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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.

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.

16 Best Password Manager Apps for Your Small Business
01/30/2018

If you are thinking about making use of the different password managers available, take a look at the following 16 best password manager apps for your small business.

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Super Bowl brings massive security resources to Minneapolis
01/28/2018

Concrete barriers and chain-link fencing are going up around the site of the Super Bowl in downtown Minneapolis, where a contingent of local, state and national agencies is working to ensure that the game and dozens of related events are safe.

The downtown location of the Feb. 4 title game has presented challenges for authorities, who have had to get creative as they carved a secure perimeter around businesses and a major hospital near U.S. Bank Stadium. But it's not the first time the Super Bowl has dealt with the challenges of a city center, and authorities who have spent roughly two years thinking about every possible scenario say they are prepared.

What is cyber security? How to build a cyber security strategy
01/24/2018

Cyber security is the practice of ensuring the integrity, confidentiality and availability (ICA) of information. It represents the ability to defend against and recover from accidents like hard drive failures or power outages, and from attacks by adversaries. The latter includes everyone from script kiddies to hackers and criminal groups capable of executing advanced persistent threats (APTs), and they pose serious threats to the enterprise. Business continuity and disaster recovery planning are every bit as critical to cyber security as application and network security.

Cybersecurity important for businesses
01/22/2018

Broadband and information technology are powerful tools for small businesses. However, cybersecurity threats are real and businesses must implement the best tools and tactics to protect themselves, their customers and their data.

Using AI intelligently in cyber security
01/19/2018

Bold claims have been made about the potential for cyber security solutions to detect and block attacks with little to no human involvement. During the last 12 months in particular the volume has been turned up on the potential of increased AI and automation helping to win the ongoing battle against cybercrime.

What AI has to offer is undoubtedly impressive, but it should not be taken as an indication that AI can be left to its own devices, fixing problems and eliminating threats without us lifting a finger.

Killer Sex Robots in the Future?
01/17/2018

Sex robots could be hijacked by hackers and used to cause harm or even kill people, a cybersecurity expert has warned.

Artificial intelligence researchers have consistently warned of the security risks posed by internet-connected robots, with hundreds recently calling on governments to ban weaponized robots.

Top Security Challenges for 2018
01/15/2018

In 2018, we anticipate that cybercriminals will look to target and exploit more security software.

Companies are publicly touting their GDPR readiness, but behind closed doors, I expect a lot of uncertainty about the ability to comply with these new and incredibly strict guidelines.

Criminal organizations will continue their ongoing development and become increasingly more sophisticated.

Even though the majority of cyber incidents are still motivated by espionage or criminal activity, more destructive attacks fueled by masquerading tools, especially by nation-state actors, will be an alarming and growing trend in 2018.

4 Keys to an Effective BYOD Mobile Security Policy
01/12/2018

Most organizations have allowed employee mobile devices to become key parts of their IT infrastructure, whether they formally acknowledge it or not. Here are four ways companies can revisit their mobile security policy to acknowledge the role of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in enterprise security management, mitigating the risks while still providing employees flexibility and freedom.

1. Recognize Employee-Owned Devices
2. Revisit Heavyweight EMM Strategies
3. Use the Cloud and Containers to Solve Security Problems
4. Focus on the Greatest Risks and Provide Feedback

10 Cybersecurity Trends: What to Expect in 2018
01/02/2018

1. More Big, Bad Breaches
2. More Poor Security Practices
3. More Endpoint Security Woes
4. More Takedowns
5. More Bitcoin Heists
6. More Extortion Shakedowns
7. Online Proxy Wars
8. Market Consolidation
9. More EU Breach Notifications
10. GDPR Fines

Database Security Market by Software, Service, Business Function, Deployment, Organization Size, and Vertical - Global Forecast to 2022 - Research and Markets
01/10/2018

The global database security market size is expected to grow from USD 2.95 billion in 2017 to USD 7.01 billion by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 18.9% during the forecast period.

The database security market is driven by rising threats including SQL injection, Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, and malware attacks.

Growing demand for sophisticated security solutions and evolving regulatory landscapes are driving the database security market. However, limited security budgets and high installation cost of solutions may restrain the growth of database security market.

Database encryption is one of the crucial solutions for securing the database. The database encryption can be done in 2 ways: encryption of data at rest and encryption of data in transit with better authentication control. Vendors in the market offer various encryption solutions to protect sensitive business data from both insiders as well as outsiders.

