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Hacking Cyborgs: By 2025, Non-Augmented Humans Will Be Obsolete. But There’s Bad News…

The human condition is plagued by a labyrinth of shortcomings, frailties, and limitations that hinder man from reaching his fullest potential. Therefore, it only makes sense that we find ourselves at the next phase in human evolution where restricted man merges with the infinite possibilities of hyper-evolving technologies. This techno-human transmutation will prove to be .. read more

ICIT Analysis – Carbanak Threatens Critical Infrastructure: Cybercriminal APTs Merit Significant Investigation and Discussion

Carbanak, currently one of the most effective advanced persistent threats (APTs) active, poses a serious threat to critical infrastructure organizations such as banks, government, and data brokers such as Equifax. The Carbanak APT demonstrates how criminal collectives can adapt, divide, and evolve as their tools, techniques, and procedures advance. In this analysis, entitled “Carbanak Threatens .. read more

ICIT Introduces: Center for Cyber-Influence Operations Studies (CCIOS)

“This is an advisory that studies the weaponized digital applications used by foreign nation-states for influence operations” – James Scott, Sr. Fellow ICIT & CCIOS The weaponization of digital vectors for a more expedient and potent manner of message delivery has become a pandemic as nation-states use technological means to streamline distribution of fake news, .. read more

Equifax: The Hazards of Dragnet Surveillance Capitalism Part 2: Just Another Data Breach? Or C-Suite Criminal Negligence?

The reckless handling of data collected in capitalistic dragnet surveillance has developed into a national security and privacy epidemic.  The Equifax breach should epitomize the consequences of negligent data brokerage and serve as a wake-up call to similar organizations who profit from dragnet surveillance and the employment of psychographic and demographic Big Data algorithms. In .. read more

ICIT Analysis – Equifax: America’s In-Credible Insecurity – Part One

A catastrophic breach of Equifax’s systems was inevitable because of systemic organizational disregard for cybersecurity and cyber-hygiene best practices, as well as Equifax’s reliance on unqualified executives for information security. While Equifax has proven itself to be a compromised, irresponsible data custodian, Experian, TransUnion, and other data brokers may be just as vulnerable, irresponsible, and .. read more

Dragonfly is Nothing New:  An Objective Assessment of this Energy Sector APT

by James Scott, Sr. Fellow, ICIT Show-of-force intelligence gathering and cyber-kinetic sabotage malware attacks against United States Energy infrastructure are neither novel nor warrant mass-hysteria attempts by fear mongers seeking to exploit the incident for personal gain.  They are deliberate campaigns meant to demonstrate capabilities while offering no real threat to the distributed U.S. energy .. read more

ICIT Analysis: The Graham-Klobuchar Amendment Can Secure Election Infrastructure

Election integrity is a non-partisan issue that merits significant bipartisan support. Multiple players are capable of exploiting the vulnerabilities present in the often insecure, black-box proprietary code and unsecurable, antiquated legacy technology upon which U.S. election tabulation infrastructure relies. The Graham-Klobuchar Amendment aims at achieving Secure State Election Infrastructure through a Federal-State collaborative commission of .. read more

HHS’ HCCIC Takes a Quantum Leap Forward to Secure the Health Sector

HHS is aggressively working with industry to introduce organizational cybersecurity resiliency to the Health Care Industry and move organizations away from self-regulating, checkbox-driven security standards which provide little more than security theatre.  The Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC), HHS’s new cybersecurity intelligence-sharing clearing-house, is a major step toward this goal and acts as .. read more

ICIT Publication: I Got 99 Problems But a Breach Ain’t One

Critical Infrastructure Information Security systems are failing under persistent adversarial efforts because too many organizations still depend on antiquated legacy systems, un-cyber-hygienic personnel, and devices that lack security-by-design. This is not merely a cyberwar, we are now in a state of cyber-kinetic-meta war. There was no clear beginning and there will be no end. The .. read more

