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Making it big in cyber security

Cyber-security expertise is one of the most in-demand skills in today’s IT landscape, and those with security proficiency have some of the most promising career options in all of tech . In the past year alone we ve seen major data breaches in the servers of Verizon, Deep Root Analytics, Kmart (US), DocuSign and the Intercontinental Hotel Group among many others . And most recently, we saw the biggest hack of them all the compromise of the US credit agency Equifax, which led to the theft of the financial information of up to 143 million people. The growth and increased sophistication of these attacks has led to an explosion of demand for cyber security professionals . In 2016, the global cyber security industry was estimated to be worth $106 billion . By 2023, that s expected to explode to around $639 billion according to research firm IT-Harvest. That explosive growth has led to a huge skills gap when it comes to cyber security . Research organisation Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that worldwide there will be 3.5 million unfilled cyber security jobs by 2021. Those estimates have been backed up by the number of job ads appearing for cyber security professionals in the last two years .

According to job site Indeed, there was an incredible 124% increase in the number of postings for cyber security professionals between 2015 and 2017 . Seek has reported similar numbers: between February 2016 and February 2017, the number of ads in the sector grew by 57% . And professional body ISACA s survey of businesses reported that in 2017, 65% of those surveyed had a chief information security officer a huge increase from the 50% just a year before. The high demand for cyber security experts has also driven wages in the sector considerably . According to a recent survey by recruiters Robert Half, security specialists starting salaries have grown at a rate of 6.2% in 2017 among the highest rate in any industry . In the survey, Robert Half found that its recruited cyber security specialist wages had a minimum of $118,000 and a maximum of $160,000. Job salary survey site PayScale reports somewhat similar figures . It lists the median salary of an IT security consultant and computer security specialist at $105,000 – $110,000, with more entry level roles at $88,000 . IT security architects can expect a median salary of $135,000+.

Getting qualified

So how do you get a career in cyber security ? Right now there is no official accreditation (although the Australian Information Security Association has been in talks with the Professional Standards Council to create one), but there are plenty of courses one can take to prepare yourself for a career in cyber security. One example of a qualifying course is the Master of IT Management1 from Southern Cross University . It s a two-year part time course that will qualify you for many roles in IT security . It s comprised of 12 units, all of which can be completed using the University s structured online learning system, which requires no on-campus activity and allows the course to flex around your existing time commitments . You can jump in and out of the course as your life allows. Of special note is the Information Systems Security Management unit, which specialises in teaching students to identify and resolve security threats and vulnerabilities .

The unit covers much more than specific resolutions: it also looks at managing risk to the company and partners; legal and ethical considerations; the role of management; and the integration of security systems into existing business practices . The goal is to get you qualified and ready to deal with the growing number of threats facing Australian businesses online . If you can manage that, then your career prospects are good indeed.

What you ll learn in Southern Cross University s Information Systems Security Management

SCU’s Information Systems Security Management unit gives you a specific, up-to-date skillset aimed specifically at cyber security expertise, which includes:

  • How to identify and describe the various threats to the security of digital information and information systems.
  • How to analyse models and practices for managing security of digital information and information systems.
  • How to investigate the human management aspects of security in an enterprise including roles, responsibilities and personalities, and the impact on trading partners.
  • The ability to review and describe the major legal and ethical issues with respect to managing security of digital information and information systems.
  • Analysing the need for managing security of digital information and information systems.
  • How to undertake risk assessment regarding the security of digital information and information systems and develop strategies for controlling risk.

For more information, visit Southern Cross University’s Master of IT Management2 course page, or call 1300 589 882.

References

  1. ^ Master of IT Management (online.scu.edu.au)
  2. ^ Master of IT Management (online.scu.edu.au)

Fat-thumbed dev slashes Samba security

Sysadmins tending Samba need to get patching. Samba’s announcement, here1, explains that it’s suffering from a remote code execution bug that applies to all versions newer than Samba 3.5.0. The software, currently at version 4.6.4, provides *nix integration with Windows file and print services.

In CVE-2017-7494, a malicious client can upload a shared library to a writable share, and then cause the server to load and execute it. The advisory is scant on how this happened, but if The Register’s reading of the patch note2 is accurate, the bug’s in Samba’s RPC (remote procedure call) server component. Apparently, the unpatched RPC server accepted pipe names that included the character in other words, it looks like a directory traversal bug (feel free to correct us in the comments), so the fix is to refuse to open a connection if the pipe matches the regex %sn.

HD Moore Tweeted that the bug could be exploited with a single line:

The patch is here3.

Sponsored: How Artificial Intelligence Will Secure the 21st Century4

References

  1. ^ here (www.samba.org)
  2. ^ patch note (download.samba.org)
  3. ^ here (www.samba.org)
  4. ^ How Artificial Intelligence Will Secure the 21st Century (go.theregister.com)

British doctor and his fianc e murdered by former security guard who slit their throats in brutal penthouse attack

A British doctor and his fianc e were brutally murdered after having their throats cut by a former security guard of their luxury penthouse. Dr Richard Field, originally from London, and Dr Lina Bolanos were killed after Bampumim Teixeira burst into their luxury $1.9million Bhome in Boston, Massachusetts, on Friday evening. The terrified anaesthetist managed to send a text to a friend saying an ‘armed man’ had entered their apartment, but by the time police arrived, the couple were already dead.

Inside police found both with their hands tied and throats cut.

Bampumim Teixeira in hospital where he was charged with two counts of murder A judge charged Texeira as he lay in hospital

Yesterday Teixeira, who officials say wrote a ‘message of revenge’ on the couple s walls, was arraigned on two counts of murder by a judge at his hospital bedside. The 30-year-old was shot in the hand, stomach and leg during a shootout with police before he was detained. He entered two not-guilty pleas at Tufts Medical Centre in Boston.

Before he died Dr Field, 49, had texted a friend saying a gunman in the house . The pal then called police but when they arrived the Brit and Dr Bolanos, 38, were already dead.

Richard Field and Lina Bolanos Dr Field was originally from London

Police later found a black backpack in a remarkably conspicuous area”. Inside, the backpack was filled with jewellery, “presumably belonging to Miss Bolanos.

Judge Michael Bolden ordered Teixeira to be held without bail, which was not contested by the accused’s court-appointed defence attorney Steve Sack. Teixeira, of nearby Chelsea, had recently been released from jail, having passed notes demanding money from a bank on two occasions, according to prosecutors. He is next due in court date on June 8.

By the time police arrived, the couple were both dead The luxury condo where the couple were found butchered

According to reports Dr Field was born in Hammersmith, west London, and graduated from Sheffield University’s medical school in 1999. Dr Field worked at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Paying tribute, one patient wrote on Facebook: “He was an amazing Dr .

who was so kind and compassionate.

“I always said if he ever moved back to England I would follow him . Dr Field changed my life.”

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has not confirmed his nationality. Dr Bolanos worked at Massachusetts Eye and Ear hospital as a paediatric anaesthetist and was an instructor at the Harvard Medical School.

John Fernandez, the hospital’s president, said: “Dr Bolanos was an outstanding paediatric anaesthetist and a wonderful colleague in the prime of both her career and life.”