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Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has launched a cybersecurity-focused master’s degree program.  The new program centers on building expertise in risk management, information security, and data privacy and aims to develop key skills in operations, strategy, and analysis.  To earn their master’s degree, student teams will have to solve real security problems for a national capital area–based organization...
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Health technology company Royal Philips has become the first medical device manufacturer to receive a new product cybersecurity testing certification. The certification—catchily titled UL IEC 62304—was created by independent global safety certification and testing nonprofit company Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The aim of the new certification is to provide an overall framework to evaluate the maturity and robustness of a...
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Companies are offering businesses free cybersecurity support as coronavirus scams proliferate and over-stretched healthcare providers become more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Irish cybersecurity awareness training company Cyber Risk Aware announced yesterday that it would be providing free COVID-19 phishing tests for businesses. Companies are invited to run a phishing simulation in which up to 100 staff can learn how to...
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America has abandoned plans to introduce an Israeli-made missile system over fears that it may not be cyber-secure. The US Army spent $373m on the purchase of two batteries of Iron Dome missiles last year. Plans to spend a further $600m on two new batteries and Iron Dome components by 2023 have now been scrapped after Israel reportedly refused to...
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BT has announced the launch of a new Security Advisory Services practice which will provide its customers with advice on navigating their cybersecurity journeys. The new unit will be led by Tris Morgan, director at BT Security, and made up of around 300 specialist staff across the globe. It will offer strategic security guidance and solutions...
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New research published today has found nearly half of cybersecurity professionals believe their industry is experiencing a skills gaps because it isn’t considered “cool” or “exciting.” The “Opportunity in Cybersecurity 2020” report surveyed over 200 cybersecurity professionals in the UK and the US about their personal experiences working in the industry. Of those questioned, 42% felt that...
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Today, the chancellor Rishi Sunak announced his first budget as part of Boris Johnson’s Conservative Government, promising that more than £5bn will be invested into Britain’s digital infrastructure. This investment, Sunak said, will provide gigabit-capable internet for the country’s most rural areas and increase 4G coverage to 95% within the next five years. In response,...
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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has been accused of deliberately keeping widespread gaps in its cybersecurity a secret from regulators in a large-scale coverup involving the city’s mayor. The allegations were made by Ardent Cyber Solutions LLC, a company hired by the Department of Water and Power (DWP) in April 2019 to...
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The global pandemic of Coronavirus, and the concerns of people traveling and gathering indoors at large events, has hit the cybersecurity events calendar with events now being canceled. Initially Mobile World Congress was canceled, after being due to take place in late February, with a statement claiming that this was due to “the global concern...
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The United States has pledged $8m to support a Ukrainian cybersecurity project.  The generous commitment was announced by the State Department on Tuesday as part of a “cyber-dialogue” that took place between the two countries in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv.  A new cybersecurity project sponsored by USAID (the US Agency for International Development) will be the beneficiary of the...
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UK businesses need to further strengthen their defenses against cyber-attacks, according to new research which has revealed that cybersecurity performance in the UK has declined in the last year compared to other EU countries. The research from BitSight found that the UK has slipped backwards in the last year in terms of its overall cybersecurity...
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The gaming industry is a huge commercial market, but as Infosecurity has previously explored, it is also, by its very nature, rife with information security risks, challenges and implications. Percona is an organization that has worked directly with gaming companies such as Big Fish Games and MathsCircle to help them secure their open source deployments. As...
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Cyberattacks can impact individuals and companies in different ways, but few if any industries have the same life-or-death impact as medical devices. In recent years, medical devices and hospitals have come under increasing attack from different threat actors, which has not escaped the notice of regulators in the United States. At the RSA Conference in San Francisco, the...
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At RSA Conference in San Francisco, Steve Lipner, executive director of SAFECode, reflected on some of the mistakes he has made in 50 years of working in IT and cybersecurity. In a talk he introduced as “things I wish I’d done differently,” Lipner named six instances of products and services he’s been involved with. The first was...
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In an era when data breaches can lead to corporate losses and ruin brand reputations, cybersecurity is no longer just an IT issue, it’s a board-level issue The question of what corporate boards should be doing and how governments can help them was the topic of a session at the RSA Conference in San Francisco,...
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While there is increased stress in cybersecurity and “good days and bad days,” we should also focus on the “tremendous positives” in the industry’s achievements. Speaking at the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) summit at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, Phil Venables, board director and senior advisor for risk and cybersecurity at Goldman Sachs Bank, said that despite the challenges, there are 10 reasons...
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The United States Air Force is offering students who failed to gain cybersecurity certification the first time around a second opportunity to qualify. Previously, students who didn’t pass the Security+ exam on their first go had to rethink their chosen area of specialization within the Air Force. The new Pathfinder program gives students a precious second...
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Dell is said to be finalizing a $2bn deal to sell its RSA cybersecurity company to a private equity firm, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Citing sources “familiar with the matter,” the Journal reported Monday that a deal concerning the sale of RSA Security LLC could be finalized as early as today between Dell Technologies...
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A Chattanooga, Tennessee, information technology infrastructure and cybersecurity consulting firm has unveiled an $8m expansion plan that will see its workforce double by 2023. Currently, the Conversant Group operates with 46 employees from its headquarters on Cowart Street. On Monday, the company’s president and chief listening officer, John Anthony Smith, revealed plans to relocate the firm to a new site...
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A report looking into the US 2020 Decennial Census has flagged concerns over cybersecurity and questioned whether the personal data collected during the study can be kept private.  The US Census Bureau kicked off the 2020 Census count of the population with the enumeration of Alaska in January. However, a report into the ongoing operation...
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