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More than 18 months after its inception, OneTen–the initiative designed by Kenneth Frazier, retired CEO and current executive chairman of pharmaceutical giant Merck, former American Express Chairman and CEO Ken Chenault, and former Infor CEO and Chairman Charles Phillips–has been gaining momentum fulfilling pledges made by leaders of the nation’s largest companies to create 1 million family-sustaining, career-advancing jobs for Black non-degree holders over the next decade.

Maurice Jones, who has served in an array of high-impact positions, including as Deputy Secretary for HUD during the Obama administration, and head of Local Initiatives Support Corporation, was recruited last February to serve as the honcho for this mammoth effort–an act Frazier asserts “was the most important thing to happen in the first year.”

Maurice Jones speaks at the event (Courtesy of PR Noir)

The move has proven fruitful: Thus far, OneTen has helped find employment for 41,000 people.

Frazier maintains that building this coalition of CEOs to urgently address the lack of employment opportunities and income inequality among African Americans was an outgrowth of the wave of corporate commitments announced in 2020 in response to worldwide protests against systemic racism inspired by the George Floyd tragedy. To achieve this end, Jones and his team brought together:

  • More than 70 corporate partners, including Merck, AT&T, Walmart, ADP, and JPMorgan Chase, among other major corporations, that have actively hired Black talent and committed to supplying thousands of much-needed jobs.
  • Over 100 talent developers like Van Jones’s Dream Corps, Goodwill Industries, General Assembly, IBM SkillsBuild, NPower, and other outfits to help job prospects hone skills.
  • And scores of community organizations to aid locals with work transition by providing essential services, including childcare, career coaching, technology, and transportation.

Last month, OneTen beefed up its online Career Marketplace to reinforce its ecosystem. The enhanced platform leverages “smart technology” to facilitate matching employers, talent developers, and candidates at scale and Excellerate analytics capabilities. Moreover, the upgrade offers job seekers an enhanced talent developer referral system laden with resources and opportunities.

“The timing of our expansion of OneTen’s Career Marketplace with Juneteenth is not a coincidence. As we mark this momentous holiday, we do so while simultaneously acknowledging how much work still needs to be done to close the staggering and widening racial wealth gap in the United States,” Jones said at the time of the announcement. “We believe that catalyzing quality, family-sustaining employment opportunities at scale for Black talent will effectively address that gap and the great disparities that exist in the workforce.”

Jones also told BE: “The encouraging thing for me is this is a skills-first movement that can touch every industry and every job classification. That means we got a heck of a lot of opportunity here.”

Frazier agrees with his assertion, citing that 76% of African Americans don’t have a four-year degree versus 76% of Americans age 26 without that credential.

“That’s a big gap. If we allow a situation to exist where four-year degrees are the entry-level criteria, then we’re excluding 3 out of 4 Black folks from ever having an opportunity. We formed this around closing that opportunity gap, creating pathways for African Americans who otherwise would not have a pathway to family-sustaining careers.”

As of 2022, the MIT Living Wage Calculator reveals that the range of such income is currently between $60,000 to $90,000 and higher, depending on a given location.

Corporate partners have adopted that mandate. For example, United Airlines has infused the initiative as part of its talent-building apparatus to meet the carrier’s goal of adding 50,000 workers to its payroll within the next five years.

“Joining OneTen will build on our current talent practices to further develop, retain and advance diverse talent to positions across the airline, better reflecting the customers and communities United serves,” United CEO Scott Kirby, who serves as chair of the Business Roundtable’s Education and Workforce Committee, said in a released statement.

“I look forward to learning from and working with other companies to close the opportunity gap for Black talent and increase opportunities for underrepresented groups in our workforce.”

At a accurate OneTen networking event in Philadelphia, Frazier, Jones, and Sulaiman Rahman, CEO of DiverseForce, a human capital solutions firm and local partner, shared their outlook in an exclusive interview with BLACK ENTERPRISE. The following are edited excerpts from that conversation.

Do you have an industry breakdown on where people have been employed?

Jones: If you look at the distribution across industries, it’s retail, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and finance. They would be the big ones. Then if you looked at the genuine jobs, it’s really dispersed. It’s sales jobs, business operations jobs, manufacturing jobs, HR jobs, and finance jobs.

So, how does OneTen track the job retention of these new hires?

Jones: It’s still early but [member] companies have to report to us quarterly. Amongst the data points we are capturing are retention and advancement. We actually want more than just retaining people in frontline jobs, which we see a lot of. What we really want is advancement and promotion. So, we’re trying to track their journey through the company.

Even though your member companies are hiring entry-level workers, how do you encourage them to place people on a management path?

Frazier:  Well, that’s why we say this is about family-sustaining careers. This is not about just hiring. It’s about development, promotion, retention, and advancement. Those are the things that we’re focusing on.

Jones:  So, we do that in a number of ways. One of the things that we are saying is that skills first is an approach for both new hires and promotions because you got a lot of folks who are working in these companies, have been working in them, doing a great job, and the reason they’re not getting promoted is some artificial credential. So, what we’re trying to do with these companies is actually get them to re-credential not just entry-level jobs but all of their jobs. Look at your company from the perspective of building jobs and pathways that are skills first, and that includes promotion opportunities.

Regardless of what level you enter a company, employees will need a skills upgrade to stay with that company.

