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Newswise: Enabling a Secure Mobile Ecosystem
Released: 13-May-2020 5:30 PM EDT
Enabling a Secure Mobile Ecosystem
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Protecting mobile devices from cyber-attacks and accelerating the adoption of secure mobility for the federal government is a critical research focus of the Department of Homeland Security DHS S&T.

Newswise: ORNL, LANL-developed quantum technologies go the distance
Released: 12-May-2020 12:20 PM EDT
ORNL, LANL-developed quantum technologies go the distance
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

For the second year in a row, a team of scientists from DOE’s Oak Ridge and Los Alamos National Laboratories led a demonstration hosted by EPB, a utility and telecommunications company, to test quantum-based technologies that could improve the cybersecurity, longevity and efficiency of the nation’s power grid. Among other successes, the researchers drastically increased the range these resources can cover in collaboration with new industry partner Qubitekk.

Released: 6-May-2020 8:40 AM EDT
It’s Not Me—It’s You: We Believe We’re Less Likely than Others Are to Fall for Online Scams
New York University

We believe we are less likely than others are to fall for phishing scams, thereby underestimating our own exposure to risk, a new cybersecurity study has found.

Newswise: Firms Perceived to Fake Social Responsibility Become Targets for Hackers, Study Shows
Released: 5-May-2020 9:40 AM EDT
Firms Perceived to Fake Social Responsibility Become Targets for Hackers, Study Shows
University of Notre Dame

What corporate leaders may not realize is that strides they are making toward social responsibility may be placing a proverbial target on their backs — if their efforts appear to be disingenuous, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame.

Released: 4-May-2020 7:55 AM EDT
Software Flaws Often First Reported on Social Media Networks, PNNL Researchers Find
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Software vulnerabilities are more likely to be discussed on social media before they’re revealed on a government reporting site, a practice that could pose a national security threat, according to computer scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Released: 21-Apr-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Protecting yourself from the latest internet sex crime
Michigan State University

Researchers from Michigan State University released a study on “sextortion” – a lesser-known internet crime that poses a threat to adults and minors – that sheds light on the importance of protecting the public from online criminals.

Newswise: Penn State engineer receives DARPA grant to strengthen cybersecurity
Released: 15-Apr-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Penn State engineer receives DARPA grant to strengthen cybersecurity
Penn State College of Engineering

A parser, the element in a computer system that converts data inputs into an understandable format, is the first line of defense for cybersecurity. A multi-institute group of researchers that includes Gang Tan, assistant professor of computer science and engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Penn State, has received an $8 million grant that allots $1 million for Penn State’s part of the research to increase computer security by developing more secure parsers.

Newswise: Snapshot: Email Security and Privacy
Released: 15-Apr-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Snapshot: Email Security and Privacy
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T, along with BlueRISC, Inc., is developing a new Cloud-based Root-of-Trust (CRoT) technology called EPRIVO Enterprise 2.0 to address mobile device email security and privacy.

Released: 13-Apr-2020 2:00 PM EDT
Cybersecurity, tech infrastructure requires international trust
Cornell University

In new research published in the Journal Technology and Culture, Rebecca Slayton, professor of science and technology studies at Cornell University, uses the field of incident response to shed light on how experts – and nations – can more effectively combat cyberwarfare when they foster trust and transcend politics.

Newswise: South Africa’s National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System joins Los Alamos’ Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium
Released: 10-Apr-2020 8:15 AM EDT
South Africa’s National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System joins Los Alamos’ Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium (EMC3) recently welcomed its first international partner, the South African National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System (NICIS).

Released: 10-Apr-2020 8:10 AM EDT
S&T Extends MITRE Corporation Operation of HSSEDI
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T renewed the sponsorship for the continued operation of HSSEDI, FFRDC with the MITRE Corporation (MITRE). MITRE has operated the HSSEDI in five-year increments since 2009.

Released: 31-Mar-2020 9:55 AM EDT
Some mobile phone apps may contain hidden behaviors that users never see
Ohio State University

A team of cybersecurity researchers has discovered that a large number of cell phone applications contain hardcoded secrets allowing others to access private data or block content provided by users. The study’s findings: that the apps on mobile phones might have hidden or harmful behaviors about which end users know little to nothing.

