Top Weekly News In Cyber Security

 
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Thanks To Ransomware, Bitcoin Leaves A Bad Taste In Corporates’ Mouths

The last several years have seen a surge in efforts among the cryptocurrency community to legitimize the technology. Once seen as a tool for the dark web and black markets, cryptocurrencies like bitcoin now want to be a part of the broader economy.

For many, however, the technology still conjures up images of cybercrime and illicit activity, and new data revealing the rising threat of ransomware is likely to fuel that negative reputation.

Ransomware threats are increasing, not only because the volume of attacks against businesses is on the rise, but because new, unique strains of ransomware are emerging that target larger organizations and demand higher payouts.

 

Facebook: Yeah, we hoovered up 1.5 million email address books without permission. But it was an accident!

Facebook has admitted to harvesting email contacts from 1.5 million people without permission.

Since May 2016, Facebook collected all email contacts when some new users signed up to the antisocial network. An anonymous security researcher, who sports the handle e-sushi on Twitter, first noticed that the company was asking some new users to enter their email passwords to verify their identities, a deeply anti-security request even on its own. Business Insider then spotted that if you did this a dialogue box popped up warning you – with no chance to cancel, pause or opt out – that it was importing all your contacts.

 

Crooks are selling “Digital Doppelgangers” to bypass anti-fraud protection

According to the latest research from Juniper Research, cybercriminals have developed a wide range of advanced tools to help users evade machine learning-based anti-fraud systems. On the other hand, Kaspersky Lab researchers have identified that there is a shop on the Dark Web where more than 60,000 digital doppelgangers are traded, and the same cybercriminals own the shop who have developed the anti-fraud system bypass tools.


JOBS

 
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73% of IT security teams are understaffed, and CISOs are turning to automation for help

In the midst of a major cybersecurity talent shortage, IT security professionals are turning to automated solutions to fill skills gaps, according to a Monday report from the Ponemon Institute and DomainTools.

Of the 1,400 IT and IT security practitioners surveyed worldwide, 73% said they believe their organization's IT security functions are typically understaffed due to difficulty attracting and retaining qualified candidates.

 

From Apple to Zynga, here's the highest-paying companies in the US

To attract top notch talent, companies often offer prospective workers different incentives such as stock options, a desirable company culture, extra vacation days, and more. But the biggest draw is, of course, money.

The ability of companies to outbid their competitors to attract top talent is crucial – especially for companies in competitive industries like high-tech. Large tech companies must continually innovate and bring new technologies to their customers in order to stay on top of their industry, and to do that, they need capable and talented workers.

To identify the 20 highest-paying companies in America, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed salary data from PayScale, a compensation data company. Only companies included in the Best Company Compensation 2018 article from Comparably, an employer evaluation outlet, were considered.

 

Perryman: Tech Jobs

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has released its annual Cyberstates report, providing a detailed look at trends in technology employment.

It’s a great way to check how Texas is faring relative to other states in a key component of future growth. 

CompTIA uses a measure of technology employment that includes technology workers across the entire economy. By this measure, the U.S. total reached an estimated 11.8 million in 2018, up 2.3 percent from 2017. Since 2010, national tech employment rose by 18.8 percent. 

 

EDUCATION

 
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Top CompTIA certification in Cyber Security (Video)

The way computers and internet foray into everyday life that the threats of Cyber Crime is also finding an accessible route. Lately, Cyber Crime is a global issue and intimidating to the security of individuals to big corporations. Cyber Crime is nowadays an organized sector. Even the lone hackers of the past have now grown into an organized team that operates in a more sophisticated manner. To address this rapidly growing threat, organizations look for cybersecurity experts. 

 

Top Cyber Security Professionals Head to Washington, D.C. for Annual SANSFIRE Cyber Security Training Event

SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training and certifications, today announced its return to Washington D.C. for SANSFIRE 2019 (#SANSFIRE) taking place June 15-22. The event features more than 40 hands-on immersion style courses taught by top cyber security practitioners from around the globe. Industry veteran Lenny Zeltser (@lennyzeltser) will explain how to avoid the top 10 mistakes in cyber security writing in an evening session on improving written communication skills.

 

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