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Managed Security Services Provider Morning News: 23 October 2017

Each morning MSSP Alert broadcasts a quick lineup of news, analysis and chatter from across the global managed security services provider, SOC (security operations center) and IT outsourcing ecosystem.

Here’s the lineup for Monday, October 23, 2017

8. DHS Warning: Hackers since May have targeted U.S. government entities along with the energy, water, aviation, nuclear, and critical manufacturing sectors, according to a Saturday update from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

7. Consumer IoT Devices: In conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the FBI is re-iterating the growing concern of cyber criminals targeting unsecure Internet of Things (IoT) devices -- including home automation devices, alarm systems, medical devices and more.

6. NIST Security: Oh the irony. On the one hand, NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) helps to outline security standards. But on the other hand, the physical security of NIST facilities has drawn  concern from the GAO...

5. Whole Foods Breach: Whole Foods Market has replaced affected point of sales systems and continues to investigate a September 2017 breach. Amazon recently acquired the company for nearly $14 billion.

4. Phishing: Seagate Technology will give away $5.75 million in services to resolve a 2016 phishing incident that allegedly impacted 12,000 employees and their relatives, according to Law360.

3. Azure DDOS Protection: Microsoft continues to preview a DDoS protection service for Microsoft Azure...

2. Mobile Madness: Fully 25 percent of the mobile devices used by employees of financial service companies have unpatched security vulnerabilities, according to Symantec's Q2 Mobile Threat Intelligence Report. Also, 15 percent of those mobile devices have connected to malicious networks.

1. Kaspersky Transparency: Kaspersky Lab plans to submit its source code to independent third-parties for review. The move seeks to silence U.S. critics who claim the security software company is somehow aligned with Russia's government. Kaspersky has repeatedly denied the claim but the fallout has been dramatic. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has ordered federal agencies to remove Kaspersky's software from government networks. Moreover, Best Buy, Staples and Office Depot have halted sales of the security software. Meanwhile, a house committee is expected to meet and discuss Kaspersky this Wednesday...

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.