Frazier: That’s a really important point. One of the things that I stress to people at Merck is that we live in a world with so much change. If you’re going to hire people based on past knowledge and past experience, you’re not necessarily hiring the right person to take you forward. It’s not really your knowledge base or your experience base. Are you intellectually curious? Are you adaptable? Are you the kind of person who’s willing to take a risk? Those things don’t necessarily have anything to do with that college degree. It’s the kind of person that you’re looking for that’s going to help drive through the change that we have in our society.

Some workplace veterans have real concerns. They say, “I may not have a college degree, and I may have started in the workforce 20, 30, 40 years ago, but are you looking at embracing baby boomers and GenXers as well as millennials and GenZers?” The emphasis has been on the younger employees.

Jones:  I’m glad you asked that. So OneTen is from 18 to 65. In fact, our average age of a hire is 33. The point is there are a lot of folks already in the workplace who have skills that would make them ready for jobs paying significantly more than what they’re making now and for jobs that enable them to have more responsibility than they have now.

Courtesy of PR Noir

What have been the most significant challenges for OneTen?

Jones: If I had to pick the greatest challenge, and I’m projecting over time, [it] will be whether we can inspire and sustain the trust that is needed to actually succeed. Companies have to trust that there is talent that they’re missing and that we can help them source that talent. Talent has to trust that the companies really want them; really value and respect them. The organizations that provide support to talent, whether they’re trainers, coaches, or mentors, really have to believe that you have the best interest of that talent at heart. We’re trying to get all of those players to work as a high-functioning team, and every coach will tell you the most valuable asset of a team is trust.

Frazier: The question is, if we’re going to talk about 1 million people, how do we do this at scale? And secondly, in order to do it at scale, how do we make sure that we don’t lose the momentum in the companies that have joined [this effort]. How do we make sure that it doesn’t lose momentum because people forgot about George Floyd, which was the impetus to do this? It’s important that all corporations had to agree on a 10-year commitment. They had to put money on the table. We didn’t let anybody come in saying, ‘I’m going to do this for a couple of years,” and then drop out.

How did the partnership between OneTen and DiverseForce evolve? What are the expectations?

Rahman: Seeing Ken Frazier and other heavy hitters make time to focus on something specific as Black talent was exciting to me and aligned with our mission to elevate Black talent in [Philadelphia]. We constantly challenge companies to rethink whether a four-year degree is needed for certain roles they are hiring for.

What I see this initiative do is democratize excellence for those who don’t have access to four-year education at these universities that are becoming more and more prohibitive to get into…some of this talent who’s taking care of family members [and] can’t afford to take off four years with no pay.

So, I was really excited to see an opportunity with our assets in Philadelphia, along with the social capital of Ken Frazier, Maurice Jones, and all the partners they have in place. We feel we can certainly be a win-win relationship. Let’s say we’re one plus one to equal 11. We saw that opportunity to make that happen here in Philadelphia.

How do you collaborate with the member companies to meet DiverseForce’s objectives?

Rahman:  We’re an extension of OneTen here in Philadelphia to really carry forward their mission to convene the appropriate stakeholders as far as employer partners, talent developers, and talent connectors. We’re the air traffic controllers here in Philadelphia to make sure that we’re working together to advance the mission.

Jones: We wanted a local-based organization that would be the convener of the ecosystem. So, he’s got to touch every single one of the players—the employers, talent developers, talent, and the talent support. That’s what DiverseForce is going to go for.

OneTen’s focus on hiring and promoting large numbers of Black people comes from the top at member companies. How do you ensure all managers within these corporations embrace this mandate?

Frazier: First, you touched on something very important: it’s a CEO-led mission. We realized that to drive this kind of change through an organization, if the CEO is not supportive, it’s just not there. But you need more than the CEOs. It has to be people at every level. I know from my experience that the CEO can say something [and by the time it gets] down to the middle of the organization, they’re like, “I can’t hear you.” You want to make sure that you have people advocating for this in the HR organizations. We’re asking CEOs to make a 10-year commitment to ensure that this gets driven throughout their company. It is not just deja vu. It requires commitment at all levels.

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Killexams : Launch puts Rochester P-TECH students on mission in space

ROCHESTER — The mission has just begun for a group of P-TECH 535 students.

The students, part of the information technology pathway at P-TECH 535, gathered before class at Rochester Community and Technical College on May 25, 2022, to watch the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket that is carrying a small satellite the students will monitor and work with over the next two years.

Launched on a Falcon 9 rocket, built and operated by SpaceX, from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, the rocket contains 59 small satellites, one of which will be monitored by these P-TECH students.

The program, called Endurance, allows the students to monitor and work on the CubeSat satellite as part of a program sponsored by IBM. Rochester’s P-TECH students were one of five groups of students internationally to be selected to work on this program.

According to Earth Tieskotter, a ninth-grade student involved in the IT pathway at P-TECH 535, the students first heard about the Endurance program through P-TECH teacher Vince Wagner. Seven students from the IT track volunteered to work on the Endurance program and collaborated to write their application.

“We wrote that together and that was pretty cool,” Tieskotter said. “Then we actually got admitted into it, which is crazy because there’s five of us in the whole world and only two are in the US.”

P-Teach Rocket Launch
A student at the P-TECH course initializes a programable control module before applying code and other functions as part of a larger project of working with a CubeSat that was launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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Tieskotter, who wants to be an astronaut one day, said they hope to get experience with coding and research from their experience working on the Endurance project.

“We're gonna send code up into the satellite, the CubeSat, and it's going to do research up there and even take photos of planets and stuff like that,” Tierskotter said.

Since getting selected for the Endurance program, Wagner said the group has been working on becoming familiar with the components of the CubeSat satellite before they start working on their first project: To write java code that will track the satellite’s location in its orbit.

