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US Government Offers Direction in Fight Against Distributed Attacks

June 04, 2018 / eWeek

Today’s topics include a U.S. government report warning about a lack of security tool use, and Google claiming its Pixel 2 encryption prevents even privileged attacks. In a 51-page report to the president publicly released May 30, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security detailed the status of botnet threats and provided direction on how to improve resiliency. Among the key findings in the report is that existing tools to help improve defenses “are not part of common practices for product development and deployment in many other sectors for a variety of reasons, including (but not limited to) lack of awareness, cost avoidance, insufficient technical expertise, and lack of market incentives." The report also determined that market incentives for product manufacturers are not aligned with the goal of reducing automated threats, as the goal of many vendors is to minimize cost and time to market, rather than to build in security. Google is cl...