Cybersecurity Predictions for 2018
01/08/2018

There will be at least one large-scale data breach, if not more. Just as 2017 brought us the Yahoo breach and the massive Equifax losses, there is no reason at all–none–to think 2018 will be any safer. While we can’t say exactly who will be the victim, we can say with confidence that data breaches do not fundamentally change anything. Corporate behavior is unaffected and consumers quickly internalize the costs.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will finally get a cybersecurity leader for the National Protection and Programs Directorate. It’s only been a year.

No significant federal effort will be made to protect the cybersecurity of the 2018 election. As long as executive branch leadership holds the official view that no Russian interference occurred in 2016, there is little reason to expect the federal government will take action. As a result, there will be serious questions about the integrity of the 2018 elections.

There will be a significant disruption of internet traffic caused by a botnet attack. Service will be blacked out and messages will be diverted. The disruption will last more than an hour.

Pressure on social media organizations to monitor content will grow significantly. The restrictions will start with efforts to protect against sex trafficking. Silicon Valleys obtuseness to the nature of their influence will leads to calls for regulation. In response, they will engage in much greater self-censorship. Free speech will suffer.

Startup Is Using Blockchain Tech To Rethink Cyber Security In The Bitcoin Era
01/05/2018

Paul Puey serves as the CEO of Edge, a cyber security company that empowers individuals to take control of their own online data by developing the proprietary tools, software and systems needed to keep their information tightly secured.

Experts argue that secure information should be housed at the edge of a network rather than in a centralized location. Following this approach, instead of relying on enterprise server security, edge-security first encrypts data from the user's device before it ever touches a network or server.

2018 ushered in with tight security across U.S.
01/03/2018

As millions in the U.S. prepared to ring in 2018, there had already been massive celebrations around the world. In Sydney, Australia, a huge fireworks display lit up the harbor. In Hong Kong, a spectacular array of pyrotechnics wowed spectators. And in Dubai, an amazing light show on the side of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, welcomed the new year.

Technology and Security Gap
12/04/2017

Technological advancements are increasing rapidly, but the general populations ability to utilize these new capabilities continues to lag behind. The growing number of recent cybersecurity attacks highlights a second gap; a shortage of skilled workforce in the cybersecurity industry, predicted to reach around 1.8 million workers by 2022.

There are numerous suggestions and ideas about how to close the gap, such as upskilling existing employees skill sets or utilizing automation. But a long-term strategy focused on training and educating the next generation will help to ensure enough people have the right skills for the future.
Children are now growing up in a digital age and should be in an ideal position and better equipped to take on the challenges of cybersecurity when they enter the workforce. This early exposure to the technology and best practices could easily be harnessed to give them a golden opportunity to be trained in the skills needed to fill the gap in the cybersecurity industry. But how do we to attract them into what many consider a geeky industry?

The cyber security skills your business needs
12/01/2017

The cyber security skills gap is set to widen to between one million and two million positions by 2019 - a nightmare for organisations needing talent, but a significant opportunity for those candidates with the right skills.

That increasing skills gap, forecast by Intel Security, leaves businesses and economies vulnerable to cyber attacks, as they often find themselves outmanned and outgunned in the battle against hackers. Companies are looking for people that are going to be able to help them safeguard against these threats, and so there has never been a better time to get into cybersecurity.

The opportunities are certainly there, but what exactly are the skills needed for effective cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity and the CFO: Risk, Responsibility and Resilience
11/29/2017

Your companys capital structure, the current sentiment of your stakeholders and constantly-evolving economic modeling are all things for you to worry about. You likely know what keeps your fellow executives up at night as well. But what about your organization’s cybersecurity team?

Old-schoolers might consider IT to be just an expensive line item when, in fact, your IT team’s successes and failures impact everything under your purview and beyond. Their nightmares should be your nightmares. Strategic investments, good governance and thoughtful reporting by your security team helps fortify your company’s business resilience, letting you enjoy some peace of mind while avoiding a situation of Equifax proportions.

Customers expect to be able to trust the safety of their private data and financial information within an organization. When any large-scale breach (like Equifax, which lasted from mid-May through July) occurs a considerable amount of that trust is lost, sometimes irrevocably.

But bigger than putting a dent in brand reputation, cyberattacks and data breaches can measurably affect an organization’s bottom line.

