Threat Level Thursday: Cyber Crime Loves the FIFA World Cup 2014

Guess what travelers and soccer (sorry, football) fans, there's a whole world out there to get you. In fact, you might land in a trap just Googling your favorite striker.

A Year Since Edward Snowden: The Five Most Important Things to Know — Part 1

A year ago, Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian published the first of what would become an avalanche of leaks from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the U.S. National Security Agency and the modern world of digital surveillance and spying. Here are the five most important takeaways from a year that changed our perspective on our privacy in the digital age.

Threat Level Thursday: Google's Encryption Obsession and a W for the Feds

This week's edition has some good news: Google is pushing email and data encryption services and the Feds ramp up their cybersecuirty efforts...sort of.

Cybersecurity Concerns Deterring Online Shopping

Recent weeks and months have definitely put the fear of the hacker into American consumer, says a new report that shows U.S. shoppers have recoiled from online shopping amidst cybersecurity concerns.
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Report: Healthcare and Pharma Cybersecurity Ratings Poor

A new report by security ratings firm BitSight Technologies shows that out of four key industries -- finance, utilities, retail, and healthcare -- healthcare and pharmaceuticals companies have the worst cybersecurity ratings.

FTC on the Data Broker Industry

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report Tuesday calling for more transparency from data brokers. Today, we take at what the FTC describes as the characteristics of data brokering and the benefits and risks involved.
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Threat Level Thursday: Cybercriminals Are Gaining the Upper Hand

This week's Threat Level Thursday brings pretty much nothing but bad news for anyone connected to the web.
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Cybercrime Affected Half of American Adults and is Beating Firms

New data indicates that nearly half of American adults have been hacked in the last 12 months and that cyber criminals are gaining the upper edge against corporations.
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FTC to Data Brokers: Allow Consumers to Opt Out of Data Mining

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) made waves Tuesday with a new report suggesting that data brokers need to make their actions more transparent to the public.
 Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel

White House Clears Air on Cybersecurity Efforts

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel once again took to the official White House blog last week in a post titled "Assessing Cybersecurity Regulations" to clear up the air following U.S. accusations that five Chinese military officials perpetuated industrial espionage against the United States.
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Tensions Fly High Among US Accusations of Chinese Cyberspying

Tensions between the United States and China over accusations of industrial espionage have hit a boiling point as Beijing summoned U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus Monday in an attempt to counter Washington's charges.
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Threat Level Thursday: NIST Champions IT Security and Rash Heartbleed Responses

Welcome back to Threat Level Thursday, where this week we'll be talking more about the defensive end of cybersecurity, including a set of guidelines to improve critical systems and software security by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and why quick responses to threats are great, but rash ones aren't.

The Data Breach Isn't the Only Reason Target's CEO Resigned

The departure of Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel last week had many proclaiming that it was because of the massive data breach the retailer suffered late last year. It's important to note, however, that there were other factors at play, such as Target's recent performance as a business.
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Heartbleed Prompts Rash Responses

While it's important to respond quickly and effectively in light of a cybersecurity hole such as Heartbleed, new data shows that some websites actually added the vulnerability in the rush to patch systems.
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White House on Big Data: Modernize Our Approach

Just how important is the digital frontier to the U.S. government? Very, apparently. The White House released a report on big data last week recommending modernizing the approach to scaled digital information, a move that highlights an increasingly aggressive agenda by the government on cyber issues.
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NSA Training Cyberwarriors to Bolster Force

Cyberwarfare has been heralded as the coming frontier and you can be sure that the United States wants to be at the forefront. Enter the National Security Agency (NSA), which is training a new breed of cyberwarriors for use in the frontlines
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