Cybersecurity Blog: The Cyber Scene is evolving, are you?

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Chief Cybersecurity Architect, Leidos: Mr. Williams has been involved in the IT security field since 1994. He is a co-author of the book “Enterprise Cybersecurity: How to Build a Successful Cyberdefense Program Against Advanced Threats” and holds a patent for secure e-commerce technology. He has been with Leidos since 2003 focusing on enterprise cybersecurity, defense against advanced threats, and regulatory compliance. He has presented on these topics at RSA, (ISC)2, ISSA, B-Sides, HIMSS, MILCOM, and other forums. He is a former ranger-qualified paratrooper and hold degrees in computer science and information assurance from Princeton and George Washington Universities.

On June 27, 2017, a new cyberattack spread across the globe, starting in Europe.  This attack is similar to a 2016 virus called “Petya,” but its spread is reminiscent of the “WannaCry” attack of May, 2017.  This “2017 Petya Attack” is already affecting thousands of computers and is spreading quickly.  Its full impact on businesses, governments, and people is yet to be determined.

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Lots of people are talking about the “Internet of Things” and what it means to the Internet’s future. Not all of these comments are good.

Consider that Government Computer News (GCN) ran an article titled “The Internet of malware-infected things” discussing body cameras that were found to be infected by the Conficker worm, from the factory. Along the same lines, Federal Computer Week commented “The Internet of Things leaves public and private computer systems essentially indefensible, and no amount of security guidance can provide salvation." In the article NIST fellow Ron Ross commented “You can comply perfectly … and still have a very vulnerable infrastructure because of the complexity.”

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