Q&A Even homeowner associations are targets of hackers looking to profit off cybercrime

In February, I began contributing to Donie Vanitzian’s HOA Q&A Column in the Los Angeles Times. Q&A Even homeowner associations are targets of hackers looking to profit off cybercrime Question: Our HOA’s website, which was created and controlled by the management company, houses a treasure trove of documents and information pertaining to our association and…

Microsoft Calls for Int’l Body for Cyber Attack Attribution

Following its call earlier this year for a Digital Geneva Convention, to address the growing threat of state sponsored cyber attacks. Microsoft released a paper about cyber security norms for nation-states and the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry. Of particular note is the paper’s call for the equivalent of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)…

Trump Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order

On May 11th President Trump signed an Executive Order on “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.”  The Executive Order was announced and explained by Tom Bossert, President Trump’s homeland security adviser  (see below).   1. The EO Calls for Modernizing Federal IT in Shared Systems Using the Cloud This is an important…

NIST Releases Updated Cyber Security Framework

In a 2013 Executive Order “Improving Critical 69 Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” President Obama called for the development of a voluntary risk-based Cybersecurity Framework – a set of industry standards and best practices to help organizations manage cybersecurity risks. The first such Framework was released in 2015 and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working…