Other News

Hungry for Cyber Warriors, Military Weighs Image, Lifestyle Changes

Hungry for Cyber Warriors, Military Weighs Image, Lifestyle Changes

In brief: As cyber threats increase, the U.S. military is considering big changes to attract and retain talent, from loosening standards on grooming to shorter, mission-based deployments.

Flashpoint's Mid Year Report warns of the prospect of more cyber attacks by nations like Russia and North Korea, as offensive online actions become a preferred mode of geopolitical action. (Image courtesy of Library of Congress.)

A New Great Game: Russia, China, North Korea heighten Cyber Risk

In-brief: Russia, China and North Korea are increasingly willing to use offensive cyber operations to weaken their enemies, including the United States, according to a report by the firm Flashpoint, which released its Business Risk Index report on Tuesday.

Two security firms say that malicious software discovered in a December attack in Ukraine is designed to cripple electrical substations.

Update – Security Firms: New Malware Built to Hobble Electric Grid

In-brief: Experts from two security firms are warning that a newly discovered piece of malware dubbed Crash Override is designed to shut down and even damage electrical substations and other components of the electrical grid. 

Companies without up to date browser and operating system software were much more likely to suffer data breaches, a study by the firm BitSight concluded.

Behind Breaches: Lots of Outdated Software | Digital Guardian

In-brief: data from the firm BitSight finds a link between outdated web browser and operating system software and headline-grabbing breaches. Are we surprised? 

Update: Cash for Medical Device Clunkers? Task Force calls for Healthcare Security Overhaul

Update: Cash for Medical Device Clunkers? Task Force calls for Healthcare Security Overhaul

In-brief: the U.S. healthcare sector is in critical condition and needs urgent, coordinated action to protect patient safety and address vulnerabilities in millions of deployed medical devices, a Congressional Task Force has concluded. (Updated with comments from Joshua Corman of Atlantic Council. PFR June 7, 2017)