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The Tanium 10 for the week ending October 6, 2017:
- October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month — the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) annual campaign to make everyone more knowledgeable about cybersecurity. Check out the weekly themes DHS has created this year to help you socialize good security hygiene in your workplace.
- The 2013 Yahoo! breach was originally thought to have affected 1 billion users in 2013. Well, turns out it hit all 3 billion of the company’s user accounts. Yowza!
- In its first full year of operation, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has responded to more than 1,000 cyber attacks, with over half of them posing a significant threat. In a BBC interview, NCSC head Ciaran Martin describes the cyber threat as “large, growing and diverse,” adding there are now more internet-connected endpoints in the world than there are people.
- Bad actors like to do bad things to Google‘s popular Android phone operating system, which is why the start of each new month brings a fresh batch of patches. This month’s fixes address Dnsmasq vulnerabilities, among other things.
- Russian hackers stole details of how the U.S. penetrates foreign computer networks and defends against cyberattacks. It involves a National Security Agency contractor.
- Things that make us go whoops: Maintenance workers accidentally activated fire extinguishers at a Microsoft Azure data center. The resulting spike in temperature resulted in a system outage. In an age where it’s too easy to deflect blame, customers praised the cloud service for its stand-up, transparent approach in explaining the incident.
- Allowing the government to test drive your company’s software isn’t always problematic. But if it’s a U.S. company and your product is being tested by the Russians? Well, that’s a different story.
- Among Gartner’s Top 10 IT predictions for the future is one that sees 40% of IT staff as ‘versatilists’ — that’s the research firm’s freshly minted word to describe people capable of holding multiple roles.
- How can governments meet the ever-changing cybersecurity challenge? The Washington Post brought together security experts to debate answers.
- New Border Gateway Protocol Path Validation standards seek to ensure internet traffic moves along digitally signed, authorized paths.
And another thing…
A court ordered the owner of a donkey to pay damages to the driver of a carrot-colored luxury sports car after the animal attempted to eat the vehicle. The ruling is being appealed on the grounds the driver should have picked a safer parking space for the $270,000 auto.
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