Good day, CIOs. Many companies face a creeping IT security skills gap as continued cloud and mobility adoption expose their systems to new threats that cannot be handled by standard security efforts, a new study by CompTIA shows. A number of organizations as a result are pushing for more internal training and outside expertise, CIO Journal’s Angus Loten reports.
The critical skill set. Among the broad set of skills that it says corporate security teams need to address in employee programs are familiarity with vulnerability assessments, compliance and operational security, access control and identity, and incident detection and response.
The skills gap. The trade group found that 72% of firms believe that their “security center of operations is an internal function” and that cybersecurity is a “critical ingredient to operations and reputations” for a majority of firms. But 78% said they also are turning to outside security firms, on either an ongoing basis or for specific projects. Most companies are planning to boost training for internal security teams or expand their use of third-party experts, the report said. Do you experience a security skills gap and how do you address it? Let us know.
Supply chain hack hits 30 companies. Bloomberg reports on what it calls the “most significant supply chain attack” carried out against American companies. Chinese factories that supplied San Jose, Calif.-based Supermicro Computer Inc., a big seller of motherboards used in data centers run by major companies, may have allowed microchips to be installed on the equipment.
Microchips? “As small as a sharpened pencil tip,” the chips “incorporated memory, networking capability, and sufficient processing power for an attack.”
How it happened. “The chips had been inserted during the manufacturing process, two officials say, by operatives from a unit of the People’s Liberation Army.”
When was it discovered. The investigation is ongoing with irregularities first discovered in 2015, according to Bloomberg.
Facebook makes the post-breach rounds. Facebook Inc. briefed Department of Homeland Security officials last week and some individual lawmakers this week about a cyber incident where hackers gained access to nearly 50 million accounts. The WSJ’s Deepa Seetharaman and Dustin Volz report that the company is expected to meet with other congressional committees, including the Senate Intelligence Committee as early as this week.
U.S. gets aggressive in naming foreign hackers. The U.S. and the U.K. are among countries that have become more willing to blame specific nations for major cyberattack, signaling that longstanding concerns about the difficulty of dissecting hacks and the risk of being mistaken may be diminishing. Catherine Stupp from WSJ’s Pro Cyber has more.
MORE TECH NEWS
Honda to invest $2.75 billion in GM’s self-driving car unit. Honda Motor Co. will work with General Motor Co.‘s GM Cruise LLC to develop a purpose-built driverless car from the ground up that can be manufactured in high volumes and deployed globally, says the WSJ’s Adrienne Roberts and Sean McLain. The companies are also exploring opportunities to establish a network of autonomous vehicles.
Toyota, SoftBank team up. The two companies plan to develop self-driving car services, Reuters reports.
Verizon outsourcing IT as severance offer goes to 44,000. Verizon Communications Inc.’s offer of voluntary severance packages last month was made to roughly 44,000 employees. The WSJ’s Sarah Krouse reports that the same day the offer was announced, Verizon notified many information technology employees that they were being transferred to Indian outsourcing giant Infosys Ltd. as part of a $700 million outsourcing agreement.
Dell explores IPO. Dell Technologies Inc. has met with investment banks to explore a public listing if its plan to purchase the tracking stock of VMware Inc. fails, Reuters reports.
Hadoop doubles up. Cloudera Inc. and Hortonworks Inc. have agreed to combine in an all-stock deal that the firms say will help increase their scale in providing software to enterprise clients. When combined the firms say they expect to generate more than $700 million in annual revenue, the Journal’s Aisha Al-Muslim reports.
Fitbit data leads to murder charge. The New York Times reports that police in San Jose, Calif. arrested Anthony Aiello, 90, for the murder of his daughter Karen Navarra, 67, after an examination of the Fitbit wearable Ms. Navarra was wearing revealed that her heart stopped the same time that Mr. Aiello admitted visiting her. Ms. Navarra’s body was discovered five days after the incident with fatal lacerations on her head and neck.
This holiday season, robots! As the technology gets cheaper and easier to adopt, more and more companies are looking towards robots to the 2018 season a happy one for little boys and girls. The WSJ’s Jennifer Smith surveys warehouse floors.
Robots at work. “Gap Inc. is using automated arms and artificial intelligence to sort the retailer’s clothing orders. Walmart Inc. is testing robots that roam store aisles to check inventory and tell workers where to find goods.”
Six technologies that could shake the food world. Big food companies and entrepreneurs are taking advantage of advances in robotics and data science to serve up some interesting dishes, the WSJ’s Annie Gasparro And Jesse Newman report. Among the menu items: printable food; algae proteins and edible bar codes designed to make food traceable back to its source within minutes. Bon Appetit!
Nintendo switching out Switch. Nintendo Co. plans to release a new version of its Switch videogame console next year to maintain the sales momentum of the device, suppliers and others with direct knowledge of the plan tell the Journal’s Takashi Mochizuki.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
China is planning to sell $3 billion in U.S. dollar bonds this month, only its third such deal since 2004. (WSJ)
Growth across U.S. service industries accelerated in September to its highest reading on record, clocking another month of robust growth for the gauge. (WSJ)
Barnes & Noble is reviewing strategic alternatives including a possible saleand has received expressions of interest from multiple parties, including Chairman Leonard Riggio. (WSJ)
Though floodwaters have largely receded, the impact of Hurricane Florence is still being felt in nearly every aspect of life in eastern North Carolina. (WSJ)