ISSA Survey Results – Cybersecurity Burnout

Recently the ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) released the results of a survey they took in December 2018.  There is a shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals; not enough people are entering the field, and those with ten or more years of experience may be leaving the field due to stress, lack of a career path, and ineffective mentoring.

The survey ...

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Technology Milestones In The News

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web.  It is also the 50th anniversary of the Apollo space flight missions to the moon and back.  More recently, the successful unmanned mission by the Space-X Crewed Dragon command module to the International Space Station, we finally see space flight becoming a business as opposed to being strictly a governmental exercise.

The underlying protocol of the web, and really all networking, ...

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Russia Disconnecting From The Internet?

Russia has announced plans to temporarily “disconnect” itself from the global Internet. What does this mean for Russia, its citizens, and the rest of the world that is connected to the World Wide Web?

Russia is not the first country to disconnect the Internet.  In January the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo turned off its Internet during the presidential elections there.  And ...

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North Korean Botnet Attacked by FBI

The North Korean Cyberwar Operations group is known variously as Lazarus Group, Guardians of Peace, or Hidden Cobra. A few of their notable achievements include the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures inspired by the satirical Seth Rogan film “The Interview, ” the $81 million cyber bank heist  against Bangladesh’s central bank, and the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack.

In June 2017, US-CERT sent a   Continue Reading →

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Russian Active Measures for the Internet Age.

Is Donald Trump Putin’s Revenge?

Was the election of Donald Trump the result of the successful application of “active measures” by Russia? Did the massive Facebook and Twitter campaigns by the Russians change public opinion enough in the final days of the Presidential campaign to move the needle and help Trump win?

According to Retired KGB Maj. Gen. Oleg Kalugin, former Director of Foreign Intelligence ...

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Are The Russians Really Attacking Us?

It seems that hardly a week goes by without some new cyber-attack being attributed to Fancy Bear, Cozy Bear, Grizzly Steppe, or some other cute-sounding Russian hacker collective.  One the one hand, we have the DHS, FBI, and US-CERT attributing these attacks to the Russians.  There are others, including those working in the cybersecurity profession, that are suggesting that the attackers are not agents of the Russian government, but merely opportunistic ...

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What Might A Future Cyber-War Look Like?

We have entered the age of cyber war.   Believe it or not, cyber war operations are going on right now in many places across the globe.  Most of these operations are covert, and often hard to attribute directly to a particular nation-state or adversary.

Marc Cancian has written a gripping report titled Coping with Surprise in Great Power Conflicts.  It ...

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US Cyber Command Changing the Rules of Engagement

The best defense is a good offense.  Especially if you are “defending forward.”  So what does that mean?

The US Cyber Command has a new leader.  Lt. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty assumed command of U.S. Army Cyber Command on June 1, 2018.  His mission is to make Cyber Command more aggressive in its response to cyber-attacks on assets in the United States.  The ...

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