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Girl Scouts offers merit badges for making friends, painting and horseback riding. Up next: cybersecurity

By selling Thin Mints and Tagalongs in kindergarten, Elizabeth Lewelling earned Girl Scout badges for customer service and managing money. The 12-year-old from Palmdale is one of 1.8 million Girl Scouts nationwide who will have the opportunity starting in 2018 to adorn their vests, tunics and sashes with merit badges for information security.

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Exploit attacker playbooks to improve security

Rick Howard lines up a Security Slap Shot on improving security by going after attacker playbooks. High-performance teams rely on defined processes. Sometimes these are called playbooks. Turns out disciplined attackers use playbooks, too.

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11 Ways Palo Alto Networks Is Changing The Game For Partners

In May, Palo Alto Networks welcomed new Americas channel chief Karl Soderlund to its team. Soderlund, who now serves as vice president, Americas channels, brings years of channel expertise to the role, including channel chief roles at Imperva, Aruba and Avaya.

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Virginia's cybersecurity training program for veterans begins producing

Cyber Vets Virginia, an governor's initiative launched last year designed to match military veterans with the state's vacant cybersecurity jobs, is beginning to produce graduates, a manager of the program told StateScoop.

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SpyDealer: Android malware steals access data from apps

SpyDealer: Android malware steals access data from apps SpyDealer has been around for almost two years. The Trojan uses a rooting tool called Baidu Easy Root. It works only under Android 2.2 to 4.4. SpyDealer also listens to phone calls and records all ambient noise.

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SpyDealer Android malware hitting smartphones in Asia

An advanced Android malware that is mainly impacting Asian users has been spotted that uses a commercially available rooting app to exfiltrate data from 40 popular Android apps, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype. SpyDealer was discovered by Palo Alto Networks, and while it has the potential to be quite dangerous there are several mitigating factors that have helped limit the malware's impact.

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New trojan hitting Android users

An Android malware that exfiltrates data from more than 40 communication apps, including WhatsApp, Facebook and Skype, has been discovered by Unit 42, Palo Alto Networks' threat intelligence department, Unit 42.

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This Android malware steals data from 40 apps, spies on messages and location

A newly uncovered form of Android malware aims to steal data from over 40 popular apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype and Firefox - and the trojan has been actively engaging in in this illicit activity for almost two years.

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SpyDealer takes control of Android phones and steals data from encrypted messaging apps

An Android malware that exfiltrates data from more than 40 communication apps, including WhatsApp, Facebook and Skype, has been discovered by Unit 42, Palo Alto Networks' threat intelligence department, Unit 42.

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Keeping Your Remote Workforce Safe and Secure This Summer

We are in an increasingly mobile-first and distributed world. Remote networks and mobile users are the new reality, and they all require access to business-critical applications, which used to be located safely behind the corporate firewall.

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Cyber security comes down to culture, say Dutch security experts

IT security can no longer be seen as just a technical matter. People, education and management matter too, but culture is the overarching and binding element, says security executive at Dutch bank

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The CyberWire Daily Podcast for 06.29.17

Rick Howard from Palo Alto Networks explains the importance of capture-the-flag competitions.

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The next generation of cybersecurity professionals is being created by the Girl Scouts

Tech leaders will soon be able to look to the Girl Scouts for both their cookie and cybersecurity needs. The first-ever national Girl Scout Cybersecurity training badges will roll out in 2018, teaching girls grades K-12 programming, ethical hacking, and how to avoid security incidents, as part of a partnership with Palo Alto Networks, the organizations recently announced.

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Girl Scouts Can Soon Earn Cybersecurity Badges Because Girls Want to Hack Stuff, Not Get Bullied Online

Girl Scouts can start earning cybersecurity badges next year, thanks to an effort by the Girl Scouts of America and cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks. The youth organization came up with the idea simply by asking Scouts what they want. And the girls want to hack.