Newswise: Going online gets real as we inch towards full isolation
Released: 30-Mar-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Going online gets real as we inch towards full isolation
University of South Australia

From the couch choir to YouTube yoga, online communities are flourishing, as the restrictions on social gatherings to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, become tighter and tighter. UniSA Online course facilitator and communicative engagement researcher, Kim Burley says the speed at which people are adapting their social engagement from actual to virtual has been fast and fantastic.

Newswise: Argonne scientists lead push to strengthen cybersecurity in sports stadiums
Released: 24-Mar-2020 8:15 AM EDT
Argonne scientists lead push to strengthen cybersecurity in sports stadiums
Argonne National Laboratory

To combat the cyber threat in sports, Argonne scientists built an assessment tool for team and stadium owners to fix vulnerabilities.

Newswise:Video Embedded media-consumption-predicts-how-people-think-about-computer-hacking
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Released: 17-Mar-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Media consumption predicts how people think about computer hacking
Arizona State University (ASU)

A recent study from Arizona State University examined the impact of general media consumption on hacking behavior. People who consumed more media thought others were likely to engage in hacking. The punishments associated with hacking had no influence on how people thought about hacking.

Newswise:Video Embedded the-trouble-with-election-security
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Released: 10-Mar-2020 10:35 AM EDT
The Trouble With Election Security
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Russia interfered with the U.S. presidential election in 2016, and in 2018, internet trolls again spread disinformation during the midterms. Intelligence officials warn that interference in this year’s presidential election may already be underway.

Newswise: Argonne researchers focus on grid cybersecurity to pave the way for a clean energy future
Released: 3-Mar-2020 11:05 AM EST
Argonne researchers focus on grid cybersecurity to pave the way for a clean energy future
Argonne National Laboratory

Distributed energy resources use electronics to communicate with each other or with a control center. Yet this presents opportunities for cyber attacks that could become real threats to the electric power system. Argonne experts are developing ways to protect power systems from these threats before they can occur.

Newswise:Video Embedded surfing-attack-hacks-siri-google-with-ultrasonic-waves
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Released: 27-Feb-2020 1:05 PM EST
'Surfing attack' hacks Siri, Google with ultrasonic waves
Washington University in St. Louis

Using ultrasound waves propagating through a solid surface, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis were able to read text messages and make fraudulent calls on a cellphone sitting on a desk up to 30 feet away.

Released: 27-Feb-2020 7:00 AM EST
University of Texas at Dallas Computer Scientists’ New Tool Fools Hackers into Sharing Keys for Better Cybersecurity
University of Texas at Dallas

Instead of blocking hackers, a new cybersecurity defense approach developed by University of Texas at Dallas computer scientists actually welcomes them. The method, called DEEP-Dig (DEcEPtion DIGging), ushers intruders into a decoy site so the computer can learn from hackers’ tactics. The information is then used to train the computer to recognize and stop future attacks.

Released: 25-Feb-2020 11:05 AM EST
CSU Hosts Informational Session on New Cybersecurity Degree Program
Columbus State University

Columbus State University’s TSYS Cybersecurity Center is hosting a series of informational sessions on the new Nexus Cybersecurity degree.

Newswise: Researchers Develop Framework that Improves Firefox Security
25-Feb-2020 8:00 AM EST
Researchers Develop Framework that Improves Firefox Security
University of California San Diego

Researchers from the University of California San Diego, University of Texas at Austin, Stanford University and Mozilla have developed a new framework to improve web browser security. The framework, called RLBox, has been integrated into Firefox to complement Firefox’s other security-hardening efforts.

Released: 20-Feb-2020 1:25 PM EST
University of Rhode Island Announces URI Online degree and certificate programs
University of Rhode Island

KINGSTON, R.I. — February 20, 2020, — The University of Rhode Island has announced a new degree and certificate initiative, URI Online, which provides students and professionals access to a URI education anywhere and anytime across the globe. URI Online offers fully-online undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs designed to meet the global challenges of today’s workforce and the needs of tomorrow’s professionals.

Newswise: Why It Matters: Voter, You've Been Hacked
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Released: 6-Feb-2020 2:05 PM EST
Why It Matters: Voter, You've Been Hacked
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

The aftershocks of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election are still being felt today. Is the United States ready for 2020?

Released: 5-Feb-2020 10:35 AM EST
Thwarting Hacks by Thinking Like the Humans Behind Them
Michigan State University

Research from Michigan State University reveals the importance of factoring in a hacker’s motive for predicting, identifying and preventing cyberattacks.

