The inaugural Women in Security Conference & Awards was held with a sellout crowd and a dynamic roster of speakers that talked enthusiastically about their roles in cybersecurity, the challenges and advantages of being women in the industry, and the importance of engagement within the cybersecurity industry to make the most out of increasingly diverse working teams.
There was a strong spirit of camaraderie and sharing, with fun photos at the onsite photo booth and a strong turnout as the Awards ceremony recognised pioneers – including a 14-year-old schoolgirl who is already doing amazing work in cybersecurity – in advancing the cause of women in the industry.
Meanwhile, the industry rolled on dealing with the usual assortment of attacks and vulnerabilities. Google and YouTube were fined $US170m ($A243m) for collecting data about children for targeted advertising, for example, while the world was shocked by reports of voice-based AI facilitating a significant CEO fraud.
Researchers warned about an SMS-based attack that enables advanced phishing on Android mobiles.
In an unusual juxtaposition, exploits for the notoriously-insecure Android mobile operating system have actually become more expensive in malware-distribution circles than those for Apple’s iOS – which has been targeted by so many exploits lately that the market is responding to a “glut”.
Questions were raised about biometric authentication after a Swedish school was fined over ‘roll call’ facial recognition.
Researchers warned about an insecure ‘virtual USB” feature in Supermicro baseband management controller software that could leave the servers open to attack.