“It brings real life to learning,” Wagner said. “It's really gonna motivate, I think, their code writing. It’s gonna motivate their math. That's really what education should be about.”

According to Wagner, the satellite could stay in orbit from two to 10 years, and the seven students involved in the Endurance program committed to staying involved in monitoring and working on the satellite for two years.

P-Teach Rocket Launch
Two students in the P-TECH 535 program work to build code before watching a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch with the satellite they will monitor and work with on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

Tucker Allen Covey / Post Bulletin

Leah Baethke, a literacy teacher for P-TECH 535, said her goal is to see P-TECH students develop the skills they will need to be successful in their careers, whether those are content-based skills or other skills like professionalism and teamwork.

“We could potentially have kids graduating high school at 18 with their LPN diploma or associate’s degree,” Baethke said. “They’re going to be ready to go into a really solid, good paying job, and that is going to open up opportunities for these kids that are just unbelievable."

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Killexams : FBI and MI-5 warn of Chinese industrial espionage. Trickbot's privateering. Cozy Bear sighting. Chinese APTs target Russia.

Dateline Beijing, Moscow, Kyiv, Ankara, Warsaw, Berlin, Paris, London, and Washington: Russia's hybrid war, and NATO's response.

Ukraine at D+133: Privateering during an "operational pause." (The CyberWire) There's apparently an "operational pause" for reconstitution in Russia's Donbas offensive, but Russian privateering and influence operations pick up their pace.

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 134 (Al Jazeera) As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 134th day, we take a look at the main developments.

Russia-Ukraine war: Russia fails to take territory for first time since war began (The Telegraph) Russia has not made any territorial gains in Ukraine for the first time in 133 days, according to its own assessments, hinting at an “operational pause” for its battle-stricken forces to recuperate.

Russia-Ukraine war: Snake Island and Odesa hit by rockets; row over ‘stolen’ Ukrainian grain grows – live (the Guardian) Local official says Russian rockets hit strategic island and city; Turkish ambassador summoned by Ukraine after Russian ship with grain released

Russia’s offensive gains pace in Donetsk; focus shifts to Slovyansk (Washington Post) After sweeping through Luhansk, Russian forces are now gaining ground in the neighboring Donetsk region. Both are part of the prized industrial Donbas heartland of eastern Ukraine that Moscow is seeking to control. Donetsk’s regional governor is urging the area’s 350,000 residents to evacuate as Russia intensifies its bombardment campaign, telling reporters Tuesday: “The destiny of the whole country will be decided by the Donetsk region.”

Slovyansk’s ‘remainers’ prepare for last stand against Russian invaders (The Telegraph) With the city poised to be flattened by Kremlin firepower, the citizens who haven’t fled either have nothing left to lose or a lot to fear

Russia confirms 6 Belarusian soldiers fighting for Ukraine captured or killed in Luhansk (Fox News) Roughly six Belarusian soldiers who volunteered to fight in Ukraine against Russia's invasion were confirmed on Wednesday to have been captured or killed.

Norwegian air chief: Russia isn't '10 feet tall,' but don't discount it (Breaking Defense) "I think we shouldn't underestimate [Russia's] level of capability, because I don't think we have seen it," Maj. Gen. Rolf Folland, chief of the Royal Norwegian Air Force, told Breaking Defense.

Unprecedented Shift: The Trickbot Group is Systematically Attacking Ukraine (Security Intelligence) IBM Security X-Force uncovered evidence indicating that the Russia-based cybercriminal syndicate "Trickbot group" has been attacking Ukraine since the Russian invasion. Explore an in-depth analysis on six of ITG23's campaigns.

Trickbot may be carrying water for Russia (Washington Post) A top ransomware distributor has targeted Ukraine six times since Russia’s invasion.

Targets of Interest | Russian Organizations Increasingly Under Attack By Chinese APTs (SentinelOne) Chinese-linked phishing campaign seeks to compromise Russian targets with custom malware designed for espionage.

Chinese hackers targeting Russian government, telecoms: report (The Record by Recorded Future) Chinese hacking groups are targeting the Russian government and organizations in the telecommunications industry, according to a new report.

Russia Info Ops Home In on Perceived Weak Links (VOA) New report by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future says the Kremlin's disinformation efforts have focused on France, Germany, Poland and Turkey

Russia rages over French leak of Vladimir Putin’s ‘ice hockey’ phone call (The Telegraph) Emmanuel Macron's government criticised for taping conversation in which Russian president rebuffed last-ditch call for peace talks

NFT scammers see an opportunity in Ukraine donations (The Record by Recorded Future) The Ukrainian government and celebrities have been promoting non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and cryptocurrencies to raise funds for the country's military during its ongoing war with Russia.

Why Ukraine loves Boris (Atlantic Council) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's domestic approval rating has hit rock bottom but he is the most popular foreign politician in Ukraine thanks to his support for the country in its fight against Vladimir Putin's invasion.

Don’t make decisions without me, frustrated Volodymyr Zelensky orders general (The Telegraph) Ukrainian president rebukes military commander over draconian travel restrictions that would have kept army recruits from visiting families

Ukraine’s military plans to limit free movement to make conscription easier (the Guardian) Unclear if Zelenskiy backs permit system to keep men eligible to fight in the region they are registered in

Latvia to reinstate compulsory military service amid Russia’s war on Ukraine (POLITICO) 15 years after abolishing the measure, Riga plans to make all men aged 18-27 complete 11 months of training.

