October is an important month for cybersecurity at Facebook. Not only is it National Cyber Security Awareness Month – it is also the month when the social network holds Hacktober, its annual, monthlong initiative to build and maintain a security-aware culture. Director of security operations Jennifer Henley shared tips for other companies looking to duplicate Hacktober in a note on the Facebook Security page.
Facebook hosted Security @Scale 2014 at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Oct. 29, and production engineer Fernanda Weiden recapped the proceedings in a post on the Facebook engineering blog, which also included videos of the event’s presentations.
You can’t get to 1.11 billion friends without spending a few dollars: Consumer Watchdog reported that the social network spent $2.45 million on lobbying efforts during the first quarter of 2013, up a whopping 277 percent from $650,000 in the year-earlier period.
The Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham announced a $250,000 grant from Facebook Monday, and the funding comes not from the company’s coffers, but from money that Facebook has recovered from spammers around the world. The donation is in recognition of the center’s role in tracking international criminals behind social media botnet Koobface, as well as other spammers.
As Internet activists in the U.S. take their fight against a major cybersecurity bill known as Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act online, the inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee is voicing his protests to a similar proposal in the U.K., calling upon Facebook users to yank their personal data from the networking site.