States activate National Guard cyber units for tomorrow's midterm elections

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At least three US states have activated and put National Guard cyber-security units on standby for tomorrow's midterm elections. The three states are Washington, Illinois, and, more recently, Wisconsin. According to officials, these cyber-security teams will be prepared to assist state election officials in the event of a cyber-security incident during the elections. Illinois officials have activated National Guard cyber units last month, while Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker did the same on Friday for his state. "Wisconsin voters should feel confident that the Wisconsin National Guard's team is ready if needed to provide assistance on Election Day," said Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar, adjutant general of the Wisconsin National Guard.


UK government to spend $2.3 billion to bolster cybersecurity

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The U.K. government will spend £1.9 billion (US $2.3 billion) over the next five years to pump up its cybersecurity defenses and pay for new research, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said. The goal of the spending, part of a new national cybersecurity strategy, is to make the U.K. one of the "safest places in the world to do business," with a world-class cybersecurity industry and workforce, Hammond said Tuesday. "We will focus on raising the cost of mounting an attack against anyone in the U.K., both through stronger defences and better cyber skills," wrote Hammond, head of the country's treasury. "This is no longer just an issue for the IT department but for the whole workforce. Cyber skills need to reach into every profession."


EXCLUSIVE: Women in the cyber security industry

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There are over one million cyber security roles currently unfilled today, according to data from job site Indeed. But, as was made clear in 2017, global cybercrime is increasing, which means that number can more than triple by 2021, reaching close to 3.5 million.


Cyberbit: A military approach to training cyber security teams

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There's a war raging between criminal hackers and corporate computer defense systems -- and when it comes to wars, military organizations know how to fight them best. The Israeli military is known for the high quality of its cybersecurity training, and that's what Cyberbit's Cyber Range offers: The same military-grade training and simulation systems. Also: Pentagon documents the military's growing domestic drone use Cyberbit was founded in 2015 as a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, a leading Israeli defense contractor. Its goal is to commercialize the cybersecurity training and technologies Elbit had developed in its work with Israel's military and government agencies. Distributing this former military technology more widely makes sense in today's world, because all companies are essentially on the front lines of a raging cyber war.


5 Things Your CEO Should Know About Cybersecurity

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I'm pretty sure by now that executives in organizations – especially organizations with some sensitive data to secure – are paying at least some cursory attention to cyber security and cyber crime. If not, then they need a wake up call and then a swift call to action in order to ensure that they don't lose grounds and future lawsuits over a cyber attack that could have possibly been avoided or at least mitigated. Consider these five things that your CEO should know about cyber crime and cyber security and make them happen sooner rather than later... You can grow security from within. You don't have to pay someone a million dollars to oversee your cyber security.