Putin’s poisonous anti-Western ideology relies heavily on projection (Atlantic Council) Vladimir Putin's poisonous anti-Western ideology is rooted in projection of his own authoritarian instincts and outdated assumptions about the adversarial nature of relations between Russia and the democratic world.

The Great Global Rearmament (Foreign Affairs) Ukraine and the dangerous rise in military spending.

Winning friends and influencing Russians: Three audiences the US should target (Atlantic Council) The Biden administration needs an offensive strategy that prioritizes transparency and truth to defeat Russian aggression.

The U.S. Is Expanding Its Goals in Ukraine, and That’s a Very Good Thing (The National Interest) If we want a lasting and durable peace in Europe, with Russia contained, the West should arm Ukraine to the teeth.

Special dispatch from Madrid: At NATO's historic summit, good scores points on evil, but it's not enough to stop Putin's Ukraine war (Atlantic Council) Despite the successes of the NATO summit, Russia's missile strike on a Ukrainian shopping mall put the brutality of Putin's war into stark relief.

Ukraine tensions run high as Lavrov flies into Bali for G20 foreign ministers summit (the Guardian) Meeting in Indonesia will be the first with the Russian envoy since the Kremlin invaded its neighbour, triggering global food and energy crises

How to Equip Ukraine to Break the Black Sea Blockade (Foreign Policy) Russia’s grain blockade is a global catastrophe. It can be broken without NATO intervention.

Ukraine defies Russia and launches electricity exports to EU neighbors (Atlantic Council) Ukraine’s remarkable wartime synchronization with the electricity grid of continental Europe moved up a gear at the end of June with the landmark launch of commercial electricity exports to neighboring Romania.

Zelenskiy calls on trader Vitol to stop shipping Russian ‘blood oil’ (the Guardian) Kyiv asks largest independent oil trader to state when it will ship last barrel and how much it will ship until that date

Attacks, Threats, and Vulnerabilities

Heads of FBI, MI5 Issue Joint Warning on Chinese Spying (Wall Street Journal) “The Chinese government is set on stealing your technology,” the agency chiefs tell business leaders.

FBI and MI5 leaders supply unprecedented joint warning on Chinese spying (the Guardian) Christopher Wray joins Ken McCallum in London, calling Beijing the ‘biggest long-term threat to economic security’

FBI and MI5 bosses: China cheats and steals at massive scale (Register) Other US spooks chime in with similar warnings

FBI director suggests China bracing for sanctions if it invades Taiwan (Washington Post) In a rare speech alongside London counterpart, Director Christopher Wray amps up warnings about Chinese hacking and influence operations

Near-undetectable malware linked to Russia's Cozy Bear (Register) The fun folk who attacked Solar Winds using a poisoned CV and tools from the murky world of commercial hackware

Russia's Cozy Bear linked to nearly undetectable malware (Computing) The distribution mechanism is similar to previous attacks by the Russian group.

When Pentest Tools Go Brutal: Red-Teaming Tool Being Abused by Malicious Actors (Unit 42) Pentest and adversary emulation tool Brute Ratel C4 is effective at defeating modern detection capabilities – and malicious actors have begun to adopt it.

China Escalates Efforts to Influence U.S. State and Local Leaders, Officials Warn (Wall Street Journal) American counterintelligence officials are sounding the alarm about Chinese influence operations as tensions between Beijing and Washington rise.

Protecting Government and Business Leaders at the U.S. State and Local Level from People’s Republic of China (PRC) Influence Operations. (National Counterintelligence and Security Center) For decades, a broad range of entities in China have forged ties with government and business leaders at the state and local levels of the United States, often yielding benefits for both sides. However, as tensions between Beijing and Washington have grown, the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) under President Xi Jinping has increasingly sought to exploit these China-U.S. subnational relationships to influence U.S. policies and advance PRC geopolitical interests.

North Korean ransomware dubbed Maui active since May 2021 (Register) CISA, FBI, US Treasury warn Kim Jong-un's latest malware has hit healthcare orgs

China Police Database Was Left Open Online for Over a Year, Enabling Leak (Wall Street Journal) Cybersecurity experts say the error enabled the theft of records of nearly 1 billion people, including senior officials, leading to a $200,000 ransom note.

Shanghai data leak: China tested by possible largest hack in history (The Christian Science Monitor) “ChinaDan,” a Chinese hacker, claims to possess the phone numbers, names, and ages of 1 billion Chinese citizens. Although the scale of the leak seems huge, experts say many online advertising companies already get the same type of data when browsing online.

Researchers Flag 'Significant Escalation' in Software Supply Chain Attacks (SecurityWeek) Researchers at ReversingLabs and Checkmarx release separate warnings about software supply chain attacks targeting the open source NPM ecosystem.

Evasive Rust-Coded Hive Ransomware Variant Emerges (SecurityWeek) Researchers nab a new, highly evasive variant of the Hive ransomware written in Rust and supporting command-line parameters.

OrBit, a new sophisticated Linux malware still undetected (Security Affairs) Cybersecurity researchers warn of new malware, tracked as OrBit, which is a fully undetected Linux threat. Cybersecurity researchers at Intezer have uncovered a new Linux malware, tracked as OrBit, that is still undetected. The malware can be installed as a volatile implant either by achieving persistence on the compromised systems. The malware implements advanced evasion […]

Cyberattack knocks out California community college email, website, landlines (The Record by Recorded Future) A 12,500-student community college in California is suffering from a cyberattack that brought down the school’s online services and campus phone lines. 

