Cynthia Brumfield

Cynthia Brumfield is a veteran communications and technology analyst who is currently focused on cybersecurity. She runs a cybersecurity news destination site, Metacurity.com.

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Executive order boots “foreign adversaries” from US electric grid over security concerns

Executive order boots “foreign adversaries” from US electric grid over security concerns

White House action implies that China is "creating and exploiting" vulnerabilities in the US power grid. Experts say hardware backdoors have the potential for doing significant damage.

4 critical issues surrounding contact-tracing apps

4 critical issues surrounding contact-tracing apps

As countries rush to release contact-tracing apps, experts fear a lack of security and privacy controls.

Attempted cyberattack highlights vulnerability of global water infrastructure

Attempted cyberattack highlights vulnerability of global water infrastructure

Water utilities often have few cybersecurity resources and are subject to few regulations. A failed Stuxnet-like attack on Israel's water supply shows how dangerous that could be.

No election security funding in latest round of stimulus funding

No election security funding in latest round of stimulus funding

Doubts raised about funding for 2020 election security and mail-in voting as money omitted from the latest stimulus bill.

Legions of cybersecurity volunteers rally to protect hospitals during COVID-19 crisis

Legions of cybersecurity volunteers rally to protect hospitals during COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 Cyber Threat Intelligence League and other groups cooperate with the industry, law enforcement, and the government to prevent attacks on healthcare providers.

Mail-in ballots during COVID crisis necessary, but with risk says expert

Mail-in ballots during COVID crisis necessary, but with risk says expert

Noted election security researcher Harri Hursti says mail-in voting is likely the only option for a safe, secure US presidential election, but voter and election worker training needed.

Trump administration moves to revoke China Telecom's US licenses on security grounds

Trump administration moves to revoke China Telecom's US licenses on security grounds

A legal filing claims China Telecom is in violation of federal and state cybersecurity and privacy laws, but evidence is redacted.

Beware malware-laden emails offering COVID-19 information, US Secret Service warns

Beware malware-laden emails offering COVID-19 information, US Secret Service warns

Many of the emails take advantage of an unpatched, decades-old Microsoft Office vulnerability to deliver malware. Advice: Patch now.

White House strategy paper to secure 5G envisions America leading global 5G development

White House strategy paper to secure 5G envisions America leading global 5G development

Though light on details, the paper offers clues as to how the US government sees the development and security of 5G communications moving forward.

New coronavirus-era surveillance and biometric systems pose logistical, privacy problems

New coronavirus-era surveillance and biometric systems pose logistical, privacy problems

Governments and companies are using biometrics and geolocation to identify and track potential coronavirus victims in the name of public safety.

Virtual security conferences fill void left by canceled face-to-face events

Virtual security conferences fill void left by canceled face-to-face events

Notable members of the infosec community are creating impromptu but highly popular virtual events using cheap, off-the-shelf tools.

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