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July 31, 2017  |  PR Web

Automation Federation will continue the Cybersecurity initiative with the new President’s administration. The White House National Security Staff has requested the assistance of AF to help in the preparation/implementation of a cybersecurity workforce development plan and stated that they trust and value the partnership with AF to be the leader in the OT Cybersecurity effort. AF will maintain its engagement with the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCOE) to strengthen Operational Technology (OT), the technology that is used to operate, monitor and control the power system.

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July 25, 2017  |  Healthcare IT News

Petya is straight ransomware. That means it encrypts data and demands payment to unlock it. The recent NotPetya exploit, though, is a new variant of the Petya family of ransomware that has been substantially modified to include worm functionality, explained Rich Curtiss, managing consultant at Clearwater Compliance and a liaison who coordinates cybersecurity vulnerability projects with the NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.

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July 17, 2017  |  Inside Cybersecurity

The increased threats for an interconnected economy, and the promise of an emerging Internet of Things, have prompted government and industry policymakers to examine, and grapple with, the roles and responsibilities for mitigating automated cyber attacks -- a struggle that was on display last week at a meeting hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and which will be further fleshed out in written comments at the end of this month on an emerging botnet strategy by the Trump administration.

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July 13, 2017  |  Inside Cybersecurity

The Federal Trade Commission's authority to shut down an online operation that is seen as harming consumers is an effective tool in combating automated and distributed attacks, according to an FBI cyber investigator.  “We have worked a lot with the FTC,” said the FBI's Tom Grosso at an event on Wednesday hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology on automated and distributed attacks. “You have these great powers” to shut down an online operation if it's shown to be harming consumers, Grosso said. Grosso spoke as part of a panel that included FTC lawyer Andrea Arias, who emphasized the commission's enforcement role in addressing cybersecurity risks from the growing Internet of Things.

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July 12, 2017  |  Inside Cybersecurity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology concluded a two-day meeting today on addressing automated and distributed attacks on the internet, which highlighted the numerous and broad challenges policymakers face in mitigating threats from the emerging Internet of Things, including an undefined role for government and lack of consensus on the responsibility of developers in securing devices.

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July 12, 2017  |  ExecutiveBiz

Clearwater Compliance has become a member of a public-private cybersecurity collaboration within the National Institute of Standards and Technology‘s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. The Nashville, Tennessee-based cybersecurity and compliance management provider said Tuesday it will pledge its cyber risk management software, methodology and expertise as a member of NIST’s National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership.

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July 12, 2017  |  Inside Cybersecurity

A key industry representative for the electricity sector is recommending a security certification program for devices that connect to the internet, which could offer consumer “rebates” as a way to mitigate cybersecurity risks from the emerging Internet of Things. Wilcox offered his proposal near the end of the first day of a two-day meeting hosted by NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence on mitigating DDoS and botnet threats. NIST is hosting the event in its efforts to help develop a report required by President Trump's cybersecurity executive order on protecting critical government and industry systems from automated and distributed attacks.

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July 11, 2017  |  Inside Cybersecurity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology kicked off a two-day meeting today where industry officials and regulators are discussing steps to mitigate the threat and impact of automated and distributed denial of service attacks, including the possibility of baseline security requirements for devices. The NIST meeting is being hosted by the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence and discussions are being driven in part by President Trump's cybersecurity executive order, which calls for a report on addressing DDoS and botnet attacks. Officials from the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission are participating in the effort.

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July 11, 2017  |  FCW

Ari Schwartz, former senior director for cybersecurity at the National Security Council and now with Venable LLP, said at a July 11 resilience workshop hosted by the National Institute for Standards and Technology that the proliferation of internet-connected devices -- many of which are insecure or can't be updated -- and increasing bandwidth of internet systems are leading to more, and more powerful, distributed denial of service  attacks. Repeaters and other technology are making attacks increasingly complex.

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July 11, 2017  |  BusinessWire

Clearwater Compliance, a leading provider of cybersecurity and compliance solutions, is pleased to announce it is the newest member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership (NCEP) at NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE). Clearwater joins 28 cybersecurity market leaders as part of the public-private industry collaboration that is focused on providing real-world, standards-based cybersecurity capabilities that address business needs. As an NCCoE NCEP member, Clearwater has pledged its award-winning cyber risk management software, methodology and expertise.