As Keith Alexander tells it, when he led the National Security Agency, he didn't exist. Alexander discovered that 'fact' after he retired on May 21 as director of the NSA and commander of the Cyber Command and began shopping to buy a new home.
If the NSA's meddling in NIST cryptography standards soiled the reputation of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an amendment approved by the House of Representatives could help restore it.
Kentucky is now the 47th state to enact a breach notification law. While a national law superseding the widely varying state statutes is long overdue, the primary election defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor makes passing such a bill tougher.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, facing a tough re-election campaign, is turning her position on a bill to strengthen DHS's cybersecurity workforce into campaign fodder to highlight her anti-Washington credentials with voters.
Conventional wisdom dictates that the high demand for IT security practitioner would cause salaries to rise, perhaps significantly. But a new study by SANS shows only a slight fattening of paychecks for many IT security professionals.
"Security as a business enabler" was the mantra echoing through the recently concluded 2014 Infosecurity Europe conference in London, a message that should have been heeded by top executives at retailer Target last year.
The fact that the U.S. federal government would, under some circumstances, exploit software vulnerabilities to attack cyber-adversaries didn't perturb a number of IT security providers attending the 2014 Infosecurity Europe conference in London.
The recent Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report notes more than 16,000 incidents in the past year where sensitive information was unintentionally exposed. "Nearly every incident involves some element of human error," the report notes.
Two weeks after the launch of Heartbleed.com, traffic to the site remains strong and tweets still flow at a brisk pace. Site creator Codenomicon is helping IT practitioners to mitigate the OpenSSL flaw - and attracting customers, too.
Three years ago, trust on the Internet - or the lack thereof - focused, in part, on the faceless hacking groups such as Anonymous and LulzSec. Today, we have a face for this lack of trust, and it looks a lot like Uncle Sam and a Chinese Red Army cybersoldier.
President Obama has reportedly decided that the government shouldn't exploit encryption flaws, such as Heartbleed, in most instances unless there's "a clear national security or law enforcement need." But how should that need be determined?
In many if not most enterprises, the chief information security officer reports to the chief information officer. After all, enterprises cannot function without IT, and security is a support function to safeguard data and systems. Or is it?