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News roundup: Manage employee resource groups and more

This week’s news roundup features a tool to manage employee resource groups, a roadmap for a wellness coaching technology program and an AI-powered platform to match employees with the right insurance options.

Ready, set, engage

Espresa, which makes a platform for automating employee programs, has added new features that can track and manage employee resource groups.

Employee resource groups, which are organically formed clubs of people with shared enthusiasms, are increasingly popular in U.S. corporations. A 2016 study by Bentley University indicated 90% of Fortune 500 companies have employee resource groups, and 8.5% of American employees participate in at least one.

At a time when employee retention has become more critical, thanks to a very tight labor market, employee resource groups can help employee engagement. But the grassroots nature of the efforts makes it hard for both employees and HR departments to track and manage them.

In many companies today, employee resource groups are managed with a cobbled-together collection of wiki pages, Google Docs and Evite invitations, said Raghavan Menon, CTO of Espresa, based in Palo Alto, Calif. And HR departments often have no idea what’s going on, when it’s happening or who is in charge.

“Today, nothing allows the employer or company to actually promote [employee resource groups] and then decentralize them to allow employees to manage and run the groups with light oversight from HR,” Menon explained.

Espresa’s new features give HR departments a web-based way to keep track of the employee resource groups, while giving the employees a matching mobile app to help them run the efforts.

“When employees are running things, they’re not going to use it if it’s an old-style enterprise app,” he said. “They want consumer-grade user experience on a mobile app.”

With Espresa, HR staff can also measure employee resource groups’ success factors, including participation and volunteer activity levels. That information can then be used to make decisions about company funding or a rewards program, Menon said.

An alternate health coach

Is it possible to help an employee with a chronic condition feel supported and empowered to make lifestyle changes using high-tech health coaching and wearable health technology? According to John Moore, M.D., medical director at San Francisco-based Fitbit, the answer is yes.

During World Congress’ 10th annual Virtual Health Care Summit in Boston, Moore outlined a health coaching roadmap designed to help HR departments and employers meet workers where they are.

“Hey, we know the healthcare experience can be really tough, and it’s hard to manage with other priorities,” he said. “We know you have a life.”

Using a health coach, wearables or a mobile phone — and possibly even looping in family and friends — an employee with a health condition is walked through the steps of setting micro-goals over a two-week period. Reminders, support and encouragement are delivered via a wearable or a phone and can include a real or virtual coach, or even a family intervention, if necessary.

The idea, Moore stressed, is to enable an HR wellness benefits program to give ownership of lifestyle changes back to the employee, while at the same time making the goals sufficiently small to be doable.

“This is different than [typical] health coaching in the workplace,” he said. “This is going to be a much richer interaction on a daily basis. And because it’s facilitated by technology, it’s more scalable and more cost-effective. We’ll be able to collect information that spans from blood pressure, to weight, to steps, to glucose activity and sleep data to get the whole picture of the individual so they can understand themselves better.”

This is an in-the-works offering from Fitbit, and it will not be limited to just the Fitbit-brand device. This platform will be based on technology Fitbit acquired from Twine in February 2018. Moore outlined a vision of interoperability that could include everything, from the pharmacy to a glucose meter to, eventually, an electronic health record system. This could work in tandem with a company’s on-site or near-site health clinic and expand from there, he said.

“Technology can help break down barriers that have existed in traditional healthcare. Right now, interactions are so widely spaced, you can’t put coaches in the office every day or every week. There needs to be a way to leverage technology,” he said. “We can’t just give people an app with an AI chatbot and expect it to magically help them. The human element is still a very important piece, and we can use technology to make that human superhuman.”

HR on the go

StaffConnect has released version 2.2 of its mobile engagement platform, which includes new options for customers to create portals for easier access to payroll, training and other HR information and forms. The StaffConnect service can be used by workers in the office and by what the company calls “nondesk employees,” or NDEs.

The company’s 2018 Employee Engagement Survey showed more than one-third of companies have at least 50% of their workforce as NDEs and highlighted the challenges of keeping all employees equally informed and engaged. The survey indicated the vast majority of companies continue to use either email (almost 80%) or an intranet (almost 49%) to communicate with employees, while just 2% of companies reach out via mobile devices.

