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What Chief Security Officers Are Worrying About in 2018

IT Pro Today, 23 Jan 2018 – The biggest concern, the study reported, is being able to find and hire qualified staff members to fill out their IT security teams. Some 70 percent of the respondents said they are challenged by a substantial “lack of competent in-house staff”. [More]


What’s next for cybersecurity in 2018?

Enterprise Innovation, 21 Jan 2018 – 2018 will be a year where security will become part of the fabric in how we work. Below are my cybersecurity predictions that I believe will continue to impact the technology industry in 2018. [More]


Researchers work to hide crowdsensing with encryption, cloaking, and facial blurring

IEEE Multimedia, 11 Jan 2018 – Welcome to the world of crowdsensing, where smart phone owners volunteer to upload data to platforms like Waze, Moovit, and OpenStreetMap to help other drivers find the fastest routes while avoiding flat tires and traffic tickets. However, those who share this helpful information might not be aware of just how much personal information they risk exposing—home location, travel route, work location, identity, phone number, and even license plate number. [More]


The A to Z of Cyber Security

Medium, 11 Jan 2018 – A is for Authentication…B is for Business Email Compromise…C is for Cryptocurrencies…[More]


Cybersecurity of Nuclear Weapons Systems

Chatham House, 11 Jan 2018 – There are a number of vulnerabilities and pathways through which a malicious actor may infiltrate a nuclear weapons system without a state’s knowledge. Human error, system failures, design vulnerabilities, and susceptibilities within the supply chain all represent common security issues in nuclear weapons systems. [More]


AI in security market to grow 31.38% by 2025

CISO, 10 Jan 2018 – The AI in the security market is expected to be valued at $3.92 billion in 2017 and is likely to reach $34.81 billion by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate of 31.38 percent during the forecast period. Factors such as the increasing use of the Internet and constant need for employees to be online are contributing to the growth of the market. Another major factor boosting the demand for AI-based security solutions is the shortage of cybersecurity professionals. The use of AI-based solutions for cybersecurity can mitigate the need for cybersecurity professionals. [More]


Understanding the performance impact of Spectre and Meltdown mitigations on Windows

Microsoft, 9 Jan 2018 – Last week the technology industry and many of our customers learned of new vulnerabilities in the hardware chips that power phones, PCs and servers. We (and others in the industry) had learned of this vulnerability under nondisclosure agreement several months ago and immediately began developing engineering mitigations and updating our cloud infrastructure. [More]


2018’s IT Failures Already Have a Familiar Look

IEEE Spectrum, 9 Jan 2018 – The more things change, the more things seem to stay the same, at least for international travelers arriving in the United States over the New Year’s holiday period. For a second year in succession, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) computer systems experienced an outage that left thousands of passengers across the United States waiting in long lines to clear customs. [More]


Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy

Globe and Mail, 6 Jan 2018 – More than two billion people around the world now have this magic at their fingertips – and it’s changing the way we do countless things, from taking photos to summoning taxis. But smartphones have also changed us – changed our natures in elemental ways, reshaping the way we think and interact. [More]


Meltdown and Spectre CPU Vulnerabilities: What You Need to Know

WeLiveSecurity, 5 Jan 2018 – The first few days of 2018 have been filled with anxious discussions concerning a widespread and wide-ranging vulnerability in the architecture of processors based on Intel’s Core architecture used in PCs for many years, as well as processors from AMD. The scope of the vulnerability is wide-ranging, affecting everything from the ARM processors commonly used in tablets and smartphones to the IBM POWER processors used in supercomputers. [More]


Blockchain: Hype, Reality, Opportunities

Semiconductor Engineering, 4 Jan 2018 – Blockchain buzz has reached deafening levels, and its proponents say we haven’t heard anything yet. The blockchain-enabled transformations they describe make the Internet revolution look almost trivial. Critics argue that too many people drank the blockchain Kool-Aid. Outside the cryptocurrency arena, they say that blockchain amounts to little more than some really slick slideware. [More]


Meltdown and Spectre Side-Channel Vulnerability Guidance

US CERT, 4 Jan 2018 – On January 3, 2018, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) became aware of a set of security vulnerabilities—known as Meltdown and Spectre—that affect modern computer processors. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to obtain access to sensitive information. [More]


Six Cyber Threats to Really Worry About in 2018

MIT Technology Review, 2 Jan 2018 – Hackers are constantly finding new targets and refining the tools they use to break through cyberdefenses. The following are some significant threats to look out for this year. [More]


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Written by Doug Vitale

July 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

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