THREAT INTELLIGENCE: Cloud Security Sector Leads Cybersecurity Mergers And Acquisition Report. The cyber sector is white hot. According to IDC, the hot areas for growth are security analytics/SIEM, threat intelligence, mobile security, and cloud security. Corporations are investing heavily in these areas to combat cybercrime. Read more

POST OPM HACK: 4 Charts That Explain The State Of Agency Cybersecurity. Following the massive breach of federal employee files precipitated by a series of cyberintrusions at the Office of Personnel Management, the Obama administration ordered agencies to immediately tighten network defenses during a 30-day “cybersecurity sprint.” The results are now in. The White House recently posted details from the cyber review online. Read more

SANS INSTITUTE WHITEPAPER: Observation And Response – An Intelligent Approach. This paper explains why network-based observation and tracking are important to faster response, where observation outside the network is important, and what types of intelligence can augment network observation data for more timely and accurate classification and containment. Read more

MITIGATE FALLOUT: 11 Tips for Effective Cybersecurity. With major data breaches making headlines on a near-weekly basis, many in the securities industry have wisely begun to focus on developing an effective approach to cybersecurity. Although cybersecurity plans can vary widely among firms depending upon their business, clientele and technical architecture, among other things, effective plans include the following features. Read more


KANSAS: State Committee Looks To Update Open Records Act For Digital Age. After news stories that exposed loopholes in the Kansas Open Records Act, a special committee is exploring how the 30-year-old KORA ought to be updated for a digital world. Questions raised include whether personal cellphones and text messages of public employees should be subject to the act, or whether private messages sent via Facebook or Twitter ought to be treated the same as e-mail if they concern official business. Read more

LOUISIANA: How Its Supreme Court Supported IT Staff Through a Disaster. On Friday, Aug. 26, 2005, Frank DiFulco received a call from his wife while he was shopping at Wal-Mart. She told him to pick up some water, batteries and other supplies, as forecasters warned that Hurricane Katrina was headed to New Orleans. DiFulco, court management information systems director for the Louisiana Supreme Court, boarded up his and his parents’ houses Saturday and evacuated town on Sunday. Read more

ATLANTA: Intel To Collaborate With Georgia Tech. Intel Corporation recently announced it will invest $5 million over the next five years to deepen its engineering pipeline partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology and deploy research-driven solutions to inspire and retain women and underrepresented minorities to start and complete computer science and engineering degrees. Read more

VIRGINIA: New Civic Tech Initiatives Include Datathons And Open Data Portals. Virginia residents now have the chance to make their state government more efficient, transparent and responsive to all: A hackathon challenges everyone to use the state’s open data to develop cutting-edge tools and applications that, if selected, could be presented to Gov. Terry McAuliffe and over 300 local government innovators. Read more


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