Released: 27-Jan-2020 4:10 PM EST
USC Kicks Off 50-State Election Cybersecurity Trainings on Jan. 28 in Maryland
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

The initiative, supported by Google, will provide invaluable resources to campaigns, election workers, elected officials, and concerned citizens to reinforce election cybersecurity measures through best practices and planning.

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Released: 27-Jan-2020 3:10 PM EST
The great e-scooter hack
University of Texas at San Antonio

Micromobility vehicles, such as e-scooters, zip in and out of traffic. In San Antonio alone, over 12,000 scooters are on the road. For this reason, micromobility is seen as an alleviating trend to help tackle traffic congestion.

Newswise: Expanded Version of the Information Sharing Assessment Tool Now Available
Released: 27-Jan-2020 8:05 AM EST
Expanded Version of the Information Sharing Assessment Tool Now Available
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Newly updated with optional scenarios and expanded question sets, the ISAT is a web-based self-assessment tool that helps public safety agencies understand their current information sharing capabilities and gaps.

Newswise: Data from Behind Enemy Lines: How Russia May have Used Twitter to Seize Crimea
Released: 23-Jan-2020 2:20 PM EST
Data from Behind Enemy Lines: How Russia May have Used Twitter to Seize Crimea
University of California San Diego

Online discourse by users of social media can provide important clues about the political dispositions of communities.

Newswise: Quantum experiments explore power of light for communications, computing
Released: 23-Jan-2020 12:30 PM EST
Quantum experiments explore power of light for communications, computing
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A team of quantum researchers from ORNL have conducted a series of experiments to gain a better understanding of quantum mechanics and pursue advances in quantum networking and quantum computing, which could lead to practical applications in cybersecurity and other areas.

Released: 21-Jan-2020 6:50 PM EST
DHS S&T Selects Georgia Tech Group to Improve Info Sharing & Safeguarding for Public Safety Comms
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T awarded a $704,000 research-and-development (R&D) contract to Atlanta-based Georgia Tech Applied Research Center (GTARC) to address a crucial gap in the trustmark framework for the public safety community’s information sharing and safeguarding (IS&S) capabilities.

Released: 17-Jan-2020 2:15 PM EST
DHS S&T Awards $750K to Maryland Company for Cybersecurity of Emergency Communicators
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T awarded $750,000 to SecuLore Solutions, an Odenton, Md.-based cybersecurity company, to improve and increase the resiliency of the nation’s emergency communications infrastructure, including Next Generation 911 (NG911) technologies.

Released: 17-Jan-2020 9:00 AM EST
DHS S&T Leads Smart City Tech Integration Pilot for St. Louis
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T conducted its final integration of smart city technologies this week in St. Louis, Missouri in collaboration with the city, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and the T-REX Innovation Center (T-REX).

Newswise: Research Reveals Internet Crime Becoming More Sophisticated and Persistent in Florida and Other Large States
Released: 16-Jan-2020 4:30 PM EST
Research Reveals Internet Crime Becoming More Sophisticated and Persistent in Florida and Other Large States
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers identify the top states as having the largest victim monetary losses and number of victims, and their report shows online crime trends in the last four years before 2019 (2015 to 2018) for the six top states with the highest internet crime activity.

Released: 16-Jan-2020 2:50 PM EST
Organized cybercrime – not your average mafia
Michigan State University

Research from Michigan State University is one of the first to identify common attributes of cybercrime networks, revealing how these groups function and work together to cause an estimated $445-600 billion of harm globally per year.

Released: 14-Jan-2020 9:05 PM EST
DHS Awards $197K for Digital Credentials That Work Offline
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T has awarded $197,020.95 Phase 1 funding to Stranger Labs, Inc. based in Cambridge, MA, to develop a digital credential solution that mitigates compromising the usability and convenience of paper-based credentials by making digital credentials verifiable offline.

Released: 13-Jan-2020 7:15 PM EST
DHS S&T and Israeli Partners Announce Awards for Advanced Technologies in Homeland Security
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

The Israel – U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation today announced three awards for collaborative projects totaling $2.3 million to develop advanced technologies for the homeland security mission.

Newswise: Conflicts to Watch in 2020
Released: 7-Jan-2020 5:50 PM EST
Conflicts to Watch in 2020
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

In CFR’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey, U.S. foreign policy experts assess the likelihood and impact of thirty potential conflicts that could emerge or escalate in the coming year.


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