The Cybersecurity (CS) Digest is a curated bi-weekly news summary for cybersecurity professionals. It is transmitted in an HTML-formatted email and provides links to articles and news summaries across a spectrum of cybersecurity topics.
US Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Milestone - ISBuzzNews
Last week the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the successful completion of the 100th iteration of the Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity training on defending systems used across the critical infrastructure sectors.
Tags: Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)
DHS Focusing Efforts on Strengthening Protection of Critical Infrastructure, Dot-Gov Sites - Federal News Radio
A Homeland Security Department official says part of the Trump administration's cyber agenda is focusing on critical infrastructure through a "neighborhood watch" and identifying high value targets and their respective contingency plans.
Tags: Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Donald Trump's first federal budget puts forward US $1.5 billion for cyber-security to protect the federal government and US critical infrastructure.
Foreign Cyber Weapons ‘Far Exceed’ US Ability to Defend Critical Infrastructure, Defense Panel Says - Federal News Radio
On the civilian side, the new report warns that for at least the next five-to-10 years, other nations will have offensive cyber capabilities that "far exceed the United States' ability to defend and adequately strengthen the resilience of its critical infrastructures."
A recently discovered Internet bot is conducting sustained attacks against retailers and checking millions of gift card numbers to determine if any have balances, Distil Networks researchers warn.
Backup Error Exposes 1.37 Billion-Record Spamming Database - Data Breach Today
One of the world's allegedly most prolific spamming operations inadvertently left backup databases accessible online, exposing upwards of 1.37 billion records and a raft of internal company information.
A Google researcher has uncovered what may be the most worrying web leak of 2017 so far, possibly exposing passwords, private messages and other sensitive data from a vast number of sites, including major services like Uber, FitBit and OKCupid.
To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America's heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that's cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums.
Your Internet History on Sale to Highest Bidder: US Congress Votes to Shred ISP Privacy Rules - The Register
This approval means that whoever you pay to provide you with internet access - Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, etc - will be able to sell everything they know about your use of the internet to third parties without requiring your approval and without even informing you.
Tags: Cyber Legislation
After Attack, UK Calls for Backdoor to Encryption App - Fifth Domain
Westminster Bridge attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted by the popular messaging service, a top British security official said Sunday.
Tags: Application Security, Encryption
House Adopting Cellphone Defense Measures - The Hill
The House of Representatives will begin protecting the mobile devices of members of Congress and staff from cyber threats, the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer confirmed on Wednesday, through a new contract with Lookout Mobile.
Tags: Mobile Security
The Next Cyberattack Could Come from Sound Waves - The Conversation
You might think your smartphone or laptop is relatively safe from cyber attacks thanks to anti-virus and encryption software. But your devices are increasingly at risk from "side-channel" attacks, where an intruder can bypass traditional network entry points and use another way to compromise the device.
Sophisticated cybersecurity systems excel at finding "bad apples" in computer networks, but they lack the computing power to identify the threats directly.
Tags: Cyber Decision Making, Neuromorphic Computing
Neuromorphic, Quantum, Supercomputing Mesh for Deep Learning - ThrNextPlatform
While the steady tick-tock of the tried and true is still audible, the last two years have ushered a fresh wave of new architectures targeting deep learning and other specialized workloads, as well as a bevy of forthcoming hybrids with FPGAs, zippier GPUs, and swiftly emerging open architectures.
Tags: Neuromorphic Computing
A new cyber assessment program, known as a Command Cyber Operational Readiness Inspection (CCORI), focuses on providing combatant commands and federal agencies with a greater understanding of the operational risk their missions face because of their cybersecurity posture.
Tags: Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Operational Risk
Expect the document in the next two months or perhaps sooner, said Matthew Barrett, program manager for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework.Cyber Framework.
Tags: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
How fast will a quantum computer be able to calculate? While fully functional versions of these long-sought technological marvels have yet to be built, one theorist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has shown that, if they can be realized, there may be fewer limits to their speed than previously put forth.
Tags: Quantum Computing
China Making Swift, Competitive Quantum Computing Gains - TheNextPlatform
U.S. officials and scientists have warned that the country that dominates the exascale era will have an edge in everything from business to national security to the military.
Tags: Quantum Computing
Cyber Security of Critical Infrastructure - Department of Homeland Security
CSIAC serves on the EO 13636/PPD-21 Research & Development (R&D) Working Group (WG) run by DHS S&T. If you would like further information, contact Dr. Paul Losiewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cyber COI engages in multiple activities and forums for coordinating cyber S&T strategies, sharing innovative ideas and technical approaches, promoting technology transfer and upcoming business opportunities, and in jointly planning programs across the Department of Defense and other government agencies. Membership is based upon approval by the Cyber COI group administrator.
DOD OSBP officials acknowledged that cybersecurity is an important and timely issue for small businesses -and therefore the office is considering incorporating cybersecurity into its existing outreach and education efforts. During the review, GAO identified 15 existing federal cybersecurity resources that DOD OSBP could disseminate to defense small businesses.
DHS S&T Collaboration Community - Ideascale
The National Conversation is intended to bring together everyone to play a role in shaping the future of homeland security technology. This means responders, operational users, citizens, academia, and industry.
The Department of Defense Cyber Strategy - Department of Defense
The purpose of this strategy is to guide the development of DoD's cyber forces and strengthen our cyber defense and cyber deterrence posture. It focuses on building cyber capabilities and organizations for DoD's three primary cyber missions.
Tags: Cybersecurity Strategy
The Information Sharing Environment (ISE) broadly refers to the people, projects, systems, and agencies that enable responsible information sharing for national security.
Standards & Reference Documents - CSIAC
View all Best Practices and Reference Documents on the CSIAC website.
DoD Cyber Domain Resources - Department of Defense
DHS Cyber Security Strategy (“Blueprint for a Secure Cyber Future”, 2011) - Department of Homeland Defense
DIB CS/IA Voluntary Information Sharing Program - DoD DIBNet
DoD's DIB CS/IA program is a voluntary program to enhance and supplement DIB participants' capabilities to safeguard DoD information that resides on, or transits, DIB unclassified information systems.
US-CERT Bulletins - Department of Homeland Security
Bulletins provide weekly summaries of new vulnerabilities. Patch information is provided when available.
US-CERT Alerts - Department of Homeland Security
Alerts provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits.
NVD is the U.S. government repository of standards based vulnerability management data represented using the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP). This data enables automation of vulnerability management, security measurement, and compliance. NVD includes databases of security checklists, security related software flaws, misconfigurations, product names, and impact metrics.
Trustworthy CyberSpace: Strategic Plan For The Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Program - NITRD
Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) - Committee on National Security Systems
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