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Month: September 2017

U.S to provide Ukraine with over $5 mln for cyber security

The United States of America will provide Ukraine with over $5 million to strengthen its capability to prevent cyber threats. This was said during the first bilateral dialogue on cyber security, which was held in Kyiv on Friday, BBC Ukraine reports with a reference to the press service of the U.S. Embassy. “U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch said in a dialogue that the United States will allocate over $5 million as a part of a new cyber security assistance aimed at strengthening Ukraine’s ability to prevent, reduce the influence and respond to cyber attacks,” the report reads. In addition, the dialogue participants discussed the protection of “critical infrastructure” and military systems, the strengthening of confidence in the field of cyber security in the...

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Genesee Community College to host “Careers in Cyber Security” webinar

BATAVIA — In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Genesee Community College and Delta College have collaborated to offer a free webinar focusing on the career opportunities in the ever-expanding cyber security industry. The webinar will take place 1 to 2 p.m. on Oct. 12. The webinar will feature a three-panelist discussion of the trends, opportunities and challenges facing those in cyber security careers. Each panelist will share how they got started in the field, discuss what their security roles entail and answer questions from participants. Both GCC students and community members are encouraged to attend the webinar which will be broadcast at the GCC Batavia campus in room T102 in the Conable Technoloy Building. Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 12:50 p.m. to ensure seating. Remote access to the webinar is available on a limited basis. For more details, contact Greg Brooks at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6170, or Additional information and resources are available online for National Cyber Security Awareness Month include and the U.S. or the Department of Homeland Security at The collaborative effort between the Batavia, New York-based GCC and Delta College is the result of both institutions’ long-term relationship with Ellucian a software and information technology services provider which specializes in higher...

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Analyzing Cybersecurity’s Fractured Educational Ecosystem

We have surprisingly little data on how to evaluate infosec job candidates academic qualifications. That needs to change. Every day, a common scenario plays out across the US. An information security employer receives a resume from a recent graduate and looks at the student’s academic qualifications. Folks in human resources then invariably start muttering to themselves, “Does this individual have the necessary qualifications to be a…?” (fill in the blank: penetration tester, security operations center analyst, developer, contractor). In an industry where hard data is respected above all else, we have surprisingly little data on how to evaluate candidate qualifications. The only issue experts seem to agree on is that there is a major infosec skills shortage — although even here, there is disagreement on exact numbers (Cyberseek cites 746,858 currently employed, but Frost and Sullivan reports 1,692,000currently employed). This means that when employers are trying to find usable guidance, rankings, or even certifications to assist in determining the quality of an academic program, and by proxy, the students and job candidates they produce, they’re out of luck. The problem stems from the origins of security in academia. At different institutions, security-related classes emerged over the years in various disciplines, including computer science (CS), information systems (IS), and information technology (IT), as a tangent discipline in the service of broader departmental goals and curricula. In most cases, security education is still...

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Closing the cybersecurity gap with military veterans

The SANS Institute‘s VetSuccess program is helping to close the gap between the available cybersecurity jobs and the number of qualified applicants to fill those important and high-paying positions. With a grant from the Daniels Fund, and a partnership with the Colorado Springs USO, the program will provide free training to qualified veterans that ends with industry certifications, and an opportunity for employment within cybersecurity fields. Veterans interested in the program must take a qualifying exam and complete the application process, followed by an interview with the selection committee. Selectees then head to training, with hands-on exercises like intrusion detection and attacker identification to earn an industry-recognized GIAG (Global Information Assurance Certification) certification. Lastly, the program helps point vets towards employment opportunities, working with industry partners like Microsoft, Amazon and Raytheon looking to hire cybersecurity professionals, with a high rate of success. The track record for SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy is impressive: 93% graduation rate, 89% employment rate and an $80,00 Median Salary. Since VetSuccess started in February of 2015, 100 applicants have completed the programs, and 40 are currently enrolled. SANS runs the programs in cities with heavy military populations like San Antonio, San Diego, Washington D.C., St. Louis and, beginning in November, Colorado Springs. Max Shuftan, Director of the CyberTalent Program, and his team at SANS Institute recognized a coming wave of transitioning military members. “To honor their service,”...

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Microsoft, Facebook, Equifax And The Fast-Moving Front Line of Cybersecurity

Five years ago, the founders at London-based Onfido, an identity verification company, went searching for a symbol for one of their most deeply held values, creative thinking. They hit on a scientifically elegant species of bird called the Darwin finch. A group of about 15 species that Darwin observed on the Galapagos islands, the finches evolved to have differently shaped beaks, for say, eating the fleshy part of a cactus or eating the insect larvae that live in its base. “If you don’t believe in evolution, you wouldn’t have the confidence to do a startup,” said founder Husayn Kassal. His other two co-founders are Ruhul Amin and Eamon Jubbawy. The children of Iranian, Bangladeshi and Iraqi immigrants, respectively, they founded Onfido in 2012 after graduating from Oxford. The company has evolved in the two years since I wrote about it—in ways that illustrate how fast the front lines of cybersecurity are moving, and how easily even the largest companies can lose at this game. In fact, some of the rules of the market don’t seem to apply here. Size is usually an advantage, but not when hackers are deciding their targets. The high stakes means the ID authentication space is rapidly emerging, with major investments by big companies. Onfido just landed a $30 million C round, with Microsoft Ventures as a participant. Onfido now has more than 1,500 customers, it says,...

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