What's cyber security?

Computer security, cybersecurity or information technology security (IT security) is the security of computer systems in the theft of or damage to their own hardware, applications, or digital information, in addition to in the disruption or misdirection of their solutions they supply. The area is becoming more important because of greater reliance on computer technologies, the web and wireless system standards like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and as a result of development of "smart" devices, such as televisions, smartphones, and the numerous devices which constitute the"Internet of things". Due to its complexity, both regarding science and politics, cybersecurity can also be one of the significant challenges in the modern world.

What's cyber security?

Organizations face many threats to their data systems and information. Knowing all of the fundamental elements to cyber safety is the first step to fulfilling these threats.

Types of cyber security.

The reach of cyber protection is broad. The core regions are explained below, and some other fantastic cyber security plan must take all of them into consideration.

Critical infrastructure includes the cyber-physical systems which society is based on, for example, electricity grid, water purification, traffic lighting and hospitals. Plugging a power plant to the world wide web, as an instance, makes it vulnerable to cyber attacks. The solution for associations accountable for critical infrastructure would be to carry out due diligence to safeguard recognize the vulnerabilities and protect from them. Everyone else must evaluate the way an attack on critical infrastructure that they rely on could impact them and develop a contingency plan.
Critical infrastructure.
Critical infrastructure includes the cyber-physical systems which society is based on, for example, electricity grid, water purification, traffic lighting and hospitals. Plugging a power plant to the world wide web, as an instance, makes it vulnerable to cyber attacks. The solution for associations accountable for critical infrastructure would be to carry out due diligence to safeguard recognize the vulnerabilities and protect from them. Everyone else must evaluate the way an attack on critical infrastructure that they rely on could impact them and develop a contingency plan.
Network security guards against malicious intrusion in addition to malicious insiders. Ensuring network security frequently requires trade-offs. By way of instance, access controls like additional logins may be required, but slow down productivity. Tools used to track network safety create a great deal of information -- so much that legitimate alarms are often overlooked. To help better handle network security monitoring, safety teams are using machine learning how to flag abnormal traffic and alert to risks in real time.
Network security.
Network security guards against malicious intrusion in addition to malicious insiders. Ensuring network security frequently requires trade-offs. By way of instance, access controls like additional logins may be required, but slow down productivity. Tools used to track network safety create a great deal of information -- so much that legitimate alarms are often overlooked. To help better handle network security monitoring, safety teams are using machine learning how to flag abnormal traffic and alert to risks in real time.
The business's move to the cloud generates new safety challenges. By way of instance, 2017 has seen nearly weekly information breaches from badly configured cloud cases. Cloud suppliers are creating new safety tools to help business users secure their information, however, the bottom line remains: Moving into the cloud isn't a panacea for performing due diligence in regards to cyber security.
Cloud security.
The business's move to the cloud generates new safety challenges. By way of instance, 2017 has seen nearly weekly information breaches from badly configured cloud cases. Cloud suppliers are creating new safety tools to help business users secure their information, however, the bottom line remains: Moving into the cloud isn't a panacea for performing due diligence in regards to cyber security.
Application security (AppSec), especially web application security, has become the weakest technical point of attack, but few organizations adequately mitigate all the OWASP Top Ten web vulnerabilities. AppSec begins with secure coding practices, and should be augmented by fuzzing and penetration testing. Rapid application development and deployment to the cloud has seen the advent of DevOps as a new discipline. DevOps teams typically prioritize business needs over security, a focus that will likely change given the proliferation of threats.
Application security.
Application security (AppSec), especially web application security, has become the weakest technical point of attack, but few organizations adequately mitigate all the OWASP Top Ten web vulnerabilities. AppSec begins with secure coding practices, and should be augmented by fuzzing and penetration testing. Rapid application development and deployment to the cloud has seen the advent of DevOps as a new discipline. DevOps teams typically prioritize business needs over security, a focus that will likely change given the proliferation of threats.
IoT describes a huge array of crucial and non-critical cyber physiological systems, such as appliances, sensors, printers and safety cameras. IoT devices often ship in an insecure condition and give little to no security, posing risks to not just their customers, but also to other people online, since these devices frequently find themselves part of a botnet. This presents special security challenges for the home users and society.
Internet of things (IoT) security.
IoT describes a huge array of crucial and non-critical cyber physiological systems, such as appliances, sensors, printers and safety cameras. IoT devices often ship in an insecure condition and give little to no security, posing risks to not just their customers, but also to other people online, since these devices frequently find themselves part of a botnet. This presents special security challenges for the home users and society.

