Cyber Round Up: iOS11 May Complicate Border Searches; N. Korea Tests Public-Private Information Sharing; Equifax Breach Coverage

  • iOS11 May Complicate Border Searches (Lawfare): Apple’s focus on protecting customer data may have some serious implications for U.S. agents at the borders, a recent article says.  The post on Lawfare explains how the new software udpate, iOS11, has additional security updates that make accessing the contents of a phone or tablet more difficult.  The post notes that some of the features are more hype than substance, but features like requiring phones to “trust” a new computer have legitimate legal implications. The author suggests that the new feature will only allow a border agent to browse the contents of the device but not download them.  The full explanation can be read here. 
  • Tensions with North Korea present a test for key US cyber program (Washington Examiner): The potential for cyber aggression between the U.S. and North Korea may shed light on how well the U.S. is sharing information between the public and private sectors, according to an article over the weekend.  The article notes that the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 emphasized this infomratino sharing and placed the burden to do so on DHS.  In order to protect critical infrastructure, something North Korea may focus on in a cyber attack, the federal government will need to be passing important information to the private sector in a timely manner. The full analysis can be read here.
  • Equifax Breach Coverage:  You don’t need this blog to inform you of the Equifax data breach that occurred late last week.  The story has grabbed headlines everywhere.  Christopher Folk provides his thoughts on the breach on this blog over the weekend. Read those comments here. 

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