Security executives on the move and in the news

The upper ranks of corporate security are seeing a high rate of change as companies try to adapt to the evolving threat landscape. Many companies are hiring a chief security officer (CSO) or chief information security officer (CISO) for the first time to support a deeper commitment to information security.

IDG Contributor Network: P2PE is not what your CIO thinks it is

I have been traveling around the world since late 2013 speaking at conferences on Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE). It has taken me to places like Bangkok, Singapore, Sau Paulo, Vancouver, Banff, Barcelona and London. Early on, I would get a lot of blank stares and nods but little interest or interaction from the audience. At that time, it seemed that the general response was that security was just something that merchants had to do for compliance. The risks were largely unknown. After a few card data breaches from major merchants like Target, Home Depot and UPS, merchants started to take notice as the risks of getting it wrong took center stage. There were about 1,600 breaches last year, that’s an average of 30 per week. And, those are only the reported breaches. A “breach” only hits the press when the hacker does something wrong and gets found out. And, this is bad news for the hacker because once their Malware is found, the holes are shortly plugged and the flow of card data stops. The ultimate goal for hackers is to hide in the weeds of unsuspecting and unprotected merchant systems and silently exfiltrate valuable card data over as long a period of time as they can.

Star Wars, Elon Musk and cheese: What I learned at SXSW 2018 – CNET

Try as you might, SXSW is too big to see at once.

It’s like standing at the foot of a skyscraper and craning your neck to see the top. You just can’t.

Beat Them at Their Own Game: Understanding and Neutralizing Evasive Malware Tactics in the Face of Rising Attacks

Chasing malware developers through their cyber rabbit holes might be a fun challenge for security researchers, but for the rest of us, the effectiveness of modern attack methods is frustrating and alarming. Incidents that involved evasive malware, and in particular fileless techniques for bypassing endpoint security measures, were prevalent in 2017. They are set to be even more damaging, costly, and exasperating in 2018.

Why You Need an Untouchable Day Every Week

Executive Summary

When you’re doing deep creative work, meetings can disrupt your flow and decrease your productivity.  That’s why you need to schedule one “Untouchable Day” per week, where nothing can interrupt you – no texts, no e-mails, no phone calls, and absolutely no meetings. But what happens when you get an incredible speaking invitation or somebody much more important has this one day to get together? Stick to this simple rule: Untouchable Days may never be deleted, but they can move between the bowling-lane bumpers of the weekends. They can’t jump weeks, though. If they need to move from a Wednesday to a Thursday or a Friday, that’s fine — even if you have to move four meetings to make room. The beauty of this approach is that when you plant the Untouchable Day flag on your calendar, it really does feel permanent in your mind. You start feeling the creative high you’ll get from such deep output as soon as you start booking them in.

The IRS collects data on Coinbase account holders

By Laura Saunders

Pay your taxes on bitcoin…or else.

With great tech success, comes even greater responsibly

As we watch major tech platforms evolve over time, it’s clear that companies like Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon (among others) have created businesses that are having a huge impact on humanity — sometimes positive and other times not so much.

Bugtraq: Secunia Research: LibRaw Multiple Denial of Service Vulnerabilities


March Madness 2018: Full Schedule and Latest Odds for NCAA Tournament

Rodney Bullock will try to lead Providence to an upset of Texas A&M.Michael Conroy/Associated Press

Loyola-Chicago was undaunted by its status as the No. 11 seed in the South Regional, and when Donte Ingram hit a long three-point shot with just 0.3 seconds left on the clock, it gave the Ramblers a 64-62 upset victory over Miami in Thursday’s first round of competition in the NCAA tournament.

Everything You Need to Know About March Madness Day 2

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The first round of the 2018 men’s NCAA tournament started with a bang on Thursday, with the very first game between Rhode Island and Oklahoma going to overtime.

NFL Free Agents 2018: Rumors, Predictions for Upcoming Weekend of Free Agency

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With a lot of the big names during this free-agency period agreeing to terms with other teams, we somehow still head into the weekend with quite a few key pieces and players looking for work.

For the First Time, DHS and FBI Accuse Russia of Hacking U.S. Energy Organizations

For the first time on record, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) publicly blamed Russia for attempting to hack U.S. energy infrastructure.

LeBron James: Kevin Love’s Absence Has Been ‘Challenging for All of Us’

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After Thursday’s 113-105 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James discussed Kevin Love’s importance.

PRIMARY RESEARCH: Bitcoin Going Out Of Fashion, As Cybercriminals Turn To Monero, Gaming Currencies And Micro-Payments To Launder $200Billion In Ill-Gotten Gains

Up to $200 Billion in Illegal Cybercrime Profits Is Laundered Each Year,
Comprehensive Research Study Reveals

Matt Miller’s Scouting Notebook: Early Free Agency Is a Win for Draft Prospects

QB prospects including Josh Allen (middle) and Sam Darnold (right) could both be big winners of Free Agency.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Free agency hadn’t even officially begun before the 2018 NFL draft experienced an earthquake-like shakeup. As soon as Kirk Cousins—the largest domino in free agency this offseason—agreed to sign with the Minnesota Vikings, a ripple effect was felt. And no one stands to gain from that ripple more than the group of quarterbacks in this class. 

A new non-profit in Greendale has popped up with 100 percent of its proceeds going to help local residents. Give Back Wisconsin was established in February to help advance a number of community service projects using different fundraising efforts to suppo

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At Your Own Risk: Managing Internet of Things (IoT) Risks for Industrial and Utility Companies

Companies operating within the industrial and energy and utilities sectors are responsible for protecting the critical infrastructure we all rely upon to live. However, these companies must also operate their businesses more effectively and efficiently to meet consumer and government expectations. To achieve these objectives, companies are leveraging new technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT).

Pentagon: No survivors in American helicopter crash in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — All seven service members aboard a U.S. helicopter that crashed in Iraq were killed, the Pentagon said Friday in a written statement.The aircraft crashed in western Iraq a day earlier, U.S. officials said.The officials said seven service members were on board. They spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details of the crash before they were made public.The crash did not appear to be the result of enemy activity and is under investigation, the Pentagon said.“This tragedy reminds us of the risks our men and women face every day in service of our nations. We are thinking of the loved ones of these service members today,” said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jonathan P. Braga, director of operations in the fight against IS in Iraq and Syria.The helicopter was used by the Air Force for combat search and rescue, and was in transit from one location to another when it went down Thursday afternoon near the town of Qaim in Anbar Province.The Pentagon said an accompanying U.S. helicopter immediately reported the crash and a quick-reaction force comprised of Iraqi security forces and Coalition members secured the scene.The names of those killed will be released after next of kin have been notified, the statement added.The U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have an outpost in Qaim, which is located near the Syrian border. The anti-IS campaign accelerated through much of last year, as coalition and Iraqi forces battled to take back a string of cities and towns.Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over IS in Mosul in July. In the following months, Iraqi forces retook a handful of other IS-held towns including Tal Afar in August, Hawija in September and Qaim in October. In November, Iraqi forces retook the last Iraqi town held by IS – Rawah, near the border with Syria.The U.S.-led coalition has continued to work with Iraq and Syrian Democratic Forces to shore up the border region to make sure that foreign fighters and insurgents can’t move freely across the region.Associated Press writers Susannah George in London and Lolita C. Baldor in Washington contributed to this report.