Weekly News Roundup March 30-April 3, 2020

Posted on by Kacy Zurkus

It seemed fitting that April Fools’ Day came in the middle of the week and delivered some much-needed laughter and tomfoolery to friends and family. Sometimes we all need a good laugh, especially when there is not much around us to laugh about. There was a lot of uplifting news across the industry this week. Axonius, a device tracking platform, received a Series C of $58 million. TechCrunch wasn’t surprised at the substantial investment given that the company, “helps enable secure remote working.” Additionally, we continue to see great generosity coming from members of the cybersecurity community. In an effort to ease the challenges of parents trying to homeschool their children, Balbix released a printable activity book that introduces children to cybersecurity.

It’s heartwarming to see all the goodness, which I’ve witnessed first hand in reaching out to so many members of our RSA Conference community. As we are look for creative ways to deliver the informative and valuable resources that you need right now, so many thought leaders are stepping up to help share their guidance and wisdom. Stay tuned for more on the security resources you need.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of this week’s industry headlines.

Apr. 3: According to interviews conducted by ZDNet, “web skimming is not expected to see a sudden surge of activity just because more people are now stuck at home and will most likely spend more time shopping online.”

Apr. 2: Zoom has been at the center of multiple controversies after users discovered concerning vulnerabilities in the online meeting platform. As a result, Zoom has removed the “undisclosed data mining” feature intended to match users with their LinkedIn profiles.

Apr. 2: No one is sure what our daily lives will look like in three or even six months, which might be why some states are considering “expanding mobile voting,” as The Cybersecurity 202 reported.

Apr. 1: Business email compromise (BEC) attacks have more than doubled in the past year as cyber criminals try to use their email scams against big businesses,” ZDNet reported.

Mar. 31: Threatpost reported, “For the second time in two years, the Marriott hotel empire has suffered a major data breach. This time, approximately 5.2 million guests have been affected.”

Mar. 31: Europol has identified 90 suspects involved in an online child sexual abuse ring with links to over 40 countries.

Mar. 30: Bank Info Security reported, “The FBI recently warned businesses that they may be targeted by a fiendish new scheme being practiced by the FIN7 gang, also known as the Carbanak Group and the Navigator Group.”

Mar. 30: A new security-focused track has been added to Carnegie Mellon University’s DC-based Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. The new Master of Science Information Technology program will focus on “risk management, information security, and data privacy along with key skills in operations, strategy, and analysis.”

Kacy Zurkus

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