Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) Morning News: 23 June 2017

Each morning MSSP Alert broadcasts a quick lineup of news, analysis and chatter from across the global managed security services provider ecosystem.

Here’s the lineup for Friday, June 23, 2017:

6. Student Privacy: Two former Miami-Dade students in Florida are suing the School Board after they found their Social Security numbers and test scores online along with the personal information of hundreds of other students, according to the Miami Herald. The Miami-Dade school district called it an “isolated incident” and said that a forensic review was being conducted to determine where the information came from and whether it is authentic, the newspaper said.

5. Washington State University Breach: The health and wellness services division of Washington State University in Seattle has experienced a major breach of protected health information, but the extent of the incident is not yet clear, according to Health Data Management. Local media, including KUOW a National Public Radio station, have reported the breach affects 1 million individuals, the report said.

4. IoT Security Guidance: In its latest effort to address Internet of Things (IoT) security concerns, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has submitted public comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) Working Group on Communicating Upgradability and Improving Transparency, JD Supra reported.

3. Sharing Security Secrets?: Western technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time when Russia has been accused of a growing number of cyber attacks on the West, a Reuters investigation has found. Among the holdouts, apparently, is Symantec, the report said. Like many countries, Russia apparently is seeking to ensure foreign IT products don't contain back doors that the U.S. government can potentially use for spying...

2. Fireball Malware - Hot or Hype?: Some security researchers say Fireball hit more than 250 million computers. But Microsoft is arguing it’s more like 5 million. Here's the background from CNET.

1. Black Hat Schedule Filling Fast: MSSP Alert's meeting schedule for the Black Hat USA 2017 conference is filling up fast. Special thanks to Dell and Malwarebytes for the latest meeting invites. Want to potentially meet us at the conference? Email me ([email protected]) and I'll strive to confirm a date/time -- or at least a booth visit. Companies with clear MSSP and partner strategies receive top priority in our meeting queue.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.