DHS unveils updated strategy to fight cybercrime | States open up about the benefits of white-hat hackers | Researchers warn of flaws in email encryption tools
May 17, 2018
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DHS unveils updated strategy to fight cybercrime
DHS unveils updated strategy to fight cybercrime
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The Department of Homeland Security has released a 35-page strategy concerning cybersecurity threats from foreign nations and malicious hackers. The strategy focuses on assessing current threats, reducing "systemic vulnerabilities" in government networks, supporting legislation to protect cybersecurity, limiting the impact of cyberattacks and working to prevent them.
The Hill (5/15) 
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Data Security & Privacy
States open up about the benefits of white-hat hackers
States including Delaware and Missouri are using white-hat companies to simulate threats to government systems. States are also considering using bug bounties to identify potential vulnerabilities and further secure their networks.
Stateline (5/14) 
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Researchers warn of flaws in email encryption tools
Cybersecurity researchers say they have uncovered vulnerabilities in certain email encryption tools. These flaws could expose the "plaintext" that encryption is meant to hide, one of the researchers said.
Fortune (5/14) 
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Cyber Risk
Exercise tests National Guard on cybersecurity
The National Guard is participating in a cybersecurity exercise alongside civilian technology experts to boost the country's defenses. "Cyber Shield truly is a crucible where industry cyber talent merges with our military forces, and the result is a more polished, tuned, and stronger response capability," said Lt. Col. Teri Williams of the Ohio National Guard.
Army.mil (5/14) 
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By the Numbers
Lincare agrees on settlement in data breach lawsuit
Lincare, the largest respiratory therapy provider in the US, has agreed to pay $875,000 in a class-action lawsuit after employee information was leaked in a breach during 2017. The incident occurred after an employee responded to a phishing scam asking for W-2 information.
FierceHealthcare (5/16) 
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Practice & Policy
S.C. passes insurance law concerning data security
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed legislation that requires insurers to create programs to protect companies and consumers against data breaches. The state is the first to pass an insurance law addressing data security, the state's insurance director said in a statement.
Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (5/11) 
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