ICIT Brief: Metadata – The Most Potent Weapon in This Cyberwar: The New Cyber-Kinetic-Meta War

Metadata, or “data about data,” is collected and recorded to describe data, identify trends, administer algorithmic solutions, and model potential scenarios. When one understands how to make sense of seemingly random metadata or how to pair the data with other exfiltrated data pools, there are limitless possibilities for social engineering and cyber exploitation in attacks .. read more

ICIT Analysis: The Surveillance State & Censorship Legislation Conundrum: Dragnet Surveillance & Censorship Legislation Will Do Nothing to Eliminate Cyber Jihad & Lone Wolf Recruiting

Recent efforts by governments to weaken encryption, introduce exploitable vulnerabilities into applications, and to develop Nation-state dragnet surveillance programs will do little to stymie the rise in terrorist attacks.  These efforts will be a detriment to national security and only further exhaust law enforcement resources and obfuscate adversary communiqués within a massive cloud of noise. .. read more

Next Generation Defenses for a Hyper Evolving Threat Landscape: An Anthology of ICIT Fellow Essays Volume I

The onslaught of attacks on our Critical Infrastructure sectors by nation state, mercenary, criminal and cyber jihadist APTs is robbing organizations of millions worth of IP and victimizing citizens whose inadequately protect PII is being exfiltrated and used for economic gain or counterintelligence purposes. Organizations must be on the forefront of bleeding-edge cybersecurity technologies and .. read more

The Necessity of Encryption for Preserving Critical Infrastructure Integrity: Protecting Data At-Rest, In-Transit, and During-Processing with Format Preserving Encryption

The Necessity of Encryption for Preserving Critical Infrastructure Integrity: Protecting Data At-Rest, In-Transit, and During-Processing with Format Preserving Encryption by James Scott, Sr. Fellow, ICIT DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THIS POST HERE Breaches Result in Loss of Trust Cybersecurity is rooted in trust. Organizations expend resources purchasing and maintaining the systems and applications that they .. read more

There’s Proof That North Korea Launched the WannaCry Attack? Not So Fast! – A Warning Against Premature, Inconclusive, and Distracting Attribution

By James Scott, Sr. Fellow, ICIT Last week, ICIT urged responsible news outlets to focus on meaningful aspects of the May 12, 2017 WannaCry attack on over 230,000 systems in over 150 countries, such as the desperate need for security-by-design in software and technology, the perpetual failure of organizations across the globe to secure their .. read more

ICIT Analysis: America Exposed – Who’s Watching You Through your Computer’s Camera?

Virtually every computer, smartphone, and internet-enabled mobile device has a camera and microphone that can be used by malicious threat actors to surveil and spy on the user. Using malware such as NanoCore RAT and Nuclear RAT 2.0, Cyber Criminals, Script Kiddies, and Nation State APTs can compromise devices and remotely monitor the activities of .. read more

WannaCry Ransomware & The Perils of Shoddy Attribution: It’s the Russians! No Wait, It’s the North Koreans!

By James Scott, Sr. Fellow, ICIT Baseless Attribution Discussions Distract From Meaningful Dialogue It’s the Russians! No, wait, it’s the North Koreans! No, wait it’s…cyber mercenaries posing as PLA hackers moonlighting as cyber mercenaries for the North Korean nation-state? It’s interesting to watch faux experts take such authoritative positions in sinking sand arguments with virtually .. read more

Recommendations for Preventing Ransomware Exploitation

By James Scott, Senior Fellow, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology Ever since the WannaCryptor ransomware attack, also known as WannaCry or Wcrypt, began wreaking havoc around the globe, ICIT has received a flood of inquiries from policymakers, governments, and the private sector on how organizations can defend themselves.  ICIT is pleased to provide the following .. read more

