#471 August 2, 2016 – A Color-Coded Response to Cyberattacks


This week’s headline story: A Color-Coded Response to Cyberattacks

cyber-threat-scaleThe White House warned of a “revolution” of computer-generated threats to the U.S. stoked by growing cyber aggression by traditional U.S. foes like Russia and North Korea. The President has issued a policy directive featuring a color-coded response plan for the federal government to use after major cyberattacks. Lisa Monaco, President Barack Obama’s homeland security and counter terrorism adviser warns that “we are in the midst of a revolution of the cyber threat — one that is growing more persistent, more diverse, more frequent and more dangerous every day… Unless we act together — government, industry, and citizens — we risk a world where malicious cyber activity could threaten our security and prosperity. That is not a future we should accept.”

The directive establishes six levels of severity for attacks, a color-coded system that evokes the terror alert system formally used by the Homeland Security Department. A high-level federal response following the directive’s guidelines will be triggered anytime there’s an attack at or above a level three — orange — indicating an attack likely to affect public health or safety, economic or national security or other U.S. interests. A level 5 — black — is an emergency that poses an “imminent threat” to critical infrastructure, government stability or U.S. lives.

other Technology Headlines…

  • Transistors Will Stop Shrinking in 2021, Moore’s Law Roadmap Predicts [IEEE Spectrum]
    According to the 2015 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, soon the transistor may stop its continuously shrinking trend. In defiance of Moore’s famous law, the report forecasts, that by 2021 it will no longer be economically desirable for companies to continue to shrink the dimensions of transistors in microprocessors. Instead, chip manufacturers will turn to other means of boosting density, namely turning the transistor from a horizontal to a vertical geometry and building multiple layers of circuitry, one on top of another.

in Information Security News…

  • Democratic Emails: All About the Hack, the Leak, the Discord [NewsFactor]
    President Barack Obama’s has identified Russia as almost certainly the culprit in hacking the Democratic National Committee and releasing politically embarrassing emails. His accusation fits his administration’s new penchant for openly blaming foreign governments for such break-ins. Even as the U.S. continues to secretly hack its own adversaries, Obama is raising the stakes for countries caught behind the keyboards engaging in cyber espionage, including major powers like Russia and China. In Moscow, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Russia would never interfere in another country’s election.

and in Tech Industry News…

  • Apple Supplier LG Display Puts $1.8B Into Flexible Displays [NewsFactor]
    LG Display, a supplier of Apple’s iPhone screens, plans to invest $1.75 billion to produce flexible displays for smartphones. The move is an indicator that more high-end smartphone makers – including Apple may adopt flexible screens in the near future.
  • Uber To Invest $500 Million in Its Own Global Maps [NewsFactor]
    Uber is tired of relying on Google Maps to help its drivers navigate city streets. The ride-hailing company is investing $500 million dollars to deploy its own map-building cars starting with the U.S. and Mexico. The company is also reportedly developing self-driving cars.
  • Oracle Buying Cloud Pioneer NetSuite for $9.3 Billion [NewsFactor]
    In its continued push to provide more cloud-based services to its customers, enterprise software giant Oracle has announced plans to acquire “the very first cloud company,” NetSuite, for $9.3 billion in cash.

and finally,

  • Microsoft Slashing Nearly 3,000 Jobs in Phone Business [NewsFactor]
    Almost 3,000 Microsoft employees will lose their jobs as the tech giant plans cut staff over the next year across its smartphone hardware business and global sales division. It’s the latest blow to Microsoft, following on the heels of news in May that 1,850 jobs in its mobile division would be lost.

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