Marriott Hotels suffers third data breach in 4 years (Register) Digital thieves made off with 20GB of internal documents and customer data

Marriott hit by new data breach and a failed extortion attempt (BleepingComputer) Hotel giant Marriott International confirmed this week that it was hit by another data breach after an unknown threat actor managed to breach one of its properties and steal 20 GB worth of files.

Marriott says hackers attempted to extort company with Baltimore hotel data theft (The Record by Recorded Future) Marriott confirmed reports that hackers tried to extort the company after 20 GB of employee and customer data was stolen from BWI Airport Marriott in Baltimore.

American Marriage Ministries acknowledges data exposure after earlier incident reported to FBI (The Record by Recorded Future) Wedding officiant training company American Marriage Ministries (AMM) said it is dealing with another data security issue after reporting a breach of sensitive data to the FBI earlier this year. 

Mass. FD warns of data breach that may include EMS patients (EMS1) The number of people affected is unknown, but Comstar Ambulance Billing said that suspicious activity was detected in March

Cybersecurity expert weighs in on Cedar Rapids schools’ cybersecurity breach (Cedar Rapids Gazette) Summer programs closed for the remainder of the week as district officials work with experts to find a solution

Macmillan Says Retailers Can Again Order Its Books After accurate Cyberattack (Wall Street Journal) The company said it is working its way through a backlog of orders and that it doesn’t anticipate it will have to change the publication date of any of its coming books.

SHI hit by 'professional malware attack' (CRN) Reseller insists there is currently no evidence to suggest its customers were impacted

Crema hacker returns $8M, keeps $1.6M in deal with protocol (Cointelegraph) Solana-based liquidity protocol Crema Finance recovered $8 million of the $9.6 million it lost from a security exploit on July 2, granting the rest as a bounty to the exploiter.

Security Patches, Mitigations, and Software Updates

OpenSSL Releases Security Update (CISA) OpenSSL has released a security update to address a vulnerability affecting OpenSSL 3.0.4. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system.  CISA encourages users and administrators to review the OpenSSL advisory and upgrade to the appropriate version. 

OpenSSL fixes two “one-liner” crypto bugs – what you need to know (Naked Security) “As bad as Heartbleed”? We heard that concern a week ago, but we think it’s less ungood than that…

OpenSSL version 3.0.5 fixes a flaw that could potentially lead to RCE (Security Affairs) The development team behind the OpenSSL project fixed a high-severity bug in the library that could potentially lead to remote code execution. The maintainers of the OpenSSL project fixed a high-severity heap memory corruption issue, tracked as CVE-2022-2274, affecting the popular library. This bug makes the RSA implementation with 2048 bit private keys incorrect on such machines and triggers […]

Cisco and Fortinet Release Security Patches for Multiple Products (The Hacker News) Fortinet and Cisco released patches to address security vulnerabilities across multiple products.

Owl Labs Update (Owl Labs) Today, June 23, 2022, Owl Labs released the latest software update in reference to accurate security issues that were identified.

Study Reveals That Mid-Sized Organizations Need to Prioritize Cybersec (PRWeb) Egnyte, a leader in cloud content security and governance, today released its Cybersecurity Trends for Mid-Sized Organizations Report, a mid-year updat

Cyberattacks against law enforcement are on the rise (Help Net Security) Resecurity, a Los Angeles-based cybersecurity company protecting Fortune 500 companies worldwide, has registered an increase in malicious activity


Vector Capital becomes the majority shareholder of WatchGuard Technologies (Help Net Security) WatchGuard Technologies announced that Vector Capital closed the deal to acquire interests previously owned by other co-investors.

WatchGuard's new owner vows to 'double down' on MSPs (CRN) It was announced in April that Vector Capital had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the interests of other shareholders, including Francisco Partners

Security Automation Firm Swimlane Closes $70 Million Funding Round (SecurityWeek) Swimlane banks $70 million in a growth funding round led by Activate Capital, bringing the total raised to $170 million.

BlueVoyant UK Marks One Year of Impressive Momentum, Targeting Aggressive Growth with Senior Cyber Security Appointments (PR Newswire) BlueVoyant UK, an industry-leading cyber defence platform company converging internal and external security, today announced significant UK...

DIA posts network-centric warfare training sources sought (Intelligence Community News) On July 6, the Defense Intelligence Agency posted a sources sought notice for Network Centric Warfare training. Responses are due by 1:00 p.m. Eastern on July 20.

DoD Launches 'Hack US' Bounties for Major Flaws in Publicly Exposed Assets (SecurityWeek) The U.S. Department of Defense launches a limited bug bounty program to reward high- and critical-severity vulnerabilities in its publicly accessible information systems.

Products, Services, and Solutions

What is ZuoRAT? | Allot's Network Security & IoT Blog for CSPs & Enterprises (ALLOT) Meet ZuoRAT, a remote access trojan that attacks via SOHO routers. Find out how it works, and what service providers and businesses can protect themselves.

Red Canary and Palo Alto Networks expand collaboration to provide detection and response across security landscape (PR Newswire) Red Canary, the Managed Detection and Response (MDR) trailblazer, has expanded its collaboration with industry leader Palo Alto Networks to...

Talon Cyber Security Introduces First Secure Enterprise Browser for Mobile Devices to Bring Full Visibility and Security to All Endpoints Across Enterprise Environments (Talon Cyber Security) Talon Delivers Enterprise-Grade Security through Mobile Browser to Close Significant Gap in Endpoint Security Programs  Tel Aviv, Israel – July 7, 2022 – Talon Cyber Security, the leading secure enterprise browser provider, today introduced TalonWork Mobile, a version of its TalonWork browser made specifically for mobile endpoints. With TalonWork Mobile, customers can extend secure access and...

