Pentagon Bug Bounty Contest Uncovers at Least 100 Vulnerabilities

Pentagon Bug BountyMore than 1,400 hackers signed up to hammer at the U.S. Department of Defense’s computer systems in search of security flaws during a 24-day pilot program.

The U.S. Department of Defense finally revealed how its systems fared in a $150,000 bug-finding contest, where vetted hackers were given rewards for finding significant vulnerabilities.On June 10, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told attendees at the Defense One Tech Summit that more than 1,400 security specialists applied to take part in the “Hack the Pentagon” program. Hackers that passed background checks and then participated in the contest found more than 100 security flaws, he said.

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What CISOs Need to Tell The Board About Cyber Risk

To avoid devastating financial losses, boards and the C-suite must have a deep understating of the cyber risks their organizations’ face. Here’s what they need to hear from the security team

There should be little doubt about cybersecurity’s importance in 2016 given the amount of attention the topic has garnered in the past decade. Board directors and top leadership are under pressure from all sides: from federal and state regulators, from business partners seeking to tackle third-party vendor cyber risks, and from shareholders and their class-action lawyers ready to sue the moment a breach is announced.

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This startup may have built the world’s fastest networking switch chip

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Barefoot Networks announced the programmable Tofino networking switch platform on June 14, 2016.

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Barefoot Networks is also making its switch platform completely programmable

Networking has undergone radical changes in the past few years, and two startup launches this week show the revolution isn’t over yet.

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VMware Expands Its Security Capabilities


New TrustPoint endpoint security technology debuts as VMware adds cloud access security broker integrations to AirWatch.

VMware grew its portfolio of security products and capabilities on June 13, with the debut of the TrustPoint for endpoint security as well as new cloud access security broker (CASB) integrations with AirWatch and advances in Workspace ONE.VMware TrustPoint benefits from Tanium’s endpoint security technology, which VMware is integrating into it. Tanium is a security vendor that to date has raised $262 million in an effort to build a new generation of endpoint defense and management capabilities. It was created by the founders of BigFix, which IBM acquired in 2010.

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The U.S. just took one step closer to privatizing a core part of the Internet

Every time you type “” into your browser, what you get is a search engine used by billions. What you don’t see? A complicated string of actions kicking into high gear behind the scenes, turning your URL into language that any computer or server in the world can understand and, ultimately, spit out as a Web page.

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VMware Patches Critical Flaw in NSX, vCNS Products

VMware has released updates for some of its products to address several vulnerabilities, including an information disclosure issue rated critical.

In an advisory published on Thursday, the company revealed that VMware NSX and vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) are plagued by a critical input validation flaw (CVE-2016-2079). The vulnerability can be exploited by a remote attacker to gain access to sensitive information.

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Singapore’s civil servants are set to lose internet privileges

The country’s government is planning on blocking the internet from civil servants starting next year in the interest of security.

By this time next year, Singapore’s civil servants will have lost access to the internet.

The change, which was announced yesterday, is designed to prevent any leaks from work emails and shared government documents, as well as to safeguard the country’s serves from malware,The Straits Times reported.

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