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Microsoft teams up with NIST help organizations patch than they did after WannaCry

Credit: ID 153361020 © Phongsak Meedaenphai | Dreamstime.com Microsoft and the US government are asking patch management vendors and end-user organizations to share their experiences about how to swiftly patching security flaws and explain learnings from past failures.    Microsoft is encouraging all patch management vendors and Windows customers to reach out to the U.S. […]

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Who’s Tracking Who? How to protect yourself from tracking devices

Credit: ID 87583811 © Drakonova | Dreamstime.com It may appear counterintuitive to publish an article on how to protect yourself against tracking devices that use GPS technology and that are designed to keep you, your loved ones and your possessions safe. But in reality, just how safe are they? Internet of Things (IoT) devices are […]

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ASD to SMBs: here’s a plain English guide to self defense

Credit: ID 51708797 © Sergey Khakimullin | Dreamstime.com The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has published new guidance to help small and medium businesses (SMB) protect their networks from ransomware, phishing and other threats.  The US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) thought the ASD’s advice was good enough to direct SMBs […]

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VMware builds security unit around Carbon Black tech

Credit: Dreamstime VMware has wrapped up its $2.1 billion buy of cloud-native endpoint-security vendor Carbon Black and in the process created a new security business unit that will target cybersecurity and analytics to protect networked enterprise resources. When VMware announced the acquisition in August, its CEO Pat Gelsinger said he expected Carbon Black technology to […]

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“Disconnected” CISOs struggling to assert security’s relevance to the business

Credit: Thycotic Evaluating the value of IT-security initiatives is difficult because “disconnected” security professionals work to key performance indicators (KPIs) that don’t translate well into business terms, according to a new report that warned the situation is promoting CISO burnout by marginalising security practitioners and making them question their professional value. Fully 44 percent of […]

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MIT AI researchers devise approach to detect ‘serial BGP hijackers’

Credit: ID 94675644 © Valeriy Kachaev | Dreamstime.com Researchers at MIT and MIT’s CSAIL AI research lab have detailed a new approach to address serial abusers of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), which attackers use to trick other networks into misdirecting internet traffic for snooping, phishing, or and denial of service attacks.  The machine learning […]

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Boost business security by getting employees to Stay Smart Online

Credit: Illustration 107056040 © Aleksandr Andrushkiv – Dreamstime.com Businesses and consumers must learn to fight back against cybercriminals that remain as eager to steal their identities as ever, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) warned in kicking off the latest annual Stay Smart Online week. Identity security can be dramatically improved, the organisation advised in […]

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Cyber insurers are getting craftier to avoid data-breach payouts

Credit: Illustration 140154390 © WhataWin – Dreamstime.com With volumes of cybersecurity insurance claims surging, businesses need to be more careful than ever about what their policies do and don’t cover, according to an academic who warned that insurers are becoming more mercenary in their interpretations of cyber events. “Claims officers have to balance multiple competing […]

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Presidential campaign websites fail at privacy, new study shows

Presidential campaign websites get a failing grade for privacy, according to a new study by the non-partisan Online Trust Alliance, an initiative of the Internet Society. The study analyzed campaign websites of 23 presidential campaigns websites, including 19 Democrat and four Republican, for correct Transport Layer Security (TLS) deployment, Sender Policy Framework (SPF) and Domain […]

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Security Leader: Ryan Weeks, Datto

Credit: Ryan Weeks How did you end up in your current role, and what attracted you to the industry?  A combination of education, determination and luck over many years led me to my current role as CISO at Datto. I have always aspired to run information security programs and was able to demonstrate success and […]