CISA and NPower offer free entry-level cybersecurity training (Help Net Security) NPower is looking for recruits for a free cybersecurity training program aimed at underserved populations in the US.

Technologies, Techniques, and Standards

Implementing a Zero Trust Architecture (NIST NCCOE) The proliferation of cloud computing, mobile device use, and the Internet of Things has dissolved conventional network boundaries. The workforce is more distributed, with remote workers who need access to resources anytime, anywhere, and on any device, to support the mission. Organizations must evolve to provide secure access to company resources from any location and asset, protect interactions with business partners, and shield client-server as well as inter-server communications.

How to Avoid the Worst Instagram Scams (Wired) Fake sellers. Competitions. Crypto cons. There are plenty of grifts on the platform, but you don’t have to get sucked in.

Credential Stuffing Examples and Keys to Detection (ThreatX) As part of our ongoing blog series on the modern threat landscape, we are taking a look at some of the many threats and risks that are often missed by legacy WAFs and security tools. Unlike traditional injection and XSS attacks, this newer breed of attacks excels at evading traditional signatures and regex rules, allowing […]

How to Secure PowerShell and Use it for Cybersecurity Defense (My TechDecisions) Cybersecurity agencies say organizations should take several steps to secure PowerShell and keep it from being used in cyberattacks.

Cyber Yankee exercise hones New England Guard skills to fight digital threats (C4ISRNet) “Whether it’s a state or a federal effort, the importance of being prepared to respond to a cyber incident is paramount.”

Lessons Learned While Pentesting GraphQL (Black Hills Information Security) Sean Verity // GraphQL is one of those technologies that I heard about several years ago but had not encountered during an genuine pentest. After reading a blog or two, […]

Design and Innovation

Press Release | Fortress Sponsors Open Web Application Security Project to Work on Industry-Wide SBOM Standards (Fortress Infosec) Fortress joins the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) to support the CycloneDX project, which is focused on promoting a lightweight SBOM standard.

Apple introduces 'Lockdown Mode' iPhone feature to block elite spyware (NBC News) The new feature aims to counter the rise of advanced hacking software that governments sometimes use to spy on people’s devices.

Apple Adds 'Lockdown Mode' to Thwart .Gov Mercenary Spyware (SecurityWeek) Apple is adding a new ‘Lockdown Mode’ that significantly reduces attack surface and adds technical roadblocks to limit sophisticated software exploits.

Research and Development

Bias in Artificial Intelligence: Can AI be Trusted? (SecurityWeek) AI in cybersecurity has value, but there is concern over faulty algorithms, hidden bias, false positives, abuse of privacy, and potential for abuse by criminals, law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

Legislation, Policy, and Regulation

Democracies Aren’t Ready for AI’s Impact (World Politics Review) Artificial intelligence is already an important part of daily lives around the world, and much of what it does is uncontroversial. But there’s a sinister side to the technology—one that, because of the danger it poses to democracy and human rights, demands much greater attention than it has so far received.

China’s Cabinet Urges Greater Cybersecurity After Data Leak (Bloomberg) State Council meeting discusses need to safeguard information. Gathering follows largest potential hack in country’s history.

Aussie MSSPs dish on Home Affairs' enforcement of The Critical Infrastructure Bill (CRN Australia) We hear from Cytrack, Sekuro and Stickman Cyber on their views.

The Role Of National Center For Cyber Security In Pakistan (The Nation) The entire world is going digital for all the right reasons. Thanks to its large internet user base, Pakistan has also undergone massive digitisation. With improved internet connectivity, the government, the private stakeholders and even individuals

Breaking down the cyber amendments to the House defense policy bill (The Record by Recorded Future) House lawmakers have filed an eye-popping 1,144 amendments to the chamber’s annual defense policy bill, including nearly two dozen cyber-related proposals.

Justice Department identifies disrupting ransomware and cyberattacks as key objective in new strategic plan (FedScoop) The Department of Justice said Friday that it will make disrupting ransomware attacks and prosecuting cybercriminals a key objective as part of a new strategic plan. In a statement, the department said it intends to beef up its cybersecurity technological capabilities and to more aggressively pursue those who put U.S. government information or assets at […]

Pentagon ‘endorses’ reciprocity for CMMC, FedRAMP requirements (Federal News Network) DoD still needs to iron out the details for how it will streamline overlapping cybersecurity requirements.

How the US DHS develops hard-to-find cybersecurity skills (CSO Online) The Department of Homeland Security's Amanda Conley tells how she finds and uplevels specialized and expensive cybersecurity talent on a government budget.

FCC taps GSA’s Hill to be new CIO (Federal News Network) Allen Hill, the deputy assistant commissioner for Category Management in the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration, will take over the FCC’s lead technology role on Aug. 1.

Litigation, Investigation, and Law Enforcement

Iran TV says several foreigners, a UK diplomat, detained for alleged spying (Reuters) Iran's Revolutionary Guards have detained several foreigners, including Britain's second most senior envoy in Tehran, for alleged acts of spying such as taking soil samples in restricted areas, state television reported on Wednesday.

