News: US Government to Spend More on Cyber Weapons

Link: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/02/25/us_government_to_spend_more_on_online_weapons/

Published: February 23, 2017 Via: TheRegister

“Speaking at the West 2017 Navy conference on Friday, NSA and US Cyber Command boss Mike Rogers said he is mulling buying up more infosec tools from corporations to attack and infiltrate computer networks. At the moment the online offensive wing of the US military develops most of its own cyber-weaponry, he claimed, and he figures the private sector has plenty to offer….”


Report: US Oil and Gas Firms Woefully Exposed to Cyber Threats

Link: https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/us-oil-and-gas-firms-exposed-cyber/

Published: February 24, 2017 Via: InfoSecurity Magazine

“The US oil and gas industry is failing to keep pace with the growing threat from cyberspace, with two-thirds (68%) of organizations suffering a major security breach in the past year, according to a new study…”


Guidelines: IoTAA Internet of Things Security Guidelines [PDF]

Link: http://www.iot.org.au/s/IoTAA-Security-Guideline-V10-8242.pdf

Published: February 23, 2017 Via: The Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA)

“The purpose of the Internet of Things Security Guideline is to provide comprehensive, top-level guidance to:

  • promote a ‘security by design’ approach to IoT;
  • assist industry to understand the practical application of security and privacy for IoT device use;
  • be utilised by the IoT industry and digital service providers which use or provide support services for IoT deployments; and
  • assist industry to understand some of the relevant legislation around privacy and security.”

News: A consortium was recently created to make sure that your car stays on the road and in your control

Link: http://www.csoonline.com/article/3171156/mobile-security/are-you-afraid-your-car-will-be-taken-over.html

Published: February 23, 2017 Via: CSO Online

“FASTR is a neutral, nonprofit consortium that seeks to enable innovation in automotive security with a vision of self-healing vehicles. It is working to deliver the actionable applied and theoretical R&D needed to drive systematic coordination of cybersecurity across the entire supply chain and ensure trust in the connected and autonomous vehicle…”


Research: Researchers offer simple scheme to stop the next Stuxnet

Link: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/02/22/how_to_stop_the_next_stuxnet/

Published: February 22, 2017 Via: TheRegister

“One of the world’s oldest programming styles, the ladder logic that runs on industrial programmable logic controllers, remains dangerously vulnerable to attack, according to boffins from Singapore and India…”


Whitepaper: IoT Security Checklist

Link: https://www.jasper.com/gr/resources/white-papers/abi-research-iot-security

Published: February 23, 2017 Via: Cisco Jasper and ABI Research


Report: Most Attackers Need Less Than 12 Hours To Break In

Link: http://www.darkreading.com/threat-intelligence/survey-most-attackers-need-less-than-12-hours-to-break-in/d/d-id/1328256

Published: February 23, 2017 Via: DarkReading

A Nuix study of DEFCON pen testers shows that the usual security controls are of little use against a determined intruder…”


Article: The Cities of the Future Will Be Efficient, Sustainable, and Smart

Link: https://futurism.com/how-to-ensure-smart-cities-benefit-us-all/

Published: February 23, 2017 Via: Futurism

“By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in mega-cities. How all those people live, and what their lives are like, will depend on important choices leaders make today and in the coming years. Technology has the power to help people live in communities that are more responsive to their needs and that can actually improve their lives…”