Tuesday, May 13, 2014

U.S. government issues rare warning to stop using Internet Explorer

U.S. government issues rare warning to stop using Internet Explorer 
The cybersecurity division of the Department of Homeland Security is recommending that consumers cease using Microsoft's flagship Internet browser until the company has addressed a zero-day exploit, which allows hackers to remotely breach networks and distribute malware. The exploit, which was revealed by security firm FireEye, is present on versions of Internet Explorer 6 and higher and has been blamed for attacks on the finance and defense industries.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Archaic hiring practices limit cybersecurity talent pool at DHS

Archaic hiring practices limit cybersecurity talent pool at DHS 
The Department of Homeland Security is letting some of the nation's most talented cybersecurity professionals slip through its fingers, experts say, thanks to complex hiring procedures and rigid employee guidelines that weed out candidates who lack a college degrees or don't conform with the image of a government worker. Lawmakers are exploring ways to help DHS compete for talent with the private sector, but observers say some obstacles -- such as ruling out candidates with tattoos or requiring security clearance for work that isn't secret -- are part of a hiring culture that DHS can change on its own.

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