Infrastructure

Metasploit has added a feature to support scanning for wireless devices.

We Need Smart Public Policy for the Internet of Things | IEEE Spectrum

In-brief: is regulation the right approach to securing The Internet of Things or can industry clean up its own act? IEEE Spectrum takes a look. 

LED street signs equipped with sensors are just one smart city project piloted in Boston. But concerns about security and privacy can be hard to resolve.

Update: Smart Cities Seek Security, Privacy Expertise

In-brief: Cities and state governments often lack the expertise in cyber security that could help them properly assess the risks of smart city projects, including so-called “cyber physical” risks. (Editor’s note: updated with comments from Chris Rezendes of INEX.)

The FDA's pending guidance for post market cyber security needs more work to be effective says University of Michigan Professor Kevin Fu.

Expert: FDA Cyber Guidance For Medical Devices Needs More Work

In-brief: A prominent expert in medical device security has warned the FDA that its draft guidance for post market medical devices is too focused on stomping out known threats, and not enough on addressing current and future risks to the security of healthcare environments.

President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order on Wednesday that put cyber crimes on par with others that can result in sanctions against malicious actors and those who support them.

Obama Proposes Federal CISO, Huge InfoSec Boost

  In-brief: President Barack Obama highlighted cyber security as a top policy priority in the final budget proposal of his presidency, seeking a massive expansion in funding for federal information security and the creation of a new federal chief information security officer (CISO).

An aerial view of the Bowman Ave. Dam. Iranian hackers are believed to have compromised computer systems used to control the dam, according to the Wall Street Journal. Photo courtesy of Google Earth.

WSJ: Iranian Hackers Bust Into New York Dam

In-brief: The Wall Street Journal alleges that hackers with links to Iran may have compromised a small dam in Rye, New York. If true, the incident is just the latest evidence of information security vulnerabilities in U.S. critical infrastructure.