RSA 2020 Reflection

As I mentioned in my past RSA reflection posts, I like the conference a lot — contrary to some of my industry peers — because I consider it to be “an industry in a room” event. This makes it ideal to quickly soak up what is going on. So, yes, it may be an imperfect mirror of our industry, but a mirror nonetheless.

As the U.S. shuts down, StockX’s business is booming, says its CEO

StockX, the high-flying resale marketplace that connects buyers and sellers of sneakers, streetwear, handbags and other collectible items who agree on pricing, has seen its fortune rise along with the $6 billion global sneaker resale market, which is part of the broader $100 billion sneaker category. In fact, the company, which was assigned a billion-dollar-plus valuation last year, says $1 billion worth of merchandise was sold through its platform last year.

Google Cancels Its Infamous April Fools’ Jokes This Year

Google won’t be participating in April Fools’ Day this year due to the serious threat of the coronavirus that continues to impact the entire world. The Verge reports: According to an internal email obtained by Business Insider, Google will “take the year off from that tradition out of respect for all those fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Our highest goal right now is to be helpful to people, so let’s save the jokes for next April, which will undoubtedly be a whole lot brighter than this one.”

“We’ve already stopped any centralized April Fool’s efforts but realize there may be smaller projects within teams that we don’t know about,” the email from Google’s head of marketing Lorraine Twohill continues. “Please suss out those efforts and make sure your teams pause on any jokes they may have planned — internally or externally.” Hopefully other companies will take note of Google’s lead here and adjust their own April Fools’ plans accordingly. There’s a time and a place for a good joke — but this probably isn’t it.

Automotive Cyber Security: A Crash Course on Protecting Cars Against Hackers

Modern vehicles have up to 50 different automotive IoT devices (computers)
hackers can attack. That’s why vehicle cybersecurity is critical for automobile
safety…

Modern cars have dozens of computers on board, and they’re
not just for running GPS or playing music. Computers monitor and control nearly
every system on your vehicle, including steering, brakes, and the engine
itself. This is why automotive cyber security is essential.

Examining Potential Election Vulnerabilities: Are They Avoidable?

In the U.S and global communities, election security is a large concern because so many aspects of it can be insecure and open to attacks that may shift public opinion or be used for personal gain. Not only does the complexity of the U.S. government raise concerns about security, campaigns also have weak points that make it a target for attacks.

Defense in Depth at the Identity Perimeter to Mitigate Coronavirus Social Engineering Risk

The rapid acceleration from on-location to remote workforce as part of the Coronavirus Pandemic response opened the door to malicious actors accelerating their phishing and social engineering attacks. Cybercriminals prey on user anxiety by embedding malicious files in COVID-19 themed emails. Remote work layered with user anxiety increases credential theft attack success rates, leaving organizations’ mission-critical applications and data at risk.

Benchmarking the State of the CISO in 2020

Driving digital transformation initiatives while safeguarding the enterprise is a mammoth task. In some aspects, it might even sound counter-intuitive when it comes to opening up IT infrastructure, or converging IT and OT networks to allow external parties such as partners and customers to closely interact with the organization to embrace new business models and collaboration (think cloud applications, APIs, sensors, mobile devices, etc.).