Why the governments cybersecurity matters
11/27/2017

With the recent breach of personnel information from the Office of Management and Personnel and revelations that insiders within our intelligence community mishandled and exposed sensitive information, citizens may be asking themselves, How could it get worse? To be certain, our national security and national prosperity will be significantly threatened if we do not ensure that cybersecurity and protection of the people’s information are at the top of every agenda in every department and agency.

Cybersecurity is a risk management issue, and the United States government, like many businesses around the country, is accepting a lot of risk. This should be deeply concerning to all Americans, as it represents a critical threat to our national security, the openness of our economy and our way of life. However, the good news is it does not need to be this way. There are concrete and achievable steps that the government must take to reduce the level of risk, beginning with filling the vacant federal chief information officer and chief information security officer positions with experienced and qualified personnel, upgrading our network architecture and infrastructure, investing in workforce training and adopting many of the proven best practices that work in the private sector.

Examining The Three Classes Of Cybersecurity Needs
11/25/2017

September 2017 witnessed a trifecta of mega-breaches: Equifax, SEC and Deloitte. Cybersecurity was already a messy and technical topic, and these disclosures have made it even more perplexing. There are hundreds of security product vendors, and the industry is collectively spending billions of dollars every year and is expected to top $100 billion by 2020. So why is it so hard for organizations to get their act together and prevent breaches? What exactly are we missing?

The cybersecurity problem is hard because organizations have massive and growing attack surfaces. There are myriad ways by which our networks can be breached, and it is very hard to keep up with the adversary. The industry still has unmet needs for tools and methods of appropriate scale to defend ourselves.

Cybersecurity a costly necessity
11/23/2017

It was a perfect case of the complexities involved in trying to protect against attacks like last May’s WannaCry ransomware that infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries in a matter of days, demanding ransoms to regain access to their computers.

Rather than being held hostage to cyber criminals who have manage to get into the most heavily guarded computer systems of businesses, hospitals and government agencies, it’s essential to be knowledgeable and diligent, said Brian Levine, founder of UMass Cybersecurity Institute.


Yet security is hard.

Florida Sets Sights on Becoming Cybersecurity Front-Runner
11/21/2017

Florida probably is not the first place that comes to mind in terms of a strong cybersecurity industry. In fact, it has a somewhat insecure reputation — the Sunshine State had the second highest rate for identity theft complaints in 2016, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

But local stakeholders are looking to change that, and Florida is making slow but incremental progress on a few fronts.

The mission that was given to us is make Florida the leading state in cybersecurity, said Sri Sridharan, executive director of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity.

The University of South Florida-affiliated center, which is hosting its annual cybersecurity conference Friday, was established by the Florida legislature in 2014 to position Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity.

Verisign Explores Blockchain for Domain Security System
11/19/2017

One of the oldest internet security firms is exploring applications for blockchain in the field of domain name services.

According to a patent application released by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Thursday, Verisign is considering using blockchain technology as part of a potential new DNS Security Extension (DNSSEC) project.

DNSSEC protocols exist to protect users from accidentally being sent to malicious websites disguised to look like real ones. These protocols verify that the website the user is trying to reach is the one they actually reach.

Verisign proposed potentially building a system which uses a public ledger on a blockchain to store digital certificates, public keys or other authenticating objects.

The DNSSEC protocol would compare the authenticating objects stored on the ledger with the ones returned by the website to confirm they match. Other iterations of the protocol would use public and private keys as an additional security measure.

The use of a blockchain ensures that the objects stored on the ledger are immutable, affirming that the objects are secure from hacking or malicious attacks.

New Fare System Raises Security Concerns, but Officials Promise Safety
11/17/2017

The MetroCard has had its downsides — Please swipe again’ are three words that are the curse of just about every New York City subway rider. More significantly, the wallet-size card has become outdated in a high-tech world. But at least it was hard to hack.

Now the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the subway, is finally planning a more modern fare system that will allow riders to wave smartphones and certain kinds of credit cards and debit cards at the turnstiles. But will commuters have to worry about hackers following them down into the subway?

Officials of the transportation authority and the company developing the new system say they will do everything they can to keep passengers’ personal information safe — a concern in an age of data breaches, like the ones involving online services like Equifax, Yahoo and LinkedIn, retailers like Home Depot and Target or banks like JPMorgan Chase and Citibank.

