Cyber Round Up: Congress isn’t prepared for cyber attack; Chertoff likens cyber to immune system; Deloitte says very few affected

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  • We’re under constant threat of cyberattack, and Congress isn’t prepared to do anything about it (Washington Post):  Brianna Wu, a software engineer by trade and now a Democratic candidate for Congress in Massachusetts, wrote a piece for the Washington Post about Congress’s lack of preparation for a cyber attack. The article points out that Congress has failed to act in the wake of several different attacks and that members of the pertinent Congressional committees are not qualified to address these issues. While clearly politically motivated, Wu criticizes both political parties is correct that most Congressmen and women do not have the technical background that she does.  She makes a strong push for civil liability that will force companies to engage in good cyber security practices. The full article can be read here.
  • Ex-Homeland Security Chief: Good cyber security is like an immune system (Yahoo):  The former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff recently spoke on cyber issues in an interview with Yahoo.  In his comments, Chertoff compared cyber security to the human body, saying that “The human body doesn’t keep all bacteria and viruses out, but it also has an immune system and that’s what companies should have.” He also urged layered defenses and managed expectations.  Chertoff also advised that companies should not pay ransoms for data, as it only encourages hackers to repeat their behavior.  The full video can be seen here.

  • Investor group seeks probe into SEC hack, urges data rules delay (Reuters): Deloitte was the latest company to disclose a data breach.  A report from Reuters earlier today, however, includes comments from the company that claim ‘very few’ clients were affected.  The attack was discovered in March and could have started as early as October 2016, the article said.  The full report can be read here.

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Cyber Round Up: Congress isn’t prepared for cyber attack; Chertoff likens cyber to immune system; Deloitte says very few affected

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