Hitting the Books: The invisible threat that every ISS astronaut fears

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Workman

Excerpted from How to Astronaut: An Insider’s Guide to Leaving Planet Earth by Terry Virts (Workman). © 2020.


For all the emergency training I went through as an astronaut, I never expected to be holed up in the Russian segment of the ISS, the hatch to the US segment sealed, with my crew waiting and wondering—would the space station be destroyed? Was this the end? As we floated there and pondered our predicament, I felt a bit like the guy in the Alanis Morissette song “Ironic,” who was going down in an airplane crash, thinking to himself, “Now isn’t this ironic?” This is how we ended up in that situation.

Every space station crew trains for all types of emergencies—computer failures, electrical shorts, equipment malfunctions, and more serious fire and air leak scenarios. However, on the International Space Station, the most dangerous of all is an ammonia leak. In

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Hackers Keep Hitting Financial Services Despite Hefty Cyber Spend

Rod Holmes, vCISO, The Crypsis Group.

Financial services organizations consistently outspend most of their vertical sector peers in cybersecurity staff, tools and associated investments, but the cyber hits just keep coming. According to our recent report, the financial services industry received the highest number of business email compromise (BEC) attacks in 2019 and the second-most cyber incidents across all types, following the healthcare sector.

For years, financial services has led the pack in cybersecurity spending. In 2015, for example, a Homeland Security Research study concluded the U.S. financial services cybersecurity market was the largest and fastest-growing nongovernmental market in cybersecurity.

In 2019, financial services companies dedicated between 6% and 14% of their annual IT budgets to cybersecurity (an average of 10%), according to a Deloitte study. (Current recommendations are between 4% and 10%; however, most companies fall short). In light of increasing Covid-19-related threats, these institutions plan to

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