TexasLawyer.com recently interviewed Erin Nealy Cox (US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas since November 2017) who described her  “…expertise in cybersecurity will help me identify and communicate the threats to the affected communities so they can understand and craft solutions needed to defend themselves; and it will help me ensure that my prosecutors have the tools, training, and resources to prosecute vigorously those responsible for cyber crimes, wherever they may be located.” View Full Post
Darkreading reports that there has been a new cyberattack at the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) which “scams people into providing personal data and downloading malicious files by impersonating the”… IC3…which is “intended to give the public a reliable means of reporting suspected illegal activity online.”  The February 2, 2018 report entitled “Cyberattack Impersonates FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center” includes these 3 versions of the IC3 scam: One involves a fake IC3 social media page requesting personal data to report Internet crime. View Full Post
The New York Times reported that “Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced on Tuesday that they would form an independent health care company to serve their employees in the United States.”  The January 30, 2018 report entitled “Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Team Up to Disrupt Health Care” included these comments from Ed Kaplan (who negotiates health coverage on behalf of large employers as the national health practice leader for the Segal Group): Those are three big players, and I think if they get into health care insurance or the health care coverage space they are going to make a big impact. View Full Post
DMNews.com reported that GDPR is “a massive piece of legislation and if you want to read all 250+ pages, talk about it with fellow data nerds or marketing professionals, or just comprehend the various articles online, you need to know some of the key terms.”  The January 24, 2018 report entitled “13 Key GDPR Terms You Need to Know” starts with GDPR Term #1 Personal Data: This is the broad term for any information related to an individual or ‘Data Subject’, that can be used to directly or indirectly identify the person. View Full Post
Darkreading reported that Kaspersky Lab’s filed a motion for injunctive relief against the Department of Homeland Security’s ban which has “caused considerable reputational damage and loss of sales to the company in North America. The debarment has precluded Kaspersky Lab from doing business with the US federal government, while hurting its consumer and commercial business as well,…”  The January 19, 2018 article entitled “Kaspersky Lab Seeks Injunction Against US Government Ban” included these comments: The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last September ordered the removal of Kaspersky Lab software and services from all federal information systems covered under the Federal Information Systems Management Act, and banned further use of all products from the company. View Full Post
Darkreading’s recent article identified goals of using ML in Cybersecurity “To make a broad statement, we are trying to use ML to identify malicious behavior or malicious entities; call them hackers, attackers, malware, unwanted behavior, etc. In other words, it comes down to finding anomalies.”  The January 11, 2018 article entitled “AI in Cybersecurity: Where We Stand & Where We Need to Go” included these comments: With the omnipresence of the term artificial intelligence (AI) and the increased popularity of deep learning, a lot of security practitioners are being lured into believing that these approaches are the magic silver bullet we have been waiting for to solve all of our security challenges. View Full Post
The New York Times reported that “In 2017, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin went from $830 to $19,300, and now quivers around $14,000. Ether, its main rival, started the year at less than $10, closing out 2017 at $715. Now it’s over $1,100.”  The January 13, 2018 story entitled “Everyone Is Getting Hilariously Rich and You’re Not” portrayed stories of many successful bitcoin investors but cautioned that this may be like the time before the dom.com world exploded in the late 1990’s: The wealth is intoxicating news, feverish because it seems so random. View Full Post
Please tune and listen to my friend Lauren Silverman’s interview on KERA/Think of Professor Randolph Lewis about privacy, or lack thereof since “many types of surveillance are pitched as ways to make us safer, almost no one has examined the unintended consequences of living under constant scrutiny and how it changes the way we think and feel about the world.”  Lauren’s January 5, 2017 interview entitled “Our Every Move Is Tracked — And Why We’re OK With That” about University of Texas at Austin Professor Lewis’ book entitled “Under Surveillance: Being Watched in Modern America.”  KERA promotes the audio this introduction: With our cell phones, computer histories and security cameras, someone out there knows where we are and what we’re doing nearly every minute of the day. View Full Post
Every single computer (including cells, tablets, PCs, & servers) has a Central Processing Unit (CPU) made by Intel, AMD, & ARM and security experts found “two problems, called Meltdown and Spectre, could allow hackers to steal the entire memory contents of computers, including mobile devices, personal computers and servers running in so-called cloud computer networks.”  The New York Times report on January 3, 2018 entitled “Researchers Discover Two Major Flaws in the World’s Computers” included these comments: There is no easy fix for Spectre, which could require redesigning the processors, according to researchers. View Full Post
Darkreading  described Blockchain (which allows Bitcoin to operate) as the “distributed ledger technology essentially allows for the creation of a list of records, each record cryptographically linked and secured, thereby enabling greater data integrity for all manner of applications.” The December 29, 2017 article entitled “17 Things We Should Have Learned in 2017, but Probably Didn’t” specifically identified Blockchain in describing “#13. View Full Post