ICIT Analysis: The Cyber Shield Act

Industry experts and federal agencies such as NSA, NASA and NIST have repeatedly pushed for the implementation and standardization of the bare essentials of Information Security, such as security-by-design, cyber-hygiene training, and layered defenses, to be recognized as crucial topics on the Hill.  The Cyber Shield Act is an excellent idea for improving informed consumer .. read more

ICIT Analysis:  Sowing the Seeds of U.S. Cyber Talent

K-12 students are the most prevalent and the most invaluable resource the U.S. can utilize in the development of a skilled and formidable cyber-workforce. As the United States grapples with a projected shortage of 1.5 million cybersecurity professionals by 2020, the “digital generation” provides a unique opportunity to address the cyber-talent shortage. In this analysis, .. read more

ICIT Analysis – S.J. Res. 34 – Introduction of Privatized Censorship

With S.J.Res.34, every citizen will have massive amounts of their data exposed when their ISP or a nebulous third-party intentionally or inadvertently fails to adequately secure the information. By drastically expanding that collection, storage, and exchange of data with a few short lines of legislation, Congress has jeopardized the security and privacy of every citizen, every .. read more

The Know Your Enemies 3.0 Advanced Persistent Threat Advisory is Finally Here!

We Connect the Dots between Nation State, Cyber Mercenary, Cyber Caliphate and Cyber Criminal Advanced Persistent Threats by James Scott, Sr. Fellow, ICIT Allegations of cyber-incidents, IP theft, and cyber-attack have significant tangible results and seismic geopolitical implications. Most compromised organizations do not detect breaches until eight months after the initial incident; consequently, typical attribution .. read more

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ICIT Analysis: How to Crush the Health Sector’s Ransomware Pandemic

The health sector is the most vulnerable, most targeted, and resoundingly least equipped to defend against hackers who are pummeling healthcare organizations with ransomware attacks.   This ransomware epidemic will only become more severe and costly as the infection volume in 2017 will trump infections in 2016. In this post, entitled “How to Crush the .. read more

Cybersecurity in Non-Profit and Non-Governmental Organizations

Non-Profit and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) rely greatly on the use of information technology for both their operations and innovative strategic program initiatives.  In a sense, they are no different than any small, medium or large-scale enterprise with regard to computing.  Keeping information confidential and free from integrity and privacy challenges as well as ensuring their .. read more

ICIT Analysis: Signature Based Malware Detection is Dead

Signature and behavioral based anti-malware are no match for next generation adversaries who utilize mutating hashes, sophisticated obfuscation mechanisms, self-propagating malware, and intelligent malware components. In this analysis, entitled “Signature Based Malware Detection is Dead,” the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology provides a thought-provoking analysis of the necessity for critical infrastructure sectors to adopt advanced .. read more

Join ICIT Fellows at RSA for Demos, Education and Networking!

ICIT will have a strong presence at the 2017 RSA Conference & Expo, with Sr. Fellows meeting with next-generation technology providers to identify bleeding edge technologies and Fellows offering education and demos at booths as well as hosting the best parties of the conference. Do not miss these opportunities to meet with ICIT Fellows.  And .. read more

On February 8th, 2017, posted in: Latest Posts by

ICIT Brief: In 2017, The Insider Threat Epidemic Begins

Just as American and European critical infrastructure executives were beginning to wrap their minds around the devastation of the Office of Personnel Management breach, ransomware erupted onto the scene, followed by concentrated DDoS attacks such as the Mirai botnet attack on Dyn, which enabled a quantum leap for cyber criminals.  Now, all techno-forensic indicators suggest .. read more

Congressman Jim Langevin Receives the ICIT Transcend Award

Washington D.C. January 25, 2017 – The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), America’s Cybersecurity Think Tank™, presented Congressman Jim Langevin, from Rhode Island’s 2nd congressional district, with its Transcend Award at the Congressman’s office in the Rayburn House Office Building. The Transcend Award is an honor given each year to a distinguished member of .. read more

