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WFED's Jason Miller with Pat Howard, CISO, NRC

wfedstaff | June 3, 2015 9:06 am

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  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is looking for vendors to help with automating IT security. The goal is to free up resources. But finding the right company for the job isn’t always easy. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller spoke about it with NRC Chief Information Security Officer Pat Howard at a recent IT panel. For more, listen to the audio above.
  • The Online Trust Alliance says that Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will be the keynote speaker at its Online Trust and Cybersecurity Forum. reports that Locke will join Justice CIO Vance Hitch, PayPal CISO Michael Barrett, and Randall Rothenberg of the Interactive Advertising Bureau. White House Cyber Security Coordinator Howard Schmidt is invited but has not yet confirmed. Locke will share the Department of Commerce’s view on the importance of online trust and confidence and how they are the keystones of the global economy.
  • Researchers have found that cyber criminals are using off-the-shelf attack programs to infect 1.2 million computers. Experts for AVG Technologies say the Eleonore toolkit has infected 1-in-10 computers that it comes in contact with. The toolkit lures users to infected Web sites and then infects them with malware. A senior vice president for AVG says that off-the-shelf programs like Eleonore make it easy for cyber criminals to make money from cyber crime.