New Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) veterans program aims to bridge skills gap, diversify sector

Credit to Author: Jovi Umawing| Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2019 17:02:07 +0000

A shortage of skilled professionals is a recognized, longstanding problem in the cybersecurity industry—but does it hold merit? Nonprofit Women in CyberSecurity challenge the notion with a new program connecting skilled veterans to security jobs.

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5 tips for building an effective security operations center (SOC)

Credit to Author: Gilad Maayan| Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2019 16:00:00 +0000

A security operations center (SOC) can significantly improve an organization’s security posture, but it’s not a perfect solution and can be challenging to implement. Read on to learn how to clear hurdles and build an effective SOC team.

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Finding a common language to describe AI security threats

Credit to Author: Todd VanderArk| Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2019 17:00:40 +0000

As artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning systems become increasingly important to our lives, it’s critical that when they fail we understand how and why. Many research papers have been dedicated to this topic, but inconsistent vocabulary has limited their usefulness. In collaboration with Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center, Microsoft published a series of materials that…

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Will Microsoft stop updating its Security Essentials on Jan. 14? Are you sure?

Credit to Author: Woody Leonhard| Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2019 06:52:00 -0800

You know that businesses will be able to pay for Win7 security patches after Win7 hits end-of-life on Jan. 14. Many of Microsoft’s Extended Security Update program details aren’t clear to me — How does a very small business buy ESU? Why is Microsoft releasing Edge on Win7 the day after it goes end-of-life? Will that new full-screen nag keep coming back? — but there’s one loose end that sits in the middle of my confusion.

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This Week in Security News: December Patch Tuesday Updates and Retail Cyberattacks Set to Soar 20 Percent During 2019 Holiday Season

Credit to Author: Jon Clay (Global Threat Communications)| Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2019 13:32:53 +0000

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. This week, learn about the threat campaign Waterbear and how it uses API hooking to evade security product detection. Also, read about December Patch Tuesday updates from Microsoft and…

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The usual suspects

Credit to Author: Sharky| Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2019 03:00:00 -0800

One morning Wilma, the print shop manager at a beer distributor, discovers that her computer has a virus. It’s no big deal — sometimes bad things happen to good computers — so she cleans up the system and gets on with her day.

But a few days later the system is infected again.

Considerably more annoyed this time, she contacts Betty (the company’s sole IT person) to get some assistance and make sure the system is 100% clean. After disinfecting the system, Betty checks the browser history and finds that someone has been making late-night visits to X-rated websites.

The question then becomes, Who is using company resources to watch porn? At most companies, suspicion would immediately fall on the nighttime cleaning crew. But the print shop is located in the warehouse, to which the cleaning crew doesn’t have access.

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