The company is also now offering a REST API to make it easier to integrate its platform into existing HR services, and it added custom branding and increased quiz feature options to boost customization.

StaffConnect’s new version also offers additional security options and features, including GDPR compliance and protection for data at rest.

For Sale – Intel Core i3 8100 based PC Windows 10 Pro 8gb 1.5tb £299 Delivered

Built this PC a few weeks ago out of some parts I had plus a lot of new parts from CCL Computers

New parts are:

Intel i3 8100 CPU and stock cooler
Intel Core i3 8100 3.6GHz Quad Core (Socket 1151) – BX80684I38100

HyperX FURY Black 8GB (2x 4GB) 2400MHz DDR4 RAM
HyperX FURY Black 8GB (2x 4GB) 2400MHz DDR4 RAM – HX424C15FBK2/8

Aero Cool Integrator OEM 500W 80+ Bronze PSU
Aero Cool Integrator OEM 500W 80+ Bronze PSU – AI 500W CCL

Gigabyte H310M H Intel Socket 1151 Motherboard
Gigabyte H310M H Intel Socket 1151 Motherboard – H310M H

Other parts are

ASUS x24 DVD/CD Re-Writer with M-DISC Support DRW-24D5MT
ASUS x24 DVD/CD Re-Writer with M-DISC Support DRW-24D5MT

CiT Templar Black Case
CIT TEMPLAR BLACK INTERIOR MICRO ATX CASE RTL

1tb HDD SATA 6gb

500GB HDD SATA 6gb

Windows 10 Pro (activation key included) No backup media.

I have the original box for the case so posting will not be a problem, I will use UPS next day for delivery

Price and currency: £299
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Black Hat 2018 survey: Cybersecurity staffing, budgets still lacking

Attendees for next week’s 2018 Black Hat USA conference said they are still facing significant challenges when it comes to cybersecurity staffing and budgets.

According to the 2018 Black Hat USA Attendee Survey, which was conducted in May with 315 infosec professionals, a majority of respondents said they don’t have “the staffing or budget to defend adequately against current and emerging threats.” Sixty-five percent of infosec professionals said they do not have enough qualified staff members to deal with potential threats; this is the fourth consecutive year, according to the study, that approximately two-thirds of respondents believed they had inadequate staff.

In addition, 66% of respondents said they do not possess enough skills and training to perform all of the job functions required of them by their organizations. The cybersecurity skills shortage was also the most frequently cited answer from respondents (34%) when asked for the primary reason for why enterprise security strategies fail.

“While the shortcomings of current security technology and potential vulnerabilities in emerging cloud services are new aspects of security’s current landscape, it is an old nemesis — staffing shortages — that continues to plague the data centers and minds of Black Hat Attendee Survey respondents,” the report states.

Another cybersecurity staffing issue reared its head in the survey: Nearly half the respondents (47%) said the lack of women and minority infosec professionals was a concern to them. The gender gap in the infosec industry has been cited as a major issue in recent research from other organizations such as ISACA.

While cybersecurity staffing continues to be a major obstacle, budgets are also a consistent pain point, according to the survey. Fifty-three percent of respondents said they do not have enough of a cybersecurity budget to defend their organizations against current threats. However, that number is an improvement from both 2016 and 2017, when 63% and 58% of respondents said they had inadequate budgets.

This year’s Black Hat conference has several Community track sessions that deal with cybersecurity staffing and related workforce issues, including a session on hiring and retaining female engineers. Other sessions will focus on negative influences on the cybersecurity workforce such as sexual harassment, addiction, depression, suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Black Hat USA will take place Aug. 4-9 in Las Vegas.

DHS warns of power grid cyberattacks

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In this week’s Risk & Repeat podcast, SearchSecurity editors discuss a new warning from the Department of Homeland Security regarding Russian hackers targeting the U.S. power grid.

The Department of Homeland Security has renewed its concerns over potential power grid cyberattacks.

DHS officials held a briefing this week to discuss the threat of Russian hackers targeting utility companies and industrial control systems in an apparent effort to compromise and potentially cripple U.S. critical infrastructure, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The report also claimed the hackers, who were linked to the Russian threat group Dragonfly, last year gained access to the control rooms of U.S. electric companies during an extensive hacking campaign.

