Friday Five: 3/13 Edition



Your Weekly Roundup of information security news.

Happy Friday the 13th! Get up to date with cyber security news with our picks for this week’s top articles from the IT and security presses:

  1. Three charged over largest email hack "in the history of the internet"” by Lee Munson
    Two Vietnamese citizens and one Canadian citizen have unsealed indictments against them for partaking in what is being called "the largest data breach of names and email addresses in the history of the internet." These individuals hacked into over 8 email service providers in the United States, stealing over a billion email addresses. Read this article to learn more about this historic breach.
  2. Cybersecurity And The Future Digital Economy” by Greg Shannon
    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has stated to Congress that he worries that a “moderate, iterative and constant barrage of cyber attacks on U.S. infrastructure” will “impose cumulative costs on U.S. economic competitiveness and national security.” In this article, Shannon explains what is currently being done and what else needs to be done in order to secure the cyberspace that now encompasses our government, economy, and daily lives.
  3. Hillary Clinton Says Her Email Was Secure; She Can’t Know” by Bob McMillan
    “I saw it as a matter of convenience.” This was Hillary Clinton's defense for her use of a ‘90s style home email server during her time as Secretary of State in the first Obama administration. Her decision has been considered a “major security fail,” and it doesn’t help her case that she was aware that Sarah Palin’s Yahoo Mail had recently been compromised. For more, check out McMillan’s article.
  4. Report: CIA Has Tried for Years to Break Into Apple Gear” by Issie Lapowsky
    Apple CEO Tim Cook has pledged to protect the data of Apple customers. However, according to information provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the CIA has been trying to find a way to penetrate Apple’s iPhones and iPads for nearly a decade. Give this article a read to find out more.
  5. 5 Things CISOs Can Learn From The Best GMs In Baseball” by Kevin West
    Kevin West lives and works in the city of Boston. With the historic winter that has just taken place here, West found the time to read the book “Moneyball,” which documents Billy Beane’s success at constructing competitive teams. Using this as inspiration, West decided to write this article that outlines the similarities between a successful baseball GM and a successful Chief Information Security officer.
Brandon Vasciannie

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