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.

A new era of cyber warfare: Russia’s Sandworm shows “we are all Ukraine” on the internet

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.

Senator Warner seeks

Senator Warner seeks "grand alliance" to protect against surveillance threat from China’s tech dominance

The senator believes Chinese companies will be required to aid surveillance of the US, especially as 5G networks roll out.

Leader of new NSA Cybersecurity Directorate outlines threats, objectives

Leader of new NSA Cybersecurity Directorate outlines threats, objectives

Director Anne Neuberger says her group will focus on ransomware, threats to US elections, and nation-state influence operations.

U.S. Rep Lieu hopeful for election security bill prospects

U.S. Rep Lieu hopeful for election security bill prospects

Congressman sees Republican softening on gun legislation as a sign they might be willing to consider election security. Calls on the security community to expose election system weaknesses.

Equifax’s data breach disaster: Will it change executive attitudes toward security?

Equifax’s data breach disaster: Will it change executive attitudes toward security?

Equifax's 2017 breach will cost it billions in fines, customer restitution and mandated and voluntary security improvements. All organizations that profit from consumer data should take notice.

To pay or not pay a hacker’s ransomware demand? It comes down to cyber hygiene

To pay or not pay a hacker’s ransomware demand? It comes down to cyber hygiene

A recent call for city leaders to stop paying ransomware demands underscores the need for municipalities to step up their cyber practices and have a good backup process in place.

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