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Cybersecurity: Let’s work together to turn the tide

When you read the news headlines, it’s not hard to get the impression that cybersecurity – or rather the lack of cybersecurity — is a bad problem getting worse. Consider a few recent headlines: 500 new cyber threats emerge every minute Ransomware attacks doubled Businesses fear cyberattacks Make no mistake, cybersecurity is a big, big…

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News Roundup: Facebook continues to take a beating

Facebook has had a very difficult few weeks. First it was the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and now it’s an admission from CEO Mark Zuckerberg that “malicious actors” have probably gotten access to personal data from the Facebook’s 2.2 billion members. Worse is the admission that the company wasn’t able to identify the problem until the…

The beautiful Ford Alumni Center at the University of Oregon in Eugene will be the venue for this year's Oregon cybersecurity event.

Oregon cybersecurity event lands in Eugene on April 23

University of Oregon will be hosting leading cybersecurity experts from the Department of Homeland Security, academia, private industry, the Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council and Cyber Oregon who will discuss trends, challenges and opportunities impacting computer security on national and state levels during the 2018 Oregon Cybersecurity Day, on Monday, April 23, at the Ford Alumni…

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Stay safer online with two-factor authentication

In a well-intentioned effort to help us stay safer online, most online sites and services that involve a login to protect sensitive or personal data and information are now encouraging or even insisting on the use of complex passwords involving various combinations of upper- and lower-case letters, punctuation and like. Most people are happy to…

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On the road to PCI compliance…are we there yet?

Compliance is a journey, not a destination. While I am not the first to say this, I will reiterate that compliance is an ongoing, multi-step process. It’s not boxes to check off, “check it off and forget it,” but milepost markers along the way to ensure that compliance is consistent, such as ensuring that device…

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News Roundup: Consumer service flaws and breaches hit Siri, MyFitnessPal app

The notion that cybersecurity should concern all Oregon residents has come into full view of late with news of significant flaws and breaches impacting popular consumer services. Most recently, athletic wear company Under Armor disclosed that data tied to the popular MyFitnessPal app has been breached, affecting 150 million user accounts (including this editor). Meanwhile,…

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Cybersecurity experts are in-demand, but shortage in talent gap is growing exponentially

Cyber attacks. Hacking. Ransomware. Spear phishing. Cryptojacking. The cybersecurity field has no shortage of “excitement.” With the increase in cyber attacks and data breaches across the country, cybersecurity continues to be one of today’s hottest technology career paths. According to a recent article in TechRepublic, the three most in-demand jobs in cybersecurity are penetration testers,…

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News Roundup: Carbon Black taps Hillsboro’s cybersecurity talent

The lead item for this week’s news round up is the announcement that endpoint security firm Carbon Black has opened a research outpost in Hillsboro, Ore. The office will serve as a center for research and development, with a focus on bringing new products to market that will continue to help anticipate and prevent future…

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The Top Four Security Vulnerabilities You Might Be Overlooking

Daily news headlines scream high-profile information security failures and consequences—Hacked! Attacked! Ransomware!—reinforcing that the severity of risk posed to sensitive information is unprecedented. Cybersecurity vulnerabilities and threats can put your organization and your customers’ sensitive information at risk, costing you customer loss, diminished trust in your brand, and regulatory fines. Where is our data? What…

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News Roundup: Crypto-mining malware expands its reach

Concerns about crypto-mining and the role of malware continues to grow. As noted in a recent Alien Vault blog post authored by David Bisson, “Crypto-mining isn’t itself malicious in nature. But bad actors are abusing it for nefarious purposes. They’re doing so by illegally accessing important business assets such as servers used for electronic medical…

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