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Women headed to front lines in cybersecurity
03/30/2018

The frontline of cybersecurity is a male-dominated space, but many organizations and women executives are working to change that.

Women comprise only 11 percent of the information security workforce, according to the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study, conducted by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, (ISC)² and the Executive Women’s Forum. As the list of high-profile cyber attacks grows longer and companies strive harder to protect their customers’ personal information, there is a surging demand for information security professionals, a need that women can help meet.

How Secure Is Mobile Banking?
03/28/2018

Many consumers have turned to their mobile phones for basic banking tasks, such as depositing checks and transferring money between accounts. Cellphones offer people the convenience to perform these tasks whenever and wherever they please.

The general consensus is that while the risk is low when it comes to banking, security does depend to some extent on consumers—many of whom do not do what they should be doing to keep their phones safe from attack.

Modified BlackBerrys sold to drug dealers
03/26/2018

A cocaine bust in Southern California has led to the indictment of five execs at uncrackable phone seller Phantom Secure. The investigation involved a suspect who allegedly used the devices to coordinate shipments of thousands of kilos of cocaine and other drugs.

As of this morning, Phantom Secures site was still up, advertising BlackBerry and other mobile devices with encrypted email and chat that make them impervious to decryption, wiretapping or legal third-party records requests.

But while Phantom Secures site was still up, the secure-phone company has been hollowed out.

Google Highlights Android Security Boosts, Says It Is Just as Safe as iOS
03/23/2018

Androids latest software update, dubbed the 8.0 Oreo, has been updated to be safer than its predecessors, Googles annual review published Thursday shows.

8 questions to ask about your industrial control systems security
03/21/2018

What is an ICS?

An ICS is any device, instrumentation, and associated software and networks used to operate or automate industrial processes. Industrial control systems are commonly used in manufacturing, but they are also vital to critical infrastructure such as energy, communications, and transportation. Many of these systems connect to sensors and other devices over the internet—the industrial Internet of things (IIoT), which increases the potential ICS attack surface.

Here Is How You Can Stay Ahead Of Your Cyber Security ETF
03/19/2018

An ETF provides a single investment vehicle that typically invests in a broad universe of stocks mirroring an index or a thematic style. Investors most often look to ETFs as a passive investment that allows easy access to the underlying securities. Beyond the initial benchmark decision and associated rebalancing rules, the investment manager usually puts little weight on the fundamentals of a given company held in the fund.

Artificial intelligence and cybersecurity: The real deal
03/07/2018

If you want to understand what’s happening with artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity, look no further than this week’s news.

On Monday, Palo Alto Networks introduced Magnifier, a behavioral analytics solution that uses structured and unstructured machine learning to model network behavior and improve threat detection. Additionally, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, announced Chronicle, a cybersecurity intelligence platform that throws massive amounts of storage, processing power, and advanced analytics at cybersecurity data to accelerate the search and discovery of needles in a rapidly growing haystack.

So, cybersecurity suppliers are innovating to bring AI-based cybersecurity products to market in a big way. OK, but is there demand for these types of advanced analytics products and services? Yes. According to ESG research, 12 percent of enterprise organizations have already deployed AI-based security analytics extensively, and 27 percent have deployed AI-based security analytics on a limited basis. These implementation trends will only gain momentum in 2018.

Cybersecurity spending priorities not keeping pace with emerging tech
02/05/2018

Cyberattacks – they never stop. Lately, SamSam ransomware attacks have steadily increased across all industries, including healthcare. Just last week two Indiana hospitals were hit, and Allscripts hosted EHR was hobbled for days. Then there are Spectre and Meltdown, chip vulnerabilities that could wreak havoc on healthcare cybersecurity, potentially affecting personally identifiable information leakage and medical device security problems.

But EHRs and computer chips are basic technologies at the point. Even more transformative emerging tech are shaping the way industries including healthcare do business, according to a new study from cybersecurity vendor Thales, which found that 94 percent of organizations have sensitive data in cloud, big data, internet of things, blockchain and/or mobile environments.

Baby boomers more cybersecurity savvy than Gen-Z, study
03/02/2018

Generation Z are the least ransomware savvy generation while baby boomers were more likely to accurately define ransomware and were the savviest when it comes to not forwarding emails from unknown senders.

A recent Webroot survey found 23.7 percent of Gen-Z were able to accurately define ransomware compared to 47.6 percent of baby boomers. Baby boomers were also the least likely to spread malware and other cyber threats as 94.2 percent said they had not forwarded emails from unknown senders within the past year.

Millennials fared in between the two with only 34.2 percent accurately defining ransomware. The study also found the selfie generation were most concerned about losing personal photos in a cyberattack were millennials as they comprise 28.9 percent of respondents afraid of a photo leak.

7 cybersecurity trends to watch out for in 2018
02/28/2018

1. AI-powered attacks
2. More sandbox-evading malware
3. Ransomware and IoT
4. Many companies will fail to comply with the GDPR
5. Emerging standards for multi-factor authentication
6. The adoption of more sophisticated security technologies
7. A rise of state-sponsored attacks

The Five Laws Of Cybersecurity
02/26/2018

Law No. 1: If There Is A Vulnerability, It Will Be Exploited

Law No. 2: Everything Is Vulnerable In Some Way

Law No. 3: Humans Trust Even When They Should Not

Law No. 4: With Innovation Comes Opportunity For Exploitation

Law No. 5: When In Doubt, See Law No. 1

Car cyber-security still sucks
02/23/2018

In 2015, infosec gurus Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated that they could take over and turn off a jeep from afar as it was being driven, a feat that magnified interest in car hacking.

