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MilCyberSync Podcast - News: 15 May 2022 Episode 11


This week on the MilCyberSync Podcast hosts Navy Cryptologist, Nick Thomas, and news anchor, Layla Gulen bring you the most up-to-date news on quantum computing, the KA-SAT cyber attack, Big Tech and passwordless sign ins and more. Listen to the MilCyberSync Podcast episode 11 here.

Government agencies are being called upon to bolster their quantum computing Information Sciences. [06:48]

President Joe Biden has signed a memorandum and an effort to mitigate the risks by devising quantum-resistant cryptography as part of the multi-year effort. A quantum computer of sufficient size and sophistication will be capable of breaking much of the public key cryptography used on digital systems across the US and the world.

The Five Eyes Intelligence sharing network has formally pinned Russia for masterminding KA-SAT Network cyber attack. [11:03]

The attack on an international satellite communication provider had spillover effects across Europe. The Cyber offensive took place an hour before the Kremlin's military invasion of Ukraine on February 24 and targeted the KA-SAT satellite network operated by telecommunications company ViaSat. The action crippled the operations of wind farms and internet users in Central Europe.

Big tech is joining forces to back a standard that will allow websites and apps to offer passwordless sign-ins across devices and platforms. [11:06]

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are backing the standard created by the FIDO Alliance that stops remote adversaries from carrying out phishing or man-in-the-middle attacks. The new approach means users no longer have to enroll each of their devices separately. So if a user drops their phone in the toilet and has to purchase a new one, Android can seamlessly restore the past keys from a secure backup on the internet.

Healthcare organizations are being warned to prepare for potential hacktivist attacks tied to controversy surrounding the Supreme Court's leaked draft on Roe versus Wade. [16:56]

The recent leak of the Supreme Court's draft ruling overturning Roe v Wade highlights the need for vigilance and preparations for such attacks. Those who are at the highest risk for hacktivist attacks include providers offering reproductive health services on those that refuse to offer certain services as well as advocates and lawmakers, members of the judiciary, and the executive branch on all sides of the issue. 

The Colonial Pipeline is facing a nearly million dollar fine. [17:32]

After being hit by a cyberattack in May 2021, a fine is being assessed over a series of federal pipeline safety regulation violations. The ransomware attack called fuel caused fuel shortages, along with the US east coast, where Colonial Pipeline operates a 5500 mile pipeline that supplies fuel, gasoline, and other petroleum products.

For even more news on cybersecurity, browse our previous episodes of the MilCyberSync Podcast.

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Axellio is proud to sponsor the MilCyberSync podcast and the Military Cyber Professionals Association. We believe this podcast provides valuable content for cyber analysts and professionals interested in the cyber security landscape, and we wanted to give you a summary of the latest episode. 

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