CHIME and the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security have sent a letter to the National Institute of Standards and Technology to compliment the proposed cybersecurity framework the agency unveiled in December. The organizations reminded the NIST that despite the importance of the framework to address cybersecurity problems, it is only part of a greater risk analysis and risk management effort that should be undertaken to address the issues faced by many providers in the country. The groups said that providers need to be more educated about the framework to ensure that it is implemented successfully.
The US Department of Transportation says it is focusing on improving the safety of America's roads as part of a 30-year effort dubbed, "Beyond Traffic," which will rely heavily on new technologies. The effort includes tackling emerging cybersecurity issues, with $15 million earmarked for that task under President Barack Obama's recently released 2017 budget.
Amazon Web Services has debuted its free, open-source, cloud-based gaming engine, Lumberyard, which hooks up to social gaming platform Twitch, allowing game developers to bypass some of the "undifferentiated heavy lifting" and focus on making games. AWS also added a humorous zombie outbreak clause into the terms of service, just in case.
Digital Shadows, a cybersecurity company that provides "cyber situational awareness," has received $14 million in Series B funding. The company offers its Digital Shadows SearchLight as a service to more than 100 million data sources around the world, providing organizations with an "attacker's eye view" to discover potential threats.
There is a growing opportunity for startups to enter the "fast data" space with products able to monitor Big Data in real time, something players such as IBM and McAfee have yet to do, Greg Martin writes. Fast data will be a growing trend in 2016, Martin predicts, as more cybercriminals find ways to hack systems through mundane data less likely to be tracked.
Hackers attempted to take 464,000 e-File PINs, the Internal Revenue Service reports. The agency states that no personal data were disclosed and that even if any were, a PIN alone is not enough to file a fraudulent return. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, plans to discuss the matter with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. Last year, identity thieves successfully stole personal information from the Agency's "Get Transcript" database.
Google is implementing a security feature for users that will identify if accounts sending or receiving e-mails are from unencrypted sources. Google will also add a notification if the person with whom you are corresponding is not authenticated. While unauthenticated users are not necessarily dangerous, it is one more tool Google is providing for people concerned with security, Jon Russell writes.
At least 400,000 high-value targets are victims of an onslaught of malware attacks tied to a recently discovered Remote Access Tool that uses phishing attacks to get unsuspecting users to open an infected e-mail attachment. Kaspersky reports that hundreds of thousands of individual users may have inadvertently downloaded the RAT -- which goes by several names, including Adwind, and is designed to log keystrokes and steal other data.
The White House will be recruiting its first chief information security officer in the coming two or three months to help address federal agencies' cybersecurity issues. The officer, who will be part of the Office of Management and Budget, will be responsible for ensuring that government workers are knowledgeable about the basic ways to boost computer security.
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