The security industry always moves at breakneck speed, and for good reason.
With hackers continually coming up with increasingly sophisticated and clever ways to make money and bypass existing security models, the white hat community is in a constant race to upgrade its defences.
As a result, every week sees a raft of new security developments, and below we highlight the top 10 from the past seven days.
Security firms are in hackers' crosshairs
Hackers at the best of times can be a vindictive lot. Over the years there have been numerous occasions when hacktivist groups have unleashed digital retribution against anyone that has dared to cross them.
This week, in an interview with FireEye CIO Julie Cullivan, we got an insight into how security firms try to protect themselves from vengeful hackers.
The DoD thinks China is developing doomsday cyber weapons
China and the US have always had a rocky relationship when it comes to cyber space. This week, the US Department of Defense decided to throw gasoline on the fire.
Specifically, the DoD released a report claiming the People's Liberation Army is using information stolen from US and European businesses to develop cyber weapons capable of knocking critical infrastructure systems offline.
DeputyDog hackers are sniffing around Microsoft TechNet
DeputyDog, or APT13 as it is also known, may not be the most intimidating of names for a hacker group.
However, over the past few years DeputyDog has been an ongoing headache for security professionals, and has been responsible for high-profile targeted attacks against numerous government departments.
Most recently, researchers at FireEye uncovered an attack that uses comments on Microsoft's TechNet platform to spread malware.
GCHQ wants more hackers on its team
The cyber skills shortage has been an ongoing issue for the UK's public and private sectors, so it came as no surprise that this week the GCHQ announced a fresh recruitment drive for "skilled professionals" to help it fight cyber crime, and detect and prevent attacks on critical national infrastructure and government systems.
Venom flaw threatens to poison cloud servers
This week we heard fresh reports of yet another "Heartbleed-level flaw" after researchers at CrowdStrike reported uncovering the Venom vulnerability.
Venom is a decade-old vulnerability in the native QEMU, Xen and KVM virtual machine platforms and appliances that could theoretically be exploited for a variety of sinister purposes.
Users are told that their non-existent 'iPhoneID' is expiring soon
Expansion of SDK intended to expand Amazon Alexa ecosystem
Locky returns from a prolonged rest with two new variants
AMD lambasted over Radeon RX Vega pricing that will add an extra £100 to RX Vega 56 and 64 graphics cards
Company accused of failing to tell anyone that the launch prices were only introductory offers