The British government is turning to video games to help entice a new generation of cyberwarriors into the field. The second annual Cyber Security Challenge Masterclass -- judged by members of the UK's GCHQ, National Crime Agency and other groups-- used on-demand gaming to assess skills and identify participants for a simulated cyberattack.
Vulnerabilities in the applications that control wearable technology will open the door to cyberattacks targeting individual connected devices, experts warn. McAfee Labs says that 2016 will see a heightened threat environment around the emerging Internet of Things and that more innovation will be needed to improve the security of fleets of connected cars hitting the road next year.
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will team with Microsoft to sell Azure cloud services, CEO Meg Whitman says. HPE will be listed as a "preferred" cloud provider for Microsoft customers.
Hewlett-Packard's revenue was down 9% in its fiscal fourth quarter, the last quarter before the company split on Nov. 1. Shares of one of the new companies, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, are down 8% since the split, but CEO Meg Whitman says revenue for HPE and HP Inc. will rise on a "constant currency basis."
Telephony denial of service attacks are one way cyberattacks could damage a data network and take down 9-1-1 call centers, said Jay English of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International. He told a technical forum hosted by APCO that all networks are vulnerable but that public safety answering points can reduce their risks by ensuring that all systems are resilient, redundant and reliant.
The Air Force says it has expanded the roster of companies for a cybersecurity program. Sixteen companies have been named to compete for work under the contract, which will run five years and be worth about $5 billion.
Google's Kubernetes is becoming a leader in the open-source software market, accounting for about 80% of container clusters, Cloud Technology Partners says. Executive Eric Brewer said Google generally doesn't support open source, "but in Kubernetes, it's very important because we actually want the hybrid use cases and the on premise cases in the sense that people can control part of their destiny."
A new type of malware targets point-of-sale payments, and may be difficult to locate due to advanced encryption, cybersecurity firm iSight says. Stores without newer chip-enabled credit card systems are especially at risk, iSight says.
The US State Department has improved its cybersecurity in the past few years, but it still falls short of federal standards, the department's watchdog said. Among other things, the watchdog found that the department's chief information officer didn't have the power needed to implement security measures.
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