Morning Security Brief: Infrastructure Cybersecurity Guidelines, China Business Security Risks, BYOD Dangers, and More

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

►The White House is preparing to direct federal agencies to develop voluntary cybersecurity guidelines for owners of power, water, and other critical infrastructure facilities, reports the Chicago Tribune. "The prospective order would give the agencies 90 days to propose new regulations and create a new cybersecurity council at the Department of Homeland Security with representatives from the Defense Department, Justice Department, Director of National Intelligence, and the Department of Commerce," the story notes.

►Canadian business leaders have been told all about possible security issues inherent with doing business with China, but it isn't putting them off. At a forum held by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, it was clear that Canadian corporations are still keen to do business in China. As one speaker, Wendy Dobson, a business professor at the University of Toronto said in the CBCNews article, "Don't discriminate against the Chinese. But for heaven's sake, know what you're doing."

►"The Office of the National Coordinator...looking to gaming technology to improve training in IT security, recently introduced CyberSecure: Your Medical Practice--a Web-based security training game that uses avatars to simulate real-life security scenarios," reports InformationWeek. "The game addresses topics such as best practices to keep passwords secure, strategies to protect patient information, how to control access to patient information, and how to secure and encrypt information residing on mobile devices. Game players receive questions from avatars posing as medical staff and have to choose the best answer to control health information."

►CNN Money reports that large companies may be "offering up a way into their networks on a silver platter" by engaging in "bring your own device" (BYOD). BlackBerries, which used to make up the majority of the smartphone market, offered secure e-mail and messaging, but as its presence in the market has been eaten away by Apple, Google, and Microsoft, and as the products themselves have become more powerful, it has given "users more way to unintentionally download something harmful." More at CNN Money.


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