Draft Online Safety law requires encrypted chat CSAM scans (Register) 'It is possible to implement end-to-end crypto in a way that preserves privacy,' claims UK Home Sec

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Killexams : Beacon Leadership Council

Vincent Caprio founded the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF) in October 2008. In this role he created the Water 2.0 Conference series of which he is currently the Chairman Emeritus. As an early advocate for nanotechnology, Mr. Caprio is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA). In 2002, he launched the highly successful NanoBusiness Conference series, now in its 19th year. 

A pioneer at the intersection of business and technology, Vincent Caprio possesses a unique ability to spot emerging and societally significant technologies in their early stages. He successfully creates brands and business organizations focused on specific technology markets, and launches events that not only educate, but also connect and empower stakeholders that include investors, technologists, CEOs and politicians. 

It is Mr. Caprio’s avid interest in history and background in finance that enabled him to be among the first to recognize the impact that specific technologies will have on business and society. By building community networks centered around his conferences, he has facilitated the growth of important new technologies, including nanotechnology, clean water technology and most recently, engineering software. 

Mr. Caprio is also one of the foremost advocates for government funding of emerging technology at both the State and Federal levels. He has testified before Congress, EPA, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), as well as the state legislatures of New York and Connecticut, and has been an invited speaker at over 100 events. Mr. Caprio has also organized public policy tours in Washington, DC, educating politicians about emerging tech through meetings with high-level technology executives. 

In the events sector, Mr. Caprio served as the Event Director who launched of The Emerging Technologies Conference in association with MIT’s Technology Review Magazine. He also acted as consultant to the leading emerging technology research and advisory firm Lux Research, for its Lux Executive Summit in 2005 & 2006. In 2002, Mr. Caprio served as the Event Director and Program Director of the Forbes/IBM Executive Summit. 

Prior to founding the NanoBCA, Mr. Caprio was Event Director for Red Herring Conferences, producing the company’s Venture Market conferences and Annual Summit reporting to Red Herring Magazine Founder and Publisher Tony Perkins, and Editor, Jason Pontin. His industry peers have formally recognized Mr. Caprio on several occasions for his talents in both tradeshow and conference management. 

Mr. Caprio was named Sales Executive of the Year in 1994 while employed with Reed Exhibitions, and was further honored with three Pathfinder Awards in 1995 for launching The New York Restaurant Show, Buildings Chicago and Buildings LA. 

Prior to joining Reed Elsevier’s office of the Controller in 1989, Mr. Caprio was employed at Henry Charles Wainwright investment group as a Senior Tax Accountant. In the 1980’s, he specialized in the preparation of 1120, 1065 and 1040 tax forms, and was also employed with the Internal Revenue Service from 1979- 1981. 

During the past 10 years, Mr. Caprio has been involved in numerous nonprofit philanthropic activities including: Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), Easton Learning Foundation, Easton Community Center, Easton Racquet Club, First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield, Omni Nano, FBI Citizen’s Academy, Villanova Alumni Recruitment Network and Easton Exchange Club. 

Mr. Caprio graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting/MIS from the Villanova School of Business. He received an MBA/MPA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. 

In the spring of 2015, Mr. Caprio was appointed to Wichita State University's Applied Technology Acceleration Institute (ATAI) as a water and energy expert. In 2017 he was named Program Director of the Center for Digital Transformation at Pfeiffer University. Mr. Caprio was elected in November 2016 and serves as the Easton, Connecticut Registrar of Voters. 

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Killexams : IBM acquires Israeli startup Databand to boost data capabilities

US tech giant IBM said Wednesday that it acquired Israeli startup, the developer of a data observability software platform for data scientists and engineers, to strengthen the multinational’s data, artificial intelligence, and automation offerings.

The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to the agreement, Databand employees will join the IBM Data and AI division to further enhance IBM’s portfolio of data and AI products including its IBM Watson, a question-answering computer system, and IBM Cloud Pak for Data, a data analytics platform.

IBM said the acquisition was finalized in late June and that the purchase will build on IBM’s research and development investments, as well as strategic acquisitions in AI and automation. Databand is IBM’s fifth acquisition this year, the company noted.

Databand was founded in 2018 by Josh Benamram, Victor Shafran, and Evgeny Shulman, and rolled out a software platform that the company says helps enterprises and organizations get on top of their data to ensure “data health” and fix issues like errors and anomalies, pipeline failures, and general quality.

The data observability and data quality market is likely to see further growth, as more organizations look to closely track and protect their data. A Statista report estimated that the sector will grow from about $13 billion in worth in 2020 to almost $20 billion in 2024.

Based in Tel Aviv, Databand has raised about $20 million, according to the Start-Up Nation Finder database, with investors such as VCs Accel, Blumberg Capital, Ubiquity Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Hyperwise, and F2 Ventures.

“By using with IBM Observability by Instana APM [an application performance monitoring solution] and IBM Watson Studio, IBM is well-positioned to address the full spectrum of observability across IT operations,” IBM said in the announcement Wednesday.

“Our clients are data-driven enterprises who rely on high-quality, trustworthy data to power their mission-critical processes. When they don’t have access to the data they need in any given moment, their business can grind to a halt,” said Daniel Hernandez, general manager for IBM Data and AI, in a statement.

“With the addition of, IBM offers the most comprehensive set of observability capabilities for IT across applications, data and machine learning, and is continuing to provide our clients and partners with the technology they need to deliver trustworthy data and AI at scale,” he explained.

Benamram, who serves as Databand CEO, said: “You can’t protect what you can’t see, and when the data platform is ineffective, everyone is impacted –including customers. That’s why global brands such as FanDuel, Agoda and Trax Retail already rely on to remove bad data surprises by detecting and resolving them before they create costly business impacts.

