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Daily Cyber Defense Brief 12 Jan 2017: Information Security Threats and Data Breaches

By James Lint
Faculty Member, School of Business, American Military University
Senior Editor for
 In Cyber Defense and Contributor, In Homeland Security

4 Information Security Threats that will Dominate 2017 from CIO’s Thor Olavsrud

Thor reported on the Information Security Forum and some of their projections. This is the time of year where there are a lot of forecasts. As intelligence analysts and security watchers it is good to read these forecasts.

Think about what would happen if you observed a disruptive idea. How does it impact your organization? How much more information do you need to discover that idea’s potential impact to your organization? Who do you need to partner with for a solution?  Reading many forecasts at the beginning of the year can help you improve your organization’s security.

Credit Freeze: The New Normal In Data Breach Protection? from Information Week’s Lysa Myers

Myers advocates for a credit freeze as a default action versus a “for fee” action, which could be critical in a data breach situation. If we make it easier to have a credit freeze, that poses the question: Could a credit freeze decrease the windfall for the hostile actors trying to profit from a cyber incident?

This makes for an interesting situation on future major breaches. No one believes we will not have another breach. What is the solution?

HOT NEWS:  CNN reports that Giuliani will be a Cybersecurity Cyber Advisor in the new Presidential Administration.

The key questions will be where this advisor will be located. Will it be in the White House or Blair House? What kind of relationship will Giuliani have with the Department of Homeland Security? A key player will be the the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications.

According to its website, “The Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C), within the National Protection and Programs Directorate, is responsible for enhancing the security, resilience and reliability of the Nation’s cyber and communications infrastructure. CS&C works to prevent or minimize disruptions to critical information infrastructure in order to protect the public, the economy and government services. CS&C leads efforts to protect the federal “.gov” domain of civilian government networks and to collaborate with the private sector — the “.com” domain — to increase the security of critical networks.

In addition, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) serves as a 24/7 cyber monitoring, incident response, and management center and as a national point of cyber and communications incident integration.”

This article highlights cyber news that influences cyber defenders. Information is retrieved from aggregators and credit given to them.

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James R. Lint retired as the (GG-15) civilian director for intelligence and security, G2, U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command. James has been involved in cyberespionage events from just after the turn of the century in Korea supporting 1st Signal Brigade to the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis as the first government cyber intelligence analyst. He has 38 years of experience in military intelligence with the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army.

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