Welcome to The Tanium 10, our weekly roundup of the news that matters most to security and IT professionals. Each week, we spotlight the 10 stories, trend reports, and research that caught our eye—all to help you keep up with what’s happening in our fast-paced industry. We value your feedback. Once you’ve read this week’s insights, please email me here and tell me what you think.
The Tanium 10 for the week ending September 1, 2017:
- The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston metropolitan area dominated the news this week. As recovery efforts continue, we’re keeping an eye on how the tech sector is responding in ways large and small. Seven Reddit contributors are maintaining the Hurricane Harvey Live Megathread, hosted by the /r/houston Reddit group, which emerged as a prime information hub for all things related to the relief effort. The U.S. Office Of Personnel Management has opened up direct agency hiring of IT professionals to help keep relief workers connected and secure. NASA stepped in, using its eyes in the sky to help responders on the ground pinpoint the hardest-hit areas, as part of a massive inter-agency partnership. With cell towers, 911 call centers, and radio stations knocked out by the storm, FEMA deployed more than two dozen satellite-connected trucks to keep responders connected to voice, video and data networks. And, tech companies are stepping up to help the relief effort. If you have a story to tell about how IT professionals are aiding the relief effort, email The Tanium 10 editor.
- Of course, the bad guys never let a little humanitarian crisis slow them down. Beware the Harvey-related phishing scams. Speaking of phishing, guess which day of the week hackers like best?
- A Paris-based cybersecurity researcher has uncovered a trove of 711,477,622 email addresses and passwords on a server in the Netherlands.The data was being used by a spambot to bypass email filters and is the largest known cache of such info.
- Google aims to make its Chrome browser enterprise friendly with the addition of new management and security options.
- Here are 10 Windows group policy settings to help you improve security.
- Things that make us go ‘ewwww’: this conversation in the Spiceworkscommunity about how to deal with rodents snacking on your cables. While we’re on the topic of rodents, Nigerian entrepreneur Oshi Agabi has built a computer using mice neurons instead of silicon, and trained it to recognize the smell of explosives.
- Mama may have wanted you to be a doctor, but it turns out computer science is the highest-paying field of study in the U.S. right now.
- Public cloud hacks are still relatively rare, but they do happen. Here’s a step-by-step guide on what to do if your public cloud provider is attacked.
- Is Asperger’s Syndrome a career advantage? ASPertise — an application development, big data and cybersecurity services company — is betting on it. Here are 10 reasons people with Asperger’s excel in cybersecurity roles.
- Microsoft and Amazon have been working for the past year on an arranged marriage for their voice-activated assistants. Next Wednesday, the companies will announce plans to enable Cortana and Alexa to communicate by year’s end.
And another thing…
China dominates the Guinness World Record for the largest number of dancing robots. Attention bot builders worldwide: you’ve been served.
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