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NEWS THIS WEEK: Apple patches iOS vulnerabilities; Roomba’s plan to map homes raises concerns; tax breaks for cybersecurity training proposed

By Byron V. Acohido In news this wekk, a company is offering to microchip employees, enabling them to open doors, log onto computers and purchase snacks with a swipe of the hand. Three Square Market, also known as 32M, said more than 50 employees are voluntarily getting implants Aug. 1 at what the company is […]

NEWS THIS WEEK: Google resists Europe’s privacy rules; Ashley Madison pays $11 million to settle privacy breach suit; hacker grabs control of Segway scooter

By Byron V. Acohido In the news this week, Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling, which allows private citizens in the region to make requests that search engines delist incorrect, irrelevant or out of date information returned by an online search for their full name, is set to return to the region’s top court to […]

PODCAST: Former White House CIO — companies need cyber defense strategy

By Byron V. Acohido Theresa Payton honed her cybersecurity skills as the White House’s first female chief information officer, under President George W. Bush. Payton is now president and CEO of cybersecurity consulting company Fortalice Solutions. I had the chance to interview her at the recent Enfuse 2017 cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. We discussed […]

Three fundamental steps to begin addressing third-party risks

By Byron V. Acohido Managing third party risk still does not still does not command a high priority in all too many organizations – even after the apocalyptic Target data breach of 2013 that routed through an HVAC vendor. But that’s slowly beginning to change. There is a growing recognition of the sprawling exposures that […]

Q&A: Why WannaCry signals a coming wave of nation-state cyber weapon hacks

By Byron  V. Acohido Companies would be remiss to downplay the profound implications of last month’s headline-grabbing WannaCry ransomware attack. WannaCry was a mere harbinger; the tip of the iceberg. WannaCry happened a few weeks after the Shadow Brokers hacking collective stole dozens of the National Security Agency’s ace-in-the-hole hacking tools. Shadow Brokers futilely tried […]

VIDEO: Why the NIST framework is so fundamental to network security

By Byron V. Acohido Put aside the cyber threats, which continue to worsen. All any company decision-maker needs to do is pay heed to the intensifying regulatory environment to understand that network security has become a mission-critical operational issue. Consider that the Colorado Division of Securities is implementing 90 pages of new rules to clarify […]

In the news: intel confirms Russians executed cyber attacks on election systems, officials

(News reports aggregated by Byron Acohido) Russian military intelligence executed a cyber attack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to an intelligence report. The top-secret National Security Agency document analyzes intelligence very recently acquired by the […]