Their wireless attack was conducted on an active vehicle. But it turns out the engine doesn't have to be running. This is separate from hacks that unlock doors wirelessly – we're talking about commandeering the engine control system potentially over the air, here.

Code boffins from the University of Michigan, in the US, have demonstrated that cars with Electronic Control Units (ECUs), common in recent model vehicles, can be compromised when the engine is off.

Why Are So Few Women in Cybersecurity?
02/21/2018

Allison Anne Williams has a Ph.D. in mathematics, vast experience at the den of wizards known as the National Security Agency and entrepreneurial chops. She is accomplished and smart.

So what happened to her at a recent business meeting left her dismayed, although it is far from uncommon for women in cybersecurity.

Males hold 3 out of 4 jobs in the tech world, but it is in cybersecurity where the lack of participation of women is most acute. By one reckoning, only 14 percent of the U.S. workforce in cybersecurity is female. Those women that do break into the industry talk of glass ceilings, insensitivity in the workplace, a lack of mentors and popular culture that reinforces the image of male tech workers.

The gender imbalance has potential consequences for the nations security. The United States already suffers a shortage of cybersecurity workers, even as global hacking threats grow more acute. The labor shortage is forecast to worsen. A study last year by Frost & Sullivan, a consulting firm, found that North America will face a shortage of 265,000 cybersecurity workers by 2022.

How to stop your digital fortune from going up in smoke
02/19/2018

Hackers are targeting cryptocurrencies.
More than 3 million bitcoins have been lost — maybe forever.

In the last few weeks, hundreds of frantic people have called into McCann Investigations in Houston, Texas. Some have lost their cryptocurrencies. Others had them stolen.

Wallet Recovery Services, which helps people find their lost cryptocurrencies, warns web site visitors to expect a slow response time due to its high volume of new requests.

Intel data center sales surge, warns of potential security flaw fallout
02/16/2018

Intel stock rose 3.8 percent to $47.06, boosted by a 10 percent dividend hike and the forecast, which signaled that Intel is succeeding in containing fallout from recently disclosed security flaws that could allow hackers to steal data from computers.

Those flaws, dubbed Spectre and Meltdown, created global concern among technology users, and Intel acknowledged on Thursday, for the first time, that the fallout could hurt future results. But Intel executives consistently indicated that they did not expect that to happen.

Software fixes for the problems would be succeeded by solutions designed into Intel chips themselves later this year, Chief Executive Brian Krzanich said on a conference call.

How Secure Is Your Data When It is Stored in the Cloud?
02/14/2018

As cloud storage becomes more common, data security is an increasing concern. Companies and schools have been increasing their use of services like Google Drive for some time, and lots of individual users also store files on Dropbox, Box, Amazon Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and the like. They’re no doubt concerned about keeping their information private—and millions more users might store data online if they were more certain of its security.
Data stored in the cloud is nearly always stored in an encrypted form that would need to be cracked before an intruder could read the information.

Can homeowners prevent neighbors from installing security cameras?
02/12/2018

This is an excellent question and a very fact specific question.  In a homeowners association, lot owners are generally permitted to install security devices and cameras for security purposes.  The documents may require the association to approve the installation, but it can be accomplished.

That is very different from the relative privacy interests.  As you can imagine, if the cameras catch you walking your dog down a sidewalk in the middle of the day, that is very different from a camera pointed at your bedroom.  In the first example, you have very little expectation of privacy because you voluntarily walked out into a public space, and in the second situation, you have a very high expectation of privacy for obvious reasons.

First Jackpotting Attacks Hit U.S. ATMs
02/09/2018

ATM jackpotting — a sophisticated crime in which thieves install malicious software and/or hardware at ATMs that forces the machines to spit out huge volumes of cash on demand — has long been a threat for banks in Europe and Asia, yet these attacks somehow have eluded U.S. ATM operators. But all that changed this week after the U.S. Secret Service quietly began warning financial institutions that jackpotting attacks have now been spotted targeting cash machines here in the United States.

To carry out a jackpotting attack, thieves first must gain physical access to the cash machine. From there they can use malware or specialized electronics — often a combination of both — to control the operations of the ATM.

Bluetooth Security Devices Ended Up Being Easier to Surveil
02/07/2018

Security researchers at Duo Labs discovered that Bluetooth vulnerabilities personal safety devices from Wearsafe and Revolar left their users exposed to tracking from a distance. That Bluetooth can be used to track someone shouldn't be all that surprising, but the concern here centers more around the types of devices in question, as they're used to signal to friends that you're in some sort of distress. Presumably that means owners are already more sensitive to being followed, tracked, or surveilled.

Dutch Spies Snooped on Russias Elite Hackers
02/05/2018

Cozy Bear is one of Russias elite hacking groups, in part responsible for the hack of the DNC in 2016 in an effort to influence the presidential campaign. They also, according to Dutch media reports, had been spied on by Dutch intelligence agents for at least a year. The observed the Russian hackers attempting to infiltrate both the State Department and the White House, and informed the NSA about the intrusions.

Millions of PCs Targeted by Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware
02/01/2018

Malware is increasingly developing an appetite for cryptocurrency mining. One newly discovered strain has tried to infect millions of Windows machines, all in an effort to siphon their computing power and possibly sell it for mining purposes.

The operation has been going on for over four months, and may have targeted around 15 million machines or more, security firm Palo Alto Networks said Wednesday.




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