THREATS: . One year after the public disclosure of Heartbleed, 74 percent of Global 2000 organizations with public-facing systems are still vulnerable to the OpenSSL vulnerability, according to a new report by Venafi. Read more
WHITE HOUSE COMPROMISE: How The U.S. Thinks Russians Hacked The White House. Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation. Read more
EMPLOYEE LEAKS: Insider Breach Costs AT&T $25 Million. AT&T is paying a hefty price – $25 million – for call center employees in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines accessing personally identifiable information from some 278,000 customer accounts without authorization.
REPORT FINDINGS: Utilities And Education The Most Bot-Infested Sectors. The more bots in-house, the more a company is likely to have reported a data breach, BitSight report finds. Utilities and the education sector harbor the most botnet infections, according to a new study that highlights how bot infections correlate with a higher rate of data breach. Read more
SOFTWARE AND PROGRAMMING
ANALYTICS: What Programming Do Predictive Modelers Need to Know? In most lists of the most popular software for doing data analysis, statistics, and predictive modeling, the top software tools are Python and R—command line languages rather than GUI-based modeling packages. Read more
SERVER NEWS: With Nano Server And Containers, Microsoft Takes On Linux. Linux might have a 25 percent share of the server installed base, depending on who you ask, but it is the platform of choice for new kinds of middleware and applications and has a much higher penetration on cloudy infrastructure. Read more
FEDERAL, STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT
VIRGINIA: Lawmakers Move Toward Electronic Identification. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a bill late last month directing the state to establish identity management standards for electronic identification through an advisory council to advise the rollout of e-ID across the state.
FCC: FCC Reviews Verizon Use Of Tracking Supercookie. The Federal Communications Commission is reviewing whether Verizon’s use of a tracking “supercookie” runs up against its consumer privacy and data security rules. Read more
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