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!
FighterPOS now has propagation capabilities; meaning, it could spread from one PoS malware terminal to another that is connected in the same network and thereby increasing the number of potential victims in one organization.
Apple engineers have begun developing new security measures that would make it impossible for the government to break into a locked iPhone using methods similar to those now at the center of a court fight in California, according to people close to the company and security experts.
The head of cybersecurity for the government’s HR office has resigned, two days before she was scheduled to go before Congress to talk about last year’s massive hacks of federal personnel records. Donna K. Seymour, the chief information officer for the Office of Personnel Management, characterized her departure in a letter to colleagues as a retirement, saying, “It is in the agency’s best interest that my presence does not distract from the great work this team does every single day.”
The perpetrators of the 2014 cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment were not activists or disgruntled employees, and likely had attacked other targets in China, India, Japan and Taiwan, according to a coalition of security companies that jointly investigated the Sony case for more than a year.
Despite a raft of high-profile data breaches and other hacking incidents, U.S. companies still aren’t adequately prepared for cyberattacks, according to a study issued today by consulting firm PwC.
Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) published a study that demonstrates security flaws to be pervasive within the healthcare industry. The research found that adversaries could deploy cyberattacks that result in physical harm to patients. All hospitals investigated had very serious security issues, suggesting broader implications across the entire industry.
Dell has released its Security Annual Threat Report, taking a detailed look into the IT security landscape of 2015, as well as predicting a few trends for the ongoing year. The report is based on “Dell SonicWALL Global Response Intelligence Defense (GRID) network with daily feeds from more than one million firewalls and tens of millions of connected endpoints, Dell SonicWALL network traffic and other industry sources.”
Working on your resume? Add a sentence (or two) about cybersecurity to become a more valuable candidate, no matter what field you are in. Cybercrime costs are projected to reach $2 trillion by 2019. As a result, HR chiefs – the head hiring honchos at big corporations and government agencies – are under pressure to provide employees with cybersecurity awareness training.
They’ve gone from being a hot investment to not at all. The U.S. cybersecurity industry, once one of the hottest targets for venture capitalists, is now grappling with a funding slump that has forced some startups to sell themselves or cut spending.
Estonia’s private and public sector, often working together, have heavily increased the security of the country’s IT systems and built stronger authentication services, firewalls, and backup systems. There have also been new initiatives in the education system. One school in the small town of Põltsamaa has started a pilot course on how to defend systems against cyberattacks.
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