Report: $6T in annual cyberattack losses likely by 2021 | Microsoft patches include fixes for zero-day security flaws | Education Dept. plans cybersecurity award for teachers
September 13, 2019
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Report: $6T in annual cyberattack losses likely by 2021
An Aon report states that annual losses from cyberattacks are poised to reach $6 trillion worldwide by 2021. "Understanding the worst-case scenarios and their impact to a business is crucial to developing an effective resilience strategy in which cyber is managed as an enterprise-wide risk," Aon's Onno Janssen said.
Insurance Business America (9/11) 
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Microsoft patches include fixes for zero-day security flaws
Microsoft patches include fixes for zero-day security flaws
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Microsoft released 80 patches for security flaws this week across 15 products and services, including two elevation-of-privilege vulnerabilities that had already been exploited. Adobe and SAP also released patches.
ZDNet (9/11) 
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Spotlight on Education
Education Dept. plans cybersecurity award for teachers
Two educators will be honored with the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award in May during Teacher Appreciation Week. The Department of Education is accepting nominations until Jan. 31 for an elementary and a secondary teacher who "best instill skills, knowledge, and passion with respect to cybersecurity and cybersecurity-related subjects."
ExecutiveGov (9/10) 
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Managing Data
Coalition publishes guidance for sharing cyberrisk info in health care
The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council recently issued guidance for sharing information on cyberthreats, risks and responses in the health care sector. The guidance is meant to help health care organizations understand the importance of cybersecurity information sharing, provide resources to start participating in threat sharing and help organizations establish an appropriate information management structure.
HIPAA Journal (9/12) 
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Energy Dept., labs develop cybersecurity road map for wind
The Energy Department is working with the Idaho National Laboratory and other research facilities to identify cybersecurity concerns facing the wind industry and solutions for defending assets against attacks. The resulting road map "will outline the challenges and opportunities for the nation's growing wind power industry, especially with the rising use of digital technologies on the grid," the National Renewable Energy Laboratory wrote in a news release.
Post Register (Idaho Falls, Idaho) (9/11) 
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Government Security
Calif. resists tech firms' push for big changes on data privacy
California legislators have rejected big tech companies' attempts to make major changes to the state's upcoming data privacy law, state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson said. The legislature adjourns today.
Bloomberg Law (free content) (9/11) 
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Experts urge smart cities to up their security game
Municipalities converting to smart city systems will need to stay a step ahead of hackers, security experts say, pointing to the large number of connections that can be exploited particularly when they install devices that leverage the internet of things. These experts issued several recommendations for shoring up systems, including curbing the use of passwords and switching to open-source security standards.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/10) 
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