Joining IBM will help Databand “scale our software and significantly accelerate our ability to meet the evolving needs of enterprise clients,” he added.

Databand is one of a number of leading Israeli data observability companies including Coralogix, which raised a $142 million Series D funding round announced in May, and Monte Carlo, which secured a $135 million Series D round at a valuation of $1.6 billion, also in May.

Separately, IBM has been active in Israel for decades and runs an R&D center in Tel Aviv and a research lab in Haifa.

The Haifa team is the largest lab of IBM Research Division outside of the United States. Founded as a small scientific center in 1972, it grew into a lab that leads the development of innovative technological products and cognitive solutions for the IBM corporation. Its various projects utilize AI, cloud data services, blockchain, healthcare informatics, image and video analytics, and wearable solutions.

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Killexams : IBM acquires Databand to bolster its data observability stack

IBM today announced that it acquired Databand, a startup developing an observability platform for data and machine learning pipelines. Details of the deal weren't disclosed, but Tel Aviv-based Databand had raised $14.5 million prior to the acquisition.

Databand employees will join IBM's data and AI division, with the purchase expected to close on July 27.

In a statement, IBM general manager for data and AI Daniel Hernandez said that folding Databand into IBM's broader portfolio would help the latter's customers better identify and fix data issues including errors, pipeline failures and poor quality. The plan is to expand Databand's observability capabilities for integrations across open source and commercial tools, while allowing customers to have "full flexibility" in running Databand either as a service or a self-hosted subscription.

"Our clients are data-driven enterprises who rely on high-quality, trustworthy data to power their mission-critical processes. When they don't have access to the data they need in any given moment, their business can grind to a halt," Hernandez said.

Hernandez sees Databand complementing IBM's existing observability tools, namely IBM Observability by Instana APM and IBM Watson Studio. For example, he suggests, Databand could alert engineers when the data they're using to power an analytics system is incomplete, triggering Instana to explain where the missing data originated and why the system is failing.

"With the addition of Databand, IBM ... is continuing to provide our clients and partners with the technology they need to deliver trustworthy data and AI at scale," Hernandez added.

Databand was co-founded in 2018 by Josh Benamram, Victor Shafran and Evgeny Shulman. As my colleague Ingrid Lunden wrote in her profile of the company two years ago, Databand crunches various pipeline metadata including logs, runtime info and data profiles, and presents it in a single platform alongside data from other sources like Airflow, Spark and Snowflake. The goal is to supply engineers a view of where bottlenecks or anomalies are appearing and the potential reasons why.

Databand managed to attract notable customers including FanDuel, Agoda and Trax Retail. Accel, Blumberg Capital, Lerer Hippeau, Ubiquity Ventures, Differential Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners were among the early investors.

"You can’t protect what you can’t see, and when the data platform is ineffective, everyone is impacted – including customers," Benamram said in a statement. "That’s why global brands ... already rely on Databand to remove bad data surprises by detecting and resolving them before they create costly business impacts. Joining IBM will help us scale our software and significantly accelerate our ability to meet the evolving needs of enterprise clients.”

Data observability is a burgeoning -- and perhaps even recession-proof -- market. As the volume of data continues to climb, organizations are struggling to manage the health and quality of their datasets (so the vendor narrative goes). Statista estimates that the sector will increase from $12.98 billion in worth in 2020 to $19.38 billion in 2024, buoyed by the growth of startups like Manta, Monte Carlo, Edge Delta and Cribl. Investors poured over half a billion dollars into observability startups in May alone.

In a press release, IBM notes that Databand is its fifth acquisition in 2022. It continues the buying spree Arvind Krishna kicked off when he became CEO two years ago, focused on companies in AI, automation, cloud and IT.

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Killexams : Carlo Purassanta appointed Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, at ION

LONDON, July 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- ION, the largest global provider of trading, analytics, business information, and risk management solutions for capital markets, commodities, and treasury management, has appointed Carlo Purassanta as Executive Vice President for Strategy and Corporate Development.

Carlo Purassanta appointed Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, at ION

Andrea Pignataro, ION's Founder and CEO, said, "Carlo's extensive experience in leading top global teams at the forefront of technological innovation is strategic for ION as we continue to expand and innovate in a growing number of segments."

Carlo Purassanta, ION's Executive Vice President, said, "I am thrilled to join ION. The company holds a unique, strategic position in a constantly expanding global sector. I am enthused by its model to combine the financial sophistication, skills, and speed of execution of large private equity funds with the depth, stability, and long-term approach of an industrial operator at scale. ION's growth over the past 20 years is outstanding and I look forward to contributing to support it further."

Carlo has been President of Microsoft Italia (2013–2017) and Microsoft France (2018–2021). Before this, Carlo worked for IBM and has been Business Development Executive for Southwest Europe, and Director in France and in EMEA. He holds an Engineering degree from Politecnico di Milano in Italy, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Henley Business School in the UK.

Carlo currently is a member of the Strategy Advisory Board for the Graduate School of Management of Politecnico di Milano, a member of the Advisory Board for Only The Brave (OTB), and a member of the Investment Board of the French Touch Fund.

About ION

ION provides mission-critical trading and workflow automation software, high-value analytics and insights, and strategic consulting to financial institutions, central banks, governments, and corporates. Our solutions and services simplify complex processes, boost efficiency, and enable better decision-making. We build long-term partnerships with our clients, helping transform their business for sustained success through continuous innovation. For more information, visit

For further information, please contact:

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