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  • Cyber industry shifting from hobbyists to professionals

    The cyberthreat environment has changed from individuals casting wide nets to large, well-funded, organized groups with precise, targeted attacks.

  • Cyberbusiness opportunities in San Diego

    The Internet of Things is expected to have an economic impact of up to $33 trillion a year by 2025, and opportunities abound for San Diego companies.

  • Three (mostly) simple solutions to cybersecurity

    If you’re going to take cybersecurity tips from someone, it should probably be from this guy: Tim Hamon, the FBI’s senior forensic examiner at San Diego’s Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory.

  • State Cyber Task Force unveiled in San Diego

    After about a year and a half of planning, the final draft of the California Cyber Task Force Strategy was officially revealed Monday at a joint Cyber Center of Excellence and National Defense Industrial Association event in San Diego.

  • Cybersecurity industry has more questions than answers

    San Diego’s Cyber Center of Excellence officially launched in March but has been doing a lot of what Center co-chairman Andrew Lee calls “frantic paddling underneath the surface” ever since.

  • Cyber Center of Excellence hosting keynote with DHS, NCSA

    The San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE) is hosting a National Cyber Security Awareness Month keystone event on Oct. 15 that will focus on critical infrastructure and the Internet of Things.

  • Security experts warn of cyberattacks

    Last year, U.S. companies lost an estimated $100 billion through cyberattacks — and the attacks will likely increase as society moves toward the so-called Internet of Things, cybersecurity specialists warned San Diego's Corporate Director's Forum on Wednesday.

  • EdgeWave closes equity funding

    EdgeWave, a San Diego-based cybersecurity firm, reports it has closed $6 million in Series A equity funding from TVC Capital, a San Diego-based growth equity firm.

  • Littoral ship’s cyberdefenses need to improve, US Navy says

    The U.S. Navy is “taking definitive steps” to improve the cybersecurity of systems that manage operations and logistics on its new Littoral Combat Ship, a service official said.

  • Study results in formation of SD cybersecurity center

    As part of the effort to accelerate job growth and the cyber innovation economy in San Diego, the Cyber Center of Excellence has formed to serve as a hub for collaboration.

  • Former CleanTech president Holly Smithson joins Sentek Global

    Holly Smithson, the former president of CleanTech San Diego, is the new director of enterprise practice at Sentek Global, the information technology firm announced this week.

  • Howard Schmidt added to CyberUnited board

    Howard Schmidt, the former White House cybersecurity coordinator for President Barack Obama, has joined the board of directors for CyberUnited, a San Diego-based insider threat security informatics company.

  • World cybersecurity leaders call for cooperation

    STANFORD -- Governments and businesses spend $1 trillion a year for global cybersecurity, but unlike wartime casualties or oil spills, there's no clear idea what the total losses are because few will admit they've been compromised. Cybersecurity leaders from more than 40 countries are gathering at Stanford University this week to consider tackling that information gap by creating a single, trusted entity that would keep track of how much hackers steal.

  • GridCOM Technologies awarded $95K grant for cyberattack solutions

    San Diego-based GridCOM Technologies, which develops cybersecurity solutions for energy infrastructures, has been awarded a grant from the state of California to help protect electrical grids from cyberattacks.

  • Kratos wins cyberthreat contract

    Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS) said Wednesday that it has won a federal defense contract valued at $6 billion over the life of the five-year deal.

  • Kratos Defense among 17 winners of $6 billion cybersecurity award

    Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. was among 17 winners of a $6 billion U.S. contract that will create a shopping hub for government agencies seeking to shield their computer networks from hackers.

  • 3 top US officials discuss cybersecurity in NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The heads of the nation's three top intelligence agencies said Thursday they strive to protect Americans' privacy in an evolving era of cybersecurity threats, electronic surveillance and concerns about government data-monitoring.

  • CyberFlow gets $2M investment from Toshiba

    San Diego-based CyberFlow Analytics Inc., a newly formed cybersecurity company, raised $2 million from Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. (TAEC).

  • Cyber experts say calling out China may be working

    SINGAPORE (AP) -- After years of quiet and largely unsuccessful diplomacy, the U.S. has brought its persistent computer-hacking problems with China into the open, delivering a steady drumbeat of reports accusing Beijing's government and military of computer-based attacks against America.

  • Cybersecurity tops Obama's agenda for China talks

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will be looking for signs from China's leader at their upcoming meeting that Beijing is ready to address its reported high-tech spying, which the White House sees as a top threat to the U.S. economy and national security.

  • Websense exec ranks among top security executives

    Jason Clark, chief security and strategy officer for San Diego-based Websense Inc. (Nasdaq: WBSN), has been named a 2012 Top Security Executive by ExecRank, ranking eighth out of 150 security executives honored.

  • The day the password died

    I still remember a time when having a computer in your business was like being in a Jetson's cartoon. But by the 1980s computing was becoming the norm, and soon there was a computer on every desk.

