Security in Color Newsletter: #50

Happy Friday ya'll...

Welcome to the Security in Color Newsletter, a guide on news, events, and resources in the cybersecurity community. Curated and written by Dominique West.

The TL;DR:

Checking in: Happy Friday! Please help me by filling out this survey.

News: Amazon is about to swoop up everyone into an untested mesh network, make sure you opt-out. More attacks hitting companies all over the world and honestly, it’s a hot mess.

Events: Friday night hacking labs, Wireshark study groups, conferences

Checking In

Happy Friday y’all and Happy Pride Month!

We are halfway through 2021! Crazy isn’t it? I, for one, am ready for this rain to stop in NYC and for summer to act like it wants to show up! It’s supposed to be beautiful this weekend, I hope it is where you are as well so you can go outside and have some *safe* fun.

In other news, I have been working on some boot camps/study groups upcoming for everyone. I am teaching this Google Cloud Engineering Bootcamp starting in August. (If it is waitlisted, join anyway because some people drop off). I also plan to do an AWS study group soon once ya girl can get some breathing room. Are you studying for anything? If so, let me know (comment on this newsletter or Twitter).

Also, survey time :)

If you wouldn’t mind taking 30 seconds to fill out this survey, please. It will help point me in the right direction as I aim to provide more resources to the SIC audience. Thank you in advance. Alright, have a great weekend!

Enjoy the newsletter!

~ Dominique ~

Cybersecurity News

Catch up on the latest technology and cybersecurity news. Links to the latest news below or check out our podcast or blog for a quick, informative, and fun-to-listen summary.


Amazon Sidewalk Poised to Sweep You Into Its Mesh

On June 8, Amazon, the Web giant with tentacles reaching into every nook and cranny of our lives, is going to stretch those tentacles out further by turning all its gadgets into little cell towers so they can help each other out with little slices of bandwidth. It’s created a new Wi-Fi protocol with no beta testing to get your gadgets to talk to one another: a recipe for potential security and privacy problems, some experts say.


Cyber-Insurance Fuels Ransomware Payment Surge

Companies relying on their cyber-insurance policies to pay off ransomware criminals are being blamed for a recent uptick in ransomware attacks. Ransomware victims are increasingly falling back on their cyber-insurance providers to pay the ransom when they’re hit with an extortion cyberattack. But security researchers warn that this approach can quickly become problematic. In the first half of 2020, ransomware attacks accounted for 41 percent of the total number of filed cyber-insurance claims, according to a Cyber Claims Insurance Report released last year by Coalition.


FUJIFILM shuts down network after suspected ransomware attack

FujiFilm is investigating a ransomware attack and has shut down portions of its network to prevent the attack's spread. "FUJIFILM Corporation is currently carrying out an investigation into possible unauthorized access to its server from outside of the company. As part of this investigation, the network is partially shut down and disconnected from external correspondence," FUJIFILM said in a statement."We want to state what we understand as of now and the measures that the company has taken. In the late evening of June 1, 2021, we became aware of the possibility of a ransomware attack. As a result, we have taken measures to suspend all affected systems in coordination with our various global entities."


UF Health Florida hospitals back to pen and paper after cyberattack

UF Health Central Florida has suffered a reported ransomware attack that forced two hospitals to shut down portions of their IT network.


Cybersecurity Events Happening Around The Globe

Check out the full calendar line-up here and add it directly to your Google Calendar. Have an event you want to be added to? Leave a comment or reply directly to this newsletter.



Cyber / Tech Job Postings

Go secure that bag! The jobs posted here I have either been directly contacted to post or have come across them in my network. Either way, apply anyway even if you don’t check every box.

Role: Observability Engineer | Company: Sweetwater| Location: Fort Wayne, IN | Experience Level: Entry Level | Apply here

Role: Airflow Engineer | Company: Astronomer | Location: San Fran, CA | Experience Level: Entry Level | Apply here

Role: Engineer | Company: American Express | Location: New York, NY | Experience Level: Entry Level | Apply here

Role: IAM Engineer | Company: Whole Foods Market | Location: Austin, TX | Experience Level: Entry Level | Apply here

Role: Engineer | Company: CCS Globaltech | Location: Austin, TX | Experience Level: Entry Level | Apply here

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