NSA Director Defends Surveillance Of Phones, Internet

The director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith Alexander, today (Tuesday June 18) defended US spying on phone calls and internet traffic, saying it had prevented some 50 terror attacks around the world In remarks to the House Intelligence Committee, Alexander said: “In recent years, these programs, together with other...

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Moving from Compliance to Risk-Based Security – Part 2

In my previous post, Moving from Compliance to Risk-Based Security - Part 1, I mentioned that I would share my discussions with two security executives who feel strongly about this topic. Both of them participated in the Wisegate CSO peer discussion documented in the report Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Security. These experts clearly...

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Wall Street To Stage Cyber War Game

As concern mounts over cyber warfare between nations, major Wall Street firms will take part later this month in a simulated network disruption exercise aimed at testing their ability to respond to a widespread attack. The exercise, Quantum Dawn 2, has been organized by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (Sifma) as a...

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The Dark Side Of Covert Clouds

We know it happens all the time – employees want to get something done quickly, so they bypass the bureaucracy of their company’s IT department and with a couple of clicks go straight to the cloud. But by doing so, they greatly increase the risk of exposing the company’s network to malware. A recent survey of IT professionals...

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Google Reports ‘Political’ Phishing Attacks In Iran

Phishing attacks in Iran have spiked dramatically in recent weeks and appear to be related to presidential elections in the country tomorrow (Friday June 14), Google said this week. Eric Grosse, vice president of security engineering, said in a blog post that over the last three weeks the company had detected and disrupted “multiple email-based...

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