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At the final panel of the conference. Judith Donath is moderating. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people. Charlie Nesson asks: “When we talk about our space, who are we?” In Jeff Huang‘s presentation, it seemed like he was given the perfect hypothetical — a desert — to build a public and private place. “In cyber terms, we are people of the Net. What then is our domain? It’s the public domain. And if you are to build the public domain, then I believe the wisdom to follow from a lawyer’s point of view is the same wisdom that has more or less informed the world of real property. If you want an orderly world of real property, you build... (more)

HP Passport 1912nm internet monitor: coming to hotel lobbies and airports near you

HP's Internet Monitor Along with outing its new IPS displays, HP is announcing an 18.5-inch internet monitor today. The Passport 1912nm is targeted at businesses such as hotels and cyber cafes, allowing users to browse the web via Firefox and access photos, video and music via a simple five-icon home screen. There’s an ARM CPU, 2GB of Flash RAM and 1GB of DDR2 memory under the hood, and the 1366 x 768 is bundled with a USB keyboard and mouse. Connections include five USB ports, Ethernet and a 4-in-1 media card reader. The Passport 1912nm goes on sale today for $259, though you’re probably more likely to encounter the internet monitor in an airport or store than to shell out for a web kiosk of your own. Read the full story at Engadget. ... (more)

GAO Summary of Cyber Economic Espionage Threat

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released findings from a cyber security study which focused on the economic espionage aspects of the cyber threat. Their report, available at: GAO-12-876T : Cyber Threats Facilitate Ability To Commit Economic Espionage provides an update and summary of several incidents in the private sector which underscore the nature of the threat, including: • In March 2012, it was reported that a securitybreach at Global Payments, a firm that processed payments for Visa and Mastercard, could compromise the credit- and debit-card information of millions of Americans. Subsequent to the reported breach, the company’s stock fell more than 9 percent before trading in its stock was halted. Visa also removed the company from its list of approved processors. • In March 2012, it was reported that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee paid out ... (more)

Attacks on Industrial Control Systems Spike, Air Force Smartphone Games for New Recruits, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team within the Department of Homeland Security reports a a 20-fold leap in the number of incidents since the team was created in 2009. More here. The Homeland Security Infrastructure Program gave Colorado authorities fighting deadly wildfires access to sensitive data on critical infrastructure in the area that may need protection. More here. Department of Homeland Security Chief Information Officer Richard Spires stated that while his office successfully brought 99% of DHS networks into the OneNet initiative and closed 12 data centers, organizational boundaries still hamper consolidation efforts. More here. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a federal contractor running three governmentwide websites, including FedBizOpps.go... (more)

USA is 3 out of 10 in cyber, Deployed soldiers will be carrying

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: US CYBERCOM commander, General Alexander reports that the US is only a 3 of 10 in cyber preparedness.  Alexander further stated that they are focusing on defense, due to the difficulties with cyber attack attribution. Via FedScoop, more here. Deployed soldiers will be  carrying sensors in Afghanistan to collect shock data. This data could help provide information on concussions and mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) that are plaguing US forces. Via Engadget, here. The National Coordinator for Health IT creates app challenge – this organization is challenging developers to help users take self-administered heart assessment that can help inform healthcare providers. BAH creates Wargame that examines the future of US infrastructure. This  used a group of government, civic and industry thought leaders... (more)

Legislation May Give Budgetary Power to CIOs, Army Investigates Analytics Software, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: Proposed legislation would give federal chief information officers authority over their technology budgets. More here. The Army is investigating how the 3rd Infantry Division obtained free intelligence software from analytics company Palantir and has ordered the Palantir-provided training servers shut down. More here. The U.S. Air Force Center for Strategy and Technology released a foreboding video on the future of technology, which they say they cannot predict. More here. Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh voiced concerns that the Department of Defense is spending on cybersecurity without a coordinated plan. More here. NASA is investing in  research that combines computer and systems science with mechanical, electrical, and materials engineering and social, behavioral, and economic scien... (more)

Do You Think You Have Innovative New Technology For the Intelligence Community?

