The coronavirus and the collateral damage within the world of cybersecurity remain at the forefront of the news in this industry. Whether it’s the Twitter breach, a major breach in ed-tech, or the dire shortage of cybersecurity professionals, COVID-19 is creating a host of new problems. This week, learn about the latest in what’s being done to help keep kids in school and on track, what the pros are saying about the Twitter breach, and more.
Duo, OneLogin, HackerOne Execs on New Cyber Threats Industry leaders in the cybersecurity world talk to the folks at Bloomberg News about the Twitter breach and others in the new COVID-19 environment. Important takeaways are:
- Expect humans to fail and plan accordingly.
- Stop blaming the end-user with a goal of finding more elegant and effective solutions for security that don’t add burden to the end-user.
Listen to the whole conversation at Bloomberg News.
Updated: Free and Discounted Ed-Tech Tools for Online Learning During the Coronavirus Pandemic Education technologies will be tested at a volume never before seen as more and more colleges and universities move their entire curriculums to online forums due to the coronavirus. In an attempt to keep the overall price tag for such a monumental endeavor as low as possible, tech companies are offering discounts, free use of certain applications, and offering premium features without the premium price tag in the short term. Head over to Campus Technology to get a list of the companies and programs offering aid to colleges and universities in these unprecedented times.
Digital Identity as an Investment Justine Humenansky, CFA in Digital Diplomacy, makes the argument that there’s a need to expand and accelerate the growth of digital identity verification. Digital Identity is a combination of identifying credentials like legal name, passport, social security number, or other official identification, and online attributes like an email address, likes, follows, and purchases. A combination of these foundational and functional forms of identification makeup a digital identity. Read the case for the future of digital identity on Medium.
Blackbaud Hack: More UK Universities Confirm Breach The world’s largest provider of education administration fundraising and financial management software paid an undisclosed amount of ransom to cybercriminals who hacked into their system in May of this year. While Blackbaud is an American company, a number of British institutions, both education and non-profit organizations, were affected in the breach. Read the details at BBC News.
US Digital Bank Dave Admits Customer Data Breach A financial tech company, Dave, revealed that it had been breached via a third-party supplier after the stolen information surfaced online last week. So far, the claim is that 7.5 million records connected to three million email addresses were found on the dark web. Dave is in the process of notifying all affected parties and working to remedy the security issue. All users are subject to mandatory password change as a first line of remedy. Find out more at Infosecurity Magazine.
Cybersecurity Skills Crisis Worsens for Fourth Year in a Row, Impacting 70% of Organizations For four years in a row, surveys to assess the training and skills available for cybersecurity work show a major shortage vs need across the globe. The skills gap has only worsened due to the pandemic. Cybersecurity professionals are in dire need of standardized training and a widely accepted career development plan, and there’s a shortage of individuals with adequate experience across the board. Businesses aren’t investing enough to support such trainings and education to keep their cybersecurity workforce adequately equipped to handle today’s problems. For more on this issue, head over to Security Magazine.