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The Tanium 10 for the week ending January 26, 2018:
- Wondering how to advance your career in 2018? The Information Security Careers Network spotlights the Top 15 cybersecurity certifications to help you get ahead.
- Hey you kid, get off my lawn. A British teen used social engineering so effectively he convinced call handlers at an internet giant that he was John Brennan, ex-Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In 2015, the teen used the ruse to access plans for intelligence operations in Iran and Afghanistan. He also applied his wily ways to trick an FBI helpdesk into giving him access to its database, among other things.
- Ciaran Martin, head of the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre, says it’s a matter of “when, not if” a cyber attack capable of crippling the country’s infrastructure will occur. Energy suppliers and financial services organizations are particularly at risk. Martin says the U.K. has been fortunate to avoid a so-called Category 1 attack, but good luck is not everlasting.
- Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, is very, very annoyed by Intel’s decision to address the Spectre flaw in future chips with an opt-in flag rather than activating defenses by default. Never one to hold back his opinion, Torvalds also calls the patches for existing CPUs “complete and utter garbage.”
- Long read of the week: Beyond the bitcoin bubble.
- Electronic health records provider Allscripts is facing a backlash from the doctors who use its software after a Jan. 18 ransomware attack disrupted its data centers. The company’s software is used by 180,000 physicians and 2,500 hospitals. Its experience speaks to the brand and reputational damage of such an attack, which can far exceed the hard dollar amount extorted by the hackers.
- Hawaiians will not soon forget the alert they received on Jan. 13 mistakenly informing them of an imminent ballistic missile strike. This week, the state’s governor, David Ige, admitted he was unable to immediately use social media to inform the public the alert was false. The reason? He forgot the password to his Twitter account.
- The Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act, introduced Jan. 10 by U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), aims to hold credit-reporting agencies accountable for protecting consumer data. The legislation would expand the authority of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by creating an Office of Cybersecurity, which would be tasked with directly supervising data security at consumer credit reporting agencies.
- Want to help Facebook keep Web users secure? You have until March 30 to apply for one of the company’s Secure the Internet Grants. The program is open to university researchers and faculty, non-profits, and non-government organizations (NGOs).
- Nothing dumb about it. Government officials from The Netherlands carry “dumb phones” when travelling to other countries. The devices feature basic communications capabilities, such as voice calls and texts. Data transfers can occur only in registered, secure networks.
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