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1. OPM breach causes insurance concerns among federal employees

SmartBrief on Cybersecurity | Jul 01, 2015

Past and present federal employees whose data may have been compromised in a cybersecurity breach at the Office of Personnel Management say they have received a benefits summary that fails to specify an insurance provider. A spokesman for identity-protection firm CSID said coverage for the event applies to all employees. (06/30)

2. Feds tout bank security tool

SmartBrief on Cybersecurity | Jul 01, 2015

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council debuted an assessment tool for banks this week designed to determine institutions' risk profiles and measure the effectiveness of their cybersecurity management practices. The tool was developed following a mass assessment last year of 500 community banks, with help from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. (free content) (06/30)

3. Broncos take sophisticated approach to protecting their playbook

SmartBrief on Cybersecurity | Jun 29, 2015

News that the St. Louis Cardinals may have infiltrated the networks of the Houston Astros to steal data is reverberating throughout the sports world as teams grapple with the new reality that their most secret information may be up for grabs. The Denver Broncos, early adopters of digital technology, have been employing cutting-edge technology to keep prying eyes out of their databases, including those housing their playbook and medical information on team members. The Denver Post (07/03)

4. Millennials are slow to adopt safe browsing practices, poll finds

SmartBrief on Cybersecurity | Jul 01, 2015

Young people are ignoring cyber-risks while connecting to and browsing the Internet, and that's making them prime targets for hackers, data show. Among other things, studies show that millennials are more likely to connect to unsecured Wi-Fi networks and share their passwords, with more than a quarter having been victims of hacking. U.S. News & World Report (06/30)

5. Why companies need Big Data to secure major networks

SmartBrief on Cybersecurity | Jun 29, 2015

Companies must understand the danger of inside-the-network threats and start using real-time Big Data analytics to monitor all unstructured information at network speed to successfully prevent cyberattacks, Teren Bryson writes. Traditional information monitoring is no longer enough to keep pace with the evolution of data hacking, Bryson writes. (06/25)

6. Feds take steps to improve IoT security

SmartBrief on Cybersecurity | Jun 29, 2015

Federal agencies, including the Department of Energy, are working to improve their cybersecurity strategies and practices with an eye toward the emerging Internet of Things. "What we want to promote is a coordinated national strategy for a globally interoperable Internet of Things. Having a local IoT doesn't make sense," said Christopher Greer, director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems program. Politico (06/29)

7. OPM halts employee background checks to tackle security flaw

SmartBrief on Cybersecurity | Jun 30, 2015

The Office of Personnel Management has suspended background checks of federal employees and contractors through its Web-based e-Qip system after officials discovered a network vulnerability. OPM released a statement saying the temporary shutdown is "not the direct result of malicious activity." The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (06/29)

8. Senate committees find lapses in White House cybersecurity compliance

SmartBrief on Cybersecurity | Jul 02, 2015

The Executive Office of the President has missed important cybersecurity reporting deadlines for three years, say the heads of two Senate committees that oversee cybersecurity compliance. In a letter to the president detailing their concerns, Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., write that the White House last supplied a cybersecurity compliance report to the Office of Management and Budget in fiscal 2008. NextGov (07/01) The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (06/30)

9. Best practices to keep your business secure

SmartBrief on Cybersecurity | Jun 29, 2015

Businesses that are inexperienced in transaction management should considering outsourcing those operations to keep customer information safe, writes Derrick Hughes of The Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company of Canada. Hughes considers 10 critical steps companies should take to secure data. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (06/26)

10. Why health care organizations need to rethink cybersecurity

SmartBrief on Cybersecurity | Jun 30, 2015

An abundance of sensitive data and increasing dependence on electronic systems make health care organizations particularly susceptible to network intrusions, Adam Hesse writes. Hesse writes that locking down these systems requires a holistic approach that balances privacy compliance and usability with the need to manage risk. Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry (06/2015)

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