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Microsoft, Facebook and other tech giants join forces on cybersecurity

In light of increased and more sophisticated threats in the cybersecurity landscape, tech giants have vowed to get more serious about protecting their customers by working together through a new Cybersecurity Tech Accord. Thirty-four companies—including Microsoft, Oracle, HP, Facebook, Cisco, Nokia TrendMicro and others—have signed on to the accord, which was unveiled Tuesday at the RSA Conference taking place in San Francisco this week. Those signing on said it’s the largest-ever group to agree to band together in the fight against malicious attacks from cybercriminals and nation-states. Speaking at the conference at the unveiling of the accord, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith told attendees that the recent WannaCry and NotPetya malware attacks were a sign that cybersecurity events were taking a turn for the worse. “We need to get the governments of the world to stop targeting tech companies, stop targeting the electrical grid, the private sector, hospitals,” […]

A Boeing factory worker. The company revealed disruptions linked to the WannaCry malware last week. Image courtesy of Boeing.

Podcast Episode 90: WannaCry zombie haunts Boeing, UL tests for cyber security and Harvard war games election hacking

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn this week’s podcast, Episode #90: has the WannaCry ransomware returned from the dead? We talk with an expert from Juniper Networks about what might be behind the outbreak at Boeing. Also: Underwriters Lab and Johnson Controls join us on the podcast to talk about a recent milestone: UL’s award of the first ever Level 3 certificate for cyber security. And we speak with one of the organizers of one of an election security table top exercise last week at Harvard’s Kennedy School. 

An interview with one of the technical advisors to the hit show Mr. Robot was among the most popular podcast segments in 2017.

Episode 77: From Russian Hacking to Mr. Robot Our Most Popular Podcasts of 2017

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn this, our final episode of 2017, we look back at our most popular segments from the past year – many of which touched on issues that (surprise, surprise) crossed the boundary between information security and politics. Among the most popular segments were discussions of hacking the U.S. election systems, a primer on the cyber capabilities of North Korea with Crowd Strike, a conversation of the case against the Russian firm Kaspersky Lab and an interview with the guy who helps make the hacking scenes in the USA Network’s Mr. Robot look so real.