White House Announces New Botnet Initiatives

June 5, 2012
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White House Announces New Botnet Initiatives

As we all know, botnets are collections of compromised computers widely used to maliciously generate spam, flood networks, or even relay viruses. It looks like we have some great news as the Obama administration has announced a series of initiatives to combat botnets (with a notable exception for Stuxnet and it’s siblings I guess )....
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Security Plays Key Role in Coming IT Skills Revolution

June 5, 2012
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Security Plays Key Role in Coming IT Skills Revolution

We really enjoyed this post from Computer World on preparing for the coming IT skills revolution. Infosec was mentioned throughout as being a great area for the foreseeable future. We also liked their analysis of whether to be a specialist or a generalist. The general thought was that at this point companies are looking...
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US Federal Employees’ Information Compromised

June 4, 2012
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US Federal Employees’ Information Compromised

We’ve been reading about this for the past week or so. As a one-time federal employee with a TSP account, I imagine my stuff is out there now.  Not good. Of course I’m guessing that my data was probably already out there through some other breach. Regardless, it’s pretty sensitive in this case with...
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Where You Want to Be This Week for 06-04-2012

June 4, 2012
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Where You Want to Be This Week for 06-04-2012

Where do you want to be this week? Now you’ll always know with our “Where You Want to Be This Week” feature, which will tell you about infosec meetups happening in your local area as of Sunday night. If you would like your event listed in our Calendar and in this post, let us...
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NIST Reports 23 “Open Issues” in Cloud Computing

June 4, 2012
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NIST Reports 23 “Open Issues” in Cloud Computing

Last week NIST released Special Publication (SP) 800-146, Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations. Weighing in at 81 pages, this document is the follow-on to infamous SP 800-145 that defines what a cloud is but goes further by defining its “characteristics.” It goes on to discuss issues with typical commercial terms of service (big, big, big...
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Forthcoming Book Claims US Created Stuxnet

June 1, 2012
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Forthcoming Book Claims US Created Stuxnet

This has been quite an active week. First Flame on Monday… That continued for a few days with everyone (except AV vendors) poo-pooing it later in the week. And now there are reports that we created Stuxnet. Of course all this comes in the form of a New York Times teaser story from a...
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Top 3 NoVA Infosec Blog Posts of the Week

June 1, 2012
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Top 3 NoVA Infosec Blog Posts of the Week

It’s that time of the week again: the time where we take a look at what local security bloggers have been up to. You can take a look at what local security bloggers have been up to but if you can’t get enough of the local security scene, check out our NovaInfosec Twits list...
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