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March 29, 2015

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Web Site Compliance
NIST Handbook
Penetration Testing
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- Federal Reserve Bank of New York creates cybersecurity team - The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has formed a team dedicated to strengthening the bank's “overall supervisory approach to cybersecurity,” according to a speech given by the bank's top regulator. http://www.scmagazine.com/sarah-dahlgren-gives-speech-on-cybersecurity/article/405690/

FYI - Premera warned to fix security holes shortly before being breached - Premera Blue Cross was warned to fix security holes weeks before it was breached. http://www.scmagazine.com/auditors-told-premera-to-address-vulnerabilities-prior-to-breach/article/404492/

FYI - State Department Unclassified Network Back Up After Four Days - The State Department said Tuesday it has reopened Internet service on its unclassified worldwide email network after it was shut down for four days to clean up malware and boost defenses against cyberattacks believed to have started last fall. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/state-department-unclassified-network-back-after-four-days-x-n325221

FYI - FBI’s Plan to Expand Hacking Power Advances Despite Privacy Fears - A judicial advisory panel Monday quietly approved a rule change that will broaden the FBI's hacking authority despite fears raised by Google that the amended language represents a "monumental" constitutional concern. http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/03/fbis-plan-expand-hacking-power-advances-despite-privacy-fears/107685/

FYI - D-Link patches yet more vulns - Consumers rise up to ignore firmware update en masse - D-Link is moving to patch a bunch of vulnerabilities in consumer products, which almost certainly means that most users either won't know the patch is happening or won't run the update. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/18/dlink_patches_yet_more_vulns/

FYI - Court rules New York sheriff's office must turn over 'stingray' docs to NYCLU - “Stingray” surveillance device watchdogs won a major victory on Tuesday when a New York court ordered the Erie County Sheriff's Office to turn over documents about its purchase and use of the surveillance devices to the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU). http://www.scmagazine.com/nyclu-wins-court-case-for-stingray-documents/article/404287/

FYI - White House names former Facebook exec as first IT director - The White House has nabbed former Facebook executive David Recordon to serve as the first-ever director of White House information technology. http://www.scmagazine.com/facebooks-recordon-becomes-first-white-house-it-director/article/404589/

FYI - When DDoS Isn't All About Massive Disruption - New data shows prevalence of often-undetectable DDoS attacks aimed at quietly wreaking havoc on the network while performing data exfiltration and other attacks. http://www.darkreading.com/perimeter/when-ddos-isnt-all-about-massive-disruption/d/d-id/1319581

FYI - Ex-tutor in Corona del Mar grade-changing scheme charged with 16 additional felonies - A former tutor suspected of being at the center of a grade-changing scandal at Corona del Mar High School will face more than a dozen additional felony charges for accessing school computers, prosecutors announced Friday. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/lai-654957-felony-school.html


FYI - Health Insurance Provider Premera Discloses Data Breach - 2015 has become the year of the health care data breach. A newly disclosed breach at Premera is reported to have affected up to 11 million people. http://www.eweek.com/security/health-insurance-provider-premera-discloses-data-breach.html

FYI - Rogers victimized by ransomware -A misstep by an IT employee of Canadian communications conglomerate Rogers Communications allowed the contractual information of 50-70 of the company's business customers to be exposed via Twitter. http://www.scmagazine.com/rogers-victimized-by-ransomware/article/403042/

FYI - St. Mary's Health breach affects thousands - Indiana-based St. Mary's Health announced that several employees had their usernames and passwords compromised, and their email accounts contained personal information on roughly 4,400 individuals. http://www.scmagazine.com/st-marys-health-breach-affects-thousands/article/404720/

FYI - Hilton Honors Flaw Exposed All Accounts - Hospitality giant Hilton Hotels & Resorts recently started offering Hilton HHonors Awards members 1,000 free awards points to those who agreed to change their passwords for the online service prior to April 1, 2015, when the company said the change would become mandatory. http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/03/hilton-honors-flaw-exposed-all-accounts/

FYI - Hackers Attack GreatFire.org, a Workaround for Websites Censored in China - For years, a group of anonymous activists known as GreatFire.org has monitored online censorship in China. This week, unidentified hackers have tried to put an end to those activists’ efforts with an unprecedented attack. http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/hackers-attack-greatfire-org-a-workaround-for-websites-censored-in-china/?_r=0

FYI - Israel allegedly spied on U.S. communications for Iranian deal details - Israel allegedly conducted an espionage campaign on the U.S. to learn the details of President Obama's possible deal to curb Iran's nuclear program. http://www.scmagazine.com/israel-launch-espionage-campaign-against-us/article/405184/

FYI - Twitch resets passwords following possible breach - Video game streaming platform Twitch – which is owned by Amazon – announced on Monday that unauthorized access may have been gained to some user account information. http://www.scmagazine.com/twitch-resets-passwords-following-possible-breach/article/405175/

FYI - NYPD union website hacked - The New York Police Department's (NYPD) Captains Endowment Association website was hit by a cyber attack this weekend according to The New York Daily News. http://www.scmagazine.com/nypd-union-website-hacked/article/404956/

FYI - Indiana State Medical Association hard drives stolen, nearly 40K impacted - Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) is notifying nearly 40,000 individuals that two archive backup hard drives containing ISMA group health and life insurance databases were stolen while being transported to an offsite storage facility. http://www.scmagazine.com/indiana-state-medical-association-hard-drives-stolen-nearly-40k-impacted/article/405694/

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WEB SITE COMPLIANCE - We continue the series regarding FDIC Supervisory Insights regarding
Incident Response Programs.  (9 of 12)

Organize a public relations program.

Whether a bank is a local, national, or global firm, negative publicity about a security compromise is a distinct possibility. To address potential reputation risks associated with a given incident, some banks have organized public relations programs and designated specific points of contact to oversee the program. A well-defined public relations program can provide a specific avenue for open communications with both the media and the institution's customers.


Recovering from an incident essentially involves restoring systems to a known good state or returning processes and procedures to a functional state. Some banks have incorporated the following best practices related to the recovery process in their IRPs.

Determine whether configurations or processes should be changed.

If an institution is the subject of a security compromise, the goals in the recovery process are to eliminate the cause of the incident and ensure that the possibility of a repeat event is minimized. A key component of this process is determining whether system configurations or other processes should be changed. In the case of technical compromises, such as a successful network intrusion, the IRP can prompt management to update or modify system configurations to help prevent further incidents. Part of this process may include implementing an effective, ongoing patch management program, which can reduce exposure to identified technical vulnerabilities. In terms of non-technical compromises, the IRP can direct management to review operational procedures or processes and implement changes designed to prevent a repeat incident.

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We continue our series on the FFIEC interagency Information Security Booklet.


Management is responsible for ensuring institution and customer data is protected, even when that data is transmitted, processed, or stored by a service provider. Service providers should have appropriate security testing based on the risk to their organization, their customer institutions, and the institution's customers. Accordingly, management and auditors evaluating TSPs providers should use the above testing guidance in performing initial due diligence, constructing contracts, and exercising ongoing oversight or audit responsibilities. Where indicated by the institution's risk assessment, management is responsible for monitoring the testing performed at the service provider through review of timely audits and test results or other equivalent evaluations.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY - We continue the series on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Handbook.

Chapter 20 -

20.2 HGA's Computer System

HGA relies on the distributed computer systems and networks shown in Figure 20.1. They consist of a collection of components, some of which are systems in their own right. Some belong to HGA, but others are owned and operated by other organizations. This section describes these components, their role in the overall distributed system architecture, and how they are used by HGA.

Figure 20.1
Figure 20.1


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