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North Korea’s Internet Outage Was Likely the Work of Hacktivists (The Washington Post)

Tue, December 23, 2014CERIAS Media Citings

“If the government wanted to do something about this, I would suspect they would do something more targeted toward the leadership rather than just shutting down the network,” said Eugene Spafford, a professor of information security at Purdue University. “Teenagers with botnets regularly shut down networks.”
Targeting the financial assets of North Korean leaders (rather than the country’s Internet equipment) would be much more closely aligned with President Obama’s warning of a “proportional response” — and something the White House could accomplish that nameless hacktivists probably couldn’t on their own, Spafford added.

Cybersecurity Seen as DoD Priority Under Carter

Fri, December 05, 2014CERIAS Media Citings

Though not schooled in IT and IT security, cyber is an area of interest for Carter in which he has been involved in for many years. “He knows enough about [cyber] that he likely knows when he should call on domain experts for more information, something not all of our national leaders have done,” says Gene Spafford, founder and executive director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security at Purdue University.

Sensors Everywhere Could Mean Privacy Nowhere, Expert Says

Thu, September 18, 2014

Eugene Spafford, professor of computer science at Purdue University and executive director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), says the so-called “Internet of Things” will see small microprocessors and sensors placed seemingly everywhere, and these devices will collect much data about us - often without our knowledge.

CERTs, Security Patches And Sloppy Design

Wed, June 25, 2014CERIAS Media Citings

When will we reach the tipping point? Spafford has this to offer, “If we keep patching, the system will collapse under the weight of all those patches.”

RSA 2014: The Benefits of an Intelligence-driven Security Strategy

Thu, April 10, 2014CERIAS Media Citings

At the RSA 2014 Conference in San Francisco in February, Spafford sat down with SearchCompliance editor Ben Cole to discuss the current state of cybersecurity threats and how companies can benefit from an intelligence-driven security strategy.