Cynthia Brumfield

Cynthia Brumfield is a veteran communications and technology analyst who is currently focused on cybersecurity. She runs a cybersecurity news destination site, Metacurity.com.

2020 outlook for cybersecurity legislation

High-profile departures widen federal government’s security talent shortage

High-profile departures widen federal government’s security talent shortage

Recent key departures--voluntary and forced--might make it harder for government agencies to find the talent needed to fulfill their security missions.

The race for quantum-proof cryptography

The race for quantum-proof cryptography

Lawmakers briefed on quantum computing’s threat to encryption and the urgent need for mathematical research.

CrowdStrike, Ukraine, and the DNC server: Timeline and facts

CrowdStrike, Ukraine, and the DNC server: Timeline and facts

Politicizing cybersecurity only serves to undermine trust in its practices and objectivity, experts fear.

Global threat groups pose new political and economic dangers

Global threat groups pose new political and economic dangers

Nation-state players in Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Russia are getting new objectives and changing strategies, say experts.

Russia’s Sandworm hacking group heralds new era of cyber warfare

Russia’s Sandworm hacking group heralds new era of cyber warfare

In-depth research on Sandworm shows broad capabilities and scope to disrupt anything from critical infrastructure to political campaigns in any part of the world.

Twitter spy scandal a wake-up call for companies to clean up their data access acts

Twitter spy scandal a wake-up call for companies to clean up their data access acts

Two Twitter employees accessed user data on behalf of the Saudi government. Neither should have had access, and this is a sign of a bigger problem at all companies.

US Department of Justice push for encryption backdoors might run afoul of First Amendment

US Department of Justice push for encryption backdoors might run afoul of First Amendment

Is encryption code speech? Earlier court rulings suggest that it is, legally, and therefore subject to First Amendment protections.

Cell phones don't belong in SCIFs, says Republican congressman

Cell phones don't belong in SCIFs, says Republican congressman

Rep. Mike Rogers says his phone was infected by Russian malware three years ago. Also, why he believes we need fewer federal cybersecurity agencies and election laws.

How enterprises can benefit from Cybersecurity Awareness Month

How enterprises can benefit from Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Organizations are working with the US Department of Homeland Security to enhance their own security awareness training and promote it in their communities.

Justice Department takes another run at encryption backdoors with ‘lawful access’

Justice Department takes another run at encryption backdoors with ‘lawful access’

Law enforcement officials and experts on the distribution of child pornography gathered on Friday to make the emotional, if not technological, case that tech companies should open up their encryption schemes to police investigating...

CISA’s Krebs seeks more measured approach to election security heading into 2020

CISA’s Krebs seeks more measured approach to election security heading into 2020

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency director says overhyped concern is a problem, while election officials say they reap the benefits of improved communications.

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