application security

A lab at Underwriters Laboratories, circa 1946. The group is coming under fire for refusing to publish the details of its new cyber security testing standards. (Image courtesy of The Library of Congress.)

White House Effort Yields Rating System for Software Security

In-brief: A White  House-backed effort to develop a system for rating software security is set to launch at this week’s Black Hat briefings with famed hacker Peiter Zatko (aka “Mudge”) at the helm. 

Downloads of open source components almost doubled in 2015 - but security concerns persist.

Developers Gorge on Open Source Amid Worries About Quality, Security

In-brief: The use of open source software is exploding, but concerns about code quality and security in the open source supply chain persist, according to a report from the firm Sonatype. 

The Cloud Security Alliance published a guide for securing IoT deployments.

NIST Guidance takes on Cyber Physical Systems

In-brief: The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) released a draft publication that recommends ways to improve the security of systems during the engineering phase, including so-called cyber physical systems on the Internet of Things.

Two U.S. Senators are requesting information about the government's experience with ransomware - asking whether Uncle Sam has paid ransoms to get data back.

Updated: Vulnerability on 3m Systems Could Spread Ransomware To Schools

In-brief: Researchers at Cisco Systems said that they had identified more than 3 million “at risk” application servers running a vulnerable component that has been linked to ransomware infections. More than 1,600 of those systems have already been compromised, including many school libraries. Updated to add comment from Follett Corp. PFR 4/18/2016

A lab at Underwriters Laboratories, circa 1946. The group is coming under fire for refusing to publish the details of its new cyber security testing standards. (Image courtesy of The Library of Congress.)

UL Charges for Cyber Standards, Draws Scrutiny

In-brief: Product testing firm Underwriters Laboratories drew scrutiny by charging for copies of new standards for connected devices. But security experts say the new UL standards are poised to have a big impact – especially in industries like medicine and critical infrastructure.