MALWARE IN WORDPRESS: Google blacklists 11,000 WordPress sites amid malware campaign. ​Google has blacklisted over 11,000 domains after a malware campaign, dubbed SoakSoak, compromised more than 100,000 websites using the WordPress content management system. The issue: use of Revolution Slider plugin. All versions below 4.2 are exploitable. Read more

LEGISLATION: Congress Ramps Up Cyber Legislation Activity: Four Bills Await President Obama’s Signature. Last week Congress hammered out details on four different cyber bills that are intended to help the country move forward with its cyber efforts. Ranging from information sharing, to workforce enhancement, to government cyber reorganization, the four bills represent arguably one of the most productive Congressional sessions in dealing with cyber issues. Read more

MEDICAL: $150,000 HIPAA Settlement Following Breach of Unsecured PHI Due To Malware. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced on December 8, 2014 that a community behavioral health organization agreed to pay $150,000 and adopt a corrective action plan to settle potential violations related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Read more


BIG DATA: How Big Data, Business Intelligence and Analytics Are Fueling Mobile Application Development. You can’t separate successful mobile application development from either data or analytics. Consumers demand immediate insight into their “mobile moments” – exact points in time where context and real-time data fuels decision-making, prompts a buyer to purchase, and allows companies to present brand consistency across devices. Read more

MOBILE: 2015 for the Mobile Developer – Things to know. The explosion of the mobile device market sees an urgent need to support both mobile applications and social applications together. The growth in the volume of the data and the speed of data has made it necessary for organizations to develop internal mobile applications. As per the predictions made in the Gartner report, the mobile AD (Application Development) projects on smartphones and tablets will surpass native PC projects by a ratio of 4:1. Read more

APIS: Are your applications API-ly working together? Today, more and more applications are designed as a set of capabilities or services that interact through APIs. The key to making applications work well together, is to insulate one application from changes in the other applications, or one service from changes in the other services. Read more


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FYI: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – December 22, 2014

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