Cyber security round-up

Norwegian oil hack. Bechtel’s cyber R&D. Recommended reading from McAfee. NIST workshop.

As reported by The Register, some 50 Norwegian oil and energy companies were hacked earlier this year with Statoil the main target of nation’s biggest ever attack. Norway’s Nasjonal Sikkerhetsmyndighet passed on the warnings following a tip-off.

Bechtel is to fund research into cybersecurity at the US Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. Bechtel’s Tom Gioconda, deputy director at Lawrence Livermore, said, ‘The initiative will recruit and cultivate cybersecurity experts who can strengthen networks by applying experience from national security environments and from industry.’

The April 2014 edition of McAfee LabsThreat Report contains an in-depth analysis of the ‘Heartbleed’ OpenSSL vulnerability that ‘affected every IT organization—knowingly or unknowingly’ and is ‘likely to cost hundreds of millions of dollars to repair. The free report also provides a straightforward explanation of phishing, the pernicious ‘spear phishing’ and how to avoid them. A must read for managers and employees.

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is to hold a workshop on the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, Oct. 29 and 30, 2014 at the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, in Tampa. The workshop is to get feedback from initial experiences with the framework from critical infrastructure owners and operators.

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