Weekly News Roundup August 31-September 4, 2020

Time continues to march on, and somehow, we have started yet another month, bringing us one step closer to fall. To say this has been a week for RSA and RSA Conference would be an understatement. Most notably for us was the significant milestone of RSA emerging as an independent company on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

As for RSA Conference, we’ve been making our way through dozens and dozens of submissions that have come in this first week of September. We are both excited with and impressed by what we’ve seen entered through our RSAC 2021 Call for Speakers.

We are also fortunate to have a global community of security practitioners who are guided by their desire to solve problems. To that end, many of the men and women in our industry love to share their success stories with others. They are now about to do so through our RSAC 365 platform, a cybersecurity learning program that shares the voices of practitioners the world over as they share their insights into how they’ve overcome the challenges of everything from threat hunting to ransomware.

Now let’s turn to other news and take a look at what else has happened in cybersecurity this week.

Sept. 5: According to IoT For All, Europe’s new Cybersecurity Act makes “a single cybersecurity market possible” by removing obstacles that stood in the way of an established cybersecurity certification framework across the EU.

Sept. 3: Semiconductor Engineering reported, “The US Government just stepped up the push for quantum computing with an award of $625 million in funding to create five quantum information research centers.”

Sept. 3: “The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) will partner with Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies (SCS) to examine and solve some of the cybersecurity issues facing critical infrastructure today,” wrote Security magazine.

Sep. 3: MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) debuted a new cryptographic platform, Secure Cyber Risk Aggregation and Measurement (SCRAM), a solution reportedly able to “quantify an organization’s security posture and recommend what areas to prioritize as valuable.”

Sept. 2: According to the US Department of Defense’s CISO Katie Arrington, the DOD has been actively trying to recruit young women and retired women veterans in an effort to increase the number of women and minorities represented in its cybersecurity workforce.

Sept. 2: DarkReading’s Jeff Wilbur reminded readers that school systems collect a lot of sensitive data, which is why cybersecurity should be on everyone’s back-to-school list.

Sept. 2: The Hill reported, “The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on Wednesday issued a final directive requiring all federal agencies to develop and publish cyber vulnerability disclosure policies.” 

Sept. 1: Forbes contributor Bob Zukis asked whether the boardroom is the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain for many organizations.

Aug. 31: “Preventing attacks from hackers and cybercriminals is an increasing concern for academic institutions already facing enormous challenges during this time of distance learning,” GovTech reported.


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