Federal Friday - 11.15.13 - Weekly Recap

Blog Post created by jschim Employee on Nov 15, 2013

It was a relatively quiet week on the federal front so we'll keep this week's edition fairly short.


DHS alerted lawmakers earlier this week of an attempted, but unsuccessful, denial-of-service attack on Healthcare.gov. This appears to be the first such attempt on the new hub. You can read more here.


Additionally, we continue to see fallout regarding the Adobe breach from earlier last month which has proven to be a treasure trove of information. This could pose potentially significant risks to federal employees and national security given the user trends I highlighted a few weeks back. Interestingly, Facebook has taken steps to ensure their users' security by analyzing the compromised data. This has led them to block users whose Facebook username and password combination matched that of their Adobe account. Given that users tend to recycle their passwords, this was a very proactive approach as a reaction to another organization's breach. By taking a similar approach, ie forcing password resets in the face of a large 3rd party breach, you can keep your users, and by extension, your network, secured. You can read more here.