WEB SECURITY: The end for 1024-bit SSL certificates is near, as Mozilla kills a few more. Website owners still using 1024-bit SSL certificates should replace them with 2048-bit ones. In weeks, Mozilla products including its popular Firefox browser will stop trusting an unknown number of SSL certificates that were issued using old root CA certificates with 1024-bit RSA keys. Read more
FROM EUROPE: Here’s What the US Could Learn From Estonia About Cybersecurity. Cyber attacks cost an estimated $400 billion in damages per year, but that number may soon soar thanks to what Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves called “the little green men-ization of cyberspace,” at Davos last weekend, referring to the “little green men” who started showing up around Crimea in unmarked uniforms before Russia formally annexed the peninsula. “It’s not just criminals, it’s not just states, it’s also in between–the unique public/private partnership form that we see where states will pay criminal groups,” buying information about critical vulnerabilities, Ilves said. In the cyber marketplace, where loopholes called “zero-day vulnerabilities” are traded, organized crime, terrorist networks, and state actors are converging, making it increasingly difficult to tell the difference between them. And the number of politically-motivated cyber attacks on the rise (2013 saw a 91% increase in target attacks) these new channels between states and criminal networks are a crucial aspect of cyber infrastructure. Read more
FOR THE CTO, CIO & CISO
CIO: Cyberthreat sharing must include strong privacy protections. U.S. lawmakers should put strict privacy controls into planned legislation to encourage companies to share cyberthreat information with government agencies and each other, some advocates said. Read more
CISO: A CISO’s introduction to enterprise data governance strategy. Every enterprise must have a viable strategy for protecting high-value data. See if your plan aligns with Francoise Gilbert’s advice on top priorities to consider when defining data governance plans. Read more
CTO: NASA CTO Deborah Diaz discusses her agency’s cloud strategy. Read more
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: Labor Department Proposes to Update Sex-Discrimination Rules. Move Would Revise Federal Contractors’ Guidelines Originally From 1970. Read more
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