Must Read: 'Curiosity' better than degrees, EU officials play war games

Here are the must-read security stories that should be on your radar this month.

By Aled Herbert

Mon 18 Sep 2017 @ 16:42

A survey found that ‘curiosity’ is held in higher regard than IT degrees by many UK professionals. With the security industry still facing a skills shortage, some senior security professionals think one solution could be to open the doors to staff from non-IT backgrounds.

Meanwhile, EU security officials have taken a little inspiration from Matthew Broderick and 1983 movie War Games to test their ability to respond to a virtual cyber attack on a military operation.

Here are the must-read security stories that should be on your radar this month.

‘Curiosity’ more important than IT degrees in cybersecurity

Young people and staff from non-technical backgrounds may be the key to solving the cybersecurity skills crisis. That’s according to a survey of senior UK security professionals who believe core skills like ‘curiosity’ or ‘on-the-job’ experience are more important qualities than a technology degree.

EU defence officials play ‘War Games’ to test threat response

EU officials have taken part in a 90-minute simulated war game to gauge their ability to respond to attacks on military and critical national infrastructure targets. Participants were told of an attack on a Mediterranean naval resource and made to respond to multiple choice questions on tablets.

“DolphinAttack” lets criminals silently hack virtual assistants

Virtual assistants and smart speaker technology could be vulnerable to hacking by inaudible voice commands. Researchers at Zhejian University in China uncovered a technique termed a “DolphinAttack” that can exploit the popular devices by modulating voices to make them silent to human ears but still able to issue commands to virtual assistants such as Siri and Alexa.

UK government hopes to remain in EU security club post-Brexit

The UK government hopes to retain strong links with the EU’s cybersecurity working groups after it leaves the union in 2019. In a recently released position paper on foreign policy and defence, the government hoped the UK and EU could continue to collaborate on emerging issues and maintain a “deep security partnership”.

New iPhone uses face recognition for authentication and payments

Apple has switched the security focus from the thumb to the face for its newest iPhone. The iPhone X uses a number of sensors and cameras using 30,000 invisible dots to recognise a user’s face. The Face ID technology will be used to unlock the phone and authorise Apple Pay.

Bluetooth vulnerability leaves billions of devices open to attack

A Bluetooth vulnerability could leave billions of iOS, Android, Windows and Linux at risk of being compromised wirelessly. The BlueBorne technique does not require an attacker to be paired with a vulnerable device and could be used to take control of a device and steal data.