Cybersecurity Professionals Experience, No Gender

April 4, 2019

Take a glance at the most discussed cybersecurity news of the week. Get to know research findings about the market demands related to cybersecurity professionals, cybersecurity issues and trends.

According to the recent (ISC)2 report, women hold one-quarter of cybersecurity jobs. The following news will not be music to your ears. Actually, after reading it you might think whether you should continue trusting your ears at all.

Women power conquers cybersecurity world

Dark Reading on April 2, 2019

Last week we pointed out that female cybersecurity professionals outnumbered males in profession and here is another evidence of this rapid tendency.

According to the recent ISC(2) report, women hold one-quarter of cybersecurity jobs. Furthermore, the study shows a clear female youth-movement in security: today Millennial women make up 45% of women in the industry, while Millennial-age men make up 33% of their gender sector.

Meanwhile, the gender gap still exists and men have higher salaries overall: about 30% of US men make between $50,000 to $99,999 when only 17% of women do the same. What is interesting, Millennial women make better salaries than previous generations of female cybersecurity professionals.

They grew up in a digital world and come from a culture where the Internet permeates their lives. They’re used to being part of all cyber things around them, so they can also focus on being part of cybersecurity and part of the digital world.

Mary-Jo de Leeuw, ISC(2) director of cybersecurity advocacy for the EMEA region

Game with your brain: how do machine voice imitators trick us?

The Register on April 4, 2019

The following news will not be music to your ears. Actually, after reading it you might think whether you should continue trusting your ears at all.

Not so long ago researchers performed a curious experiment: they conducted the brain scans of participants listening to recordings of people’s voices, including Oprah Winfrey’s and Morgan Freeman’s tones, and compared the results with a perception of the computer-generated versions. The conclusion is predictable but disappointing: the brain does not register the significant difference between real and morphed voices.

As voice spoofing technology becomes more advanced and more accessible, this perceptual blind spot may generate a range of cybersecurity threats from fake voice samples on social media to man-in-the-middle attacks against voice verification systems. In terms of that, cybersecurity professionals need to be especially careful, implementing biometric technology to strengthen cybersecurity measures.

UK cybersecurity landscape: victimized organizations are hit monthly

Forbes on April 3, 2019

Some news from the United Kingdom.

On Wednesday the UK Government reported that a number of cyber breaches and attacks reduced last year, due to the tougher data regulations including the GDPR measures. However, those that are being hit become a victim of cybercrime more often (48% of compromised organizations face breaches at least once a month). Moreover, nearly a third of businesses reported a cyberattack in the last 12 months.

We know that tackling cyber threats is not always at the top of business and charities list of things to do, but with the rising costs of attacks, it’s not something organizations can choose to ignore any longer.

Margot James, the U.K.’s Digital Minister

By the way, referring to the “Education Industry Cyber Incidents Report 2018”, the UK takes second place by incident frequency in the education sector.

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