  • Guantanamo hack threat prompts WiFi shutdown

    MIAMI (AP) -- The U.S. military has shut down wireless internet service at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba because of online hacking threats.

  • Websense agrees to private-equity buyout worth about $1 billion

    In a deal valued at close to $1 billion, San Diego's Websense Inc. (Nasdaq: WBSN), a leader in warding off cyber attacks and data theft, has agreed to be sold to Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in software, data and other tech businesses.

  • SPAWAR adjusts to new budget environment

    Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) employs about 5,000 people in San Diego, but thanks to sequestration budget-tightening, that number won't rise anytime soon.

  • 'Suits and Spooks' conference coming to La Jolla

    FBI Supervisory Special Agent John Caruthers, the head of the San Diego field office's National Security Cyber Program, will be one of more than 20 speakers at a security conference called “Suits and Spooks”on June 15 and 16 at the Marriott La Jolla hotel.

  • Cyberattacks a growing irritant in US-China ties

    BEIJING (AP) -- Signs are growing that the sustained surge in cyberattacks emanating from China is imperiling its relations with the U.S., lending urgency to fledgling efforts by both governments to engage on the issue.

  • China denies renewed US cyberattack claims

    BEIJING (AP) -- China's military on Tuesday denied renewed U.S. accusations that it sponsored cyberattacks and said the two sides should cooperate against the global threat of computer crime.

  • GridCOM secures funding for grid technology

    Carlsbad-based GridCOM Technologies Inc. secured seed funding to develop its "future-proof" quantum encryption technology that protects the nation's electrical grid from cyber terrorism.

  • ViaSat buys LonoCloud; new company spins off

    Carlsbad-based ViaSat Inc. purchased local startup LonoCloud Inc. to augment its broadband network.

  • House committee advancing pro-business cyber bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Intelligence Committee is finalizing legislation that would give the federal government an unprecedented role in helping banks, manufacturers and other businesses protect against cyberattacks.

  • US says hacking undermines China's interests

    BEIJING (AP) -- Hacking that originates inside China is undermining its relationship with the United States and harms Beijing's long-term interests, a U.S. diplomat said Tuesday, in the latest high-level public expression of concern over a problem that has prompted threats of commercial retaliation from Washington.

  • Cybersecurity bill getting privacy controls to win over Obama

    The House Intelligence Committee will add privacy safeguards to a cybersecurity proposal in an effort to win support of President Barack Obama and other lawmakers, the panel’s top Republican and Democrat said.

  • Spam blocking group reports major cyberattack

    LONDON (AP) -- Spam-fighting organization Spamhaus says it's being subjected to a massive cyberattack, apparently from groups angry at being blacklisted by the Geneva-based group.

  • Cybersecurity Standards for Companies Dodged by U.S. FCC Panel

    March 19 (Bloomberg) -- A U.S. advisory panel failed to reach consensus on recommendations to telecommunications companies and Internet providers on how to bolster their computer systems against cyber attack.

  • Goldman Sachs Joins Citigroup in Expanding Cyber Threat List

    March 4 (Bloomberg) -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Citigroup Inc. stepped up warnings to shareholders about cyber attacks as the U.S. prodded banks and government agencies to bolster their defenses.

  • Private US firms take major role vs. cyberattacks

    WASHINGTON -- When Kevin Mandia, a retired military cybercrime investigator, decided to expose China as a primary threat to U.S. computer networks, he didn't have to consult with American diplomats in Beijing or declassify tactics to safely reveal government secrets.

  • Net providers begin warning of illegal downloads

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Internet users who illegally share music, movies or television shows online could soon receive warning notices from the nation's five major Internet service providers.

  • US security firm alleges massive Chinese hacking

    BEIJING (AP) -- Cyberattacks that stole massive amounts of information from military contractors, energy companies and other key industries in the U.S. and elsewhere have been traced to the doorstep of a Chinese military unit, a U.S. security firm alleged Tuesday.

  • Feds roll out cyber plan as Hill vows legislation

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Declaring that America is losing an aggressive cyber-espionage campaign waged from China, administration officials and lawmakers on Wednesday agreed to push legislation that would make it easier for the government and industry to share information about who is getting hacked and what to do about it.

  • CyberHive welcomes a pot of startups

    As the sun set on a downtown party Wednesday night, pink mixed drinks swam down an ice luge into attendees' cocktail glasses and parting gifts came in the form of honey jars.

  • Cyber attacks rose 600% last year, study says

    Cyber attacks have increased by nearly 600 percent over the past year, according to a report released Wednesday by Websense Security Labs, a research team of San Diego’s Websense Inc. (Nasdaq: WBSN), which produces security software for email and mobile communications.

  • US plan aimed at keeping China out of US networks

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House cybersecurity executive order, to be unveiled Wednesday by President Barack Obama's top security officials, will be the most comprehensive plan yet for confronting electronic attacks on America's computer networks, or at least a good-faith effort amid an alarming tide in industrial espionage in the past year that experts blame mostly on China.

