Cyber security round-up

Cisco PAM. EU on cyber security. McAfee ‘oil and gas unprepared.’ not so hot neither.

V1.3 of Cisco’s Physical Access Manager (PAM) includes an upgrade to its IP-based dispatch and incident response solution. PAM ensures that if a system fails, access identity and operations still function. Video cameras are used as motion-detection sensors, consolidating alarm management. VP Bill Stuntz said, ‘New security threats and regulations on critical asset protection are driving demand for more efficient physical security technologies’ (

A 47 page report from the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), ‘Cyber Europe 2010—Evaluation Report’ ( reports on the first pan-European exercise on Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP). The exercise, carried out in November 2010, concluded that member states need contingency plans and a ‘roadmap for pan-European exercises and preparedness.’

A 28 page report ( from Intel unit McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies reveals that despite a ‘dramatic increase’ in cyber attacks, critical infrastructure (including oil and gas) is unprepared.

Amongst those whose preparedness has been called into question is McAfee itself, whose website was found to be ‘full of security holes’ according to the YGN Ethical Hacker Group, reported in Network World (

CNN reported ( that BP lost a laptop with personal details of claimants to the Macondo incident.

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