While the government has issued warnings about active threats to ICS and critical infrastructure before, the DHS briefing marks the first time the agency has publicly discussed the extent of the power grid cyberattacks. Government officials said the Dragonfly campaign is likely continuing.

What effect will DHS’ briefing have on critical infrastructure security? Is the government’s assessment of the ICS threats accurate? Why did DHS decide to make this information public now? SearchSecurity editors Rob Wright and Peter Loshin discuss those questions and more in this episode of the Risk & Repeat podcast.

Closing the gender gap at cybersecurity conferences

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In this week’s Risk & Repeat podcast, SearchSecurity editors discuss the under-representation of women at cybersecurity conferences and how it affects the infosec industry.

This week’s Risk & Repeat podcast looks at the lack of women at cybersecurity conferences and explores what can be done to improve those numbers, as well as to increase diversity as a whole in the infosec industry.

Earlier this year, RSA Conference came under fire for having just one woman keynote speaker among nearly two dozen keynote spots. The criticism led members of the infosec community to form a new event, dubbed Our Security Advocates, or OuRSA. And while cybersecurity conferences such as Black Hat 2018 will prominently feature women infosec professionals as keynote speakers, there is still a significant gender gap at cybersecurity conferences.

Why aren’t more women speaking at industry events? How can organizations increase the number of women attending and participating in these events? Is the lack of women at cybersecurity conferences a symptom of the larger gender gap in infosec or a contributor to it? SearchSecurity editors Rob Wright and Maddie Bacon discuss those questions and more in this episode of the Risk & Repeat podcast.

For Sale – Early 2015 13″ MacBook Air 128GB, 8GB, Boxed, £500 Delivered

Hi, I bought this Air on here a few weeks ago.

Battery Cycle Count:43 this will rise as laptop is in daily use.

The Air comes with original box and all accessories.

Here is a link to the thread I bought it on which includes photos

For Sale – Macbook Air 1.6ghz i5, 8GB Ram, 128GB SSD (Immaculate)

I would be willing to trade for a latest edition iPad Pro 10.5. Would need it to be boxed and complete with all accessories.

Delivery will be by RMSD or next day insured courier depending on price to your address.

Price and currency: £500
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Location: Accrington
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For Sale – MSI ge73vr 7re gaming laptop (almost new)

Couple of weeks old so it is in mint condition. The reason for sale is that I cant get used to windows again after using a MacBook for so many years. I had planned on selling my gaming pc and MacBook and using this laptop instead but I’ve changed my mind so it’s up for sale.

The laptop is an absolute beast and handles any games or tasks I have thrown at it in the short space of time I’ve had it. I have tried it with my Oculus Rift and it does VR no problem. I have done a clean install of windows which will run through setup when you first turn on.

Would rather collection but posting is an option. Any questions fire away.

Here is the main specs of this model…

Panel – 17.3″ FHD 120Hz (Wide View, Anti Glare)
CPU – I7 7700HQ
Video – GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
HDD – 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
RAM – 8GB DDR4

Here is the description from the website…

Enjoy AAA gaming on this stylish laptop powered by an Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ processor and 8Gb DDR4 RAM. The big screen is enhanced by a 120Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time panel, making this is the go-to companion you can count on to never lose a detail during hectic gameplay.

The level of realism is drawn from the panel’s ability to produce up to 120 picture frames per second, topped with 94% NTSC Color Gamut calibration to bring you the most vibrant visuals for your ultimate entertainment experience. It’s VR compatible too!

MSI Cooler Boost 5 technology used dual Whirlwind Blade fans with 7 heat pipes to intensively and efficiently drive heat out of the system, meaning your laptop stays cool no matter how intensive the action gets.

Price and currency: 950
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Location: Dunfermline
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For Sale – MSI ge73vr 7re gaming laptop (almost new)

Couple of weeks old so it is in mint condition. The reason for sale is that I cant get used to windows again after using a MacBook for so many years. I had planned on selling my gaming pc and MacBook and using this laptop instead but I’ve changed my mind so it’s up for sale.

