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1. 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. AmericanBanker.com (free content) (06/30)


2. 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. FederalTimes.com (06/30)


3. 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)


4. 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)


5. 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)


6. 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)


7. Corporate boards lack cyberawareness, poll shows

SmartBrief on Cybersecurity | Jul 02, 2015

The nation's corporate leaders are out of touch when it comes to cybersecurity, research shows, and that may be putting their companies at risk. A National Association of Corporate Directors survey found that 11% of board members consider themselves highly knowledgeable about issues such as data security, with the heath care sector showing a particular lack of cyberknowledge. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (07/01)


8. How smart cities give hackers a backdoor into municipal energy grids

SmartBrief on Cybersecurity | Jul 06, 2015

As cities become smarter and more connected, they are also becoming more vulnerable, experts say. Cesar Cerrudo of IOActive says the growth of digitally connected infrastructure has increased the risk of hackers infiltrating the networks that power smart buildings and disrupting everything from energy management to waste disposal. Dark Reading (07/01)


9. Turning to technology to prevent data breaches

SmartBrief on Cybersecurity | Jun 30, 2015

Hackers will have far more targets by the end of the decade, but experts say that protecting this honeypot is more about developing the right technologies than hiring more guards. Aditya Singh suggests getting a better handle on data using distributed systems and predictive algorithms to spot and confront attacks before they happen. VentureBeat (06/29)


10. DOD strengthens cyberdefense infrastructure

SmartBrief on Cybersecurity | Jun 30, 2015

The Defense Department is investing heavily in cyberdefense infrastructure, including a 600,000-square-foot server farm in Maryland and part of $1.8 billion in construction at Fort Meade. "Our job one is to make sure we are operating and securing our [Defense Department] network against all threats," said Lt. Gen. James McLaughlin. "That is our focus, our lane, and what we remain focused on from day to day." Defense News (06/29)




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