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: |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: |high-profile partnership]] with the US government’s innovation arm.

Intel’s latest Core chips also include the ability to [[xref:|provide two-factor authentication]] directly from a PC.

Meanwhile, New Zealand virtual-patching firm RedShield was [[xref: |making the jump to Australia]] on its way to a stronger global position on the back of its vulnerability exploit-blocking technology.

As [[xref: |new types of ransomware]] pepper the landscape, there were warnings that businesses are fast [[xref: |becoming the primary targets]] of cybercriminals using ransomware.

This was driving warnings about the need to [[xref: |improve current-poor measures]] of cybersecurity effectiveness, as well as the need to [[xref: |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: |leaving most companies exposed]] to phishing and spam email.

Also leaving companies exposed is ongoing use of USB storage drives, which [[xref:|pose a threat]] to GDPR compliance.

Google will be [[xref: |putting a Play Protect security logo]] on new Android devices to signal their compliance with security protections, while a medical-device firm was [[xref: |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: |another CIA-developed Windows malware]], this one called Angelfire. Wash, rinse, repeat.

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