Mind The Gap

I, like many other Cyber Security Professionals have worked at multiples of cross-sector companies, within both vertical and horizontal market sectors – from Oil & Gas and Utilities to Banking, from Insurance to Credit Reference Agencies, and from Local Authorities to Central Government, which includes both the House of Commons and House of Lords. Thus, I feel I have a multilayer appreciative holistic view of the overall delivery of Cyber Security Solutions, and the said operatives who delever the prospect of robust logical protection – which over time has demonstrated that the levels of skill I have observed have ranged from the accomplished, to downright lacklustre of any sense or modicum as to what real Cyber Security represents.

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.

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.

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.

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.