Top Weekly News In Cyber Security

Top Weekly News In Cyber Security

HOW TO ENABLE RANSOMWARE PROTECTION IN WINDOWS 10

Controlled Folder Access will allow you to specify certain folders that you wish to monitor for and block changes to the files contained in them. This will block all programs, but the ones you allow, from making any modifications to the files within monitored folders, which will protect them from being encrypted by ransomware.

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REMOTE ACCESS FLAWS FOUND IN POPULAR ROUTERS, NAS DEVICES

The devices ranged from units intended for the general public to high-end enterprise-grade devices, according to the research conducted by a US-based company called Independent Security Evaluators (ISE). The experts routed their focus primarily on devices from well-known and reputable vendors, meaning that the problem may ultimately affect millions of units. (The list of the devices and additional details are available here.)

AIR FORCE TO OFFER UP A SATELLITE TO HACKERS AT DEFCON 2020

Last month, when the US Air Force went to the Defcon hacker conference, it dragged along an F-15 fighter-jet data system.

The destination: a corner of the conference where the first-ever Aviation Village brought together the aviation industry with the infosec/hacker community. There, vetted security researchers picked that system to pieces.

SMART TVS, SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES LEAK DATA TO FACEBOOK, GOOGLE

Researchers discovered that smart TVs from Samsung, LG, and others are sending sensitive user data to partner tech firms even when devices are idle.

Smart TVs and so-called “over the top” (OTT) platforms are the latest IoT devices found “spying” on users and leaking sensitive data to companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Google and Netflix, according to two separate studies conducted by university researchers as well as independent research done by a Washington Post reporter.


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SYMANTEC LAYOFFS IMPACT NEARLY 240 WORKERS IN CALIFORNIA, OREGON

Symantec plans to cut nearly 240 jobs across four sites in California and Oregon as part of a $100 million restructuring plan announced last month.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based cybersecurity giant, indicated that 213 people would lose their jobs at offices in San Francisco; Mountain View; and Culver City, Calif., with the remaining 24 personnel cuts coming at a facility in Springfield, Ore., according to Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) filings.

INFOSYS PLANS TO HIRE 1,000 LOCALS FOR ITS ARIZONA TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION CENTER

Infosys Ltd today inaugurated its Technology and Innovation Center in Arizona for which it plans to hire 1,000 locals by 2023, the company said. The IT services company also announced that it has surpassed its Spring 2017 commitment to hire 10,000 American workers as part of its ongoing efforts to accelerate the pace of innovation for US enterprises.

The Arizona Technology and Innovation Center, temporarily located at The Arizona State University (ASU) Scottsdale Innovation Center, has a special focus on autonomous technologies, Internet of Things (IOT), full-stack engineering, data science and cybersecurity.

CTA’S APPRENTICESHIP COALITION

At CES 2019, IBM’s Ginni Rometty announced the launch of the CTA Apprenticeship Coalition. Last month, the Coalition met in Washington, DC, for the day-long Design Thinking Workshop with apprenticeship leaders such as the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Ghazi Associates, IBM and Jobs for the Future sharing best practices to help Coalition members get started.

WITH NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER, CALLS TO BRING BACK CYBER COORDINATOR TO WH

With President Donald Trump naming Robert O’Brien as National Security Adviser, lawmakers are pressing for the return of the cyber coordinator role in the White House. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said as cyber threats become more sophisticated, bringing back the cyber coordinator role is even more important. He called on O’Brien to name a new cyber coordinator as his first act in the role. Former National Security Adviser John Bolton eliminated the position into in May 2018. (House Homeland Security Committee)


EDUCATION

DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY EARNS $4M IN SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS FOR CYBERSECURITY STUDENTS

Davenport University has received a five-year, $4M grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to train and educate the nation’s next generation of cybersecurity experts as part of their CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service program.

ETHICAL HACKING: SHOULD YOU CERTIFY, OR LEARN BY DOING?

One of my favorite subjects and certainly one of the hottest topics out there right now is cybersecurity and ethical hacking. But wait, you say, what is this “ethical hacking,” and aren’t those two words antonyms? We’ll get to that in a moment.

People also want to know the best way to become an ethical hacker. The word “hacker” suggests a learn-by-doing ethic, but there are certainly certifications and training that can help you along the way. The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification is one of the first things most people connect to the phrase “ethical hacker

COMPANIES WALKING A FINE LINE BETWEEN INNOVATION AND CYBERSECURITY

Companies are working to balance their desire for new innovations with their need for strong cyber-defenses, a new report from CompTIA, the leading technology industry trade association, finds.

CompTIA’s “Cybersecurity for Digital Operations,” based on a survey of 500 U.S. businesses, also reveals that company executives, business staff and technology professionals have distinctly different views on where their organization stands when it comes to cyber-readiness.

KNOWBE4 TO OFFER $10,000 WOMEN IN CYBERSECURITY SCHOLARSHIP AND SUMMER 2020 INTERNSHIP

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced it has partnered with the Center for Cyber Safety and Education to launch a Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship.

The KnowBe4 Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship will offer $10,000 to be applied to tuition, fees and books for the recipient. A three-month paid internship with KnowBe4, located in Clearwater, FL, to take place May 19 – August 7, 2020 is also part of the scholarship program. The application period will close on November 25, 2019 at 12:00 noon EST


UPCOMING EVENTS

STRATA DATA CONFERENCE NEW YORK: SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2019 – SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2019

Data changes fast. Whether it’s building a data infrastructure for AI, moving from on-premise to cloud, or enabling secure real-time streaming analysis, you’ll prepare for what’s coming at Strata. And you’ll get the expert-led guidance on the tools and technologies you need to make your data strategies and projects work today. That’s why it’s become the annual reunion of data’s brain trust—and why the Economist said it’s “where the geeks go.” Come geek out with us.

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