Sorry Blackberry: You Are Part of the Supply Chain

Today, reporters Betsy Woodruff Swan and Eric Geller at Politico published a story: “BlackBerry resisted announcing major flaw in software powering cars, hospital equipment.”  They outline how BlackBerry willfully hid the fact that their key operating system QNX contained a collection of vulnerabilities (originally discovered and named BadAlloc by Microsoft). It seems other companies affected by BadAlloc announced the issue way back in May. Not so...

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Unpacking EO14028: Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity - Pt. 4

Section 3 - Less Fog, More Cloud

Section 3: Modernizing Federal Government Cybersecurity of the Executive Order is all about government agencies moving to the cloud and doing it right. If you are someone who believes that the cloud has absolutely no place in the industrial control systems (ICS) world, you are going to hate this section.

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Unpacking EO14028: Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity - Pt. 3

So you don’t sell to the Feds…

Today’s blog is going to take a break from analyzing a specific section of the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity and focus on who will be impacted by the order.

I got thinking about this last week when Tom Clary posted this insightful comment on LinkedIn:

[This] Executive Order in no way compels private sector critical infrastructure to do anything different. It seems intended to better protect...

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Unpacking EO14028: Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity - Pt. 2

 

Removing Barriers to Sharing Threat Information

On Friday we dissected Section 4: Enhancing Software Supply Chain Security of the new Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity. Today we will look at Section 2: Removing Barriers to Sharing Threat Information. We’ve also updated the EO14028 Timeline I posted previously to include Section 2 deadlines:

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Unpacking EO14028: Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity - Pt. 1

 

Late Wednesday night President Biden signed the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity.  

Compared to any Executive Order (EO) I’ve seen, this is a massive and complex policy document: the average length of an EO has been under 3½ pages; most are just 1 or 2 pages. This EO weighs in at 18 pages with 74 actionable directives. Forty-five of those directives have defined due dates, many linked to the completion of other directives....

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Windows 10 Certificate Validation Bug Exposes a Fundamental Weakness

The announcement Tuesday from the NSA about the new cryptographic vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows operating system sent ripples of shock through our entire community. In case you missed it, this devastating vulnerability (CVE-2020-0601) allows attackers to bypass trust mechanisms to falsify certificates, making them appear to come from a trusted source. It also allows attackers to falsely authenticate themselves on vulnerable HTTPS...

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When the Security Researchers Come Knocking, Don’t Shoot the Messenger

Our own Jonathan Butts and Billy Rios were interviewed this month on the CBS Morning News about their research showing that medical devices like pacemakers and insulin pumps can be hacked by… basically anybody.  These devices all contain embedded controllers, but unlike most modern computer technologies, they haven’t been designed with security in mind.

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