Cybercrime reporter Thomas Brewster has written a fascinating exposé of the activities of Mitre Corporation, which has taken on some eyebrow-raising projects for the US government.

The folks behind The Cyberwire podcast interviewed me for a new series of shows, looking at how people joined the cybersecurity industry.

IoT devices could be banned from sale and destroyed if they fail to meet basic security standards, according to proposals put forward by the UK Government.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.

The real worry of the Twitter hack is not the cryptocurrency scam that was spammed out, but that attackers might have accessed private messages sent and received by the rich and powerful.

Multiple Twitter accounts have been hacked as part of a Bitcoin scam, and it’s one of the biggest security disasters in Twitter’s history.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security.

Login chaos for England’s contact tracing service, our drill-down on the Britain’s Huawei 5G ban, MGM’s blockbuster breach, and how to pronounce “Gigabyte.”

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, and special guest Maria Varmazis.

I’m in the latest episode of the “Stroke of Genius” podcast, which looks at passwords and how researchers are exploring ways to use brain patterns as a way to unlock devices.

I’m on hand to describe the workings of some notorious password-stealing malware, and also share some stories of how computer games helped me get a job in the cybersecurity industry.

Yevgeniy Nikulin lived the high life, funded by a life of cybercrime.

Now he faces a significant prison sentence after stealing millions of user records from the likes of LinkedIn and Dropbox.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Researchers claim to have found evidence that cybercriminals are offering for sale a database containing the personal details of 3.4 million users of an online art and antiques auction website, as well as three million cracked passwords.

LiveAuctioneers, the online website which broadcasts live auctions selling antiques, art, and collectibles, has warned that user details have fallen into unauthorised hands following a security breach.

Google has announced that from August 2020 it will be prohibiting ads for stalkerware products and services.

But a loophole means that the companies behind creepy stalkerware apps will still be able to advertise themselves.

Things just got serious.

Business Email Compromise is no longer solely the province of chancers. Organised criminal gangs with a high level of professionalism have seen the opportunity and seized it.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

A high-rolling Hushpuppi gets extradited to the United States, Carole details her problems with clipboards and Disposophobia, and our guest becomes the subject of fake news during the Senegalese election.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by investigative journalist Michelle Madsen.

Garmin, the wearable tech company famous for its GPS fitness trackers and activity smartwatches, is suffering a global outage – and ransomware appears to be to blame.

Who wouldn’t want the latest and greatest iPhone for free?

Well, if you’re a security researcher then you might be able to get just that…

Who stopped Twitter’s hackers from stealing more money? Why are Covid-19 researchers being told to ramp up their cybersecurity? How can you find out if your smartphone is infected with stalkerware? And who does Graham think he is turning down a celebrity dinner invite?

Find out in the latest “Smashing Security” podcast, with special guest Lisa Forte.

More information has emerged related to last week’s attack which saw a number of high profile Twitter accounts hijacked for the purposes of spreading a cryptocurrency scam, as it is revealed a far-right politician had his private messages accessed.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

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Maybe Coinbase should send Twitter an invoice, because it certainly sounds like their quick thinking helped prevent last week’s hack from leaving a lot more Twitter users with empty wallets.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

No-one in Government knew if Russia had interfered in the EU vote, and they actively avoided any effort to ask questions to find out…

Over 2000 accounts on the Roblox gaming platform have been hacked…

…not to make money or steal information, but to support Donald Trump’s re-election as US President.

Accounts on the popular online gaming platform keep getting hacked. So, how can you better protect your Roblox account?

Beware if you’re paying your bills for local government services – the payment information you type into that web form may be heading straight to cybercriminals.

Hackers are once again finding unsecured MongoDB databases, wiping their contents, and leaving ransom demands.

So far, so normal. But what’s different this time is that they’re also threatening to report their victims for violating GDPR.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

Who’s been dressing Robox players up in red baseball caps? Which ransomware victim’s negotations got spied on by the media? And should Jason Bieber think twice before touching his hat? Oh, and we need to talk about squirrels…

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast.