ICIT Publication: Dragnet Surveillance Nation: How Data Brokers Sold Out America

With recent accusations of fake news and the weaponization of information as a mechanism of steering public perceptions dominating headlines around the world, have you ever considered the reality that private dragnet surveillance via social media properties, ISPs, search engines, health sector organizations etc., heavily contribute to the problems of adversarial intervention and streamlined distribution .. read more

The Cybersecurity Show Must Go On: Surpassing Security Theatre and Minimal Compliance Regulations

The United States Cybersecurity culture is heavily rooted in practices of Security Theater, where an organization that suffers a data breach can invest in countermeasures that provide a feeling or sense of security without actually improving the cybersecurity threat posture of the organization. In this publication, entitled “The Cybersecurity Show Must Go On:  Surpassing Security .. read more

“Fake News” Is “Old News” for Nation State and Mercenary APTs

By James Scott, Senior Fellow ICIT Regardless of your partisan persuasion, your opinion of mainstream media or your opinion of the ‘alt-right,’ one thing is for certain, ‘fake news’ is ‘old news’ when it comes to the weaponization of information by nation states and cyber mercenaries. Cyber adversaries tailor spear phishing and malvertising lures to .. read more

It’s the Russians! … or Is it? Cold War Rhetoric in the Digital Age

by James Scott, Sr. Fellow, ICIT Introduction Malicious actors can easily position their breach to be attributed to Russia.  It’s common knowledge among even script kiddies that all one needs to do is compromise a system geolocated in Russia (ideally in a government office) and use it as a beachhead for attack so that indicators .. read more

ICIT Analysis: Identity and Access Management Solutions: Automating Cybersecurity While Embedding Pervasive and Ubiquitous Cyber-Hygiene-by-Design

Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions are a critical component of organizational cyber-hygiene and cybersecurity initiatives because IAM solutions automate cyber-hygiene best practices, reduce user fatigue, provide access controls, establish user accountability, institute system auditability, and enable users to mitigate cyberattacks. In this analysis, entitled “Identity and Access Management Solutions: Automating Cybersecurity While Embedding Pervasive .. read more

ICIT Publication – Rise of the Machines: The Dyn Attack Was Just a Practice Run

As the adversarial threat landscape continues to hyper-evolve, America’s treasure troves of public and private data, IP, and critical infrastructure continues to be pilfered, annihilated, and disrupted.  The Mirai IoT botnet has inspired a renaissance in adversarial interest in DDoS botnet innovation based on the lack of fundamental security-by-design in the Internet and in IoT .. read more

Overcoming Event Fatigue: ICIT Programs Offer a Platform for True Thought Leader Collaboration

by James Scott (Sr. Fellow, ICIT) & Parham Eftekhari (Sr. Fellow, ICIT) The rapid outbreak of cyber threats over the past few years has resulted in an abundance of events that promote faux experts and ineffective silver bullet solutions, often hosted by organizations who are more focused on luring in massive crowds of attendees and .. read more

The Painfully Vulnerable Election System and Rampant Security Theater

by James Scott, Sr. Fellow, ICIT and Drew Spaniel, Fellow, ICIT ‘Clunky as Heck’ and Security via Obscurity Create Only an Illusion of Secure Elections “Election Officials, consider your voting machines, networks and tabulators infected until you’ve forensically proven otherwise.”  James Scott, Senior Fellow, ICIT The first step to correcting the plague of cyber-kinetic vulnerabilities .. read more

DYN Attacks Exploit Old and Well Known Vulnerabilities

by James Scott, Sr. Fellow, ICIT and Drew Spaniel, Researcher, ICIT Throughout the morning, DYN has released statements indicating that the issue has been resolved only to have the servers crash within the following hour. Without inside information, two hypotheticals exist to explain the heat map and the disruption. First, it is possible that DYN .. read more

The Categorical Threat Landscape to Consider When Reading NASS’ Open Letter to Congress

