Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta resigned last Friday, a day after revealing that the recent data breach of employee information was much larger than originally thought and had probably affected 22.1 million current, former and prospective US government employees and their family members. Archuleta’s departure has been confirmed in an email she sent to OPM staff. Beth Cobert, previously the U.S. chief performance officer and a deputy director at OPM, has taken over as the acting director of OPM since last Saturday.
Last Friday, officials of Army National Guard alerted its current and former members that a data breach might have exposed private information of members since 2004 because files containing personal information was inadvertently transferred to a non-DoD-accredited data center by a contract employee. The breach may have leaked members’ names, full Social Security addresses, dates of birth and home addresses. According to National Guard, there was little evidence that the incident was related to cybercrime. The National Guard Bureau has set up a website and a call center for members who are worrying about their information following the breach.
Last week, Chinese government published the latest People’s Republic of China Cybersecurity Law, which directs a number of decrees at entitles providing “critical information infrastructure.” The term is likely to refer to any technology company that is in a certain scale and with a certain amount of user data, such as big tech companies like Apple, Baidu and Huawei. Many of the provisions in the law, also has yet to be formally pass, requires tech companies to provide basic protections for users, such as not selling user data to third parties without permissions. Other sections reflects the government’s focus on tightening policies for China’s internet companies. These policies include measures that allow state to cut off the internet to “protect national security,” and measures that require users to use their real names to register for certain services.
Boston is now developing a next-generation firewall to protect the Hub from cyberattacks, which is a part of an effort to spend $3.5 millions through 2020 to beef up cybersecurity in the coming years. The new firewall will add to the city’s existing cybersecurity tools and is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year. The rest of the money will be partially used to improve the network’s ability to continue operating in the event of an outage or a glitch. Although Boston hasn’t had any breaches it is aware of, but there are third parties constantly scanning the city’s networks looking for vulnerabilities. The city’s million-dollar plan aims at protecting Boston from cyber attacks of all sizes coming from any place.
Partnering with San Jose State University’s Jay Pinson STEM Education program and CyberGirlz, Facebook created an after-school program and specialized camps to provide underserved female students with support, encouragement and baseline understanding of security principles, hoping to inspire more girls to pursue a career in cybersecurity sphere before they get into high school. Each of the 38 girls participated in the camp received free blue Facebook HP computers to make sure that they were able to continue their coding work after the camp. Alex Stamos, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer, shared with the participants on how the cybersecurity area is hoping to welcome more female professionals and encouraged students to participate in bug bounty programs to get practices.Members from the Girls Who Code group also participated in the camp.
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