China Modernizing Military Program, Pentagon Reports

Monday, May 13, 2013 | 9:54 AM 4 comments

China is working to modernize its military program to strengthen its capabilities in cyber space, according to a new Pentagon report.

Less than one month after Chinese military officials pledged to work with the U.S. on cyber issues, the Pentagon last week released its annual report on China to advise that the nation appears to be stepping up its efforts to engage in cyber espionage and electronic warfare. Read more…

U.S. Confronts Top Cyber Adversaries

Monday, May 6, 2013 | 9:39 AM 10 comments

The U.S. has been in talks with two of its biggest cyber adversaries, according to reports.

White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel and coordinator for cyber issues Christopher Painter met last week with Russian officials to discuss cybersecurity, The Moscow Times reported.

Thought to be the culprit of sophisticated cyber attacks and cyber espionage to steal critical information, Russia has been on the U.S.’ list of top cyber threats for a number of years.

In the meetings held last week, leaders from the two nations reportedly talked about alleviating their cyber issues in an effort to reach an agreement on “unified cybersafety,” the Times article noted. Read more…

Senate has Work to Do as House Passes Three Cyber Bills

Monday, April 22, 2013 | 2:15 PM 32 comments

The House last week passed three bills aimed at strengthening the nation’s cybersecurity.

The Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2013 (H.R. 1163) and the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act (H.R. 756) both passed the House on Tuesday, with the news nearly flying under the radar, as passage of the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) stole much of the cyber spotlight. Read more…

House to Take Up CISPA amid Privacy Concerns

Monday, April 15, 2013 | 2:33 PM 27 comments

This week, the House of Representatives is expected to take up a controversial bill intended to enhance information sharing between the government and the private sector in an effort to improve the nation’s cybersecurity.

In an 18-2 vote, the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday approved a revised version of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which was reintroduced in February by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) after passing the House last April, but failing in the Senate in August. Read more…

North and South Korea Prep for Cyberwar

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | 1:19 PM 134 comments

As tensions on the Korean Peninsula continue to rise, North and South Korea may already be engaged in a battle in cyberspace.

A series of targeted cyber attacks have hit both of the countries in the weeks leading up to the recent conflict, with South Korea reportedly experiencing its biggest cyber attack in nearly two years. Read more…

US Presses China on Cyber Attacks

Monday, March 25, 2013 | 8:30 AM 4 comments

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew was in China last week to talk with officials about economic issues, including how cybersecurity has become a top U.S. priority.

Meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, Lew expressed concerns over recent cyber attacks on U.S. businesses and banks, which some say was the work of Chinese state-sponsored hackers. Read more…

Pentagon Unprepared to Defend Against Cyber Attacks

Monday, March 11, 2013 | 8:20 AM 9 comments

The Pentagon is not prepared to take on certain adversaries in cyber space and must adopt a new strategy to mitigate looming threats, according to a new report.

The 138-page report, “Resilient Military Systems and the Advanced Cyber Threat,” was compiled by a task force of public and private sector industry experts under the Defense Science Board.

The task force advised that the Department of Defense (DoD) does not have the capabilities to prevent highly sophisticated cyber attacks from penetrating networks that control critical infrastructure and carry out essential military missions. Read more…