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Cybercrime Bytes: “CISO Minute” Turns 50, Neurosecurity, Remote Workers’ Risky Business

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Steve Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

Sausalito, Calif. – Mar. 23, 2020

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The “CISO Minute” podcast, which was named one of the 5 best podcasts in 2019 by CleanceJobs, the largest security-cleared career network specializing in defense and intelligence jobs for professionals with security clearance, aired its 50th episode last week. The 60-second spot is hosted by former White House CIO and cybersecurity expert Theresa Payton. Cybercrime Magazine

— According to NeuroCyberUK, a not-for-profit group representing neurodiverse individuals, up to three-quarters of cognitively able neurodiverse adults may possess the aptitude and skill set for a successful career in cybersecurity. The industry needs to utilize this untapped talent. Forbes

— “If remote workers don’t immediately self-educate, and if businesses don’t immediately provide their employees with security awareness training centered on the home office threat, then we could see global cybercrime damage costs as much as double by the end of this year,” says Steve Morgan, founder of Cybersecurity Ventures and editor-in-chief at Cybercrime Magazine. PR Newswire

— The representation of women in Fortune 500 CISO positions was 20 percent in 2019, up from 13 percent in 2017, according to a Cybersecurity Ventures report which quotes data from Forrester Research. Comparitech

Estonia’s tech sector accounts for 10 percent of the country’s GDP, which includes Skype, and there are more than 900 start-ups in the territory — some in cybersecurity. One of the psychological benefits of being in a small country (Estonia has a population of 1.3 million) is that you have to think from day one how you can scale up globally. E&T – Engineering and Technology

— For people stuck at home now, some online training providers have drastically reduced the cost of its programs on topics including ethical hacking, pentesting, and data security, data science, machine learning, and more. Popular Science

— Following a briefing at the RSA Conference USA 2020 in San Francisco last month, Digital Defense, Inc. out of San Antonio was named to Cybersecurity Ventures’ “Hot 150 Cybersecurity Companies to Watch in 2020.PRWeb

— The biggest target for ransomware attacks in 2020 will be vulnerable cloud data. Attackers will exploit vulnerable cloud systems to obtain cryptocurrency by illegal means. Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are helping to fuel ransomware attacks by allowing anonymous payments. American Security Today

— The Cybersecurity Pop Quiz, which contains 24 multiple choice questions and an answer key, is a special free resource intended for remote / home office workers during the Coronavirus outbreak. Cybercrime Magazine

— Research shows that teams with gender-diversity make better decisions 73 percent of the time, compared to 58 percent of the time for all-male teams. Cybersecurity companies need to break the industry gender stigma and evaluate their hiring processes to remove unintended biases. Security Magazine

— A steep rise in demand for cybersecurity professionals has resulted in a huge shortage of experienced employees. Gamification, which involves transforming the classroom environment into a game, holds promise for getting more young people involved in the field. Forbes

New virtual cybersecurity events have been announced, with a focus on educating C-suite executives and CISOs (chief information security officers) on the global cybercrime epidemic, and how to build cyber resilient organizations, in the Central U.S. on Mar. 31, the Western U.S. on Apr. 14, and the Eastern U.S. on Apr. 28. FutureCon Events

The “Inbox Minute,” a new 60-second weekly podcast series sponsored by IRONSCALES, will begin airing on the Cybercrime Magazine podcast channel next week. This new production will help you continuously fight phishing where it hurts the most … inside your inbox. Cybercrime Radio

— Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that by 2021, 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs will stay unfilled globally. A Burning Glass study states that for every job opening, there is a pool of only 2.3 employed cybersecurity workers. EC-Council University

— Cybersecurity Ventures published its latest list of China-based cybersecurity companies last week. For CEOs, CIOs, CISOs, IT security leaders, and business owners that prefer to work with local resources, this is an invaluable list of vendors and service providers to choose from. Cybercrime Magazine

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