Cybersecurity workforce nears crisis level

Thursday - 7/22/2010, 9:17am EDT

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  • Cybersecurity faces a human capital crisis. So says a new report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th President looks into manpower challenges. The report, called "A Human Capital Crisis in Cybersecurity," says that the country has a shortage of people with technical skills to operate the existing systems and a shortage of people with the skills to create new, more secure systems. The report focuses on people who consider themselves cybersecurity specialists in the government, among contractors, and in the private sector.

  • You know all those little shortcut icons all over your computer screen and in the toolbar across the bottom? They might be evil. Search Security.com reports, Microsoft has issued a temporary fix to prevent attackers from exploiting a security flaw in Windows Shell. The flaw lets hackers exploit malicious code that can be embedded in the shortcut icons. Microsoft advises, attacks can be carried out via USB drives, remotely through the network, and via specific document types that support embedded shortcuts. The flaw affects all versions of Windows. Microsoft is working on a permanent fix.

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