Cyber security round-up

New ISO cyber standard. NSF cybersec center of excellence. Atos’ Hoox. Tripwire warns oil and gas.

The International standards organization ISO has updated its ISO/IEC 27000 documentation covering a standard terminology for IT security. The document provides a comprehensive view of information security management systems covered by the related ISMS (information security management systems a.k.a. ISO 27001) family of standards.

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $5 million grant to establish a Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure (CTSC) a.k.a. the NSF Cybersecurity Center for Excellence. CTSC will coordinate efforts on improving cybersecurity and provide education and training in security expertise to the nation’s scientific community.

Those of you who regard BYOD* as a form of cyber security madness might be interested in a partnership between Atos and Orange’s cyber defense unit that is to deliver secure mobile endpoint. The solution will combine Atos/Bull’s Hoox secure smartphone. Hoox is claimed to deliver a complete stack of secured operating system and software. Hoox encrypts voice and SMS data and all storage. ‘Anti-intrusion’ mini firewalls in its communication ports offer further protection. The deal with Orange covers Hoox distribution in the EAME region.

A study by Tripwire found that cyber attackers are ‘successfully targeting’ the oil and gas industry and that 82% of oil and gas IT professionals report a ‘significant increase’ in successful attacks. The study was conducted by Dimensional Research for Tripwire with responses from 150 IT professionals in the energy, utilities, and oil and gas industries. 69% said they were ‘not confident’ that they had detected all the attacks.

* Bring your own device.

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