The week in security: Aussie innovation success and cybersecurity’s university fallacy

Looking for new cybersecurity staff? They don’t’ necessarily need to have university degrees to be the best at what they do, [[xref: https://www.cso.com.au/article/626590/uni-degrees-nothing-do-cybersecurity-innovation-malwarebytes-founder/ |according to the founder]] of global security success story Malwarebytes.

Innovation is more important – as the founder of Australian authentication pioneer TokenOne has found while steering the company towards global successes and a [[xref:https://www.cso.com.au/article/626590/uni-degrees-nothing-do-cybersecurity-innovation-malwarebytes-founder/ |high-profile partnership]] with the US government’s innovation arm.

Intel’s latest Core chips also include the ability to [[xref:https://www.cso.com.au/article/626806/how-intel-core-chips-could-take-over-two-factor-authentication-from-your-phone/|provide two-factor authentication]] directly from a PC.

Meanwhile, New Zealand virtual-patching firm RedShield was [[xref:https://www.cso.com.au/article/626567/patching-burden-overwhelms-redshield-spruiks-virtual-patching-australia/ |making the jump to Australia]] on its way to a stronger global position on the back of its vulnerability exploit-blocking technology.

As [[xref:https://www.cso.com.au/article/626612/what-new-ransomware/ |new types of ransomware]] pepper the landscape, there were warnings that businesses are fast [[xref:https://www.cso.com.au/article/626800/ransomware-evolves-businesses-rapidly-becoming-favoured-targets/ |becoming the primary targets]] of cybercriminals using ransomware.

This was driving warnings about the need to [[xref:https://www.cso.com.au/article/626736/how-measure-cybersecurity-effectiveness-before-it-too-late/ |improve current-poor measures]] of cybersecurity effectiveness, as well as the need to [[xref:https://www.cso.com.au/article/626618/creating-cyberculture/ |create effective cybersecurity culture]].

Yet even the best culture can’t make up for a lack of the right technologies – and, according to one recent analysis, poor adoption of DMARC email-authentication technology is [[xref:https://www.cso.com.au/article/626645/think-your-email-secure-don-t-odds-re-doing-it-wrong/ |leaving most companies exposed]] to phishing and spam email.

Also leaving companies exposed is ongoing use of USB storage drives, which [[xref:https://www.cso.com.au/article/626647/won-t-gdpr-compliant-without-addressing-usb-data-loss/|pose a threat]] to GDPR compliance.

Google will be [[xref:https://www.cso.com.au/article/626688/look-google-play-protect-security-logo-new-android-devices/ |putting a Play Protect security logo]] on new Android devices to signal their compliance with security protections, while a medical-device firm was [[xref:https://www.cso.com.au/article/626622/pacemaker-patched-one-year-after-critical-flaws-reported/ |recalling customers]] of one of its pacemakers for a patch – a full year after a critical flaw with the device was reported.

WikiLeaks revealed [[xref:https://www.cso.com.au/article/626753/wikileaks-vault-7-cia-stealthy-angelfire-windows-malware/ |another CIA-developed Windows malware]], this one called Angelfire. Wash, rinse, repeat.

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