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 August 4, 2017:
- Marcus Hutchins, the U.K. security researcher widely credited with stopping the WannaCry ransomware outbreak in its tracks in May, was arrested by the FBI in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Hutchins was indicted July 11 in U.S. District Court in Wisconsin on six counts, including allegedly creating the Kronos banking malware. Hutchins, known as a hacker whose career has been dedicated to stopping cyber attacks, not committing them, was in the U.S. attending last week’s Black Hat and DEF CON conferences.
- BlueteamGlobal, a cybersecurity startup founded by former Morgan Stanley CIO Jim Rosenthal and Tom Glocer, former CEO of Thomson Reuters, has raised more than $125 million. The firm plans to offer managed security services and cyber threat intelligence.
- The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has failed to encrypt data stored in one of its high-value systems and is lagging on numerous other security requirements, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). As you may recall, the OPM suffered a massive breach two years ago which compromised the records of 20 million current and former federal employees and their families.
- Fewer than one in five retailers surveyed by 451 Research reported suffering a data breach in 2016, down from 22% the prior year. The analyst firm surveyed 1,100 senior security executives worldwide, and found that 77% of U.S. retail organization are increasing their IT security spending, with network and endpoint protection among the hottest areas of investment.
- Seattle is the fastest-growing U.S. city for software developer jobs.
- We lease our cars. Why not our laptops? Microsoft is making the Surface Plus and Surface Plus for Business available by subscription, with the option to swap in a new device after 18 months.
- Smartphones have made this generation of youngsters physically safer than any that has come before. When it comes to their mental health, it’s a very different story.
- Facebook’s latest diversity report shows a big jump in one key metric: the number of new hires in engineering. Women made up 27% of the social network’s new engineers this year.
- The majority of CIOs (58%) can expect to be in the job for five years or less, but their influence in their organizations is growing, according to the latest Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO survey, which polled nearly 5,000 CIOs worldwide. In 2005, barely 38% of CIOs sat on their organization’s executive committee; this year, that figure has risen to 62%. Grab a cuppa and settle in for a long and fascinating read (free registration required).
- Mozilla is experimenting with a free Firefox app you can use to send a file of up to 1GB that’s automatically destroyed upon download or after 24 hours (whichever comes first). This email will self destruct in 5…4…3…
And another thing…
Holy neutrino, Batman! Researchers working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have detected never-before-seen neutrino interactions. Why should you care? This breakthrough paves the way for new supernova research, dark matter searches, and even nuclear nonproliferation monitoring.
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