The officials say they are prepared to play defense against hackers who would no doubt relish the challenge of causing hiccups — or worse — for a fare-collection system as large and as complicated as the one coming to New York.

New Airport Security Rules
11/15/2017

If you are flying to the U.S. from overseas, we have some good news: Laptops and other electronic devices larger than a cellphone are no longer banned on plane cabins.

The new rule that took effect on Thursday loosens restrictions on carry-on electronics but steps up other security requirements for airports and airlines.This means travelers may be subject to short interviews that could cause longer clearance times, flight delays and even recommendations to arrive at the airport earlier.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the new measures designed to do away with the carry-on electronics restrictions in June, giving airlines 120 days to comply. The rules will impact 235,000 passengers on 2,000 flights daily to the U.S. on 180 airlines from 280 airports across 105 countries, according to Reuters.

Kaspersky CEO says hack claims cutting U.S. cyber security sales
11/13/2017

Eugene Kaspersky told Reuters on Friday that the Moscow-based cyber security firm that bears his name would see a single-digit drop in U.S. sales this year as a result of suspicions about his companys ties to the Russian government, but its global revenue should still increase.

By turns frustrated and defiant in an 80-minute interview in his Moscow office, the founder and head of the embattled antivirus software maker denounced what he called an information war against his company, repeatedly asserting that “we’ve done nothing wrong.”

What are the security concerns of your body becoming the password?
11/10/2017

In this day and age, your eyes can be your passport, your fingerprint, can be your ticket to a baseball game, and you can even use your face to unlock an iPhone.

More companies are embracing biometric identification, but its raising privacy and security concerns.

Major cyber-attack will happen soon, warns UKs security boss
11/08/2017

A category one cyber-attack, the most serious tier possible, will happen sometime in the next few years, a director of the National Cybersecurity Centre has warned.

According to the agency, which reports to GCHQ and has responsibly for ensuring the UKs information security, a category one cybersecurity incident requires a national government response.

In the year since the agency was founded, it has covered 500 incidents, according to Ian Levy, the technical director, as well as 470 category three incidents and 30 category two, including the WannaCry ransomworm that took down IT in multiple NHS trusts and bodies.

The security aspects of modernization
11/06/2017

IT modernization has resurfaced as a topic of conversation in the federal government in the past month. On Aug. 30, White House officials issued a draft report on the Trump administration's plan to modernize federal IT. It directs agencies to move more swiftly to the cloud, consolidate networks and prioritize the modernization of high-value, high-risk assets.

The following week, a report by research company Market Connections found that many agencies -- in the opinions of their own managers -- were not as successful in their modernization efforts as they could be.

New passport app at LAX aimed at moving arriving travelers through security quickly
11/03/2017

The addition of a mobile passport app to Los Angeles International Airport will help travelers pass through security checkpoints faster, the airport and U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday.

Mobile Passport Control can now be used at terminals 2, 4, 7 and Tom Bradley International Terminal and is the first authorized app to expedite passenger arrival into the U.S.

Eligible U.S. and Canadian citizens may voluntarily submit their passport information and answers to inspection-related questions to CBP via a smartphone or tablet app prior to arrival for speedier service.

4 Vital Cyber Security Measures Every Safety-Conscious Entrepreneur Needs to Take
11/01/2017

The transition to increased connectivity and quick, seamless, one-click solutions has also given rise to security issues when it comes to the private information held by the institutions leveraging those innovative solutions that optimize business operations.

In their bid to be more connected, businesses have increased the touch points of their organizations across networks, increasing the opportunities cyber criminals have to penetrate: Every time any of us visit Angies List, BestAdvisor (U.K.), Yelp or any other review site to decide on what to purchase, then proceed to Amazon, Walmart or other ecommerce store, whipping out our credit cards and making a purchase, we are releasing vital pieces of personal information.

Things only get worse when we fill out a  detailed form online. This is fodder for the plethora of hackers seeking ways to penetrate personal and corporate firewalls ,to get to the private information they protect. No wonder so many organizations spend so much on security. No wonder we can't ignore the vital role cyber security plays for businesses and individuals.

