New features in the Slack communications platform give IT administrators more control over data, including the ability to handle their own encryption keys, access audit logs and control where their data is kept on the Amazon Web Services cloud. In addition, more US government agencies can now use the platform, as Slack has gained FedRAMP Moderate certification.
Data breaches are tougher to investigate now that so many people are working from home, a situation that lengthens the time frame and increases the cost of investigations, cybersecurity lawyers say. "It may impact the compliance with data breach disclosure laws" because some stipulate "a very short time frame," notes William Denny of Potter Anderson & Corroon.
The cybercrime economy works much like the wider economy, with the principles of supply and demand driving price fluctuations for various "commodities," such as stolen credentials and payment card numbers, writes Marc Wilczek. The current cybercrime market is moving away from ransomware in favor of distributed-denial-of-service attacks, which cost as little as $10 per hour -- and as with any business, volume discounts are available.
Germany has launched a federal agency to coordinate cybersecurity research and strengthen the nation's "digital sovereignty." The agency, which will employ roughly 100 people, will be headquartered in the Halle region in an effort to reboot the economy there.
Eighty-three percent of North American consumers are worried about data breaches, 54% don't trust businesses to be ethical in their data usage and 50% don't trust firms to protect their personal information, according to a KPMG survey. The survey also found 91% of respondents say it's up to companies to responsibly handle data and 84% say they're OK with state legislation giving them more control.
Teachers, students and parents in remote learning environments have plenty to juggle -- including cybersecurity. Ryan Cloutier of SecurityStudio walks through three steps everyone can take to create a more cybersecure learning environment.
An unsecured Amazon Web Services S3 bucket containing 343 gigabytes of data apparently belonging to project management software company InMotionNow was left unsecured, exposing 5.5 million files from universities, nonprofits, businesses and health care organizations, vpnMentor reports. InMotionNow did not respond when notified of the situation, but the bucket is now closed.
Amazon, Facebook and Apple are among the tech firms backing a lawsuit filed by the US Chamber of Commerce and trade groups against the June presidential proclamation that halted visas for various categories of foreign workers, including highly skilled ones sought by tech firms. In the filing, the companies argue the new restrictions could dramatically affect the nation's economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Pentagon has asked for an additional 30 days to take corrective actions and make an award under the potential $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract. The Defense Department was due to issue a decision this month on the JEDI contract but has asked a court to extend the deadline to Sept. 16.
Nearly all businesses and organizations in Saudi Arabia have experienced a cyberattack in the past 12 months, a survey of business leaders in multiple countries has found. The results reflect the importance of considering cybersecurity as part of "every business question, decision and investment," said Renaud Deraison of Tenable, which commissioned the survey.