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#cybersecurity | More women needed in cyber security to meet high industry demand: Sim Ann, Singapore News & Top Stories

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

SINGAPORE – The Republic needs more women to take up positions in cyber security, a sector that is facing a shortfall of talent.

On Thursday (Oct 3), Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Sim Ann said more women can be encouraged to join the cyber-security industry and thrive in it.

“Given the high demand for cyber security talent, it would be a pity to draw from only half the population,” she said, noting that estimates of the proportion of women in cyber security globally range from as low as 10 per cent to about 25 per cent.

“Effective strategies to tackle cyber security… must integrate the perspectives of all people – both men and women – so that the technologies deployed and the process implemented are practical and inclusive.”

In her opening address to audience members at the Women in Cyber event during the Singapore International Cyber Week (SICW), Ms Sim outlined three ways to get more women to join the cyber-security industry and thrive in it.

First, by engaging young people to raise awareness of the opportunities in cyber security. She said this is important as people often make career choices early in life.

One such initiative is the Singapore Cyber Youth Programme, which reaches out to secondary school-level students for boot camps and career mentoring sessions.

The other two ways are for women to constantly update and deepen their skills to take advantage of emerging trends in a fast-paced sector, and to have a strong community network, she added.

“Women support networks shed light on women role models who can inspire young aspiring professionals. They also serve as a comfortable launch pad for women to plug into broader industry and community networks,” Ms Sim said.

Ms Sim’s call for more women to join the industry follows a warning by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) in July that the industry potentially faces a shortage of up to 3,400 professionals by 2020.

Ms Alina Tan, 26, was among the many female cyber-security professionals in the audience for the Women in Cyber event.

Combining her twin interests in cyber security and car modifications led Ms Tan to specialise in automotive cyber security.

She started working in the Land Transport Authority’s Cyber Division last month, after spending about two years in cyber-security consulting.

“What I enjoy most about working in cyber security is that I’m always learning something new,” said Ms Tan, who in her free time organises weekly meet-ups for like-minded individuals in the local community to conduct their own research in car cyber security.

“I get a sense of satisfaction from discovering vulnerabilities in a system and then finding ways to secure it. You never know what you’re going to find in there and that’s very interesting for me.”

Held at Suntec City and Convention Centre from Oct 1 to Oct 3, SICW 2019 is the fourth edition of the annual event organised by CSA.

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It’s #apparently #insanely easy to #hack #Apple #MacOS High #Sierra, and here’s how you can #protect yourself

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Most of us sleep better at night knowing that the data on our computers is safe from prying eyes. That’s why we have our trusty usernames and passwords. Well, turns out…not so much. Some tech-minded people found a super easy way to hack Apple MacOS High Sierra, and anyone can do it.

Usually, when you hear “hack” you think of some crazy complicated computing code that only the really dedicated can figure out, like Huck on Scandal or something. But to get into a computer that has the High Sierra operating system, all you have to do is type “root” as the username and leave the password field blank. Once you hit enter, you’re in.

We told you it was insanely easy.

The main user of a computer is called the “root user” and has “root access,” hence the name of the bug. The best way to protect yourself for now, according to Apple, is by setting a password for your main user account if you don’t already have one. Security experts and researchers have had varying experiences in replicating the bug, so it’s still being figured out. According to Wired, Apple is aware of the issue and working out a long- term fix, so hold tight for their update if you’re worried about your security.

Oh, and to make this even scarier, apparently the software can be hacked via malware too, meaning a hacker can get into your computer remotely.

So make sure you set your admin password and keep your eye out for anything out of the ordinary on your Mac or MacBook if you have Sierra. Hopefully, Apple will fix the bug ASAP.

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Hackers are able to command Siri, Alexa in a frequency too high for you to hear

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Researchers have discovered that it is possible to “speak” to voice assistants like Siri and Alexa in a frequency too high for the human ear to hear, Fast Company reports. This so-called “DolphinAttack” could potentially allow hackers to send commands to iPhones or Amazon Echos, asking the devices to call…

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Online radicalisation and cyber attacks to be among the high tech crimes targeted by new facility at the University of Bradford

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A HIGH tech centre dedicated to cyber security has been opened at the University of Bradford, and one of its first projects it to look at how to deal with online radicalisation. The Cyber Security Interdisciplinary Centre will see students using top technology to research the ever evolving online world…

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Back in high school, I went on dates, but…..

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Chiles High School coach arrested for sexual battery of 16-year-old

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High Risk Oversharing: How hackers are using social media posts to cause chaos

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High Risk Oversharing: How hackers are using social media posts to cause chaos

The moment and stories we like to “share” and love to “like” could be putting us at risk for hackers. It’s called social engineering – hackers pull information from your social media post and using it against you, your family or even the company you work for. Boston 25 News took a look at the techniques being used and how …

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Hackers demand $37K ransom for Pekin Community High School data

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Hackers demand $37K ransom for Pekin Community High School data

Students at Pekin Community High School are only just getting access to the Internet after malware infected the school network early Sunday morning.

“We all thought it was because it was testing, and we thought that the principal might have turned it off or something, but I guess that’s not the case,’ said sophomore Arika Berrios. “Apparently someone hacked into the whole system!”

Superintendent Danielle Owens confirmed the hack locked everyone out from accessing grades, schedules, lesson plans and other information on the school’s network. The hackers demand $37,000 dollars to release the data.

“I don’t think anything like this has ever happened before here at the school,” said senior Tyler Carlson. “I think we’ve had a pretty secure system.”

Superintendent Owns also confirmed the involvement of local police and the FBI, and that no personal information was at risk.

Though students aren’t particularly worried, this type of malware attack is serious. Dave Jacobs with Facet Technologies says this type of infection can happen to anyone. And most likely, it’s a case of the hackers getting lucky.

Jacobs explained these types of viruses are spread everywhere, trying to find any vulnerability.

“It’s kind of like walking through a neighborhood at night and checking to see if anybody has an unlocked front door,” he said.

Jacobs also mentioned the necessity of keeping your anti-virus and protection software up-to-date, and being careful of what you click on or download.

Superintendent Owens mentioned they have no plans on paying the ransom and are already almost finished restoring backups to all of the locked data.

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Officials say Clay High student found with ‘shoot list’

Parents of students at Clay High School are upset after learning a student brought a “shoot list” to school Thursday morning.

The boy, whose name and age were not released, did not have a weapon and told investigators it was a joke. He was arrested and will also face discipline for violating Clay County schools’ code of conduct.

By mid-morning, parents got an automated call from the principal. Many of them showed up to pull their children out of the school despite assurances that the student was in custody.

“This happened a couple years ago in Keystone, as well, and I don’t trust it,” parent Desiree Milleston said.

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Valdosta Police Arrest 14 in Valdosta High School Burglary

The Valdosta Police Department said that they have arrested 14 people in connection to a burglary at Valdosta High School.

They said that the burglary happened back in March.

They said that one minor was also arrested and turned over the the Department of Juvenile Justice.

VPD says that they are still looking for one minor and two adults in connection to the crime.

On March 27, around 10:52 p.m., a Valdosta patrol officer was on normal patrol when he noticed suspicious activity at the Valdosta High School.

He observed multiple people leaving the parking lot area at 11 o’clock at night, when the school was closed and no known high school functions were happening.

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