Archive for December, 2012

Cybersecurity News: Project Blitzkrieg deemed a Credible Threat

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

There have been whispers of a potential cyber-attack on 30 United States banks, known as Project Blitzkrieg, since September 2012. But until recently, these whispers had been nothing more than rumors. That was until a report released by the security software company McAfee deemed Project Blitzkrieg a credible threat. The report states: “There is much speculation whether Project Blitzkrieg is real or simply a creation of Russian law enforcement as a sting operation. Our analysis suggests it is authentic, though the timing of the fraudulent activity is unknown.” According to McAfee, hackers have already infected 300-500 accounts in the U.S. with malware. The malware works by obtaining user names and passwords from victims and sending that information to a remote server. CNN recently reported that the likely banks targeted for Project Blitzkrieg include Fidelity, Charles Schwab, PayPal, Citibank, Wachovia, Wells Fargo and Capital One. While there is nothing you can do to help protect banks from the cyber-attacks anticipated with Project Blitzkrieg, you can take the necessary steps to secure your business. Cybersecurity and your Business Nowadays, hackers are targeting small and medium-sized businesses more than larger businesses and government agencies. This is because, unlike government agencies and large Fortune 500 companies, smaller businesses do not have the cybersecurity measures in place to protect their critical data. Luckily, DHA can help. At DHA, we are experienced at providing IT Security support services within and around Federal Government systems and networks, and can help ensure the safety of your most critical IT assets. Our cybersecurity services include: If you have any questions regarding Cybersecurity, please contact DHA by visiting today! You can also follow DHA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. Source: Bank Cyber Attack Know As Project Blitzkrieg A Credible Threat: Report


A Draft of the President’s Cybersecurity Executive Order leaked…Again!

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

No it’s not déjà vu, a new draft of President Barack Obama’s cybersecurity executive order was leaked, this one dated November 21. The new draft also includes several revisions, which have come to be after more than 30 meetings with the private sector. “The National Security Staff has held over 30 meetings with industry, think tanks and privacy groups, meeting directly with over 200 companies and trade organizations representing over 6,000 companies that generate over $7 trillion in economic activity and employ more than 15 million people,” said Caitlin Hayden, a White House spokeswoman. The new draft also includes a clause intended to quell the outcries of privacy infringement. The clause reads: “privacy and civil liberties protections are incorporated into such activities based upon the Fair Information Practice Principles and other applicable privacy and civil liberties policies, principles and frameworks.” Still, not everyone is on board. Some detractors of the Cybersecurity Bill feel that even though private sector companies are encouraged to participate on a voluntary basis, the incentives offered in the bill, including “changing the federal procurement process to create preferences for vendors who meet cybersecurity standards,” will make companies feel obligated to participate in the program. As for the incentives, the draft states: “The Secretary shall coordinate establishment of a set of incentives designed to promote participation in the Program. Within 90 days of the date of this order, the Secretary and the Secretaries of Treasury and Commerce each shall make recommendations separately to the President… on what incentives can be provided to owners and operators of critical infrastructure that participate in the Program, under existing law and authorities, and what incentives would require legislation, including analysis of the benefits and relative effectiveness of such incentives.” What do you think about the newest revisions to the Cybersecurity Executive Order? If you have any questions regarding Cybersecurity, please contact DHA by visiting today! You can also follow DHA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. Source: Cybersecurity News Round-Up: New Draft of White House Cyber Executive Order Surfaces