Read about Obama's Cyberthreat Intel Aggregator Plan, Samsung smart TV owners grievances, connected vehicles at risk of hacking, and good news for IT job seekers
Obama's cyberthreat intel aggregator plan divides security experts
The Obama administration on Tuesday announced plans to set up a national Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center to integrate all data from government agencies and the private sector, and disseminate it appropriately.
Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, made the announcement following months of research by White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel's staff.
Whether the various US intelligence agencies will cooperate remains in question. "One of the big challenges with interagency intelligence sharing will be internal politics that come into play," commented Ken Westin, senior security analyst at Tripwire. "There has been a history of this within these agencies which has impacted the effectiveness of several cyberdefense programs."
Reactions from cybersecurity experts were mixed.
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Samsung smart TV owners fume over sneaky pop-up ads
Samsung smart TV owners, already shaken by news earlier this week that their TVs can transmit voice commands and other private data to third parties, have been hit by another revelation -- that the devices sneak ads into movies they're watching, without the owner's knowledge or consent.
Users on various forums complained that the ads popped up every 10 to 15 minutes while they were watching content on their Samsung TVs.
Samsung told media that the problem surfaced in Australia and it was due to an error Samsung is investigating. Plex, a media center app that runs on Samsung Smart TVs, computers and other devices on a variety of OSes, denies having anything to do with the problem.
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Box to let enterprises bring their own keys to the Cloud
More than legal concerns are prompting organizations to require control of the keys they use to scramble their data. "Companies in financial services, healthcare, and in countries with privacy laws need to meet compliance mandates," noted Willy Leichter, global director of cloud security for CipherCloud. "There are stiff financial penalties if they don't meet them."
Box on Tuesday raised the curtain on a new offering that allows its enterprise customers to control the digital keys used to encrypt their data stored in the storage provider's cloud.
Box is working with Amazon Web Services and Gemalto to bring to market the solution, called "Box Enterprise Key Management," and give its most security-minded customers total control over the keys used to encrypt data they store on Box.
"Industries like finance, government, legal and healthcare are facing a new set of challenges when it comes to establishing control over their content -- and who can access it -- without hindering collaboration and productivity," Aaron Levie, Box co-founder and CEO, said in a statement.
"With Box EKM, we've removed the final barrier to cloud adoption for industries that require the highest levels of protection over their information," he added.
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Connected vehicles vulnerable to hack attacks
Motorists in the United States are increasingly at risk of cyberattacks and violations of privacy, as more and more technology is added to their cars.
"New technologies in cars have enabled valuable features that have the potential to improve driver safety and vehicle performance," said a report released on Sunday by the office of Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).
The report went on to observe: "The proliferation of these technologies raises concerns about the ability of hackers to gain access and control to the essential functions and features of those cars and for others to utilize information on drivers' habits for commercial purposes without the driver's knowledge or consent."
The report, based on responses from 16 auto makers to a letter sent to them by Markey's office, made a number of key findings, including:
- Nearly 100 % of cars on the market include wireless technologies that could pose vulnerabilities to hacking or privacy intrusions.
- Most automobile manufacturers were unaware of or unable to report on past hacking incidents.
- Security measures to prevent remote access to vehicle electronics are inconsistent and haphazard across all automobile manufacturers.
- A majority of automakers offer technologies that collect and wirelessly transmit driving history data to data centers, including third-party data centers, and most do not describe effective means to secure the data.
- Customers are often not explicitly made aware of data collection and, when they are, they often cannot opt out without disabling valuable features, such as navigation.
IT Job Seekers Back in the Driver's Seat
Fast-paced growth in the Information Technology (IT) industry and low unemployment rates for technology workers are making it difficult for corporate executives to find qualified hires.
Add to that a bullish frenzy of investor support and corporate acquisitions as key factors driving the continued growth of the technology industry.
CompTIA forecasts worldwide IT industry growth will reach 5% with upside potential of 7.3%. This is an increase over last year's prediction of 3.4%. Growth in Canada and the UK is projected to lag slightly. Business executives interviewed for this study expect the US growth rate to otherwise mirror the global rate.
The global IT market totaled more than US$3.7 trillion (£2.4 trillion) in 2014 -- and the US market accounts for approximately 28% of that total, according to research firm IDC. The US portion of US$1 trillion (£0.65 trillion) includes hardware, software, IT services and telecommunications.
Nearly 70% of IT executives expect to face a very challenging hiring environment this year, according to CompTIA's Industry Outlook 2015 report. That study also found that 43%of IT companies are currently understaffed.
More so, 36% of the companies in the study are fully staffed, but are looking to hire to support business expansion and growth. Another one in five companies has postponed or canceled projects due to understaffing.
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