Posts tagged Government

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Federal Friday - 4.4.14 - DOD Embraces NIST and Increases Cyberwarfare Force

Friday, oh sweet Friday, it's good to see you again. Hello Federal friends, welcome to another edition of Federal Friday. Over the last two weeks there has been a significant change in the way DOD approaches cybersecurity. On March 12th, the DOD made a major move by taking a risk based and holistic approach to cybersecurity by aligning with NIST's Risk Management Framework [http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-37-rev1/sp800-37-rev1-final.pdf] and phasing out DOD Information Assurance

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Federal Friday - 3.28.14 - History Repeats in Current Phishing Campaigns

Happy Friday, federal friends! Spring has Sprung! While some of us had a touch of winter this week, we avoided the big hit and it looks like nothing but sunshine on the horizon which means summah is around the corner! Speaking of summer, who's going to Vegas for BackHat, B-Sides and Defcon? Drop me a line here if you are! Attackers, being the solid humans they are, have decided to pile on the recent tragedy around Malaysian Flight MH 370 [http://threatpost.com/mh-370-related-phishing-attacks-sp

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Federal Friday - 3.21.14 - A Day of Reckoning

Friday at last... Hello federal friends! I'm pleased to announce that the sun is setting here in Boston at 6:58pm tonight and there is major League Baseball being played this weekend. Spring officially happened yesterday which should make those of you in DC put Monday's snow-day out of sight and out of mind. Did my ominous title catch your attention? Don't worry, this is not the end of times, or even the end of days [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0146675/] for that matter (thank goodness) and mo

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Federal Friday - 3.14.14 - New Beginnings and New Fed-focused Benchmarks

Happy Friday Federal friends! We're nestled comfortable in our new space in downtown Boston [https://www.google.com/maps/place/100 Summer St/@42.3537293,-71.057427,19z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89e3708243c5aac5:0xa32a2abc907ec6c5] and it already feels like home. This is good news for everyone because we moved out of the Pru at 4pm on Friday and we were rockin' n' rolling in the new digs at 8am on Monday Enough about us though, let's get back to it... On the mobile front, NASA had a rough go of it du

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Federal Friday - 3.7.14 - Rapid7 Moose are on the Move

Federal friends! Unfortunately we're in the process of undergoing a much needed move and today is the last day in the current office. The good news? We're moving to greener, and more importantly, much larger pastures as our herd has grown quite a bit in the last 12 months and our current space just can't fit us anymore. As of Monday we will be located a little further downtown at 100 Summer St. So, next time you're in Boston give us a jingle and we'll be happy to invite you into our new home. In

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Federal Friday - 2.28.14 - Flash Zero Day Targets Foreign Policy Sites

Federal Friday has come again, which means another week has passed us by. It's been a busy week for the Moose of Rapid7 with an imminent move for our Boston HQ for on the horizon. We also had a great week at RSA with SC Magazine naming Nexpose the Best Vulerability Management Solution! The threat landscape has had a wild few days with a major security flaw for Apple desktops and iOS devices as well as another IE zero day being discovered. In addition, a detailed report from FireEye [http://www.

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Federal Friday - 2.21.14 - NATO praises NIST's Framework

Happy Friday, federal friends! I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend and short work-week. We're cruising through February here at the global HQ in Beantown, with a big office move scheduled for early March. I hope most of you have begun to thaw out and for those of you out there having a similar winter to New England, think warm thoughts (it helps). There was a nice article on Inside Security [http://insidecybersecurity.com/Cyber-General/Cyber-Public-Content/nato-cybersecurity-center-praises

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Federal Friday - 2.7.14 - Third-Party Problems - Olympics Edition

Happy Friday, federal friends! Welcome to February, the funniest month of them all! In all seriousness though, I am looking forward to meeting a lot of you at our DC Roadshow next week! As you can guess from the title this week I am going to talk about some issues [http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57618407-83/sochi-visitors-entering-hacking-minefield-by-firing-up-electronics/] around the Olympics. Issues not involving water [http://norberthaupt.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/sochi-water.jpg] or t

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Federal Friday - 1.31.14 - Positioning for a Holistic Cybersecurity Deployment

Hello federal friends, happy last Friday of January. Is the year flying by already for anyone else? I wanted to talk to you this week about how to position your organization to better prepare yourselves from a cybersecurity standpoint. Who better to help me do this than Jennifer Aniston? " "Yeah. Yeah. We do. Although I didn't actually choose these. I, um, I just sorta grabbed fifteen buttons and just...I don't even know what they say! Y'know, I don't really care. I don't really like talkin

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Federal Friday - 1.24.14 - Threats From Afar

Friday, oh sweet Friday it's great to see you again my friend. I hope all of you are doing well with Polar Vortex 2014.2! Don't get me wrong I love Star Wars, and winter (for the most part), but I do not enjoy living on the set of Hoth this long. This week an interesting article from SC Magazine [http://www.scmagazineuk.com/cyber-security-failure-could-result-in-next-major-terrorism-attack/printarticle/330532/] highlighted the results of a discussion of industry leaders at a conference in Lill

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Federal Friday - 1.17.14 - Don't Forget to Wipe (Your Device)

Happy Friday, federal friends! I hope the post-holiday hangover has passed and your resolutions remain intact. It's been a busy start to the year so far in Rapid7-Land and we're only 2 weeks into '14. This week I read a great article on FederalTimes [http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20140115/MOB/301150005/Employee-owned-mobile-devices-put-agencies-risk] about how employee owned devices put agencies at risk, especially when it comes to wiping them. This is significant, especially with the ho

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Federal Friday - 1.10.14 - Welcome to 2014

Happy New Year federal friends! I hope each and every one of you have had a great holiday season with your families and friends. I know I had a nice quiet week off, until Hercules dropped some snow and most of us were slapped in the face with a nice Polar Vortex session. Now it's time to hop back on the horse and charge head first into 2014. In the wake of the massive Target breach that ended 2013, DHS has started 2014 off with a nice shot across the bow for anyone using POS systems and any org

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Federal Friday - 12.27.13 - 'Tis The Season

Happy last Friday of 2013 everybody! I sincerely hope all of you have had a great holiday season, as it is rapidly coming to a close. My stockings were hung by the chimney with care for about 8 hours this year and the tree dried out in record time too. That just makes instant firewood, so the gifts keep on coming! Speaking of gifts, we got two little nice ones this week. In an article in the Washington Post [http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/federal-agencies-to-hire-more-c

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Federal Friday - 12.13.13 - Phishing with Tumblr and Pricing for Worms

Happy Friday fed friends! Another week comes to a close leaving us with 12 days to finish up the holiday shopping. Word out of the North Pole is that Santa has a new tool [http://www.rapid7.com/products/user-insight/] to check who's been naughty or nice this year . There have already been more than a few articles floating around with 2014 predictions for cyberthreats and many of them, including this little diddy from GCN [http://gcn.com/articles/2013/12/11/cybersecurity-threats-2014.aspx?admga

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Federal Friday - 12.6.13 - Post-Turkey Digest

Hello federal friends! I hope each and every one of you had a very happy and festive Thanksgiving. Personally I was in a food-coma for 4 days but I am perfectly ok with that. As the year begins to close, it is always good to reflect on the year that was. However, as I was reminiscing over the last 2 weeks, one word stuck out like a neon sign in the dark of night: budget. Alright, that might have gotten some of you to stop reading already, but for those that are still with me I harken on the oft