An anonymous tip-off to BBC News enabled them to watch in real-time as an American medical university attempted to negotiate with the hackers who had infected its systems with ransomware.

A smartphone app, disguised as a regular app delivering the top world, sports, and entertainment news, containing a secret feature that allows victims of domestic abuse to send a covert distress call for help at the touch of a button.

What could possibly go wrong?

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Google has announced that from August 2020 it will be prohibiting ads for stalkerware products and services.

But a loophole means that the companies behind creepy stalkerware apps will still be able to advertise themselves.

Things just got serious.

Business Email Compromise is no longer solely the province of chancers. Organised criminal gangs with a high level of professionalism have seen the opportunity and seized it.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

A high-rolling Hushpuppi gets extradited to the United States, Carole details her problems with clipboards and Disposophobia, and our guest becomes the subject of fake news during the Senegalese election.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by investigative journalist Michelle Madsen.

A former employee of Yahoo has been sentenced and ordered to pay a fine after exploiting his privileged access to hack into the personal accounts of thousands of Yahoo users, in his hunt for naked photographs and videos of young women.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Early last month Ron Eddings and Chris Cochran were kind enough to invite me back on their podcast, “Hacker Valley Studio” – and now the episode has been published!

Take a listen.

A hacked Russian government Twitter account offers to sell a tourist database for 66 bitcoins (approximately US $499,000).

58-year-old Danielle Bulley may not look like your typical cybercriminal, but the act of revenge she committed against a company had just as much impact as a conventional hacker breaking into a business’s servers and causing havoc.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

18-year-old Blaze Angel Roberts is a talented surfer with 40,000 Instagram followers.

Unfortunately, her popularity also seems to have drawn the unwanted attention of hackers, who successfully tricked her into clicking on a phishing link, and handing over the password to her email account.

Fraudsters stole more than $3.2 million from the banking division of South Africa’s post office, after – in a catastrophic breach of security – employees printed out the bank’s master key.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

A TV gameshow with cash prizes if you’re obeying Coronavirus lockdown rules, ex-Ebay staff charged in crazy cyberstalking case, and when the wrong cyclist was accused by the internet bearing pitchforks.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.

Apple Mac users are warned of a new in-the-wild malware threat which masquerades as an installer for Adobe Flash Player.

A former MP warns that she received a message intended for someone else, with the results of their Coronavirus test.

On March 20th, the Claire’s accessories retail chain beloved by young girls around the world made the sensible decision to close all of its physical stores in response to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.

A nuisance for shoppers, certainly. But also an opportunity if you were a malicious hacker.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.

Lisa Forte interviews me about how someone once turned me into a computer virus, some of the ethical issues that come out of blogging about security, and what you say when hackers contact you asking for help in blackmailing their victims.

The City of Florence in northern Alabama has agreed to pay a ransom of US $300,000 worth of Bitcoin to hackers who compromised its computer systems and deployed ransomware.

And they’re not the only US city finding themselves dealing with the aftermath of a ransomware outbreak this week…

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

The Guardian offers relationship advice over an unwise password choice, but fails to give any good password advice.

Even after being charged, Kenneth Schuchman continued to create and operate a DDoS botnet, and communicate with his co-conspirators.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Do you think you have found a vulnerability in the Sony PlayStation 4 or the PlayStation Network?

You could be heading towards a sizeable sum of money, after Sony announced details of its new bug bounty program. Just be sure to play by the rules…

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

Gavin Ashton was an IT security guy working at Maersk at the time of it was hit hard by the NotPetya ransomware. Now he’s written an article about his experiences, and shares advice for others.

A conspiracy spreads on social media about Coronavirus tracing apps, US police find decades’ worth of sensitive data leaked online, and is there a Bitcoin bonanza to be had from watching Elon Musk YouTube videos?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by the BBC’s Zoe Kleinman.

The activist group Distributed Denial of Secrets, perhaps better known by their shorter but clumsy moniker DDoSecrets, has been permanently banned from Twitter.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

HEY, a new service which aims to revolutionise users’ inboxes, admits it made a mistake which could have made it too easy for private messages to be exposed.

In just ten days, the UK Government says English pubs, restaurants, and cafes can open again for business.

However, they are told that they should collect contact information about every customer and visitor to their premises. But what they’re not told is how they should do this in a way that protects people’s security and privacy.