Global cybersecurity threats at record levels

Cybersecurity Update – Tune in weekdays at 30 minutes past the hour for the latest cybersecurity news on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris (6-10 a.m.) and the DorobekINSIDER with Chris Dorobek (3-7 p.m.). IBM’s X-Force says that’s a record level. Their 2010 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report shows that more than 4,000 new vulnerabilities were documented in the first half of the year. Of those, 55 percent had no vendor-supplied patch. The leading threat – web application vulnerabilities. Cloud computing and virtualization were also key security issues.

  • The National Science Foundation issues grant money for research into increasing security of cyber information used for intelligence and counterterrorism. The research will look into cross-matching datasets, and the information provided to them, to support intelligence, forensics and disease control efforts. The funding will be used to develop a more secure system, and to maintain privacy, the New New Internet reports. The University of Texas at Dallas and Purdue University received one-million dollars of funding for the research.

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