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Girl Scouts to begin offering first-ever cybersecurity badges in 2018

They can start fires, manage money, splint an injury and navigate trails. And beginning in 2018, Girl Scouts can learn to detect and defend themselves against cyberthreats, cyberbullying, data breaches and hacking.

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Girl Scouts Gear Up To Be The Newest Wave Of Cybersecurity Experts

Girl Scouts are teaming up with tech companies to learn cybersecurity and computer engineering skills.

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Girl Scouts will become white hat hackers with cool new cybersecurity badges

Girl Scouts will soon be ready to take over your IT department. The organization is teaming up with Palo Alto Networks, an internet security company, to introduce a set of new badges to promote computer and internet literacy and cybersecurity. The initiative aims to foster educational programs across all ages of the Girl Scouts, with a major emphasis on providing access to girls who might otherwise never be exposed to the field.

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Why Girl Scouts Make Great Cybersecurity Hackers

Your favorite cookie sellers are in training to become white hat hackers. On Thursday, Girl Scouts of the USA announced a new partnership with Palo Alto Networks to create a series of cybersecurity badges. The badges, which will be available starting in 2018, can be earned by girls in grades K-12 who demonstrate mastery of Internet security.

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Palo Alto Networks Execs: The Security Market Is Ripe For Disruption

In a market defined by disruption, Palo Alto Networks executives said the security market is ready for yet another shakeup.

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Cybersecurity spend: ROI Is the wrong metric

Think about what your network defenders do throughout the day, every day, in the course of getting their jobs done. Can you describe it in one sentence? How would you characterize the thousands of tasks that the InfoSec team fields every day?

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Girl Scouts add merit badges for cybersecurity

Forget archery and horseback riding. The Girl Scouts are adding a series of new merit badges in cybersecurity. Working with Palo Alto Networks, the Scouts are developing the curriculum now, with a goal toward offering the first badge by September 2018.

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5 Hot Happenings From Palo Alto Networks Ignite 2017

Palo Alto Networks looked to up its security game across the board at its Ignite 2017 event in Vancouver, Canada, this week, rolling out new technology products, partnerships and venture capital investments.

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Palo Alto Networks seeks new security model with $20M venture fund

Cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks has announced it is forming a $20 million security venture fund to provide early stage capital investments for development of innovative security applications for its Next-Generation Security Platform.

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Palo Alto Networks Launches New Venture Fund, Looks To Build Security Platform Ecosystem

Palo Alto Networks is looking to boost the next-generation of security startups, announcing the launch of a new venture fund on Tuesday to further expand the company's platform with new, innovative technology.

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Palo Alto Networks Expands Security Platform With New Application Framework, GlobalProtect Offerings

Palo Alto Networks is vastly expanding its security platform with the launch of a new Application Framework and cloud-based services, the company announced Tuesday.

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The CyberWire Daily Podcast for 05.19.17

Palo Alto Networks Rick Howard discusses research on Shamoon, adversary playbooks, and credential theft.

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How CISOs can answer difficult questions from CEOs

The CEO puts all the trust in the chief security officer to keep the company off the front page and out of danger. But as the number of attacks across the internet skyrockets, that trust has slowly eroded or at the very least is increasingly questioned.

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President Trump signs cybersecurity executive order

President Trump signed a long-awaited executive order on Thursday designed to improve the nation's cybersecurity.

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Nemucod delivering credential-stealing trojan, Palo Alto

Researchers at Palo Alto Networks have spent the past five months examining a malware campaign that uses the Nemucod downloader to ultimately deliver a trojan that siphons out credentials, according to a post on the company blog.

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Palo Alto springs Traps endpoint protection on ransomware

Several key enhancements were released today for Traps – the endpoint security tool offered by Palo Alto Networks. The new capabilities strengthen the malware and exploit prevention capabilities of Traps and extend support to more operating systems, including macOS and Android (beta).

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