Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee Holds Hearing Touching on Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
Last Thursday, the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee held a hearing about examining interstate delivery networks for natural gas and electricity that touched on cybersecurity. According to Forbes, “The hearing comes on the heels of a draft memo leaked last month from Department of Energy suggesting that ‘growing threats, including cyber-attacks’ to ‘the energy sector’ were possible.” James J. Hoecker, Executive Director and Counsel of WIRES, testified about the transmission sector’s cybersecurity efforts related to information sharing and national simulations.
Executive Order on Market Integrity and Consumer Fraud Includes Concerns About Digital Currency Fraud
Last Wednesday, the White House released an “Executive Order Regarding the Establishment of the Task Force on Market Integrity and Consumer Fraud” that mentions “digital currency fraud.” Bloomberg expands on this point by noting “The inclusion of virtual tokens -- along with traditional crimes like money laundering and investment schemes targeting the elderly -- as a focus of a panel announced Wednesday is the latest sign of Washington’s concern over digital currencies. The Justice Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission are increasingly focusing their resources on scams tied to Bitcoin and other tokens, and government officials have frequently warned investors about potential dangers.”
IBM Security Study: Hidden Costs of Data Breaches Increase Expenses for Businesses
Last Wednesday, IBM Security announced the results of a global study examining the full financial impact of a data breach on a company's bottom line. Overall, the study found that hidden costs in data breaches – such as lost business, negative impact on reputation and employee time spent on recovery – are difficult and expensive to manage. For example, the study found that one-third of the cost of "mega breaches" (over 1 million lost records) were derived from lost business. Sponsored by IBM Security and conducted by Ponemon Institute, the 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study found that the average cost of a data breach globally is $3.86 million, a 6.4 percent increase from the 2017 report.
Cybersecurity Reports and Surveys Roundup
We’ve rounded up a few of the best cybersecurity reports and surveys released last week:
Three Major Cybersecurity Acquisitions Last Week
Last Wednesday, L3 Technologies announced they were acquiring Azimuth Security and Linchpin Labs. According to a press release, “Based in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, Azimuth and Linchpin operate in the strategic fields of computer network operations and vulnerability research for intelligence partners and other government, defense and security agencies around the world.” On the same day, AT&T Communications announced the acquisition of AlienVault, a unified security management and threat intelligence company. According to a press release, “With AlienVault's threat intelligence expertise, the telecommunications giant will be able to improve its ability to help organizations detect and respond to cybersecurity attacks.”