Daily Archives: June 17, 2019

The 2019 Job Seeker & The Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

In today’s ever-changing job market, job seekers and employers alike are under a great deal of pressure. Those looking for their next career move are focusing on what’s required to land a great role with competitive compensation and room for growth in an exciting field. And employers are seeking a rising star that will be a good culture fit and have values that match those of their company.

A Letter to Jobseekers

Whether you just graduated college, left your previous role, or are seeking a different career path, you’re probably thinking, “Now what?” No matter where your path leads you, stay positive. Try to find a company that invests in you, truly wants you to succeed, fosters both personal and professional growth, and makes a big difference in your career progression.

If you’re a problem solver and love to learn, cybersecurity is the path for you. A career in cybersecurity can be very fulfilling. As cybercrime continues to rise, so will the demand for qualified cybersecurity professionals, offering both dynamic growth opportunities and job security. Furthermore, cybersecurity professionals are generally among the most highly-compensated technology workers—and as the need for security professionals further outpaces the supply, salaries will continue to climb as companies compete for top talent Lastly, a career in cybersecurity offers the sense of purpose that comes with making the world a better place by helping protect innocent people from cybercriminals.

Whether you are just out the gate or further along in your career, check out McAfee CHRO Chatelle Lynch’s five powerful career tips: stay hungry, celebrate other’s success, work hard, own your brand, and take pride in everything you do.

Good luck!

A Sustainable Model for Cybersecurity Talent

The term “skills shortage” is all too familiar to those in the cybersecurity industry. A Cybersecurity Ventures report estimates there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021. And as cloud platforms demand an increasingly complex set of cloud SecOps skills, the skills gap will continue to grow at an increasing clip.

Success requires fresh thinking and fresh perspectives. It’s time for the cybersecurity industry to redefine the minimum credentials for entry-level cybersecurity jobs and accept non-traditional sources of education. Instead of expecting to hire an experienced cybersecurity professional, more companies should consider accepting job applicants that will require upfront investment and training. According to our Winning the Game report, 92% of cybersecurity managers say gamers possess skills that make them suited to a career in cybersecurity—and 75% would consider hiring a gamer even if that person had no cybersecurity training or experience.

In order to grow security talent and close the skills gap, companies should also consider developing apprenticeship programs, investing and supporting cybersecurity and threat intelligence programs at universities, and other avenues. According to Lynch, “We won’t close our skills gap overnight, but by working together to collectively promote and advocate for a career in cybersecurity, the closer we will get.” We look forward to solving the cyber skills shortage together and driving innovation with diversity and inclusion.

Looking for a career in cybersecurity? Join our team.

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Hackers Are After Your Personal Data – Here’s How to Stop Them

Our lives are increasingly digital. We shop, socialize, communicate, watch TV and play games — all from the comfort of our desktop, laptop, or mobile device. But to access most of these services we need to hand over some of our personal data. Whether it’s just our name and email address or more sensitive information like Social Security and credit card numbers, this sharing of what’s known as personally identifiable information (PII) exposes us to risk. Why? Because hackers are looking for ways to steal and monetize it.

The latest FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) report, recently released, paints an accurate picture of the scale of these online threats. Personal data breaches were among the top the reported cybercrimes in 2018, with 50,642 victims listed. They were linked to losses of over $148.8m. This is likely just the tip of the iceberg, as many incidents aren’t reported. Identity theft, which usually results from data theft, cost victims over $100m last year. And phishing attacks, which are commonly used to trick victims into handing over sensitive PII and passwords, accounted for over $48m in losses.

The message is clear: consumers need to take urgent steps to protect their most sensitive identity and financial data from online attackers. That’s why Trend Micro has produced this guide, to help you identify where your most sensitive data is stored, how attackers might try to steal it and how best to secure it.

What is at risk?

The bottom line is that hackers are out to make money. Although they can do this via online extortion and ransomware, it is most commonly done via data theft. Once they have your PII and financial details they sell it on dark web sites for fraudsters to use in follow-on identity fraud. They could use banking log-ins to hijack your bank account and drain it of funds. Or they could open new credit cards in your name and run up huge debts.

Identity fraud is a growing threat to US consumers. It affected 14.4m of us in 2018, leading to losses of $1.7bn — more than double the 2016 figure.

As we’ve mentioned, the hackers are after as much PII as they can get their hands on. The more they have, the easier it is for them to stitch together a convincing version of your identity to trick the organizations you interact with online. It could range from names, addresses and dates of birth at one end to more serious details like Social Security numbers, bank account details, card numbers, and health insurance details at the other.

