DHS awards Synthetik $1M to develop ML training data for airport security program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as part of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, has awarded Austin, Texas-based Synthetik funding to develop machine learning training data.

HCL opens cybersecurity fusion center in Europe

HCL Technologies has opened an European Cybersecurity Fusion Center (CSFC) in Gothenburg, Sweden; the first such center in Europe for the company. 

Attackers are trying to exploit a high-severity zeroday in Cisco gear — Ars Technica

The security flaw resides in Cisco’s iOS XR Software, an operating system for carrier-grade routers and other networking devices used by telecommunications and data-center providers, writes Dan Goodin. Here is the link:...

Keeper Security raises $60M

Chicago-based Keeper Security, providers of a cybersecurity platform for preventing password-related data breaches and cyberthreats, has raised $60 million. The minority investment was led Insight Partners. Following the funding, Thomas Krane, principal...

Google giving far-right users’ data to law enforcement, documents reveal — The Guardian

A little-known investigative unit inside search giant Google regularly forwarded detailed personal information on the company’s users to members of a counter-terrorist fusion center, writes Jason Wilson. Here is the link: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/aug/17/google-giving-user-data-authorities-documents-reveal

Microsoft could buy TikTok for as much as $30 billion — CNBC

Microsoft has already agreed to transfer all of TikTok’s code from China to the U.S. within one year if the deal goes through, writes Jessica Bursztynsky. Here is the link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/05/microsoft-has-one-year-to-transfer-tiktoks-code-to-the-us.html You can...

Cisco urges patching flaws in data-center, SD-WAN gear — Networkworld

Cisco has issued a number of critical security advisories for its data center manager and SD-WAN offerings, writes Michael Cooney. Here is the link: https://www.networkworld.com/article/3569153/cisco-urges-patching-flaws-in-data-center-sd-wan-gear.html

Corsha awarded a $1.5 million API platform security contract by the Air Force

API cybersecurity company Corsha has been awarded a $1.5 million Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract.

Why it matters that TikTok wants to reveal its algorithms — Recode

A blog post from TikTok chief executive Kevin Mayer proclaimed that all platforms should “disclose their algorithms, moderation policies, and data flows to regulators”, writes Rebecca Heilweil. Here is the link: https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/7/29/21346758/tiktok-for-you-algorithm-transparency-instagram-antitrust You...

Accenture Federal Services wins $328M Veterans Affairs DevSecOps contract

Accenture Federal Services (AFS), a subsidiary of Accenture, has been awarded a contract to support operations, security, and modernization of the technology applications of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Loan Guaranty Service (LGY).

Steve Wozniak sues YouTube over ongoing bitcoin scams — The Verge

Steve Wozniak is suing YouTube for allowing scammers to use his name and likeness in phony bitcoin giveaways, writes Monica Chin. Here is the link: https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/23/21335554/steve-wozniak-youtube-lawsuit-bitcoin-scam-cryptocurrency-apple

LogicHub selected by Defense Innovation Unit to deliver intelligent decision automation platform

LogicHub was selected by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) organization, to deliver an Intelligent Decision Automation Platform (iDAP) prototype.

BlueVoyant raises $68M

Cybersecurity services company BlueVoyant has raised $68 million in a funding round. The investment was led by Temasek, and included participation from new and existing investors, the company said in a...

Duality Technologies awarded DARPA contract for privacy-preserving ML capabilities

Duality Technologies, a provider of Privacy-Enhancing Technologies (PETs), has contracted with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a privacy-preserving Machine Learning (ML) capability.

Twitter hackers manipulated staff to access internal systems — BBC

Twitter says hackers manipulated staff and used their credentials to access internal systems in a cyber-attack of celebrity accounts, according to a BBC report. Here is the link: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53455092