Revelation of 321 attempts to place ransomware on federal government computers in the second half of last year raises a number of questions about the effectiveness of the Einstein intrusion detection and prevention system as well as how the government responds to such attacks.
Tools and techniques need to be identified to aid law enforcement in gathering evidence from devices, such as smartphones, while safeguarding the security and privacy of individuals. Can stakeholders find that middle ground?
Neither the FBI nor Apple looks good in the days following the postponement of a hearing on whether Apple should be forced to help the bureau crack open the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. The FBI's credibility is being questioned as Apple's security technology is being tarnished.
The Justice Department's appeal of a court order that the government can't compel Apple to unlock an iPhone used by an accused drug dealer is significant because it sets in motion a process that could lead to a Supreme Court ruling on whether mobile device makers must give law enforcement an encryption backdoor.
Antonin Scalia's replacement could help push the Supreme Court to reinterpret the Constitution's Fourth Amendment to make it harder for the government to surveil citizens online and seize their records stored on servers maintained by cloud service providers.
It's time to start to think about the cybersecurity agenda for the 45th president of the United States, who takes office a year from this week. What's on your list of cybersecurity challenges the next president must tackle?
Reliable data specifying the number of people employed in the United States in cybersecurity field is hard to find. But one government survey shows a 5 percent increase among information security analysts in 2015.
Cybersecurity is becoming an issue in the U.S. presidential campaign, finally. That's good news because it's critical in our day-to-day lives. But are the candidates doing the issue justice in the way they address it?
GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina proposes standing up a centralized cyber command that would be responsible for all aspects of government IT security response. But such a plan could face resistance in Congress if it gives the military authority over federal civilian cybersecurity.
Passage of cyberthreat information-sharing legislation could hinge on how the measure is presented to Congress, and its fate could be tied to a massive omnibus appropriations bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2016.
The size of the information security analyst workforce in the United States rose by nearly 20 percent in the past year, according to an Information Security Media Group analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
FBI Director James Comey's declaration that the Obama administration will not pursue legislation to require vendors to create a backdoor that would permit law enforcement to circumvent encryption on mobile devices isn't the end of the matter.
President Obama, in reaching any type of cybersecurity accord with Chinese President Xi Jinping, should borrow from the diplomacy he used to reach the Iranian nuclear agreement: Get the best deal possible and then distrust but verify.
Policymakers must consider three factors before imposing sanctions in retaliation for state-backed hacks: Confidence in its attribution of responsibility, the impact of the incident and the levers of national power at a state's disposal.