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Submission + - Cisco: Potent ransomware is targeting the enterprise at a scary rate (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: Enterprise-targeting cyber enemies are deploying vast amounts of potent ransomware to generate revenue and huge profits – nearly $34 million annually according to Cisco’s Mid-Year Cybersecurity Report out this week.
Ransomware, Cisco wrote, has become a particularly effective moneymaker, and enterprise users appear to be the preferred target.

Submission + - DARPA tackling reusable, modular chipset technology (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: Scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this week said they were looking for information on how to build interface standards that would enable modular design and practical circuit blocks that could be reused to greatly shorten electronics development time and cost.

Submission + - 10 steps the IRS needs to take to secure tax returns, fight identity theft (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: The key IRS advisory group, The Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee issued its annual state of the agency report this week that concluded: The erosion of the IRS tax system’s integrity from the proliferation of tax identity theft and inadequate levels of taxpayer service at the IRS caused by an antiquated customer service model that does not adequately apply digital service tools.

Submission + - DARPA wants to design an army of ultimate automated data scientists (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: Because of a plethora of data from sensor networks, Internet of Things devices and big data resources combined with a dearth of data scientists to effectively mold that data, we are leaving many important applications – from intelligence to science and workforce management – on the table. It is a situation the researchers at DARPA want to remedy with a new program called Data-Driven Discovery of Models (D3M). The goal of D3M is to develop algorithms and software to help overcome the data-science expertise gap by facilitating non-experts to construct complex empirical models through automation of large parts of the model-creation process. If successful, researchers using D3M tools will effectively have access to an army of “virtual data scientists,” DARPA stated.

Submission + - Fed watchdog raises questions about FBI facial recognition accuracy, privacy (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: The FBI needs to get a better handle on accuracy and privacy issues its facial recognition technology has brought to the law enforcement community.
Congressional watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office this week said the current FBI use of face recognition technology “raises potential concerns regarding both the effectiveness of the technology in aiding law enforcement investigations and the protection of privacy and individual civil liberties.”

Submission + - National Intelligence office wants to perfect the art of security deception (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: This week the advanced technology developers from the Intelligence Advance Research Projects Activity (IARPA) office put out a Request For Information about how to best develop better denial and deception technologies – such as honeypots or deception servers for example — that would bolster cyber security.

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