Access Control

Hackers shut down utilities

Intermittent U.S. power grid shutdowns last March were caused by hackers exploiting utilities’ firewall vulnerabilities. The North American Electric Reliability Corp. says grids were down for up to five minutes at a time but that the software issues have been resolved. [node:read-more:link]

Google fined over children’s privacy

Google Inc. has agreed to a $170-million fine and to make changes to its YouTube video service to protect children’s privacy. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Attorney General of New York said the company had illegally harvested and used personal information to target children with advertising. [node:read-more:link]

Encrypt Wireless Access Control Systems

The access control industry has been alerted to encrypt security systems. The lack of encryption is leaving wireless security systems vulnerable to hacking. If you are involved in any type of security, you can be liable if you don't provide adequate cybersecurity safeguards. [node:read-more:link]

Facebook faces another suit

In the fourth lawsuit of its kind in a month, a group of Facebook subscribers say the company neglected to inform them about a data breach even as it protected its own employers against hackers who could exploit Facebook’s single sign-on tool. At least 30 million users are said to be at risk. [node:read-more:link]

Personal data vulnerability confirmed

Researchers working with vpnMentor, a biometric security company, say they have gained access to more than a million fingerprints and other sensitive held at BioStar 2, an identity and access control platform developed by South Korea-based Suprema Inc. The platform is used by law enforcement and other agencies to control access to ostensibly secure facilities. [node:read-more:link]

Security gaps identified at Ottawa city hall

The City of Ottawa must hire more security guards or install an electronic system to lock down its City Hall headquarters during an emergency similar to last year’s shooting rampage at the nearby War Memorial and Parliament Hill, says a security review conducted weeks after the Oct. 22 rampage. [node:read-more:link]

Cybersecurity and digital enterprise

Two consistent and related themes in enterprise technology have emerged in recent years, both involving rapid and dramatic change. One is the rise of the digital enterprise across sectors and internationally. The other is the information technology sector's need to react quickly and develop innovations aggressively to meet the enterprise’s digital aspirations. [node:read-more:link]

U.S. agencies fall short on cybersecurity

The Government Accountability Officer has put out no fewer than 38 recommendations on how federal agencies can improve their cybersecurity risk management. All but one of the 23 agencies reviewed had already designated an executive responsible for security but none evidently had a risk management strategy in place and there was a general lack of coordination between cybersecurity in particular and agency-wide management functions in general. [node:read-more:link]


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