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Is the NIST Cybersecurity Framework enough to protect your organization?

Is the NIST Cybersecurity Framework enough to protect your organization? | Information Security | Scoop.it
By going about CSF the wrong way, your end results may belie the true state of your organization’s risk, resulting in false confidence in your current security program.
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The Cloud Is Rising To The Cybersecurity Challenge

The Cloud Is Rising To The Cybersecurity Challenge | Information Security | Scoop.it
In a world of seemingly hourly data breaches, can the transition to the cloud help businesses reimagine how they manage their data in a threatening world, transitioning businesses from patchwork networks to the very tools the cloud platforms themselves use to secure their own systems?
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As AWS, Google, and Azure incorporate better security, will they be eating the lunch of the traditional security providers?

 

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Insecure SCADA Systems Blamed in Rash of Pipeline Data Network Attacks

Insecure SCADA Systems Blamed in Rash of Pipeline Data Network Attacks | Information Security | Scoop.it
After a cyberattack shut down numerous pipeline communication networks this week experts are stressing the importance of securing third-party systems in
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The question was just a matter of when these types of attacks would become mainstream. 

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Paul Misner Resume

I'm looking for a position in cyber security sales. Experienced in channel, marketing, direct sales to the Federal Civilian and Commercial Sectors. Located in …
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I'm looking for a new career in infosec. If you need a quality, technically oriented cyber salesperson in the DC area, give me a call. 

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​Linux performance before and after Meltdown and Spectre fixes

​Linux performance before and after Meltdown and Spectre fixes | Information Security | Scoop.it
The patches, as expected, brought Linux's performance down, but their impact has not been as bad as feared.
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This is relatively good news, but still any performance issue is a bad thing.

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Artificial intelligence could win the next Cold War

Artificial intelligence could win the next Cold War | Information Security | Scoop.it
Wide use of AI-powered cyberattacks may still be some time away, but countries are starting to recognize the important of AI cyber technology.
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‘WTF is going on?!’ Linux creator attacks Intel as it retracts ‘garbage’ fix for critical bug

‘WTF is going on?!’ Linux creator attacks Intel as it retracts ‘garbage’ fix for critical bug | Information Security | Scoop.it
Patches released by Intel Corp. to fix highly malicious Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities affecting its CPUs turned out to be faulty, the company admitted, urging customers to stop installing them until further notice.
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Tips for Using Public Wi-Fi Networks

Tips for Using Public Wi-Fi Networks | Information Security | Scoop.it
Here’s how you can protect your personal information when you’re using public Wi-Fi hotspots.
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Hackers Target Nation’s Schools

Hackers Target Nation’s Schools | Information Security | Scoop.it
Hackers looking to exploit sensitive information for profit are increasingly targeting U.S. schools, where they are finding a relatively weak system to protect a valuable asset: student data.
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Fast spreading malware could empty the money in your bank accounts

Fast spreading malware could empty the money in your bank accounts | Information Security | Scoop.it
If a hacker asked you for your bank account credentials, would you surrender them? Of course not! But that's exactly what will happen if you fall for the lat…
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'All wifi networks' are vulnerable to hacking, security expert discovers

'All wifi networks' are vulnerable to hacking, security expert discovers | Information Security | Scoop.it
WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken by Belgian researchers, highlighting potential for internet traffic to be exposed
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This only applies to those who use WiFi for connectivity. In other words all of us. This is a major problem, because it is with the WPA2 security protocol, not one vendor's implementation of it.  If you have old dusty Ethernet cables in your office, it might be a good idea to turn off WiFi until patches come out from the vendors. If you have a VPN on your local device, run that too, even from your home network, until this gets worked out. 

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What to look for when hiring healthcare cybersecurity pros

What to look for when hiring healthcare cybersecurity pros | Information Security | Scoop.it
Cybersecurity is not computer science or computer engineering, it is a business discipline that requires people from all backgrounds and majors.
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Healthcare is such a broad area, it's best to have a team of people from different disciplined.

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Ransomware eSummit - Home

Ransomware eSummit - Home | Information Security | Scoop.it
Ransomware eSummit
WannaCry, Locky, TeslaCrypt, CryptoWall—the biggest names in Ransomware have become mainstream media.

 

Ransomware attacks have become so common, and so successful, that even your grandmother has seen or heard news about this popular attack type. With all of this attention, why hasn’t the security industry figured out how to manage Ransomware?

