Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days.
Below you’ll find a quick recap of topics followed by links to news articles and/or our blog posts providing additional insight. Be sure to check back each Friday for highlights of the goings-on each week!
In this new era, organizations need to bridge the gap between an old and new generation of threats, IT architectures, and yes, even user behaviors. That’s just what Trend Micro XGen™ security was designed to do.
Authors of the 2017 Cisco cybersecurity report encouraged governments to communicate better with the private sector, disclosing the vulnerabilities they discover rather than holding that information in reserve. Trend Micro’s CSO noted that the U.S. government does not directly seek to identify vulnerabilities on its own, unless it is within the scope of an agency’s roles and responsibilities.
In September 2016, we noticed that operators of the updated CRYSIS ransomware family (detected as RANSOM_CRYSIS) were targeting Australia and New Zealand businesses via remote desktop (RDP) brute force attacks. Since then, brute force RDP attacks are still ongoing, affecting both SMEs and large enterprises across the globe.
The cybercriminal group Lurk was one of the first to effectively employ fileless infection techniques in large-scale attacks—techniques that arguably became staples for other malefactors. A typical Lurk infection uses browser exploits to deliver non-persistent payloads to potential victims, probing their targets before deploying additional malware.
House officers, the Capitol Police, the Library of Congress and the Architect of the Capitol have all made cybersecurity a top priority for fiscal 2018, officials told a House committee at hearings through Tuesday on their Legislative Branch spending bill budget goals.
It’s an excellent time to be a cybersecurity professional: Job postings in the field have gone up 74% over the past five years, with a Cisco report estimating that there are currently 1 million unfilled positions worldwide. US News and World Report ranked a career in information security analysis fifth on its list of best technology jobs, with high starting salaries.
The new presidential administration drafted a cybersecurity executive order for government agencies to perform extensive 60-day audits of systems, but experts are unsure how effective such a plan could be. The leaked draft of the cybersecurity executive order is similar in scope to an executive order enacted by former President Barack Obama shortly after taking office for his second term.
Skepticism about self-driving vehicles comes from multiple sources: The newness of the technology, issues with safety and concerns about cost. Now, new research from the University of Michigan suggests another cause of wariness stemming from consumers’ concern over cybersecurity.
If you had the chance, what would you change about the Internet? That’s the theme of this year’s Trend Micro What’s Your Story competition. If you’re a K-12 student or filmmaker, we’d love you to tell us your story – and enter for a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize.
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