Companies taking different approaches to finding cybersecurity talent

(May 9, 2019) Companies have started to look at individuals without formal experience or traditional four-year degrees to fill in cybersecurity positions, The Wall Street Journal reports. Industry career website CyberSeek currently lists about 300,000 open cybersecurity positions on the market. In order to find the proper individuals to take on these roles, companies such as IBM and Palo Alto Networks have funded partnerships with universities, as well as training programs and cybersecurity competitions. IBM,... Read More

DHS takes lead on government cybersecurity

(May 2, 2019) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now the lead agency for governmentwide cybersecurity acquisitions, programs and standards, Nextgov reports. Under the new shared services policy put forth by the White House, DHS will have the authority to regulate cybersecurity matters across agencies. DHS had prior cybersecurity oversight responsibilities but encountered communication breakdown with other agencies. “I think what happened was there’s a translation issue but there was also a technical ... Read More

Study: 61% of employees share sensitive info via email

(Apr 29, 2019) Igloo Software’s “2019 State of the Digital Workplace” report finds 61% of employees share sensitive information via email, ZDNet reports. The company polled 2,000 employees at companies with more than 250 staff members for the study. Other findings include 28% of respondents who said they use instant messaging to deliver sensitive or private information and 66% who revealed they use non-approved communication apps in order to avoid tracking.Full Story... Read More

Cybersecurity bills for insurers continue to pop up in US

(Apr 8, 2019) States around the U.S. have started to implement cybersecurity legislation for the insurance industry, Bloomberg Law reports. The bills have used a model law inspired by the New York Department of Financial Services’ cybersecurity regulation for financial services. South Carolina, Ohio and Michigan have enacted laws for insurers over the past year. New Hampshire, Connecticut and two other states have cybersecurity bills in their legislatures, while Gov. Phil Bryant, R-Miss., approved a measure o... Read More

Canadian Centre for Cyber Security offers cybersecurity guide for SMBs

(Apr 5, 2019) IT World Canada reports the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security released the "Baseline Cyber Security Controls for Small and Medium Businesses," which aims to help SMBs defend against cyberattacks. The guide offers recommendations for organizational and baseline controls, such as appointing a leader responsible for IT security, installing stronger user authentications, and implementing employee awareness training. “We felt there was a gap in the information available for small and medium organiza... Read More

Web Conference: Data Privacy Management Benchmarks

(Apr 4, 2019) Join a spirited and informative discussion with leading voices in data privacy as they dive into the benchmark data and provide their unique perspectives on the findings. Ample time will be reserved for your questions, as well. Read More

Tenants wary of facial recognition at New York apartment building

(Apr 1, 2019) The proposed use of facial recognition to enter Brooklyn's Atlantic Plaza Towers has raised privacy concerns among tenants, The New York Times reports. Nelson Management seeks to scrap the buildings' current key-fob system with encrypted recognition technology that is “only usable in conjunction with the proprietary algorithm software of the system,” according to the landlord. Tenants believe the system is not only an invasion of privacy, but also lacks effectiveness and accuracy, particularly w... Read More

Insurers collaborate to create rating system for cybersecurity services

(Mar 27, 2019) The Wall Street Journal reports a group of insurers has joined forces to create a consumer-rating service for cybersecurity. The insurers will examine cybersecurity software and technology available to businesses and identify the products found to have best addressed cyber risks, such as data breaches, data corruption and cyber extortion. Insurers are expected to rate products that offer firewalls, encryption and threat-monitoring capabilities. Marsh & McLennan launched the initiative and wi... Read More

Cybersecurity funding fluctuates between agencies within Trump administration's 2020 budget

(Mar 13, 2019) GovInfoSecurity reports on the cybersecurity budget funding within the Trump administration’s proposed fiscal 2020 budget. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security would receive more than $1 billion for cybersecurity under the proposed budget. The Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and the Food and Drug Administration will all receive increases in their cybersecurity funding, while the Office for Civil Rights and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT would see cuts. Wilm... Read More