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I am not a fan, but hey she does have her own Exchange server in her basement.            

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Obama’s Security Summit

Obama, Apple’s Tim Cook, and other industry luminaries gathered yesterday at Stanford for a first-of-its kind “cybersecurity summit” following legislation announced just before year-end. Cook was the only high-tech CEO in attendance, but he was joined by senior management from American Express, Facebook, Google, Intel, Kaiser Permanente, PayPal, and Yahoo. Obama announced his new executive order encouraging the development of central clearinghouses…

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Password 123456?

This week, SplashData, an Internet security services firm, released its 2014 list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet. Text in parentheses refers to 2013’s ranking.  123456 (Unchanged) password (Unchanged) 12345 (Up 17) 12345678 (Down 1) qwerty (Down 1) 1234567890 (Unchanged) 1234 (Up 9) baseball (New) dragon (New) football (New) 1234567 (Down 4) monkey (Up 5) letmein (Up 1) abc123…

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2015 State of the Union

Obama to Congress: Enact Cybersecurity Laws

And tonight, I urge this Congress to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft and protect our children’s information. That should be a bipartisan effort. If we don’t act, we’ll leave our nation and our economy vulnerable. If we do, we can continue to protect the technologies that have unleashed…

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ISACA’s Top Ten Lessons Learned from 2014

ISACA’s Top Ten Lessons Learned from 2014… Information security will remain in the news as a frequent event. The breach of Sony Pictures has implications for how companies should respond to the breach (such as Sony’s pulling the release of the Interview due to the threats received), and how governments should respond to breaches. Expect political posturing and rhetoric within…

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New Cyber Security Legislation

Last week Obama signed off on a package of cybersecurity legislation. Obviously they predated the Sony-North Korea hoopla but they do give the appearance of action. The National Cybersecurity Protection Act of 2014, which empowers the NCCIC (National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center) to share information security intelligence between public and private sectors, to provide incident response and technical assistance to…

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NIST releases 800-53 update; ISACA refreshes SOX guidance

Just in time for your holiday reading, NIST and ISACA have released new updates to their security and compliance literature! NIST released revision 4 of SP 800-53A Assessing Security and Privacy Controls in Federal Information Systems and Organizations: Building Effective Assessment Plans. The update provides more granularity of controls and support for continuous monitoring. Ron Ross, NIST Fellow and chief author of the…

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Obama Chides Sony

Obama chided Sony over their decision to pull “The Interview” from its scheduled release. “I think they made a mistake. I’m sympathetic that Sony as a private company was worried about liabilities and this and that and the other. I wish they had spoken to me first. I would’ve told them, ‘Do not get into a pattern in which you’re…

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Sony’s Woes Continue

Sony’s woes continue on as its PlayStation Network was knocked offline by a DDOS attack Sunday night.  The Lizard Squad group claimed responsibility via its Twitter account before Sony even acknowledged. They are the same group that struck Sony PSN in the summer. Also over the weekend, more details unfolded on the Thanksgiving breach. Variety reported that many Sony employees received threatening…

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Sony-pocalypse

Amid the 20th birthday celebrations of the Playstation which is undeniably the most popular gaming console right now, Sony Corp’s stock performance and emergence as an innovator and disrupter for the first time in years, Sony Pictures has apparently experienced “one of the worst hacks ever” in what CNN has coined the “Sony-pocalypse“.  Stolen properties include movies (Fury and Annie among…

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