FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round Up: May 13 – 19

In the first installment of a new weekly series, we’ve rounded up the most important events in cybersecurity from this past week.

It’s been a whirlwind week in cybersecurity, FixMeFans! Big names like Google, Microsoft, and Twitter made headlines for their lack of data privacy. We also saw government spending reports and industry developments that prove 2019 is going to be interesting for cybersecurity. Read on for everything you need and be sure to share it with a friend!

So, what happened this week?

  • John Delaney, one of the many candidates who’ve put their hat in for the upcoming presidential race in the US, announced this past week that he intends to create a cabinet-level cybersecurity department if elected. These were his comments:
“When you’re thinking about the main risks going forward, it’s hard to think this[cybersecurity] isn’t one of our top five risks…”
  • A new report confirms that the market for artificial intelligence in cybersecurity is projected to reach $38.2 billion by 2026. This a huge leap from the $8.8 billion it is worth right now!
  • The US government has spent a record breaking 1.2 million dollars to unlock iPhones. That’s a lot of money to get into locked phones.
  • Reports by the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and independent industry analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) reveal that a cybersecurity skills shortage is the primary reason for a rise in security incidents. How are your cybersecurity skills? Test your skills using our cybersecurity quiz!
  • Microsoft revealed a patch for a shocking vulnerability in its Remote Desktop Services. The vulnerability allowed for any “unauthenticated attacker” to get access without needing authentication or approval from the target. Read our full recap here.
  • In yet another fumble with users’ data, Twitter revealed they found a bug on their platform that leaked sensitive user data including account location to a partner company- without user consent.
  • This week, Google announced that they were recalling some of its Titan Security Keys due to a vulnerability that gave cyberattackers within 30 feet of a key an advantage. The Titan Keys are a hardware solution for 2 Factor Authentication (more commonly called 2FA).
The Google Titan Security Key

That’s all we have this week! Let us know in the comments if you have any questions about anything we covered and be sure to share it with a friend!