From the Spring 2015 Issue

In 2015, It’s All about the Data

Author(s):

Eric L. Qualkenbush, Director, Office of Central Cover; Director, Training and Education, retired, Central Intelligence Agency

T. Casey Fleming, Chairman and CEO, BLACKOPS Partners Corporation

A New World  2014 taught us that massive security breaches are the new normal for U.S. companies, government agencies, and universities. Some of the most prominent were Target, Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, Apple’s iCloud, Michaels, the U.S. Postal Service, the IRS, Community Health Services, UPS, Staples, the State Department, Sands Casinos, USIS, eBay, PF Chang’s, … Read more

From the Spring 2015 Issue

Diving into the Deep Web

Author(s):

Kris Martel, EVP of Operations, Chief Information Security Officer, Emagine IT

With all of the recent advancements in technology, including the ability for anyone to know what is going on around the world with just a few keystrokes or finger swipes, it is amazing that anything can be a mystery anymore. When I was young, you had to rely on the newspaper, nightly news programs on … Read more

From the Winter 2015 Issue

Next Generation Espionage

Author(s):

Daren Dunkel, Manager, Enterprise Sales, Amazon Web Services

As we enter the new year we approach the one year anniversary of the Target corporation hack. Their CEO is out of a job, their board of directors is being sued, and the brand has suffered, by some estimates, $1 billion in damages. Unfortunately the Target Corporation is not an isolated example. Recently the headlines, … Read more

From the Winter 2015 Issue

Applying Analytical Tools to Cybersecurity

Author(s):

Joseph Lukowski, President, Laredo Technical Services, Inc.

There is a Method to the Madness of Criminal Intent  Late last summer, open source news reporting indicated that Chinese hackers may have been to blame for the breach of information at USIS, which is the major US contractor for security background investigations for the US Government. Initial estimates indicate that the hacking included more … Read more

From the Winter 2015 Issue

DEVELOPING CYBER SKILLS WITH PUZZLES AND HACKING CHALLENGES

Author(s):

Nikolas Roby, Security/Defense Research Analyst, Parrot Labs - KEYW Corporation

I meet a variety of people trying to enter into the information security and forensics fields. Many of them come straight out of college and have a great deal of theoretical knowledge, but often lack any real world skills. Unfortunately, to gain these skills you need to work real world scenarios, which are hard to … Read more

From the Fall 2014 Issue

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN COMBATING CYBERTHREATS: THE U.S. – ISRAEL EXAMPLE

Author(s):

Ira E. Hoffman, Esq., Of Counsel, Butzel Long

In recent years, two significant developments — (1) the sabotage of centrifuges and Programmable Logic Controllers at Iran’s secret Natanz nuclear fuel-enrichment facility by the Stuxnet worm, and (2) the accelerating growth in the tremendous investment by American information technology (“IT”) giants in Israel — have come to epitomize the close cooperation between the U.S. … Read more

From the Fall 2014 Issue

Is Healthcare Ready for BYOD?

Author(s):

Kris Martel, EVP of Operations, Chief Information Security Officer, Emagine IT

Information Security is a growing concern across all Health and Human Services (HSS) agencies as well as hospitals, doctor offices and any organization dealing with Personal Identifiable Information (PII) or Protected Health Information (PHI). Specifically, the proliferation of mobile devices and their potential for storing and transferring sensitive information requires a new approach to how … Read more

From the Fall 2014 Issue

Intel and the Internet of Things

Author(s):

Daren Dunkel, Manager, Enterprise Sales, Amazon Web Services

The Internet of Things (IoT) will represent a tectonic shift in the way computing is done.  A megatrend if you will, that impacts high technology and society in general.  This is the consensus of two industry veterans with a combined 28 years of technology experience. IoT was recently defined as “a concept in which electronic … Read more

From the Summer 2014 Issue

Stalking Prey: An RF Hacker’s Perspective

Author(s):

Rick Mellendick, Chief Security Officer, Process Improvement Achievers, LLC

Nearly everyone has an RF signature, and it is becoming as common as your fingerprint. This signature is the culmination of device and device usage such as: Your cell phone’s frequency Names of the networks you connect to with yourdevices Bluetooth devices and the connections to andfrom them Your device or devices (e.g., laptop, phone, … Read more

From the Summer 2014 Issue

Cybersecurity in the Supply Chain

Author(s):

Taylor Wilkerson, Program Manager, Supply Chain Management Program, LMI

For most of us, cybersecurity means network and data protection. We think of intrusion detection, firewalls, secure network design, secure and trained workforce, social engineering, and other security activities. Essentially, we view cybersecurity as the tools and activities that keep our networks and the data that they handle secured. But what if one of the … Read more