  • EdgeWave monitors social media activity

    Allowing access to Facebook and Twitter in the workplace risks brand damage, cyberharassment, productivity loss and security threats, but EdgeWave Inc. lets companies tap into the power of social media while mitigating those risks.

  • Cloud is future of computing despite security concerns

    The concept of the technological “cloud,” a term that is at once confusing and ubiquitous, has been around for years, but industry experts say the extent of its reach has only just begun to be tapped. What used to be done with software and the nearly extinct floppy disk now happens in a virtual space from the consumer’s perspective, and a changing one from the business side.

  • CommNexus group presents cloud security seminar

    The CommNexus Security SIG is hosting a session on "Cloud Security Considerations: What You Need to Know" on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at AIS.

  • Public, private sectors must work together to combat cyber attacks

    It is not the norm for corporations to be the focal point of a war fought between nation states, but the threats of today place us in exactly that situation.

  • Corporate CIOs answer to cyber security risk

    Today's work force is comprised of people from at least three generations who have witnessed the rapid evolution of technology parallel to the evolution of flight. Just as the Wright brothers were laughed out of the hangar from which the airplane was born, our collective experience of the changes in the information technology field and what they mean to us has run the trajectory from skepticism to acceptance to absolute reliance. In 2012, the rise of cyber attacks took us from absolute reliance on our technical domains back to skepticism on how much risk we can afford to take.

  • Ex-CIA chief details top security threats

    Paradise Point Resort & Spa’s name was a misnomer this week, as the HALO Counter-Terrorism Summit filled the island with the latest military and defense technology and cybersecurity tools for its fifth annual conference, and what is expected to be the first of many at this San Diego location.

  • Experts: SC hacking largest vs. state tax agency

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Millions of Social Security numbers and business records from tax returns as far back as 1998 were hacked in South Carolina and experts said Wednesday it may be the largest cyber-attack against a state tax department in the nation's history.

  • Three areas of cybersecurity that small businesses often overlook

    There's more to cybersecurity than virus protection and anti-spyware. From securing mobile devices to guarding against hacking, here are some common vulnerabilities small businesses need to watch out for.

  • Panetta warns cyber assaults could come to rival 9/11 attacks

    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the Pentagon and American intelligence agencies are seeing an increase in cyber threats that could become as devastating as the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks if they aren’t stopped.

  • Cybersecurity business cluster initiative launched in San Diego

    Securing Our eCity, the ESET Foundation’s signature program, has announced plans to launch a cybersecurity cluster effort in San Diego, in partnership with the San Diego Advanced Defense Technology cluster.

  • White House says it thwarted cyberattack

    WASHINGTON -- The White House is acknowledging an attempt to infiltrate its computer system, but says it thwarted the effort

  • Researcher: Power-grid upgrades add cyberattack risks

    The overhaul of the U.S. electricity network with technologies to improve efficiency gives hackers new targets for cyber attacks, the head of the University of Southern California Energy Institute said.

  • Microsoft says settlement reached in botnet case

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Microsoft says it has settled a computer-fraud case against a website operated by a Chinese businessman that had become a major hub for illicit Internet activity.

  • Cyber attacks on banks expose US infrastructure vulnerability

    Cyber attacks on the biggest U.S. banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co., have breached some of the nation’s most advanced computer defenses and exposed the vulnerability of its infrastructure, said cybersecurity specialists tracking the assaults.

Roundtables

  • SD leads charge for cybersecurity collaboration

    Imagine flipping open the latest edition of a magazine and instead of seeing a list of the most walkable or dog-friendly cities, finding the most cyber-friendly cities, and then placing importance in the results.

  • Center aims to add cybersecurity to SD sectors

    Biotech, mobile, tourism, craft beer — San Diego is at the forefront of these industries and its business community is defined by them, but who says there isn’t room for one more? Thanks to a wide-reaching public-private partnership, the Cyber Center of Excellence opened March 20 with the goal of adding cybersecurity to the list of homegrown success stories.

  • Business cyberthreats require continuous security updates

    The cloud has defeated the "blue screen of death," but companies are constantly taxed with updating security software and finding new ways to combat cyberthreats.

  • Cybersecurity calls on small businesses

    Many small businesses do not understand the importance of cybersecurity, and as a result, they are putting larger companies and government agencies at risk.

  • Security dominates wireless industry concerns

    Individual plants will one day have their own microprocessor to transmit a signal, saying they need water and fertilizer. A group of forward-thinking technology leaders discussed what the future looks like in the wireless sector at a recent roundtable at The Daily Transcript sponsored by CohnReznick.

Cybersecurity videos

Andrew Lee, Kenneth Slaght on cybersecurity

Oct. 14, 2014 -- Executive Editor George Chamberlin discusses cybersecurity with Andrew Lee, CEO of ESET, and retired Rear Adm. Kenneth Slaght, vice president of naval IT solutions for General Dynamics.

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