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!
Given that the smartphone is effectively a mini-computer in your pocket, it’s susceptible to most of the major threats facing your Internet-connected PC at home. Web-based attacks, social media threats, online banking attacks, phishing, spam and other email borne threats are all capable of affecting smartphones.
The FBI has a rather different approach towards the Internet of Things, saying that users should deal with IoT devices with caution; otherwise they should keep it off the internet. In a Public Service announcement issued last week, the law enforcement agency discussed the potential security risks of using interconnected devices such as smart light bulbs, connected cars, smart fridges, wearables, and other home security systems.
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush unveiled his cybersecurity policy, saying the United States has not kept up with the growing threat of online attacks and calling for the government to work with private industry to shore up defenses.
While Russia might seem to offer an anything-goes environment for homegrown cybercriminals, the reality is a bit more nuanced. There are two unwritten cybercrime rules for Russians, one of which is don’t hack your own country.
Today, detecting and mitigating C&C servers can be remarkably difficult. While C&C servers are commonly thought of as limited to use by botnets, that is no longer the case – many different threats require C&C servers to function correctly today, not just botnets.
Some companies like to talk about APTs because it’s good for the press. However, most people and organizations are not facing that kind of well-funded, super-skilled threat. They’re facing a different kind of threat.
The University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity has awarded 33 scholarships to undergraduate students in core programs that support cybersecurity. Scholarship recipients will receive $4,500 over two years to support their progress toward degree completion.
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