Analysis & Commentary on the Week’s Cyber Security Issues
The “so what” factor feeds and aggregators don’t give you.
Boeing Insider Data Breach Serves as Reminder for HR
He couldn’t format a spreadsheet, so he sent it to his spouse for help, ultimately causing a breach that could have exposed the personal data of 36,000 Boeing employees in four states. This is a good reminder of why HR needs to ensure employees are trained on proper data security measures. (SHRM)
All U.S. Companies Need to Share Cybersecurity Threat Data
U.S. companies large and small feeling the burn in the aftermath of a data breach are struggling to find resources to bolster their security systems. Cybercriminals usually don’t discriminate based on a company’s size, going after valuable personal data no matter the target. Companies of all sizes need to work with the government and private-sector partners to combat the growing cyberthreat in the U.S., even though many hesitate to share threat data, given the limited liability protection offered by the government. (Bloomberg)
The New Cyber Security Ecosystem
When one compares cyber security today to what it was ten years ago, the two are almost unidentifiable as the same industry. The iPhone had only just launched; Facebook was still in it’s infancy; the Internet of Things (IoT) was still a dream. The routes a hacker could use to access a system were limited, and because of this, cyber security was built around walls. Today’s landscape is utterly different. The routes into a system are so numerous they are impossible to police effectively, with the IoT making this problem greater by the day. (InfosecBuzz)
How to Update All Your Gear (For Safety!)
This week’s WikiLeaks revelations, which showed that the CIA can compromise a huge range of devices, shouldn’t send you into paroxysms of fear over your smartphone. It should, though, be a solid reminder that one of the best ways to keep yourself safe from hackers is also one of the simplest: Update your gear. (Wired)
Your regular reminder of the importance of blocking and tackling. Timely updates seem like an administrative chore, but they are arguably the simplest thing you can do to reduce certain risks en masse. The minutes of inconvenience pale in comparison to the days of suffering you’re likely to endure if Bring Your Own Device becomes Bring Your Own Brick.