The week in security: RSA fuels new hopes as cybercriminals ready new attacks

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The annual RSA security conference draws the industry together from around the world, with hot startups rubbing shoulders with the biggest cybersecurity giants as they position their products and strategies for the coming year.

Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei was using the opportunity to continue pressing its case for equal treatment at the hands of authorities that have been turning against the firm at every opportunity.

Yet industry players aren’t the only ones girding themselves for the battle ahead: hackers continue to spend their time probing defences and regularly living daily lives that might sound familiar to all of us – if it weren’t for running ransomware campaigns during the lunch break.

With new vulnerabilities emerging – Drupal vulnerabilities and router flaws are a dime a dozen – it was enough for CISOs to keep up.

It’s even harder to deal with new exploits like the re-emergence of the difficult-to-detect Qbot financial information stealer, attacks on Elasticsearch clusters, or a memory scanner that potentially even provided glimpses into password managers.

With so many vulnerabilities, business executives really need to sort out their reporting structures to ensure that business executives are giving proper consideration to the business implications of new cybersecurity exposures.

This includes, as always, the ever-present risk of employees falling victim to scams

Microsoft, for its part, has been working to play its part with the release of an Azure-based managed hacker-hunter service to combat targeted attacks

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