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What To Make Of US Cyber Activities In Iran

quoting Jamil Jaffervia Fifth Domain
Monday, June 24, 2019

After the Islamic Republic of Iran shot down an RQ-4 Global Hawk drone June 20, President Donald Trump opted against physical military strikes as retaliation. Instead, multiple news organizations reported the U.S. military quietly conducted cyber operations that targeted computer systems that control Iranian missiles launches and an intelligence organization associated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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U.S. Election Security: Still Major Room for Improvement, Report Says

quoting Michael McFaulvia MSSP Alert
Friday, June 21, 2019

The U.S. government and private industry can and should do more to “protect the integrity and independence” of the nation’s elections, a new report released by a Stanford University group said.

Interviews

Jamil Jaffer Chats About The Value Of Sharing Threat Intelligence For Better Cybersecurity

interview with Jamil Jaffervia TechSpective
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jamil Jaffer discusses the value of sharing threat intelligence and the challenges organizations face when it comes to cooperating with others on threat intelligence.

Interviews

Condoleezza Rice: China Hurt Itself By Saying It Wanted To Dominate The Tech World

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia CNBC
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses immigration, trade, closed markets, and cyber-security issues that the US and world have with China. Rices notes that a trade agreement between the US and China, will help not only the US and China, but economies worldwide.

Analysis and Commentary

U.S. Cyber Infiltration Of The Russian Electric Grid: Implications For Deterrence

by Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The New York Times reported on June 15 that “the United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin.” In particular, the Times reported that the United States has deployed code “inside Russia’s grid and other targets”—that is, “potentially crippling malware inside the Russian system, ... intended partly as a warning, and partly to be poised to conduct cyberstrikes if a major conflict broke out between Washington and Moscow.” The article also noted that this step would represent a major escalation in the ongoing cyber conflict between Moscow and the United States.

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Cyber Runs: How A Cyber Attack Could Affect U.S. Financial Institutions

by Darrell Duffie, Joshua Youngervia Brookings Institution
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Cyber risks to financial stability have received significant attention from policy makers. These risks are worsened by the increasing diversity of perpetrators—including state and non-state actors, cyber terrorists, and “hacktivists”—who are not necessarily motivated by financial gain.

Analysis and Commentary

A Method For Establishing Liability For Data Breaches

by Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Last month, the First American Financial Corporation—which provides title insurance for millions of Americans—acknowledged a cybersecurity vulnerability that potentially exposed 885 million private financial records related to mortgage deals to unauthorized viewers. These records might have revealed bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and driver’s license images to such viewers. If history is any guide, not much will happen and companies holding sensitive personal information on individuals will have little incentive to improve their cybersecurity postures. Congress needs to act to provide such incentives.

Interviews

Alex Stamos On Securing American Elections

interview with Alex Stamosvia Lawfare
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Alex Stamos discusses what happened in 2016, and the enormously complex landscape of defending not just election infrastructure but also preserving the integrity of the information ecosystems in which Americans make their decisions about how to vote, including the possible consequences of regulating foreign media.

In the News

Hoover Scholars Join Cyber Election Report

Friday, June 7, 2019
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Scholars from the Hoover Institution were among those who issued a comprehensive strategy for how to protect U.S. elections from cyber meddling, with a focus on the upcoming presidential campaign in 2020.

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The Cybersecurity 202: Stanford Group Calls For Major Overhaul On Election Security. Here Are Their Recommendations

quoting Michael McFaul, Alex Stamosvia The Washington Post
Thursday, June 6, 2019

A plan released this week by a Stanford University group that includes former top government and tech industry officials aims to be the equivalent of the 9/11 Commission report for election security.

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