Cyber Security News, Articles and Updates

Olympic torch lights the way for cyber-criminals

The potential for cyber-attacks being launched during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang against those attending the games, is so strong that US CERT has issued cyber-security guidelines for those visiting.

Study claims most businesses lack cyber-expertise to prevent attacks

The majority of businesses lack cyber-security expertise to prevent cyber-attacks and protect customers, according to a recent study.

Every NHS trust failing on patching, officials admit

In an astonishing admission, Department of Health (DoH) officials have admitted that every single NHS trust in the UK has failed to meet cyber-security standards.

Safer Internet Day: Data privacy is a necessity, not a luxury

Having good privacy processes go well beyond GDPR compliance. Organisations which have better privacy maturity experience fewer and less costly breaches of their data, compared with 74 percent of privacy-immature organisations.

Russian dark web ad for new GandCrab ransomware-as-a-service discovered

Researchers investigating the newly discovered GandCrab ransomware have learned how its authors are marketing the malicious program as a ransomware-as-a-service package to potential buyers on the dark web.

Now 50 cryptocurrencies used to pay for application security services

While many in the cyber-security industry see cryptocurrencies as primarily a facilitator of cyber-crime and money laundering, they can now be used to buy info-security services.

Number of 2017 cyber-incidents doubled, 93% could have been prevented

Out of nearly 160,000 reported cyber incidents affecting businesses in 2017, 93 percent could have been prevented by following basic security measures.

Baby boomers more cyber-security savvy than Gen-Z, study

Generation Z are the least ransomware savvy generation while baby boomers were more likely to accurately define ransomware and were the savviest when it comes to not forwarding emails from unknown senders.

US National Cyber Security Alliance Data Privacy Day

In the US the National Cyber Security Alliance's Data Privacy Day kick off event took place on 25 January, three days before the actual event yesterday, and featured several events including a conference that was livestreamed.

FIC 2018: Defending France - 5 year plan to operate on a larger scale

Gérard Collomb Ministre de l'Intérieur de France: France is currently developing its five year strategy to fight cyber-crime on a large scale. The new ambition is to protect France. 800 extra police dedicated to cyber. Increased spend.

Hack of initial coin offerings leads to loss of millions in cryptocurrency

Initial coin offerings (ICO) are losing about 10 percent of all ICO funds generated to cyber-attack due to poor cyber-security as malicious actors take advantage of the absence of a centralised authority.

North Korea blamed for yet another cryptocurrency-focused phishing campaign

Amidst recent reports of renewed peace talks on the Korean peninsula, another cyber-security firm has come forward with evidence that state-sponsored North Korean hackers have been repeatedly launching spearphishing campaigns.

Survey: Most security pros aim to patch vulnerabilities within 30 days

High-profile cyber-security incidents continue to appear due to the mistake of companies not applying patches to known vulnerabilities according to Tripwire research.

Why 2018 could be the year cyber-security finally comes of age

Change is afoot in the cyber-security industry - from the shift in reporting styles and measures of success, to the evolving role and responsibilities of the CISO. Here's how this development could transpire in the year ahead.

Further thoughts on the year ahead with data destruction a bigger threat

After a year of high-profile cyber-security issues, rounded off by a PayPal data breach that exposed the PII of 1.6 million customers, data security looks set to be at the top of business agendas throughout 2018.

Free - Latest 'Cybersecurity for Dummies' book now available

The book "Cybersecurity for Dummies," is now available free electronically and in print. It is designed to give all employees a practical understanding of cyber-security basics.

Review: Best practices for measuring and tracking cyber security maturity

Cyber-security maturity (CSM) measures the effectiveness of the process that support cyber-security and improve these consistently over time, ensuring a proper focus on cyber-security over time, not just waiting for the next crisis.

Aspen Cyber Strategy Group holds meeting to tackle cyber-security issues

The US Aspen Institute's Aspen Cyber Strategy Group, a cadre of 35 experts from the public and private sectors, held its first meeting Friday to tackle cyber-security challenges.

Latest Cryptomix variant released

Just days after the creators of the Cryptomix ransomware came out with a new variant, another was issued that again changed the extension on the encrypted files.

Dismantled Andromeda botnet will 'slowly disappear' over time

What remains of the Andromeda botnet that was largely dismantled in a November 2017 global law enforcement operation will probably "slowly disappear" as remediation continues into 2018, predicted one cyber-security company.

How to make yourself harder to hack

Layered security isn't new. What is important today is choosing the correct layers. Your layered security approach should be constructed of multiple layers across the length and breadth of your complete IT environment.

Consumers worry about their data, but don't bother much with security

A recent worldwide consumer survey found a major disconnect between general fears about cyber-security and the actions taken to protect not only their personal information, but their families from cyber-attacks.

John McAfee Twitter and phone hacked to promote cryptocurrencies

Cyber-security pioneer John McAfee is warning users that anyone can be hacked after someone allegedly broke into his Twitter account to promote cryptocurrency investments.

Third of UK cyber-security execs expect to be hacked: report

Ransomware, phishing attacks and data loss are the three biggest issues that concern UK cyber-security executives.

The data breach of tomorrow: what to expect in the year ahead

Companies have for years relied on the detection/response model - utilising technologies like anti-virus, sandboxes, and even EDR - to protect themselves but a change in emphasis from detection to prevention is predicted.

The arms race escalates: cyber-security predictions for 2018

For every business opportunity that our hyper-connected world is creating, that same hyper-connectivity creates criminal opportunity for cyber-attackers.

123 million sensitive PII records exposed, most US households hit

A cloud-based data repository belonging to Alteryx, has publicly exposed datasets from the data analytics firm's partner Experian and the US Census Bureau containing sensitive personal information on 123 million Americans.

US passes legislation to create Cybersecurity Security Agency

The US House of Representatives on Monday unanimously passed a legislation that would redesignate the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

How to build a stronger culture of security

Organisations should create an environment where people feel comfortable discussing data security. If you can create a culture that values the importance of IT security, it can help minimise internal threats.

What you can do to defend against the onslaught of zero-day attacks

Implementing the best defences, tools, process and technology can help mitigate an attack and quicken time to remediation. It's important to think about not only the tools, but the process, people, intelligence and technology.