Stories by Kenneth Corbin

The Internet of Things brings far-reaching security threats

By Kenneth Corbin | 08 August, 2014 22:53

Security pros routinely cite poor cyber hygiene as one of their top concerns. But if they're lying awake at night worried about lazy passwords and software updates going ignored, just think of the headaches that will come once thermostats, pacemakers and just about everything else comes online.

Federal CIOs Moving Cybersecurity Beyond Compliance

By Kenneth Corbin | 18 April, 2014 06:46

The evolving nature of cyberattacks demands a more dynamic response, according to government CIOs making an effort to implement real-time, continuous monitoring and reporting for security issues.

Cloud Service Providers Fight Back, Challenge NSA

By Kenneth Corbin | 26 February, 2014 15:30

Facing a real business threat from the fallout from the NSA's intelligence gathering, tech sector luminaries are expanding their presence in Washington as they lobby for surveillance reforms.

Tech Industry Praises Cybersecurity Framework From White House

By Kenneth Corbin | 18 February, 2014 14:17

Leaders of the tech sector laud the Obama administration's rollout of voluntary cybersecurity guidelines, but broader private-sector adoption could remain a challenge.

Digital Advertising Alliance Argues Online Privacy Is All About Choice

By Kenneth Corbin | 05 November, 2013 14:58

New polling from the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) highlights the importance of guidelines to limit Web companies' online tracking.

NSA Director Denies Knowledge of Google, Yahoo Hack

By Kenneth Corbin | 31 October, 2013 13:16

Confronted with the latest revelation from the Snowden disclosures, Gen. Keith Alexander says that the NSA obtains data from tech companies only through a court order.

Federal Security Breaches Traced to User Noncompliance

By Kenneth Corbin | 17 October, 2013 13:42

In an effort to lock down agency data and control access points, cybersecurity professionals in the federal government fail to consider the experience of end users, who say security policies are burdensome and often resort to workarounds.

Picking a Fight Over NSA Surveillance in the Post-Snowden Era

By Kenneth Corbin | 09 October, 2013 21:56

Privacy and Internet freedom will take center stage when Congress debates NSA Surveillance Reform. Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden is ready to lead the charge for stricter oversight of the NSA's far-ranging intelligence-gathering activities.

NSA Leaker Snowden May Have Had Help

By Kenneth Corbin | 03 October, 2013 23:23

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers is skeptical that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden could have known to look for all the documents he leaked and been able to circumvent security checks on his own.

Government IT Leaders Wrestle With Security Risks

By Kenneth Corbin | 26 September, 2013 23:21

Federal officials say that their cybersecurity operations won't be disrupted by a shutdown if Congress can't reach a budget deal. However, persistent threats associated with big data, open data initiatives remain.

Government Networks Unprepared for Cloud, Big Data Transitions

By Kenneth Corbin | 18 September, 2013 16:17

A new survey of federal network managers reveals that government agencies are not ready for the arrival of the 'big five' tech transformations -- cloud computing, big data, security, mobility and data center consolidation.

ATF CIO Pushes for a More Mobile Government

By Kenneth Corbin | 13 September, 2013 17:14

The CIO of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives outlines efforts within the government to mobilize the workforce, noting the benefit of increased productivity and collaboration as well as progress made addressing the security challenges.

Cybersecurity Pros in High Demand, Highly Paid and Highly Selective

By Kenneth Corbin | 08 August, 2013 22:56

Experts in cybersecurity are among the most sought-after professionals in the tech sector, with demand for workers in that field outpacing other IT jobs by a wide margin.

Senators Push to Curb NSA's FISA Authorities

By Kenneth Corbin | 31 July, 2013 23:46

Members of Judiciary Committee express concern over broad-ranging, secretive authorities under Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, push for bill to strengthen oversight, transparency.

U.S. Cloud Firms Suffer From NSA PRISM Program

By Kenneth Corbin | 25 July, 2013 13:09

Revelations of the NSA's massive electronic surveillance program give fuel to foreign firms and governments that warn of privacy risks of doing business with U.S. cloud service providers.

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