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Security Implications of the Electric Smart Grid

By Robert Billings Jr. and Marie Wright Ph.D.
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As critical infrastructure in the United States becomes more dependent on networked systems, such as the smart grid, the electricity industry is at risk for new avenues of attack. 


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Hackers Breached HealthCare.Gov Website

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A computer hacker broke into part of the HealthCare.gov insurance enrollment website in July and uploaded malicious software.


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Home Depot Reports Credit Card Security Breach

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Banks say they are seeing evidence that Home Depot stores may be the source of a massive new batch of stolen credit and debit cards.


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4 Challenges to Address in Corporate Cyber War

We are fighting a cyber war and need to take proactive steps to protect ourselves and our companies as the virtual bullets fly.
By David Elfering and Ron Woerner
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Establishing command and control gives the power to professionals so they can properly assess the risks and determine which threats pose the greatest danger and must be considered a high security priority. Authority also requires that they identify potential threats that may be considered “acceptable risks” to the organization – meaning they are worth keeping an eye on, but don’t warrant a significant security investment.


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3 in 10 Consumers Losing Trust in Retail Data Security

Only 55 percent of global consumers feel stores use security systems that adequately protect financial data against hackers and data breaches
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Nearly three in 10 global consumers do not trust retailers to protect stored personal or financial data against cyber risks, and 58 percent think financial institutions do a better job of protecting data than retailers, government agencies or law enforcement.


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Can Stopping Cybercrime Positively Impact World Economies?

McAfee and CSIS conclude that cybercrime costs businesses approximately $400 billion worldwide, with an impact on approximately 200,000 jobs in the United States and 150,000 jobs in the EU.
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The report commends partnerships between countries for combating cybercrime, praising public-private partnerships in particular for beginning to show tangible results in terms of fighting cybercrime, such as the partnership of 11 nations to take down a crime ring associated with the GameOver Zeus botnet in June.


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5 Essential Cybersecurity Truths for CFOs

Cyber attacks have become one of the most worrisome risks considered chief financial officers
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The rate of CFOs citing cyber attacks as a key concern has risen sharply over the survey’s four-year history, directly correlating to both the frequency and cost of cyber attacks.


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Power Grid Upgrades Create Security Risks

The U.S. power grid is in the process of an enormous transformation into a smart grid
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According to Security Implications of the Smart Grid, a report from Marie Wright, PhD, of Western Connecticut State University, and Robert Billings, Jr., B.A., of Billings Electric, the shift to a smart grid infrastructure means that power companies will be using more IP-based communications and commercial, off-the-shelf technologies.


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CISOs Get the Blame for Breaches, Little Help

Executives Say “No”
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Twenty-eight percent of respondents say their CISO has made cybersecurity decisions that have led to negative effects on the enterprise’s financial health, including lost business, decreased productivity or impaired service levels.


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Managing Thumb Drive Security Risks

Network security practitioners are well aware of the challenges posed by removable data storage devices, including thumb drives.
By Steven Chabinsky
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When the Department of Homeland Security purposefully dropped data disks and USB flash drives in the parking lots of federal agencies and government contractors, 60 percent of the found objects were inserted into an agency or contractor network.


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ASIS 2013 Product Preview

ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, September 24-27 in Chicago, Illinois, will include an exhibit hall packed with innovative security solutions. Here are some of the products that will be shown at ASIS this year.

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Virtualization and Data Center Security: What You Need to Know for 2014

Data centers are increasingly becoming the center of the enterprise, and data center and cyber security is following the same path for security departments. According to Justin Flynn, a consultant at the Burwood Group, the virtualization of data centers allows enterprises to scale more easily and faster, with a smaller footprint.

However, hosting enterprise data in the cloud can make intrusion detection more difficult – how can enterprise security leaders team up with other departments to keep aware of cyber risks and traffic, and physical and data compliance during the virtual transition? How can CISOs and CSOs discuss cyber threats with the C-Suite to get the resources they need? And how can the proper infrastructure test and verify possible malicious attacks? 

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In the September issue of Security Magazine, find out who this year's most influential people are in the security industry are. Also, take a peek at the technology products that ASIS 2014 will be showcasing at the upcoming event. Read about the lessons learned from security at the World Cup, find out why tactical medical training is a must for your enterprise and how Atlanta increased security by sharing surveillance.
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