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Adobe patches critical type confusion bug in Flash Player

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Adobe Systems today released an out-of-band security update that fixes a critical type confusion vulnerability in Flash Player, which if exploited could lead to arbitrary code execution in the context of the current user. Designated CVE-2018-15981, the bug was found in versions 31.0.0.148 and earlier of Flash Player Desktop Runtime, Flash Player for Google Chrome…

Women are the future?

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Women. They’re everywhere. Waves of women, marching on Washington, New York, L.A., in communities across the country. On the cover of Time magazine. As far as the eye can see, a sea of pink hats, an ocean of assertiveness, goodwill and promise. The Year of the Woman. #MeToo. At the ballot box where they’re running…

Dena Haritos Tsamitis Dir., Information Networking Institute at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering

After 13 years as director of the Information Networking Institute (INI) at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering, Dena Haritos Tsamitis in 2017 was named the school’s first-ever recipient of the Barbara Lazarus Professorship in Information Networking. But her true mark of success is reflected in the young minds she has steered toward a fulfilling…

Jennifer Sunshine Steffens, CEO, IOActive

Robotic robbers, sabotaged Segway scooters, malicious medical equipment… You name the device, and IOActive has found a way for hackers to turn it against you. IOActive CEO Jennifer Sunshine Steffens is now in her tenth year at the helm of the security company, known for its pioneering vulnerability research. Over the last decade, the company…

Diversity and AI

I recently underwent spinal fusion surgery and I can’t help but be disappointed that AI-powered nanobots are not yet a thing when it comes to some medical treatments. I remember fondly in my youth promises that machines and AI-powered technologies would change the world in my lifetime. After all, having expertly trained microscopic bio-bots rebuilding…

Jo Stewart-Rattray Dir. of information security and IT assurance, BRM Holdich

Jo Stewart-Rattray’s day job as director of information security and IT Assurance for the Australian firm BRM Holdich would be enough to keep most people fully occupied, but Stewart-Rattray has shown no problem also tackling several additional positions in the cybersecurity world. Just a few of these “extra” duties include being board director of ISACA,…

Start with diversity and inclusion

As cybersecurity risks continue to increase and become a C-level key concern, the whole sector is undergoing a boom. Gartner recently forecasted that worldwide enterprise security spend would reach $96.3 billion in 2018, an increase of 8 percent from 2017.  This has resulted in a proliferation of cybersecurity startups. According to CB Insights, cybersecurity startups…

Maureen Ohlhausen, Former acting chairwoman, Commissioner, FTC

For a brief moment in the spring, Maureen Ohlhausen stood as the sole remaining commissioner – and acting chairwoman, to boot – at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), known for its aggressive pursuit of organizations for violating privacy and not security data. Ohlhausen, who has spent the better part of two decades at the commission,…

From ROTC cadets to cyber pros

Cybersecurity has become one of the most serious economic and national security challenges that the U.S. faces today, but it’s one that the government is not adequately prepared to counter. The global cybersecurity workforce is expected to be short 1.8 million workers by 2022, leaving an enormous gap that begs to be filled. For the…

Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

When Kirstjen Nielsen was tapped by President Trump to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after her boss John Kelly moved to the White House as chief of staff, lawmakers and cyber pros hailed her reported cybersecurity chops. So far, the actions taken during her short tenure have been a mixed bag. While Nielsen…

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