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A Framework for Improving Cybersecurity: Infrastructure Considerations from NIST

Due to the increasing pressures from external and internal threats, organizations responsible for critical infrastructure need to have a consistent and iterative approach to identifying, assessing, and managing cybersecurity risk. This approach is necessary regardless of an organization’s size, threat exposure, or cybersecurity sophistication today. NIST’s Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity may be helpful for organizations seeking to apply the principles and best practices of risk management to improve security and resilience.

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Defining and Describing the Impact of Business Email Compromise

Business Email Compromise/Email Account Compromise (BEC/EAC) is a sophisticated scam that targets both businesses and individuals who perform legitimate transfer-of-funds requests. The scam is frequently carried out when a subject compromises legitimate business or personal email accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion to conduct unauthorized transfers of funds. Between June 2016, and July 2019, more than $26B in exposed dollar losses due to BEC/EAC were reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

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FBI Highlights Ransomware Threat to U.S. Businesses

Ransomware attacks are becoming more targeted, sophisticated, and costly, even as the overall frequency of attacks remains consistent. Since early 2018, the incidence of broad, indiscriminate ransomware campaigns has sharply declined, but the losses from ransomware attacks have increased significantly, according to complaints received by IC3 and FBI case information.

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A Warship on the Network? A New Cybersecurity Challenge

Similar to wardriving, when you cruise a neighborhood scouting for Wi-Fi networks, warshipping allows a hacker to remotely infiltrate corporate networks by simply hiding inside a package a remote-controlled scanning device designed to penetrate the wireless network–of a company or the CEO’s home–and report back to the sender.

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Equifax to Pay $575 Million as Part of 2017 Data Breach Settlement

“Companies that profit from personal information have an extra responsibility to protect and secure that data,” said FTC Chairman Joe Simons. “Equifax failed to take basic steps that may have prevented the breach that affected approximately 147 million consumers. This settlement requires that the company take steps to improve its data security going forward, and will ensure that consumers harmed by this breach can receive help protecting themselves from identity theft and fraud.”

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Weaponizing Security? The Emerging Role of the CISO in eDiscovery

The role of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is becoming the norm in eDiscovery companies as these companies grow their client base and venture into compliance and data breach prevention services. In fact, one industry expert sees the CISO role also being weaponized to support the sales function during client discussions about security.

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A Security Cause to Pause: The Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) Vulnerability

A new group of Intel vulnerabilities, collectively called Microarchitecture Data Sampling (MDS), were disclosed last week. The vulnerabilities allow attackers to steal data as processes run on most machines using Intel chips. The vulnerabilities affect nearly every Intel processor released in the past decade and may be especially dangerous in multi-user environments like virtualized servers in data centers.

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BSA Releases Framework for Secure Software

The BSA Framework for Secure Software tackles complex security challenges through an adaptable and outcome-focused approach that is risk-based, cost-effective, and repeatable. The Framework describes baseline security outcomes across the software development process, the software lifecycle management process, and the security capabilities of the software itself.

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A Practical and Looming Danger? SHA-1 Collision Attacks

The work that Thomas Peyrin and his colleague, Gaetan Leurent, have done goes far beyond just proving SHA-1 chosen-prefix collision attacks are theoretically possible. They show that such attacks are now cheap and in the budget of cybercrime and nation-state attackers.