• U.S. will create cybersecurity czar

    President Obama is set to name a cyber security czar; announcement to be timed with the release of the administration’s much-anticipated cybersecurity review; the czar would have two bosses — the national security adviser and the White House economic adviser — in order to strike a balance between homeland security and economic concerns

  • Cobham acquires Argotek

    The trend of large defense contractors acquiring smaller companies specializing in IT security continues; the latest: U.K.-based Cobham buy U.S. specialist Argotek; Cobham says Argotek’s expertise will be in demand for upcoming projects such as the U.S. Comprehensive National Cyber Initiative

  • U.S. military developing simple-to-use cyber attack devices

    Most soldiers are not IT specialists, so DARPA is looking to develop simple-to-use cyber warfare gadgets which would allow nonspecialists to penetrate satellites, VoIP networks, and supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA)

  • Wanted: high school hackers, crackers, and other digital deviants

    The Pentagon is looking for a few good high-school hackers; in an effort to counter sustained Chinese and Russian hacking of U.S. government and industry networks, the Pentagon is launching a new military-funded program aimed at leveraging an untapped resource: the U.S. population of geeky high school and college students

  • SCADA more vulnerable than ever

    Modern SCADA networks are more vulnerable than ever because they use open networking standards (such as TCP/IP), are now deployed under less secure operating systems (Windows), are connected to other networks (including Internet), and cannot be easily updated and rebooted

  • GAO: U.S. government agencies weak on cybersecurity

    GAO reports says that 23 out of 24 major U.S. government agencies have weak cybersecurity programs, potentially placing sensitive data at risk to exposure

  • Mobile WiMax to be rolled out in Atlanta in June

    Clearwire says it will roll out mobile WiMax in Atlanta next month, with other cities to follow

  • Tech giants buying tech security companies

    Tech security appears to be recession-resistant industry; tech giants position themselves to benefit from the greater emphasis on IT security in the U.S. 2010 budget by buying smaller cybersecurity companies; the prices are attractive: VCs who, a few years ago, invested in promising security start-ups can no longer count on cashing in by going public

  • IT spending to increase on Obama's watch

    New OMB report says that IT spending will increase by 7 percent in fiscal 2010 — to $75.8 billion

  • China deploys secure computer operating system

    China has installed a secure operating system known as “Kylin” on government and military computers designed to be impenetrable to U.S. military and intelligence agencies

  • NERC approves strengthened cyber security standards

    The North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s (NERC) independent Board of Trustees last week approved eight revised cyber security standards; entities found in violation of the standards can be fined up to $1 million per day, per violation in the United States

  • Cyber security experts unveil spammer strategies

    Computer security experts infiltrated a botnet called Storm and analyzed the way its complex internal communications worked; knowledge gained will help in writing anti-spam software

  • Hackers break into UC Berkeley health-services databases

    Hackers began breaking into the databases back in October, and continued to steal information until breach was discovered on 9 April; about 160,000 individuals believed to be affected by breach

  • NIST's high-rise fire study highlights deadly wind-driven fires

    Fire researchers at NIST have published two reports providing details of how wind affects fires in high-rise buildings

  • Virginia medical records hijacking -- update

    A hacker claimed to have broken into the Web site of the Virginia Department of Health Professions, encrypted more than 8 million patient records and 35 million prescriptions in the database, and then deleted the original data; the hacker sought a $10 million ransom for the password to decrypt the data; Virginia health agency says all of its files have been backed up and secured