Authored By: James Scott, Sr. Fellow, ICIT & Drew Spaniel, Researcher, ICIT On September 26, 2016, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) released an Open Letter to Congress that urged for the informed communication of facts about the security of election systems with the American public. This communique builds upon the NASS letter .. read more

ICIT Analysis: Hacking Elections is Easy! Part 2: Psst! Wanna Buy a National Voter Database? Hacking E-Voting Systems Was Just the Beginning

The United States election process has been at risk since the widespread adoption of electronic voting (e-voting) systems in 2002-2006. Despite the fact that researchers have spent the past decade demonstrating that Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) and optical scanning systems from every manufacturer are vulnerable along numerous attack vectors, our Nation is still plagued with .. read more

ICIT Brief – Your Life, Repackaged and Resold: The Deep Web Exploitation of Health Sector Breach Victims

Despite being the most at-risk and perpetually breached critical infrastructure sector in the Nation, virtually all health sector organizations refuse to evolve their layered security to combat a hyper evolving threat landscape. As a result, when a healthcare system is breached and patient records are stolen, the entire brutal impact of the incident that resulted from .. read more

ICIT Analysis: Hacking Elections is Easy! Part One: Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures

True democracy relies on the reliability of the democratic process. The “Help America Vote Act”, passed in 2002, ushered in an era of uncertainty by proliferating the use of electronic voting systems vulnerable to cyber, technical and physical attack. More often than not, electronic voting systems are nothing but bare-bone, decade old computer systems that .. read more

ICIT Brief – China’s Espionage Dynasty: Economic Death by a Thousand Cuts

The criminal culture of theft that has been injected into virtually every line of China’s 13th Five-Year Plan is unprecedented. From state sponsored smash and grab hacking and techno-pilfering, to corporate espionage and targeted theft of IP, never before in recorded history has IP transfer occurred at such a rapid velocity. In this report, entitled .. read more

ICIT Report: Utilizing the NSA’s CSfC Process- Protecting National Security Systems with Commercial Layered Solutions

The acceleration of State Sponsored and Mercenary APT cyber-attacks, each of which possess new and more innovative layering of stealth and sophistication, has triggered a much needed response by the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Information Assurance Directorate (IAD). A more expedient path to technology approval has been introduced for qualified organizations. As a result, the .. read more

ICIT Report: CISO Solution Fatigue – Overcoming the Challenges of Cybersecurity Solution Overload

Due to the plague of APTs, malware, ransomware and other malicious initiatives by invisible adversaries, few C-level executive positions are as critical as the CISO. A well informed CISO can improve the engagement of the C-Suite and improve the cyber posture of the organization. However, due to a variety of factors, CISOs combat information overload and vendor .. read more

ICIT Analysis: The Wound Collectors – Profiling the Self Radicalized Lone-Wolf Terrorist

Acts of domestic terrorism in the West are escalating at an alarming rate. Lone wolf attacks and attackers have sparked public, political and law enforcement curiosity due to the, seemingly, random and independent action of a self-radicalized extremist with modest or no ties directly to the group in which they proclaim the action to be .. read more

American ISIS: Analysis of the Orlando Jihadist & Lone-wolf Attacks

ISIS lone wolves are being activated in towns and cities globally for the most potent cyber-physical combination of guerrilla attack ever to be introduced in modern warfare. This new enemy, fueled by extremist ideology, defies traditional profiling attributes such as race, sex, age, education, and nationality and can more easily evade detection by law enforcement. This .. read more

ICIT Brief – The Anatomy of Cyber-Jihad: Cyberspace is the New Great Equalizer

Until now it has been fairly easy to categorize malicious cyber-actors as State Sponsored APT, Hacktivist, Mercenary and Script Kiddie. However, a new threat actor has emerged who uses technological means to bring terror and chaos to our nation and its allies: the Cyber-Jihadist. Cyber-Jihad has quickly arrived on the scene and will only continue .. read more

