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Here are the stories that caught our eye this week:

DEF CON 28 Enters “Safe Mode With Networking”
Surprising no one, the in-person DEF CON conference has been canceled for 2020. In an eminently sober and fact-based post, conference organizer Dark Tangent explains that he doesn’t see a path to a place where a large gathering would be safe for the originally scheduled dates (August 6-9). Instead, as is the style today, DEF CON will be held as an online-only event, shortened slightly to August 7-9th. One imagines that a conference dedicated to people who spend much of their time online will transfer better than most to a remote format, especially considering they have kept their priorities straight and have already released commemorative merch.

Cybersecurity tips for work from home during coronavirus pandemic
Article #N out of infinity that have been published about “Cybersecurity work from home tips!” What jumps out at us is that these articles are surfacing more and more into the so called “mainstream media.” These outlets are more likely to be read by people to whom cybersecurity has been, up until now,something between an abstract concept and a boogie man.

We predict that this flood of articles will bring with it a new interest in consumer-level cybersecurity, as well as a flood of outdated and downright incorrect information. This could provide an opportunity for ‘real’ cybersecurity professionals, who might find new demand for their services as an (albeit slightly misinformed) audience grows.

Cybersecurity: Half of businesses have had remote working security scares
Here’s the other side of the “tips from working from home” coin- the effect it has on the businesses these now-remote workers connect to. At the outset of the pandemic, there was wide speculation that the sudden increased surface area of remote workers would pose a cybersecurity risk.

Eight-ish weeks down the line, we’re now starting to see that the impact is indeed real for a significant portion of companies (at least those surveyed for the linked article). We are now free to shift from speculation to analysis- what exactly went wrong, and how can we address it for current and future situations? If there’s any comfort in this situation, it’s that the predicted weak link of people making rushed decisions led to many of the scary situations. So, if you want to head off a technical exploit- start with the people, people.

Bonus: One fish, two fish in the house

Or, “how to hack your childhood memories.”