Most of this information is stored in your online accounts, protected by a password, so they will often put a great deal of effort into guessing or stealing the all-important log-ins. Even accounts you might not think would be of interest to a hacker can be monetized. Access to your Uber account, for example, could be hijacked and sold online to offer free trips to the buyer. Or your Netflix account log-ins may be sold to provide free streaming services to whoever pays for them.

Now, hackers may go after the firms directly to steal your personal data. In the past we’ve seen mega breaches at the likes of Uber (affecting 57m global users) and Yahoo (affecting 3bn users). But they might also target you individually. Sometimes they may use information they already know about you to trick you via phishing into handing over more, as with tax fraud and sextortion blackmail attempts, and sometimes they might use already breached passwords to try and hack into your accounts, hoping you reuse the same log-ins across multiple sites.

While you’re most likely to get reimbursed by your bank eventually for financial losses stemming from identity fraud, there’s a major impact beyond this. Online data theft and the fraud that follows could lead to:

  • Out-of-pocket costs to recover your identity
  • Emotional distress: 75% of victims report suffering severe distress
  • Lower credit scores
  • Time and effort disputing charges/recouping money: it’s estimated to take an average of six months and 200 hours of work to recover your identity following an attack.

How do they steal it?

There are plenty techniques the bad guys have at their disposal to part you from your data and money. They’re supported in this by a vast underground cybercrime economy, facilitated by those dark web sites. This not only offers a readymade platform for them to sell their stolen data to fraudsters, but also provides them with hacking tools, advice and cybercrime services. This black market economy could be worth as much as $1.5tr per year.

The hackers may choose to:

  • Target you with a phishing scam, spoofing an email to appear as if sent from an official company (the IRS, your bank, insurer, ISP etc.)
  • Launch automated attacks, either using your log-ins from other sites that have been stolen, or else using online tools to try multiple combinations of easy-to-guess passwords like “passw0rd”
  • Exploit vulnerabilities on the websites you visit to gain access to your account
  • Infect legitimate-looking mobile apps with malware and wait until you unwittingly download
  • Intercept your private data sent over public Wi-Fi: for example, if you log-in to your online banking account on public Wi-Fi, a hacker may be able to monitor everything you do.

How can I secure it?

The good news is that there are plenty of simple things you can do to keep your data safe and secure — most of them free of charge. Consider the following:

  • Use a long, strong and unique password for each website and application. To help you do this, use an online password manager to store and recall these log-ins when needed.
  • Change your passwords immediately if a provider tells you your account may have been breached
  • Use two-factor or multi-factor authentication (2FA/MFA) MFA if available for added log-in security.
  • Only enter PII into sites which start with “HTTPS” in the address bar.
  • Don’t click on links or open attachments in unsolicited emails or texts.
  • Be careful about over-sharing personal and financial details on social media.
  • Only download apps from official app stores like the Apple App Store or Google Play.
  • Don’t access any sensitive accounts (banking, email etc) on public Wi-Fi without using a VPN.
  • Invest in good AV from a trusted provider for all your PCs and mobile devices. It should include anti-phishing and anti-spam.
  • Keep all operating systems and apps on the latest versions to minimize the number of vulnerabilities hackers could target.
  • Keep tabs on your financial transactions so you can quickly spot if an identity fraudster has been impersonating you.
  • In the advent of a breach involving your credit (aka Equifax), check your credit report and security status from Equifax, TransUnion, Experian, and Innovis and put a security freeze on it if necessary.

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[Results] CLB Super Holder Event

Greetings Cloudbric community!

Thank you for your interest in our CLB Super Holder event which has now come to an end.

On exactly June 17, at 4pm KST, the price of CLB sat at 10.4 KRW (approx. $00.0088 USD).

As mentioned, all eligible CLB holders will receive a guaranteed minimum of 5% cumulative bonus distributions (CLB and CLBK tokens) of their total CLB stake as long as they hold the minimum CLB token amount.

Please check the airdrop list and look to see if your email was accepted in alignment with the guidelines.

Airdrop list

Please note that users that had already transferred CLB tokens prior to June 11th, 2019 at 2pm KST will receive an additional 200 CLB bonus airdrop to help mitigate any issues or confusion regarding wallet addresses and transfers.

The winners of the CLB Super Holder event will be issued their CLB tokens by June 24 and will receive their CLBK tokens after Klaytn’s main net launch. More details soon to come.


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