Commentary: AI, new approaches needed to close security gap | Google struggles to ensure timely Android security patching | Schools, lawmakers look to boost cybersecurity training
March 24, 2017
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Commentary: AI, new approaches needed to close security gap
The use of artificial intelligence to deal with growing cybersecurity challenges will actually create jobs, not kill them, but companies must first adopt a "new collar" approach to filling IT positions, writes Caleb Barlow. "While cybercriminals get better at their craft, the businesses defending against them literally have empty seats on the other end of the wire," Barlow writes.
The Hill (3/22) 
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Security Tips and Tools
Google struggles to ensure timely Android security patching
Google struggles to ensure timely Android security patching
(Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Google has yet to find a way to encourage consistent security-patch updates for Android devices, given the profusion of device-makers that use the operating system. The company has been working with manufacturers and reports progress but says there is "still a lot of work to do." News Service (3/22),  TechCrunch (3/22) 
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Spotlight on Education
Schools, lawmakers look to boost cybersecurity training
Federal agencies, local lawmakers and schools across the country are addressing the need for workers skilled in cybersecurity, cryptography and related fields through new curricula and programs. At the high-school level, some cybersecurity initiatives involve blending hands-on technical skills such as network programming with humanities-focused lessons on cybersecurity law and ethics.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (3/21) 
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House committees share security concerns with IRS, Department of Education
In a letter, bipartisan lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform and Education and the Workforce committees pressed the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Education about security concerns after an IRS tool was removed from the federal student aid application. The letter asked about IRS-Education Department communications on recommendations for the classification of the incident, and it also probed the agencies about post-incident recovery services.
Federal Computer Week (3/20) 
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Managing Data
Breach exposes data of 430,000 users of Okla. jobs website
More than 430,000 users of, an employment website run by the Oklahoma government, have had their account information compromised in a data breach. A third-party vendor was responsible for storage of the data, which includes names, birthdays and Social Security numbers.
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (3/22) 
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40% of N.Y. breaches were hacks in 2016
Data breaches increased 60% last year in New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says. His summary shows over 1,200 incidents were reported, with hacking making up 40% of incidents, followed by employee negligence at 37%.
TechCrunch (3/21) 
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Government Security
Experts: White House should hire a federal CISO
Experts: White House should hire a federal CISO
(Saul Loeb)
While President Donald Trump's appointment of a cybersecurity coordinator is a step in the right direction, the critical role of chief information security officer remains unfilled, experts say. "The federal CISO is concerned much more than the White House," says Sanjay Beri of Netskope, adding, "But with the entire federal infrastructure."
CSO (3/23) 
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Appointing a CISO will ensure that the increase in risk of cyberthreats to our nation is appropriately addressed, monitored and combated. It certainly doesn't hurt to have an extra set of experienced eyes focused on our nation whose president has frequent cyber communications -- social media included -- and engagement with other nations.
Danielle Jackson, CISO at authentication vendor SecureAuth, as quoted by CSO
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