Cybersecurity & Cryptology Today

A day doesn't go by without at least one major cyber event being discussed in every media forum. To help keep our members and website visitors informed, we will periodically publish short articles on an area of cybersecurity. Also in this section of the website you will find links to cybersecurity resources, articles, and event information.

We welcome your feedback, as well as suggestions of areas you would like to see addressed in the future.

Very respectfully,
Dick Schaeffer, NCMF President

  • Our blog includes a weekly update of cybersecurity news & highlights.

  • In this article by Terry Thompson for the NCMF blog, he explores the threat posed by what we now refer to as the Internet of Things (IoT). Our smart homes and cities may be more efficient, but at what risk? What measures can be taken to increase our safety while enjoying the benefits of the IoT?

  • The Department of Justice issued the first report of its Cyber-Digital Task Force on 2 July 2018. The 156-page document addresses foreign influence operations, sophisticated cyber schemes, cyber threats, response to cyber incidents and other topics. Appendices cover recent disruptions of Botnets and Dark Web activities. The report provides details of topics and incidents ranging from ransomware to Internet of Things, summarizes changes in federal guidelines to pursue cyber criminals, and reviews DoJ frameworks for responding to various types of cyber incidents. Click on the title to access the report in PDF form.

  • Article and white paper that explore the vital role Satellite Communications (SATCOM) plays in the global telecommunications system, and the issues and vulnerabilities associated with the corresponding security of the devices used in the process.

  • New York Times article by Louis Lucero II - May 27, 2018: "Hoping to thwart a sophisticated malware system linked to Russia that has infected hundreds of thousands of internet routers, the F.B.I. has made an urgent request to anybody with one of the devices: Turn it off, and then turn it back on..."

  • Check out this informative summary of cyber threat predictions for 2018 from companies such as Trend Micro, Forbes, Fire Eye Mandiant, Security Info Watch, and more. Links to full reports are included.

  • On 15 November 2017, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce released the government’s new policy on publicizing information about the Vulnerabilities Equity Process (VEP). Long treated as a classified process, VEP is used to decide which vulnerabilities in hardware, software, network equipment, and industrial control system components discovered by NSA and other government agencies can be released to U.S. companies for mitigation and which ones remain classified for potential operational use by intelligence or law enforcement agencies. The VEP will be implemented by an interagency Equities Review Board (ERB) under the National Security Council. NSA will serve as the VEP Executive Secretariat and will be responsible for preparation of ERB meeting agendas, information flow, and record keeping. Click on the title to read more.

  • Cybersecurity: Personal Privacy in a Digital World: Cybercrimes are estimated to be costing American businesses over half a billion dollars a year and with security breaches regularly threatening the personal and financial information of broad swaths of the American public, the problem seems to be getting worse.
    On November 8, 2017, The Washington Post brought together business executives, leading cybersecurity experts, privacy advocates and others to discuss detection and prevention strategies for individuals and corporations. The experts examined the current and future cyber threat landscape and the solutions that could help consumers cope with this urgent problem. Click on the image or title to learn more.

  • The Washington Post hosted its annual Cybersecurity Summit in Washington on October 3. This year’s summit was sponsored by Hewlett Packard and Georgetown University. The summit included three sessions: “The View from the White House;” “Threats Facing America;” and “Cybersecurity and Civil Liberties.” Click on the image or title to see a review of the summit and links to additional resources.

  • Article by William S. Cohen for FCW.com on 10/12/2017.

  • How governments view powerful tools like the internet often determines how they treat them. In the West, governments have sought to let citizens freely and openly engage with cyberspace – for trade, culture, and civic discourse. Others, such as Russia and China, see the internet as a powerful tool to consolidate their power domestically and a threat to their sovereignty internationally. But doing so disregards the economic, social, and cultural globalization that the internet has helped manifest. The Cipher Brief’s Levi Maxey spoke with Chris Inglis, the former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency, about why governments might understand digital sovereignty differently and the negative impacts a fragmenting of the global digital commons could have.

  • This article by Tony Sager and Frank Guido of the Council on CyberSecurity, addresses one of the activities gaining recognition as an influential voice in the area of cyber defense. This inaugural article in this section of our website addresses one of the activities gaining recognition as an influential voice in the area of cyber defense. We extend our thanks to co-authors Mr. Tony Sager, Chief Technologist of the Council on CyberSecurity and Mr. Frank Guido of the Council on CyberSecurity for sharing this insightful article with our online community.

Cybersecurity Resources

  • The Council on Cybersecurity is an independent, expert, not-for-profit organization with a global scope committed to the security of the open Internet. Visit the Council on Cybersecurity's blog for cyber developments and check out their publications page.

  • The CyberWire is a free, community-driven cyber security news service based in Baltimore. Their mission is to provide concise and relevant daily briefings on the critical news happening across the global cyber security domain. In an industry overloaded with information, they strive to help individuals and organizations rapidly find the news and information that's important to them. Sign up for their free, daily news brief & check out their daily podcasts.

  • The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) is a key resource of cybersecurity information. The vision of the NICCS is to provide the nation with the tools necessary to ensure citizens and the workforce have more dynamic cybersecurity skills. The mission of NICCS is to be a national resource for cybersecurity awareness, education, careers, and training.

  • The INSA Cyber Council is a select group of current and former executives from the public, private and academic sectors with a breadth of expertise across the Cyber and Digital arena to include: Cyber/IT/Computing/Data Analytics, Operations, Policy and Security. The Council engages government and industry communities in pursuit of thought leadership and practical solutions, focusing on key challenges we all face today. The Council has published numerous white papers since its inception in 2009. Visit their site for more details.