International cyber tensions lead the day's news, and they're not confined to the fraught relationship between the United States and China.
Recorded Future provides context for the cyber tensions currently prevailing between Iran and Saudi Arabia. In the UK, the Telegraph (slightly breathlessly but not without reason) sees heightened Russian and Chinese cyber espionage as the harbinger of a renewed cold war. France considers offering Edward Snowden and Julian Assange asylum in an apparent riposte to leaks alleging US surveillance of the Élysée.
And, of course, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack continues to unfold in the US. Director of National Intelligence Clapper is less shy than NSA Director Rogers in attributing the intrusion to China, and even says, "Please don't take this the wrong way — you've got to salute the Chinese for what they did," that is, pursue a legitimate foreign intelligence target.
The Senate, led by Senator McCain, continues to excoriate both OPM and its director, and indeed the increased scrutiny of the dot-gov space isn't doing much for the Government's reputation for cyber security. (It's worth clarifying, as we did yesterday and CSO does today, that Newsweek's headline pointing to an FBI breach was misleading: FBI personnel records held at OPM were compromised, but that's OPM, not the Bureau.)
Cisco and Thycotic both issue significant patches.
Congratulations are in order to PFP Cybersecurity and Fortinet, honored respectively by Gartner and Frost and Sullivan, and to CyberPoint, whose CEO EY has named an Entrepreneur of the Year.