US President Joe Biden has ordered a review of security in the country's supply chains, including IT. When signing the executive order -- which covers all major areas, such as pharmaceuticals and communications -- Biden said it was "of ... concern for economic security as well as our national security."
"Cybercrime groups often have complex supply chains, like real software companies, and they regularly develop relationships," writes Catalin Cimpanu. This article explains how CrowdStrike breaks down the services that criminals rely on for distribution and monetization, and it includes a chart.
Discussions about outsourcing the IT help desk "rarely address the issues of security and compliance," writes Brien Posey, who goes on to address the pitfalls. "If operating your own help desk isn't an option, then try to go with a help desk provider that does not rely on user validation methods that could be easily spoofed," Posey notes.
Devashish Sharma, chief technology officer at collaboration software provider Flock, points out it "only takes one bad click to corrupt and breach your system." Sharma outlines steps to make a hybrid workforce productive, including using virtual private networks.
Educating children about the concepts of cybersecurity is "something that society as a whole has to make a paradigm shift on," said Callum Campbell, a lecturer at Scotland's Glasgow Clyde College, while speaking at CyberScotland. Other speakers at CyberScotland talked about the necessity for cooperation among educators, government and the tech industry.
Harvard Business School is responding to a data breach involving a software vendor that might have exposed students' personal information, including their Social Security numbers. One unidentified student called the situation a "huge breach in trust between students and HBS."
Companies' greater reliance on the cloud gives cybercriminals more opportunities, notes security software company Netskope, which has issued a new threat report with 10 security tips for protecting data. The report states that 61% of all malware was delivered via a cloud app last year, up 13 percentage points from the previous year.
Law firms and departments should watch out for the "shiny toy syndrome" -- that is, building legaltech that doesn't address a specific "pain point," according to Stuart Hopper, formerly of Dentons. In a video Q&A, Hopper adds, "We don't expect our doctors when we go for a check-up to have developed their own medical diagnostic software."
After last year's ILTA>ON virtual event, the International Legal Technology Association says ILTACON will return this Aug. 22 to 26 with a mix of live-streamed and in-person events. The conference, which the organization says will be "the most inclusive ILTA conference to date," is set for the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
With the help of artificial intelligence tools for contract review, legal departments are handling more work in-house, writes Eleanor Weaver of Luminance. "AI is placing corporate legal departments firmly behind the steering wheel, ensuring they are able to act quickly and decisively to new business challenges," Weaver writes.
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