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Managed Security Services Provider Morning News: 20 November 2017

Each morning MSSP Alert broadcasts a quick lineup of news, analysis and chatter from across the global managed security services provider, SOC (security operations center) and IT outsourcing ecosystem.

Here’s the lineup for Monday, November 20, 2017:

15. National Security: Spain apparently is having major problems with the country’s national ID smartcards

14. U.S. Election Safeguards: A bipartisan Harvard University project aimed at protecting elections from hacking and propaganda will release its first set of recommendations today on how U.S. elections can be defended from hacking attacks, Reuters says.

13. Pentagon Concerns: The Pentagon’s intelligence agency flagged Russian software company Kaspersky Lab as a potential threat as far back as 2004 — roughly 13 years before the Department of Homeland Security banned the government from using Kaspersky’s products, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Kaspersky has repeatedly denied any ties to Russia’s government.

12. IoT & Healthcare Security: The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is asking the Department of Health and Human Services require that manufactures list the components and materials used in medical equipment as one way of helping ensure these devices are safe from cyberattacks, SC Magazine notes.

11. Medical Breach: The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) says its was hit with a data security breach, and thousands of patients’ confidential information may have been compromised, according to Fox News.

10. Apple Warrant: Texas Rangers investigating the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs have served a search warrant on Silicon Valley giant Apple Inc. and are seeking digital photos, messages, documents and other types of data that might have been stored by gunman Devin Patrick Kelley, who was found with an iPhone after he killed himself, My San Antonio reports.  Also of note: Apple’s policy regarding iCloud content states that material may be provided to law enforcement agencies if they obtain search warrants, the report says. For iPhones, Apple has clashed with the FBI in the past to protect the privacy of its customers, MySA adds.

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