Sony and Microsoft set rivalry aside for cloud gaming alliance

TOKYO — Sony and Microsoft, bitter rivals in the video game console wars, will team up in on-demand gaming to better compete with newcomers like Google as the industry’s main battlefield looks poised to shift to the cloud, Nikkei has learned. Sony President and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida has signed a memorandum of understanding with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on a strategic tie-up.

Link: Sony and Microsoft set rivalry aside for cloud gaming alliance
via asia.nikkei.com

New Intel Vulnerabilities Bring Fresh CPU Attack Dangers

Four newly discovered vulns from the speculative-execution family bring Meltdown-like threats to Intel’s processors. A new family of speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities has been found in Intel CPUs and researchers and vendors are split over how severe the flaws are and how easy they are to exploit.

Link: New Intel Vulnerabilities Bring Fresh CPU Attack Dangers
via http://www.darkreading.com

Foreign companies in China face cyber security crackdown

Foreign companies operating in China are coming under investigation over cyber security violations as Beijing beefs up its control over cloud computing and the internet of things, sparking fresh concern among multinationals in the world’s second-largest economy. Beijing is set to implement a strengthened regime of cyber rules under its existing “multilevel protection scheme” (MLPS) in December, according to documents seen by the Financial Times that are yet to be publicly announced.

Link: Foreign companies in China face cyber security crackdown
via http://www.ft.com

Most Americans Neglect Cyber Security Basics (Especially Mississippians)

Using a reliable anti-virus program, virtual private network, and password manager can help you avoid falling victim to online identity theft and other cybercrimes. But unfortunately, most Americans neglect cybersecurity best practices, according to a new survey from Webroot. The firm asked respondents whether they take precautions such as using antivirus software, regularly backing up their data, and keeping social media accounts private, and whether they engage in risky behaviors such as sharing passwords with others, reusing passwords, and connecting to public Wi-Fi without a VPN.

Link: Most Americans Neglect Cyber Security Basics (Especially Mississippians)
via http://www.pcmag.com

Apple, Google and Microsoft release patches for ZombieLoad chip flaws

Big tech is stepping in to patch newly disclosed security flaws affecting almost every chip since 2011. Researchers on Tuesday released details of the vulnerability, known as ZombieLoad — or microarchitectural data sampling as its technical name — which can leaked sensitive data stored in the processor, such as passwords, secret keys and account tokens and private messages.

Link: Apple, Google and Microsoft release patches for ZombieLoad chip flaws
via techcrunch.com

Why cyber security should be in the CMO remit

CMOs need to be responsible for cyber security within organisations, according to a leading marketer. CMO of Check Point, Peter Alexander, admitted while the idea may be controversial to some, it makes sense the CMO take responsibility for security, as security breaches can massively impact brand. Alexander said given the rapid and ongoing evolution of B2C communications, marketing departments are often the first to bring new technologies or software products into a company.

Link: Why cyber security should be in the CMO remit
via http://www.cmo.com.au