Five Tips To Improve Your Corporate Security Program
10/30/2017

With the continued proliferation of data breaches and other network security threats, cybersecurity spending is projected to climb to US$90 billion worldwide this year. As such, more companies are looking to build robust IT organizations with enhanced capabilities to combat the ever-evolving cyber threats. Companies are busy upgrading their systems, hiring employees and partnering with third parties to keep up with the pace of change. So, what do IT leaders need to prioritize to be sure their efforts have both an immediate and long-term impact on the integrity of their networks and systems?

The first step is to develop a strategy that brings an organization together to understand WHY cybersecurity is the responsibility of all employees.

Googles Android Oreo
10/27/2017

In addition to the many tweaks and new features in Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo operating system introduced last month, the biggest changes are its security enhancements.

Oreo security additions are meaningful and go far beyond what recent OS updates have brought to the table.

U.S. Homeland Security found SEC had critical cyber weaknesses in January
10/25/2017

It was not clear if the vulnerabilities detected by DHS are directly related to the cyber breach disclosed by the SEC. But it shows that even after the SEC says it patched promptly the software vulnerability after the 2016 hack, critical vulnerabilities still plagued the regulators systems.

Cyber Security News Roundup: Hackers! Hackers Everywhere!
10/23/2017

The trouble with cyber security is that there is virtually no good press. You don’t make it in the news for fighting off an attempted DDoS attack or for successfully updating and patching your systems. Nobody cares about that stuff. We, as a society, are more interested in the disasters. They may not admit it, but the majority of the people in the stands at a NASCAR race aren’t there to admire the mechanical ingenuity on display, nor are they particularly interested in the beauty of a perfect racing line. They want to see cars go fast and they’ll happily take a crash or two along the way.

Should Apple iPhone X Trust Facial Recognition for Security?
10/20/2017

Your face is the future of smartphone security. Apple made that clear last week when it unveiled the pricey iPhone X, which trades in the familiar home button and TouchID fingerprint scanner for a new camera system that unlocks the device using facial recognition.

The company has repeatedly proved its ability to push emerging technology into the mainstream—but with FaceID, Apple claims to have conquered many of the challenges that have prevented the widespread use of facial biometrics.

In spectacular fail, Adobe security team posts private PGP key on blog
10/18/2017

Having some transparency about security problems with software is great, but Adobe's Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) took that transparency a little too far today when a member of the team posted the PGP keys for PSIRTs e-mail account—both the public and the private keys. The keys have since been taken down, and a new public key has been posted in its stead.

Security barriers put to the test as vehicles become weapons
10/16/2017

Bollards—those usually waist-high pillars that are often made out of a combination of carbon, steel or cement—are being seen just about everywhere these days, from sports arenas to the parking lots of convenience stores.

Calpipe put these types of bollards to the test at Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute. The Now was on the hot concrete of this former Air Force based-turned laboratory in Bryan, Texas, as researchers measured how well the bollards held up with a dummy vehicle going at speeds of 10, 20, and 30 miles per hour.

Homeland Security says election hackers targeted state
10/13/2017

The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states — including Connecticut — that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached.

Cyber Security Regulations
10/11/2017

We claim we are in a new era of cybersecurity threats and that ransomware is the threat du jour, given how WannaCry and Petya continue to make waves. But we are also in an era of a new wave of cybersecurity regulations. When looking at the latest attacks, some would argue that the same old vulnerabilities are to blame, and that is because organizations are dragging their feet in implementing the critical security measures to protect themselves.

High-profile breaches like those that impacted HBO, Target and Home Depot are just three examples -- but there are many others (too many to list for 2017 alone, and we still have roughly four-and-a-half months to go). As a result, we’re now seeing new regulations emerge that are forcing organizations to get their proverbial houses in order.

The Haves And Have-Nots In Cybersecurity: How Your Company Can Level The Playing Field
10/09/2017

Simply put, the nations most-skilled cybersecurity experts want to work on big, interesting problems. Maintaining the firewall for a regional bank in Cleveland, say, or protecting a mid-size law firm does not qualify as interesting. Interesting is protecting trillions of dollars at Goldman Sachs—or going toe-to-toe with Russian, Chinese or North Korean hackers at the CIA or NSA.

Interesting also means getting paid a lot. And most companies have a hard time affording the salaries many top cybersecurity pros demand. According to a recent report from DICE, an IT-focused jobs website, the average Director of Security makes more than $178,000 a year. It is not surprising, given the demand. A report by research firm Frost & Sullivan forecasts that by 2020, 1.5 million cybersecurity jobs will go unfilled.





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