companies accused of cyberespionage to justice, legal experts say. An amendment to the U.S. Economic Espionage Act, signed by President Barack Obama in December, expands the definition of "trade secrets" to include services as well as products, offering new legal remedies for firms who lose valuable inside information to foreign cyberspying.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

When should you train and when should you hire for new skills?

Tech leaders are consistently faced with the question of whether to train staff on new skills or bring on new employees. There are several factors to assess, such as time requirements, resource demands and the extent of the training effort. "If it's a small gap you've got to go the training route. That is what motivates and inspires your people and lets them know that you see where they are at, you support their career efforts and support them as an organization," 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Official sounds alarm over inadequate cybersecurity at U.S. ports

America's commercial shipping industry has failed to keep pace with rising threats in cyberspace, according to a new report that finds major conduits such as the ports of Los Angeles and Baltimore are inadequately prepared for a potential cyberattack. The study -- which looked at six of the nation's most heavily used ports -- was conducted by Coast Guard Cmdr. Joseph Kramek. It found that "the level of cybersecurity awareness and culture in U.S. port facilities is relatively low."

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