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Obama Lets NSA Use Zero-Day Exploits by labeling it as 'National Security Need'

Obama Lets NSA Use Zero-Day Exploits by labeling it as 'National Security Need'

Apr 14, 2014
On Saturday, the Senior Administration Officials cast light on the subject of Internet Security and said President Obama has clearly decided that whenever the U.S. Intelligence agency like NSA discovers major vulnerabilities, in most of the situations the agency should reveal them rather than exploiting for national purpose, according to The New York Times . OBAMA's POLICY WITH LOOPHOLE FOR NSA Yet, there is an exception to the above statement, as Mr. President carved a detailed exception to the policy " Unless there is a clear national security or law enforcement need, " which means that the policy creates a loophole for the spying agencies like NSA to sustain their surveillance programs by exploiting security vulnerabilities to create Cyber Weapons. After three-month review of recommendations [ PDF-file ], the Final Report of the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies was submitted to Mr. Obama on last December, out of which one of the recommendation on pa
Indian Government approved National Cyber Security Policy

Indian Government approved National Cyber Security Policy

May 10, 2013
The IT sector has become one of the most significant growth catalysts for the Indian economy. The government approved the National Cyber Security Policy that aims to create a secure computing environment in the country and build capacities to strengthen the current set up with focus on manpower training. The policy was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) that lays stress on augmentation of the India's indigenous capabilities in terms of developing the cyber security set-up.  The policy is not aimed only at government entities and big business, but at home users as well. It aims to create a cyber security framework that will address all related issues over a long period.  The framework will lead to specific actions and programmes to enhance the security posture of country's cyber space. Cyber Security Policy will also help in enhancing the intelligence as its integral component and help in anticipating attacks and adopt, counter measures.
Cyber 9/11, cyber doomsday...between fear and need for action

Cyber 9/11, cyber doomsday...between fear and need for action

Mar 15, 2013
It's not a mystery, every nation is worried of the level of security of its infrastructure, the United States are among the most concerned governments due the high number of cyber-attack against its networks. US Government representative such us former States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano warned in more than one occasion on the possible consequences of a cyber offensive and declared the necessity to improve the cyber capabilities of the country.  Senators are interested to evaluate the level of protection of nuclear stockpile of foreign governments against cyber attacks, question has been raised after that Pentagon's chief cyber officer admitted to ignore if countries such as Russia or China have adopted efficient countermeasures. Nelson and Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. will request to national intelligence an assessment about the ability of foreign states to safeguard networked
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Cybersecurity CPEs: Unraveling the What, Why & How

Cybersecurity CPEs: Unraveling the What, Why & How

Jun 10, 2024Cybersecurity / Exposure Management
Staying Sharp: Cybersecurity CPEs Explained Perhaps even more so than in other professional domains, cybersecurity professionals constantly face new threats. To ensure you stay on top of your game, many certification programs require earning Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. CPEs are essentially units of measurement used to quantify the time and effort professionals spend on maintaining and enhancing skills and knowledge in the field of cybersecurity, and they act as points that demonstrate a commitment to staying current. CPEs are best understood in terms of other professions: just like medical, legal and even CPA certifications require continuing education to stay up-to-date on advancements and industry changes, cybersecurity professionals need CPEs to stay informed about the latest hacking tactics and defense strategies. CPE credits are crucial for maintaining certifications issued by various cybersecurity credentialing organizations, such as (ISC)², ISACA, and C
Recent WikiLeaks-Related Cyberattacks Prompt Call for Policy Changes

Recent WikiLeaks-Related Cyberattacks Prompt Call for Policy Changes

Dec 14, 2010
In New York on Sunday, lawmakers urged President Obama to expand the U.S. State Department's foreign policy mechanisms to address crime and security on the Internet. They cited recent attacks on companies severing ties with WikiLeaks as a main reason for these changes. At Symantec's New York City office, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Yvette D. Clarke urged the President to adopt proposals to protect New York businesses and infrastructure. These proposals would put foreign countries that fail to enforce cybersecurity laws on notice and even apply sanctions to those that do not cooperate. For the past week, MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, and other American companies faced coordinated attacks after cutting ties with WikiLeaks. The lawmakers explained during a press event that the global cyber assault was "intended to flood the companies' websites with traffic," blocking access and leaving them unavailable to customers. In addition to these attacks, State De
U.S. Faces Shortage of Computer Science Graduates Amid Rising Cybersecurity Needs

U.S. Faces Shortage of Computer Science Graduates Amid Rising Cybersecurity Needs

Dec 14, 2010
The United States could soon face a significant shortage of computer science professionals unless it starts graduating more students in this field. At a time when computer hacking and security are critical issues for both the government and the private sector, the U.S. is producing only 9,000 computer science graduates annually. Among them, only 700 specialize in computer and information systems security. This number is far from sufficient, especially when considering that a single defense contractor, Booz Allen Hamilton, alone needs 1,000 computer security specialists. Meanwhile, the military is dealing with the rapid rise of cyber warfare. It is becoming increasingly clear that while a traditional military attack on the United States is unlikely, the nation's economic system could be vulnerable to a cyber attack. Conversely, the U.S. can leverage its cyber capabilities to attack other countries. For instance, in September, Iran's nuclear program was disrupted by a computer
Canada Aims to Strengthen Cyber Defense with $90 Million Security Plan

Canada Aims to Strengthen Cyber Defense with $90 Million Security Plan

Oct 31, 2010 Cybersecurity / Public Safety
Canada released its Cybersecurity Strategy this month, emphasizing the immense challenge of protecting government and corporate computer systems. "There is no simple way to detect, identify, and recover from attackers who cannot be seen or heard, who leave no physical evidence behind them, and who hide their tracks through a complex web of compromised computers." The $90 million (Canadian) strategy focuses on three main areas: Secure government systems : The government will implement the necessary structures, tools, and personnel to fulfill its cybersecurity obligations. Create partnerships to secure non-governmental systems : In cooperation with provincial and territorial governments and the private sector, the government will support initiatives to enhance Canada's cyber resiliency, particularly in critical infrastructure sectors. Help Canadians be secure online : The government will provide Canadians with the information they need to protect themselves and their fami
New Rules Enable Military Assistance During Domestic Cyber-Attacks

New Rules Enable Military Assistance During Domestic Cyber-Attacks

Oct 31, 2010
The Obama administration has revised federal policy, enabling the military to assist during a domestic cyber-attack, reported the New York Times on Oct. 21. Typically, the military cannot deploy units within the country's borders, except for natural disasters, and even then, a presidential order is required. However, under a new agreement between the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, military cyber experts can now be called upon if critical computer networks in the United States are attacked. Robert J. Butler, the Pentagon's deputy assistant secretary for cyber policy, told the Times that this policy change will allow agencies to focus on how to respond to such attacks more effectively. The two agencies "will help each other in more tangible ways than they have in the past," Butler stated in an article in Defense News, an Army Times publication. He added that closer collaboration will provide "an opportunity to explore new ways for
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