 

 

All recommended advice seems simple enough, right? Encrypt your data. Tune your firewalls and malware protection. Back up your data. Test your backups. Patch systems. Train users. In a large, complex organization, though, while the conventional guidance is simple, implementation and integration isn’t.

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Register for this event on an essential topic for every security person. September 7th, so hurry.  Pick up some CEUs

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Why not the best? Why not Linux Mint?

Why not the best? Why not Linux Mint? | Information Security | Scoop.it
All of your arguments against desktop Linux are outdated and irrelevant.
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If you have an old computer lying around that was once running Windows 7 or 8, consider putting Linux Mint on it. If you haven't used Linux in while, you'll be pleasantly surprised

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72% of cybersecurity pros say hiring video gamers could fix the IT skills gap

72% of cybersecurity pros say hiring video gamers could fix the IT skills gap | Information Security | Scoop.it
The majority of cyber pros said that gaming teaches skills critical to security, including logic and perseverance, according to a McAfee report.
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Under Armour says 150 million MyFitnessPal accounts hit by data breach

Under Armour says 150 million MyFitnessPal accounts hit by data breach | Information Security | Scoop.it
The fitness apparel company learned that data on 150 million accounts for the site and app were breached earlier this week.
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If I want the world to know how much I weigh, I'll use Facebook, thank you

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Machine Learning Basics | Machine Learning Examples From Everyday Life

Machine Learning Basics | Machine Learning Examples From Everyday Life | Information Security | Scoop.it
We review machine learning (ML) basics and explore some of the areas you might be unaware of where ML is having significant impact in this blog.
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Good overview of machine learning.

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The Qubes high-security operating system gains traction in the enterprise

The Qubes high-security operating system gains traction in the enterprise | Information Security | Scoop.it
Qubes OS defends at-risk enterprise users from targeted attacks, as well as drive-by malware and the Meltdown exploit.
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This is really cool use of virtualization for security

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Holes close in China's 'Great Firewall' as Apple and Amazon snub apps to bypass censors

Holes close in China's 'Great Firewall' as Apple and Amazon snub apps to bypass censors | Information Security | Scoop.it
Moves by Apple and Amazon to stop people from using censorship-skirting apps in China have renewed questions about the extent U.S. companies are willing to work with Chinese authorities.
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How the Pentagon’s cyber offensive against ISIS could shape the future for elite U.S. forces

How the Pentagon’s cyber offensive against ISIS could shape the future for elite U.S. forces | Information Security | Scoop.it
'We should be conducting operations like this continuously in a campaign,' said the chief of U.S. Special Operations Command.
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What are file-less cyber attacks and how do you protect against them

What are file-less cyber attacks and how do you protect against them | Information Security | Scoop.it
Businesses and internet users are finally becoming more aware of the danger of cyber attacks. They’ve started to boost their defending techniques, leaving hackers with fewer options to carry out their malicious deeds. However, exploiting a vulnerability is just a matter of techniques and available resources; so a good detection is all that decides the …
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Microsoft shuts down Krack with sneaky Windows update

Microsoft shuts down Krack with sneaky Windows update | Information Security | Scoop.it
The company last week quietly patched vulnerabilities in the WPA2 protocol used to secure wireless networks, but did not reveal the fix until today.
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This means the Microsoft side of your network may have been patched with an update. It doesn't include your router or other operating systems.

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Your iPhone's password demands aren't just annoying. They're a security flaw

Your iPhone's password demands aren't just annoying. They're a security flaw | Information Security | Scoop.it
The iPhone’s habit of repeatedly requesting your Apple ID password with little explanation or warning isn’t just annoying – it’s also a security flaw which could allow attackers to craft extremely convincing phishing attacks, an iOS developer has warned.

Regular users of iPhones or iPads will be used to sporadic requests from the operating system to enter their Apple ID password, popping up in the middle of other activities and preventing them from continuing until they accede to the request.
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Iphone users take note, this could be a major issue. 

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Three Equifax Managers Sold Stock Before Cyber Hack Revealed

Three Equifax Managers Sold Stock Before Cyber Hack Revealed | Information Security | Scoop.it
Three Equifax Inc. senior executives sold shares worth almost $1.8 million in the days after the company discovered a security breach that may have compromised information on about 143 million U.S. consumers.
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I don't believe this is coincidental. Using tech like DLP, UEBA, and Insider Threat tools may confirm this.
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Focusing Cyber Security on ‘The Human Point’

Focusing Cyber Security on ‘The Human Point’ | Information Security | Scoop.it
With an increase in the number of security threats, IT security professionals need to rethink how ‘the human point’ could impact the safety of their data.
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