NIST SP 800-160: For the Rest of Us – An ICIT Summary

NIST Special Publication 800-160: Systems Security Engineering: Consideration for a Multidisciplinary Approach in the Engineering of Trustworthy Secure Systems, offers useful strategies that can raise the bar for cyber defense and can be implemented quickly to drastically minimize traditionally vulnerable attack surfaces laid siege by state sponsored APTs, hacktivists, sophisticated mercenaries and cyber jihad hackers. This condensed .. read more

ICIT Brief: Combatting the Ransomware Blitzkrieg with Endpoint Security

Ransomware, the weaponization of encryption, has struck fear and confusion into the hearts of PC users and critical infrastructure communities alike. While it is impossible for organizations to prevent malware from infecting their networks, those who deploy a multi-layered security strategy and teach proper cybersecurity hygiene to their employees have a strong chance of defending against these .. read more

ICIT Bulletin: America is Under Siege: Now is the Time for NASA to Unleash Gryphon-X

Despite maintaining one of the greatest treasure troves of intellectual capital on the planet, NASA, like virtually all federal agencies, is plagued by bureaucracy and competing interagency political agendas which creates a culture that stifles innovation. While adversaries run rampant in the critical infrastructures of our Nation, nextgen cybersecurity proposals aimed at protecting our networks, .. read more

ICIT Bulletin: Cerber and KeRanger

Cerber and KeRanger are two of the latest Ransomware debacles to catastrophically affect the ill prepared. Once again we are confronted with the reality of our Nation’s lack of cybersecurity hygiene and the need for a more security-centric  culture among technology users. This ICIT Bulletin entitled, “Cerber & KeRanger: The Latest Weaponized Encryption” consolidates an explanation .. read more

The ICIT Ransomware Report: 2016 Will Be the Year Ransomware Holds America Hostage

Institute note: during our non-public soft distribution, we discovered that an incorrect, pre-edited version of this document was distributed. We have since corrected this error.  Our Ransomware Report is available for download below. 2016 is the year ransomware will wreak havoc on America’s critical infrastructure community. The resurgence of these attacks is driven by a growing attack surface .. read more

ICIT Fellow Meetings: Change Agents & Operational Innovation

            ICIT’s 2016 monthly Fellow meetings have drawn executives from DHS, DoD, NASA, FDIC, HHS, FCC, and Interior as the Institute shepherds the community through a cybersecurity-centric renaissance and fosters strategic collaboration with industry and academic leaders.  These thought leadership forums have  inspired attendees to move their organization’s cybersecurity strategies forward with innovative .. read more

ICIT Analysis: FDA Guidance on Medical Device Cyber Security

This Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology blog post, entitled “Assessing the FDA’s Cybersecurity Guidelines for Medical Device Manufacturers: Why Subtle “Suggestions” May Not Be Enough” is an objective analysis of the recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.” The guidance advises medical device manufacturers to address .. read more

ICIT Bulletin: Anonsec

This Bulletin is an analysis of the hacktivist group Anonsec, which claimed to have exfiltrated data from NASA servers and drones on January 31, 2016.   On January 31, 2016, Default Virusa, an administrator of the hacktivist group Anonsec, contacted journalist Mikael Thalen, claiming to have exfiltrated between 100-276GB of data from NASA servers and .. read more

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ICIT Brief: Hacking Healthcare IT in 2016: Lessons the Healthcare Industry can Learn from the OPM Breach

Among all of America’s critical infrastructures, the healthcare sector is the most targeted and plagued by perpetual persistent attacks from numerous unknown malicious hackers. The goal of these threat actors is to exploit vulnerabilities in insecure and antiquated networks in order to exfiltrate patient data for financial or geopolitical gain. In order to protect patient .. read more

ICIT Senate Briefing: Hacking Hospitals

            On November 19, the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology conducted a briefing at the U.S. Senate entitled “Hacking Hospitals” to address the growing threats facing healthcare organizations. During this briefing, senior Senate staffers and attendees from agencies including the Departments of Veterans Affairs, State, Homeland Security, Health and Human .. read more

