IT TECH NEWS
SURVEY: As State of the Union Tackles Cybersecurity, New ISACA Survey Shows 86% See a Cybersecurity Skills Shortage. A new global survey of more than 3,400 members of IT association ISACA shows that close to half (46 percent) of respondents expect their organization to face a cyberattack in 2015 and 83 percent believe cyberattacks are one of the top three threats facing organizations today. Yet an alarming 86 percent say there is a global shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals and only 38 percent feel prepared to fend off a sophisticated attack. Read more
NIST: Waverley Labs and the Energy Production Infrastructure Center at UNC Charlotte Successfully Quantify Digital Risks for Power Grids. Waverley’s risk-based approach supports the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cyber Security Framework and aims at building digital resilience. This new model delivers key information that enables energy companies to identify and prioritize which risks need to be mitigated based on possible consequences, ranging from business interruptions to loss of human lives. Read more
FEDERAL & STATE GOVERNMENT IT
FEDERAL DOMAINS: Agencies, Want A New Website? Talk To GSA. Nearly four years after the Obama administration began an effort to ax extraneous federal websites, the White House budget office is asking the General Services Administration to take over cracking the whip. Read more
MOBILE DEVICES: FBI In Final Stretch Of Major Android Device Deployment. n the coming weeks the Federal Bureau of Investigation will have just under 30,000 Android-based devices deployed, said the agency’s mobility lead David Rubin during a Jan. 13 industry event. Read more
ACA: Affordable Care Act Phishing Campaign. US-CERT is aware of a phishing campaign purporting to come from a U.S. Federal Government Agency. The phishing emails reference the Affordable Care Act in the subject and claim to direct users to health coverage information, but instead direct them to sites which attempt to elicit private information or install malicious code. Read more
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