Congress Moves Substitute Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Bill

The House Homeland Security Committee unanimously passed a substitute bill for the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013 last week. The bill now heads to the full House for a floor vote. Broadly supported by both parties, the current version of HR 3696 gives the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the responsibility for civilian cybersecurity research…

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Sophos Acquires Cyberoam Technologies

Sophos expanded its network security portfolio with its latest acquisition of India-based Cyberoam Technologies for an undisclosed sum, the company said February 10th. The acquisition gives Sophos access to Cyberoam’s expertise in next-generation firewalls and network security, the company said in a statement. Sophos plans to combine its existing line of unified threat management and wireless security products with Cyberoam…

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Texas Hospital Exposes Security Breach of Some 405,000 Records

Health records of up to 405,000 past and current patients at St. Joseph Health System may have been exposed in a security incident, the Texas-based hospital said February 5. St. Joseph Health System has already called security forensic experts and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but the investigation is still in the early stages. Initial findings suggest…

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Palo Alto Shares Rally on Favorable Rulings in Juniper Lawsuit

Shares of Palo Alto Networks jumped more than 11 percent on February 6 after a judge handed down a favorable decision for Palo Alto Networks in the patent infringement lawsuit brought by rival Juniper Networks. The saga over patent infringement began in December 2011 when Juniper Networks sued Palo Alto Networks for infringing on several Juniper…

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Security Awareness Solutions at a Glance

Security awareness is a waste of time and employees should be punished for being careless! To each his own philosophy as to whether this mindset is believable and sincere. Granted, satisfying the security awareness checkbox doesn’t lead to behavioral change and yields very little value-add back to the company. What’s interesting, and not surprising, is…

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Chaos Computer Club Sues German Government Over Mass Spying Claims

The Chaos Computer Club and the International League for Human Rights filed a criminal complaint with Germany’s Federal Prosecutor General’s Office, the Europe’s largest association of hackers said on February 3. “We accuse US, British and German secret agents, their supervisors, the German Minister of the Interior as well as the German Chancellor of illegal and…

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FIS, DHS Partner on Cybersecurity Research

FIS, a large banking and payments technology provider, will collaborate with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a cybersecurity research partner, the company said on February 3rd. Under the partnership, FIS representatives will work with DHS’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center to address and respond to cyber-threats against the global financial industry and critical…

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Covertix SmartCipher Protects Key Confidential Files

The healthcare market has been generating much attention lately.  Everyone from individuals to corporate executives is focused on the changes and provisions as they relate to health insurance. Well, almost everyone. The information security professionals in the healthcare industry are still focused on data security and how to best protect sensitive patient records from exposure…

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