Saturday, October 15, 2016

Something for my Governance students to chew on. 
British banks fail to report hacks in order to protect their image
   Reported attacks on financial institutions in Britain have risen from just 5 in 2014 to 75 so far this year, data from Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) show.
However, bankers and experts in cyber-security say many more attacks are taking place.  In fact, banks are under almost constant attack, Shlomo Touboul, Chief Executive of Israeli-based cybersecurity firm Illusive Networks said.
Touboul cites the example of one large global financial institution he works with which experiences more than two billion such “events” a month, ranging from an employee receiving a malicious email to user or system-generated alerts of attacks or glitches.
Machine defenses filter those down to 200,000, before a human team cuts that to 200 “real” events a month, he added.

Does TSA know one phone from another? 
U.S. Bans Samsung Note 7 Phones on Airplanes
U.S. officials said  Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Note 7 cellphones will be banned from airline flights from noon ET on Saturday.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement that passengers who try to carry the phones onto flights could have them confiscated and face fines or possible prosecution if they try to evade the emergency order by placing them in checked luggage.

My Ethical Hacking students know this is one of the best places to discover weaknesses.  I suspect Russian hackers know it too.
Andrea Noble reports:
Information technology shortcomings within the Secret Service mean the potential still exists for employees to improperly access the agency’s restricted database, as agents did last year when they leaked unflattering information about House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, according to a new inspector general’s report.
The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General has found that even after last year’s embarrassing incident, the Secret Service still does not have adequate controls in place to protect sensitive information it stores in its databases. 
Read more on Washington Times.
Well, that should be helpful after our government commits cyberwarfare against Russia and Russia looks to hack back. 

Dale Singer reports:
Missouri school districts need to tighten controls over student data and other information to help ensure they do not fall into the wrong hands for the wrong purpose, a state audit said Thursday.
Using information she gleaned earlier this year from audits on five districts, including Orchard Farm in St. Charles County, state Auditor Nicole Galloway said schools need to pay more attention to cybersecurity in several areas including who has access to the information and what needs to be done when a breach is discovered.
Read more on KRCU.

Would it be wiser to amend the process for requesting data from foreign governments?  How much could be automated? 
   As anyone who is reading this undoubtedly knows, the Second Circuit’s opinion limits the government’s warrant authority under the Stored Communications Act (SCA) to data that is held within the United States.  If a US-based service provider stores communications content outside the United States, the US government can no longer compel the production of that data directly from the provider.  It instead must seek the data from the country where it resides—making a diplomatic request through the time-consuming and often laborious the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) process.

Why my Architecture students are taking the class.  
Watchdog: IRS wasted $12M on software subscriptions
The IRS wasted $12 million on subscriptions for software that it couldn't utilize, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) said in a report made public this week.
"The purchase was made without first determining project infrastructure needs, integration requirements, business requirements, security and portal bandwidth, and whether the subscriptions were technologically feasible on the IRS enterprise," TIGTA said.

For my geeky students.
The White House is open-sourcing that Facebook Messenger bot
Back in August, you may recall, the White House unveiled the first-ever government Facebook Messenger bot.  We used it to send a message to President Obama.  It was cool.
Now the team behind the project is taking it a step further and open-sourcing the code used to create the bot.  As of this week, the Drupal module is up on GitHub, complete with step-by-step instructions.

Could be useful.
Credo Reference - Research Starters for Students
Credo Reference is a good reference site for students that I recently learned about from David Kapuler.  Credo Reference provides students with reference articles from more than 4,000 reference books.  In that regard Credo Reference is a search engine for encyclopedia entries.
There are a few features of Credo Reference that teachers will appreciates.  First, all articles returned in a search provide students with an option to hear the text read aloud.  Second, every article is accompanied by a list of related terms and links to those related articles.  Finally, every article has a pre-formatted citation listed at the bottom.  Students can copy and paste that citation to use in their works cited pages.
The basic Credo Reference search and the functions highlighted above are available to anyone visiting the website.  Libraries that subscribe to the Credo service can unlock additional tools for students.

Saturday already?
Hack Education Weekly News
   “One of India’s largest colleges, Amity University, is expanding into the US with the purchase of one campus in New York and a proposal to buy two more, drawing opposition from state officials in Massachusetts about the quality of the education it will offer,” the AP reports. More from Quartz.
   Khan Academy wants to start offering diplomas.  What could go wrong?!
   Via ESPN: “In an unprecedented foray into college sports, the National Labor Relations Board general counsel has declared that Northwestern University must eliminate ‘unlawful’ rules governing football players and allow them greater freedom to express themselves.  The ruling, which referred to players as employees, found that they must be freely allowed to post on social media, discuss issues of their health and safety, and speak with the media.”
   Via Inside Higher Ed: “Of the six winners of Nobel Prizes affiliated with American universities so far this year, all are foreign born.”

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