By BobGourley‘s parent is Crucial Point LLC, a consultancy that operates in the federal IT ecosystem. We are especially focused on technologies of interest to the national security community. That is largely because of our background. All of us at Crucial Point, including me, have a background in national security matters. So as you can imagine we hear from companies who have interesting technology that can potentially make contributions to the missions of DoD and the Intelligence Community. We love hearing from firms like this and have established processes to make it easy for any firm to submit technology for our review (submit here at CTOlabs if you have new tech for us to evaluate). But what we most love is helping firms understand how they may (or may not) fit into the mission needs of the DoD and IC. One piece of advice we give to all is you nee... (more)

Cyber Security Advocate James R. Woodhill Presented Problems and Solutions Related to Commercial Account Cyber-Theft

James R. Woodhill, advocate for and whom BANK INFO SECURITY Magazine referred to as “the loudest voice” in the campaign against commercial account takeover fraud, testified Friday before The House Committee on Financial Services' Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises’ hearing on “Cyber Threats to Capital Markets and Corporate Accounts.” Mr. Woodhill described the epidemic of attacks against the bank accounts of American churches, school districts, public libraries, and small businesses. James R. Woodhill testifies on the cyber-security threat to American churches, school districts, public libraries, and small businesses. (Photo: Business Wire) Mr. Woodhill cited the testimony of FBI Assistant Director Gordon M. Snow who, back on September 14, 2011, told the Committee on Financial Services that his agen... (more)

Lantronix Partners With DataVision for xPrintServer Sales and Marketing

IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/13/12 -- Lantronix (NASDAQ: LTRX), a leading global provider of smart M2M connectivity solutions, today announced that it has signed a sales and marketing partnership with New York-based DataVision Computer Video for its award-winning, patent-pending xPrintServer™ family, the first line of Apple iOS® print server appliances compatible with the iPad2, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod® Touch, and virtually any device running Apple's iOS mobile operating system. "Apple and Apple-related products are among our top sellers, especially during the upcoming Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the overall holiday season," said Albert Liniado, President of DataVision Computer Video. "We are constantly being asked, by both consumer and business customers, about printing solutions for the iPad and iPhone -- and thus far, only the Lantronix xPrintServer fits the... (more)

Smartphone and Tablet Era is a Double-Edged Sword: LTE Security Threats and Opportunities

FARMINGTON, Conn., Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- With the rapid expansion of broadband wireless, end-users increasingly rely upon handheld devices for almost all daily living activities. The new smartphone and tablets era have brought along a flood of security issues along with opportunities to capitalize. The competitive telecommunication market has prompted mobile network operators to put forth considerable efforts to address threats posed by cyber-criminals who are expanding their business globally. Android OSS devices have become the main target for attackers. Cyber-criminals are not bound to mobile malware alone as they also attack in other ways such as hacking the phone of user through the so-called "Freemium" games. This often occurs by way of hacking the bank account when user initiates a mobile payment. (Photo: (more)

To Mark Data Privacy Day, AnchorFree CEO Offers 5 Online Privacy Tips to Protect You and Your Family

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/24/13 -- This Data Privacy Day on Monday, January 28th, AnchorFree is joining forces with the National Cyber Security Alliance to offer some simple tips and tools to empower consumers to protect their online privacy. "Americans are twice as likely to be victims of identity theft than they are to have their homes broken into," said David Gorodyansky, founder and CEO of AnchorFree, maker of Hotspot Shield, one of the world's most popular online privacy tools. "We spend billions every year on keeping our homes safe, yet relatively few are even aware of the growing threats they and their families face every time they go online." Every year, more than 11 million U.S. adults are victims of identity fraud (1), and an estimated $110 billion is lost as a result of cybercrime (2). By making minor adjustments to their online habits, cons... (more)