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.

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.

New York's SHIELD Act could change companies’ security practices nationwide

New York's SHIELD Act could change companies’ security practices nationwide

SHIELD Act provisions broaden the scope of consumer privacy and place requirement on protecting personal data for organizations that collect information on New York residents.

Cyberspace Solarium report calls for layered cyber deterrence, defend forward strategy

Cyberspace Solarium report calls for layered cyber deterrence, defend forward strategy

The intergovernmental commission outlines the steps needed to defend the United States from modern cybersecurity threats.

Deloitte: 8 things municipal governments can do about ransomware

Deloitte: 8 things municipal governments can do about ransomware

Deloitte researchers explain why state and local governments are favored for ransomware attacks and how they can protect themselves with limited resources.

Is the EARN-IT Act a backdoor attempt to get encryption backdoors?

Is the EARN-IT Act a backdoor attempt to get encryption backdoors?

New bipartisan US legislation to fight online child exploitation incentivizes companies to drop end-to-end encryption, critics say.

Authentication, identity management start-ups lead 2019 VC investing

Authentication, identity management start-ups lead 2019 VC investing

Cybersecurity venture investments reached nearly $7 billion in 2019. Authentication and identity management start-ups were the top lures.

5G security is a mess. Could digital certificates help?

5G security is a mess. Could digital certificates help?

5G inherited security vulnerabilities from earlier mobile technology, but digital certificates might solve the issue of unauthenticated messages.

Presidential campaigns taking email security more seriously--not so much at the local level

Presidential campaigns taking email security more seriously--not so much at the local level

DMARC now protects the email domains for most U.S. presidential candidates, according to a new report, but local election bodies lag behind and are vulnerable to spoofing.

Recent False Claims Act cases a caution to gov’t contractors that skimp on security

Recent False Claims Act cases a caution to gov’t contractors that skimp on security

Two FCA cases unsealed in 2019 show that contractors can face multi-million-dollar penalties if they don't comply with federal government cybersecurity requirements.

On the 2020 Congressional cybersecurity agenda: Critical infrastructure, copyright exemptions

On the 2020 Congressional cybersecurity agenda: Critical infrastructure, copyright exemptions

Despite the distraction of an election year, Congress is expected to give the Department of Homeland Security tools to identify critical infrastructure threats and copyright exemptions to security researchers.

US elections remain vulnerable to attacks, despite security improvements

US elections remain vulnerable to attacks, despite security improvements

Continued Russian interference, insecure paperless voting processes will sow doubt about the next election despite some security improvements.

2020 outlook for cybersecurity legislation

2020 outlook for cybersecurity legislation

Here's a rundown of all the security-related bills working their way through this year's U.S. Congress, plus some hot security topics likely to be debated.

High-profile departures widen federal government’s security talent shortage

High-profile departures widen federal government’s security talent shortage

Recent key departures--voluntary and forced--might make it harder for government agencies to find the talent needed to fulfill their security missions.

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