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NSA’s guide for choosing a safe text chat and video conferencing service

ZDNet – NSA publishes guidance on choosing a secure teleworking service. Assessed tools include Slack, Zoom, Signal, Skype, more. “The guidance contains a list of security criteria that the NSA hopes companies take into consideration when selecting which telework tool/service they want to deploy in their environments. The NSA document is not only meant for… Continue Reading

Zoom or Not? NSA Offers Agencies Guidance for Choosing Videoconference Tools

NextGov: “Video conferencing platforms Zoom and Microsoft Teams are both FedRAMP-approved, but while Zoom offers end-to-end encryption, Microsoft Teams does not.  These are just two of nine factors the National Security Agency cites in its guide to help federal workers choose commercial telework tools for “safely using collaboration services,” as necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues April 25, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues April 25, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Senate Intel Releases New Report on Intel Community Assessment of Russian Interference

“Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released a new report, titled “Review of the Intelligence Community Assessment,” the fourth and penultimate volume in the Committee’s bipartisan Russia investigation. The latest installment examines the sources, tradecraft, and analytic work behind the 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) that… Continue Reading

Digital 2020 Report

Hootsuite – A comprehensive look at the state of the internet, mobile devices, social media, and ecommerce. “4.5 billion internet users around the globe. 3.8 billion people on social media. What are the best opportunities in digital? Which platforms are growing fastest? And what new consumer behaviors should your brand be paying attention to?  Steer… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues April 12, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues April 12, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Zoom: Every security issue uncovered in the video chat app

CNET – Here’s a timeline of Zoom’s rapid rise and the security problems that have come to light. “As the coronavirus pandemic forced millions of people to stay home over the past month, Zoom suddenly became the video meeting service of choice: Daily meeting participants on the platform surged from 10 million in December to 200 million in March.… Continue Reading

U.S. Government: Update Chrome 80 Now, Multiple Security Concerns Confirmed

Forbes: “…Here’s what you need to know. CISA, a standalone federal agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) oversight, is responsible for protecting “the Nation’s critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats.” In an April 1 posting, CISA confirmed that Google Chrome Version 80.0.3987.162 “addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to take… Continue Reading

Zoom Meetings Aren’t End-to-End Encrypted, Despite Misleading Marketing

The Intercept: “Zoom, the video conferencing service whose use has spiked amid the Covid-19 pandemic, claims to implement end-to-end encryption, widely understood as the most private form of internet communication, protecting conversations from all outside parties. In fact, Zoom is using its own definition of the term, one that lets Zoom itself access unencrypted video… Continue Reading

Commentary – Maybe we shouldn’t use Zoom after all

FBI warns Zoom, teleconference meetings vulnerable to hijacking: “…The FBI has received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language,” the FBI cautioned. “As individuals continue the transition to online lessons and meetings, the FBI recommends exercising due diligence and caution in your cybersecurity efforts..to prevent against unwanted participants… Continue Reading