Morning Security Brief: Security Leaders are Gaining Strategic Ground, LinkedIn's New App is Vulnerable, and More

By Laura Spadanuta

An IBM security study finds that security leaders are gaining a more strategic voice in organizations. The study found that the "evolving threat landscape, emerging technologies, and budgetary restraints" have contributed to security leaders communicating more with the C-suite. The study also found that cloud and mobile adoption continue to grow and are increasingly a focus area for security.

LinkedIn's new mobile app Intro is being called a "dream" for attackers, according to The New York Times. The app works on iOS systems and inserts LinkedIn profile information into users' e-mails. The app allows LinkedIn to scan the user's e-mails. The e-mail is also directed through LinkedIn's servers. Researchers have compared those attacks to Man in the Middle attacks that intercept Internet traffic. LinkedIn responded by stating that the users have to opt in to the app and the e-mail is encrypted.

Palestinian security officers have thwarted a potential attack by discovering a terror ring that was planning on attacking various Israeli sites with bomb-carrying drones, reports The Washington Times. Israel confirmed the story.

The Port of Baltimore has been judged secure by the U.S. Coast Guard. This is the sixth year in a row that it's earned that designation. The Baltimore Sun reports that the port has also received a positive review by the European Commission, which conducted a look at how the United States was enforcing the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code.

Also in the news: USA Today provides advice on whether you should install new security software on your computer; a DARPA challenge pits cybersecurity systems against each other; The Boston Herald provides more information on the murder of an area high school teacher.


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