Public Sector Cybersecurity Weekly Briefing 06-22-2018

3 Tips to Secure Password Management
One of the common areas we see companies and technology groups struggling with is passwords.  We know we need them (passwords), we know they need to be “secure”, and we know they’re a pain in the neck to keep organized.  That’s exacerbated exponentially when you factor in shared passwords and accounts for teams. Get ahead of preventable cybersecurity incidents with these 3 tips to strengthen password management across your org.

Despite Advancements Training and Fears of Breaches, Employees Still Practice Bad Cyber Hygiene, Study
OpenVPN surveyed 500 U.S. full-time employees about their cybersecurity habits to pinpoint areas of weakness that could potentially harm their organization and found 25 percent of them reuse the same password for everything while 23 percent admit to very frequently clicking on links before verifying they lead to a website they intended to visit.

Have Politicians Learned from the 2016 Email Hacks? Experts Not So Sure
Some legislators don’t bother with changing passwords. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., who is up for re-election in a state that Trump won in 2016, said she hasn’t changed her password in “forever,” and said it was set up by a young relative. “I still have it,” she said, laughing. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. said he doesn’t change his email password any more frequently either, but subscribes to the theory that “anything you send via email you should expect that someone else has seen it.”

Could the U.S. Government’s Move to The Commercial Cloud Stop Leaks and Breaches?
Security and monitoring such a massive sprawling hybrid computational ecosystem that spans every government agency, an uncountable number of contractors and subcontractors and millions of users is next to impossible. Centralizing it all into a single hardened cloud, built and run by the top cloud and cyber experts in the world and offering a unified security model and policies and single monitoring infrastructure could solve a great deal of this insecurity challenge.

Senate Election Security Bill Picks Up Momentum After Stalling
Lawmakers left it on the cutting room floor as a potential amendment to a defense policy bill earlier this week. But Senate Rules Chairman Roy Blunt said Wednesday at a hearing on election security that it’s “a bill we will take up at some point.” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, one of the chief sponsors of the bill and the top Democrat on the Rules panel, told MC that Blunt informed her it would come up sometime after another election security hearing tentatively scheduled for this month or next.

 

 

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