The laptop is an absolute beast and handles any games or tasks I have thrown at it in the short space of time I’ve had it. I have tried it with my Oculus Rift and it does VR no problem. I have done a clean install of windows which will run through setup when you first turn on.

Would rather collection but posting is an option. Any questions fire away.

Here is the main specs of this model…

Panel – 17.3″ FHD 120Hz (Wide View, Anti Glare)
CPU – I7 7700HQ
Video – GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
HDD – 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
RAM – 8GB DDR4

Here is the description from the website…

Enjoy AAA gaming on this stylish laptop powered by an Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ processor and 8Gb DDR4 RAM. The big screen is enhanced by a 120Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time panel, making this is the go-to companion you can count on to never lose a detail during hectic gameplay.

The level of realism is drawn from the panel’s ability to produce up to 120 picture frames per second, topped with 94% NTSC Color Gamut calibration to bring you the most vibrant visuals for your ultimate entertainment experience. It’s VR compatible too!

MSI Cooler Boost 5 technology used dual Whirlwind Blade fans with 7 heat pipes to intensively and efficiently drive heat out of the system, meaning your laptop stays cool no matter how intensive the action gets.

Price and currency: 950
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT PPG or Cash on collection
Location: Dunfermline
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – MSI ge73vr 7re gaming laptop (almost new)

Couple of weeks old so it is in mint condition. The reason for sale is that I cant get used to windows again after using a MacBook for so many years. I had planned on selling my gaming pc and MacBook and using this laptop instead but I’ve changed my mind so it’s up for sale.

The laptop is an absolute beast and handles any games or tasks I have thrown at it in the short space of time I’ve had it. I have tried it with my Oculus Rift and it does VR no problem. I have done a clean install of windows which will run through setup when you first turn on.

Would rather collection but posting is an option. Any questions fire away.

Here is the main specs of this model…

Panel – 17.3″ FHD 120Hz (Wide View, Anti Glare)
CPU – I7 7700HQ
Video – GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
HDD – 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
RAM – 8GB DDR4

Here is the description from the website…

Enjoy AAA gaming on this stylish laptop powered by an Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ processor and 8Gb DDR4 RAM. The big screen is enhanced by a 120Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time panel, making this is the go-to companion you can count on to never lose a detail during hectic gameplay.

The level of realism is drawn from the panel’s ability to produce up to 120 picture frames per second, topped with 94% NTSC Color Gamut calibration to bring you the most vibrant visuals for your ultimate entertainment experience. It’s VR compatible too!

MSI Cooler Boost 5 technology used dual Whirlwind Blade fans with 7 heat pipes to intensively and efficiently drive heat out of the system, meaning your laptop stays cool no matter how intensive the action gets.

Price and currency: 950
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT PPG or Cash on collection
Location: Dunfermline
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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U.S. government eyes offensive cyberattacks

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In this week’s Risk & Repeat podcast, SearchSecurity editors discuss the risks of the U.S. Cyber Command engaging in offensive cyberattacks against foreign adversaries.

The prospect of the U.S. government using offensive cyberattacks against foreign adversaries appears to be gaining steam.

According to the New York Times, the Pentagon approved a policy that empowers the U.S. Cyber Command to initiate constant offensive cyberattacks designed to disrupt foreign networks. The Times report details a vision statement from military leadership that calls for cyber activities that are “short of war” to retaliate against hacking campaigns from adversarial nation states. The Pentagon’s new strategy for the U.S. Cyber Command, which has traditionally led the nation’s cyber defensive efforts, comes in the wake of many recent high-profile cyberattacks attributed to the governments of Russia, North Korea and Iran.

The concept of “hacking back” against cyber adversaries has gained momentum in both the private sector as well as the government. Some cybersecurity experts, however, have warned that the risks and unintended consequences of offensive cyberattacks can put private enterprises in the crosshairs of nation-state hackers.

What are the implications of the U.S. Cyber Command turning its attention to offensive hacking? What activities would be considered short of cyberwarfare? Could the Pentagon’s policy lead to an escalation of cyberattacks? SearchSecurity editors Rob Wright and Peter Loshin discuss those questions and more in this episode of the Risk & Repeat podcast.