Congresswomen Lee (TX) and Chu (CA) speak at “Town Hall” on Minority Representation in Cybersecurity

            As part of Cybersecurity Awareness month, the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology hosted a Town Hall on Minority Representation in Cybersecurity, a meeting sponsored by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX).  Congresswoman Lee was joined by Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Congresswoman and Judy Chu, .. read more

ICIT Brief: Who’s Behind the Wheel? Exposing the Vulnerabilities and Risks of High Tech Vehicles

The July 2015 remote hack of a Jeep Cherokee by security researchers from IOActive served as a catalyst which made vehicle cybersecurity a top priority for the automotive industry, consumers and lawmakers.  Since then, Chrysler has recalled 1.4 million Jeeps to patch vulnerabilities and lawmakers have proposed various pieces of legislation to address cybersecurity in vehicles, including the  Security and Privacy .. read more

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ICIT Talking Points: “Is the OPM Data Breach the Tip of the Iceberg?” – for the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Throughout June 2015, the United States Office of Personnel Management failed to adequately answer inquiries from the American people, Congress, and Federal agencies, concerning the two breaches of its systems that have left the granular personal information of 22.1 million United States Citizens in the hands of an unidentified adversary.  After review of the July .. read more

Legislative Brief “Moving Forward: How Victims Can Regain Control & Mitigate Threats in the Wake of the OPM Breach”

In June 2015, the Nation learned that the personnel records of 21.5 million United States citizens had been exfiltrated by an unknown adversary from the Office of Personnel Management, one of the largest known breaches in the history of the U.S. Government.  The immediate public outcry included congressional hearings attributing the breach to OPM administrators and .. read more

Preparing the Battlefield: The Coming Espionage Culture Post OPM Breach

As part of its continued analysis of the OPM breach, ICIT’s most recent brief entitled “Preparing the Battlefield: The Coming Espionage Culture Post OPM Breach” discusses the significant impact the breach will have on America’s national security.  The large number of victims, many of whom hold security clearances, combined with the personal nature of the information stolen gives .. read more

ICIT Brief: OPM Demonstrates that Antiquated Security Practices Harm National Security

The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology has published its official analysis of the Office of Personnel Management breach, Handing Over the Keys to the Castle: OPM Demonstrates that Antiquated Security Practices Harm National Security.  This research brief provides insights on several of the most important aspects of the breach, some of which are not being .. read more

Securing Federal Data Post OPM: Lunch & Learn Summary + Slides

                This week the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology held a Lunch and Learn called “Securing Data for Today’s Federal Agency” which focused on the increasingly daunting task of protecting federal data in an age of information sharing and increased threats both inside and outside an agency.  An .. read more

Brief: Keeping Smart Cities Smart – Preempting Emerging Cyber Attacks in U.S. Cities

The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology, working closely with IOActive and other Fellows, has published its latest legislative briefing titled “Keeping Smart Cities Smart: Preempting Emerging Cyber Attacks in U.S. Cities“.   As more and more U.S. cities adopt ‘smart’ technologies,  America finds its urban centers  increasingly at risk for cyber-attacks which could bring entire .. read more

NIST Issues Revisions to ICS Security Guide; ICIT launches Initiative to Support

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued its second revision to its Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security, a major source of guidance for critical infrastructure sectors which own and operate computer controlled industrial equipment. Many of the changes are driven by the internet connectivity of ICS machines and devices, or “Internet of Things”, .. read more

OPM Data Breach Interview: Federal News Radio Interviews Dan Waddell, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology Fellow

  The OPM Data Breach that has affected millions of current and former federal employees wasn’t about acquiring bank records or credit card information. Instead, signs point to cyber espionage. Dan Waddell, ICIT Fellow and director of government affairs at (ISC)2 joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the magnitude of the breach. Click HERE .. read more