ONLINE CREDENTIALS: FFIEC Issues Malware, Attack Alerts. The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council warns U.S. financial institutions that they’re at increased risk from attacks that are designed to steal online credentials – for the purpose of committing fraud or disrupting business – as well as from destructive malware attacks that are designed to wipe all data from a system and “brick” devices, leaving them unbootable. Read more
RISK: Cyber Hunting: 5 Tips To Bag Your Prey. The days when Security Operations Center analysts could sit back and wait for alerts to come to them have long passed. A year of breaches and attacks at Fortune 100 banks, retailers, and government agencies have shown that traditional measures like firewalls, IDS, and SIEMs are not enough. Read more
UK SECURITY: UK Government Taking Lead On Cyber Insurance. Insurance companies in the U.K. are beginning to use the British version of the U.S. cybersecurity framework to certify cyber risk reduction efforts throughout the small- and medium-sized business community — a significant advancement compared to the U.S. market, where cyber insurance remains largely focused on data breaches. Find out more
DEFENSE TECH: Why the Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Dollars Don’t Add Up. For at least the past four years, the Pentagon has struggled to count up how much defense spending goes toward a “thing” called cybersecurity. Find out more
FEDERAL & STATE GOVERNMENT
OPM: There is already a higher percentage of women in top management positions in the federal government than in the general U.S. workforce, OPM said. More than one-third (34 percent) of Senior Executive Service positions at federal agencies are held by women, the report said. Read more
MARYLAND: Audit: Maryland Misallocated $28.4M For Health Exchange. According to the audit, Maryland misallocated costs to federal grants instead of the Medicaid program in 2013 and 2014, and failed to use updated estimated enrollment data when it was available. Read more
FEDERAL TECH: Federal Judge Denies FOIA Request For Secret CIA Document. A federal judge has determined that the CIA can keep secret a closely guarded internal analysis at the center of an intense fight between the agency and Congress. Read more
FOR THE CIO, CTO & CISO
DATA PROTECTION: 4 Ways to Get C-Suite Executives to Notice You Online. Your game plan to present yourself and your product to C-level executives — CEOs, CIOs, COOs, CFOs, CMOs — is a completely different beast from an ordinary sales strategy. Read more
IOE SOLUTIONS: How Technology Marketers Can Get Content in Front of C-Suite Executives. When we started working with a new partner in the financial software industry, the entire team was concerned with how we could possibly get our content in front of the C-suite crowd—the organization’s target audience. We needed to reach those who were responsible for profit and loss, but we knew there was a huge challenge standing in our way: these were busy people who actually hired people to guard their desks.
DRESS TO IMPRESS: What Your CEO Is Reading: C-Suite Casual; CEOs and Mentors. ‘Dressing down’ is only a status symbol for the elite. When Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at this week’s F8 developer event in his usual T-shirt and jeans there was nary a peep about his fashion, the tech press by now used to Mr. Zuckerberg’s C-suite casual. But several Harvard Business School professors and students who have researched dress codes in the workplace see more happening. Read more
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