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.

Ireland's data protection commission confirmed last week it planned to fine a state agency €75,000 for violating the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR.

ChatBooks suffers a data breach, the Texas court system disables its network following a ransomware attack, and the FBI issues a security warning to healthcare organizations - catch up on the week's news with the Friday Five.

In a PSA on Wednesday, the FBI and CISA warned healthcare and pharmaceutical orgs that Chinese hackers are seeking valuable IP and health data regarding COVID-19 treatment.

The U.S. government recapped the top 10 most exploited vulnerabilities from 2016-2019 and warned how 2020 is shaping up vulnerability-wise on Tuesday.

Assuming an attacker has physical access to a machine, a new attack could let allow for the access of data on a locked, password protected, and encrypted hard drive.

The FTC is seeking comment on whether or not it should make changes to its Health Breach Notification Rule, a rule that compels orgs to disclose when health records are breached.

The European Parliament suffers a cyber-attack, ransomware gang threatens to leak celebrities' information, and Microsoft warns of a COVID-19 themed phishing campaign - catch up on the week's news with the Friday Five.

Many infosec conferences are going virtual in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Is your favorite conference going virtual? Check out our list of events and update your calendar!

The number of data breaches for financial gain are up, so are cloud-based data attacks, while cyber-espionage is down, according to the annual report.

The line between browsers and password managers keeps blurring. Firefox and Chrome recently incorporated new ways for users to tell if passwords they’re using are compromised.

Nintendo suffers a server breach, a new phishing campaign targets the financial industry, and more  - catch up on the week's news with the Friday Five.

A joint alert via cybersecurity agencies in the UK and U.S. this week warned about how APT groups are exploiting COVID-19 to collect PII, IP, and other intelligence.

The California Privacy Rights Act, a new data privacy effort introduced to narrow the scope of the California Consumer Privacy Act, now has enough support to make it onto the November 2020 ballot.

FINRA warned financial services firms of a new phishing campaign on Monday that it claims is widespread and ongoing.

The act would require “affirmative express consent” for transferring any health, location and proximity data, and allow individuals to opt out of data collection.

Australia's contact tracing app sparks privacy concerns, Shade ransomware ceases operations, and Google Play deals with malicious apps. Catch up on the week's news with the Friday Five!

Learn about what a Software as a Service, or SaaS, company is and why it may make sense for your organization in this week’s Data Protection 101, our series on the fundamentals of information security.

A non-profit tech consortium has released a series of best practices that companies should follow in order to protect digital IP

The U.S. Department of Defense is urging military medical treatment facilities to protect controlled unclassified data, like patient health information and personally identifiable information.

In a recent survey, data protection officers cited a lack of budget and cohesion across all business units when it comes to developing an organization-wide data protection and privacy strategy as some of the role's top challenges.

Can the gap between socially responsible collective action and privacy be bridged? A new report outlines a series of measures for the public and private sector to take in order to demonstrate accountability while delivering privacy protection in a pandemic.

The data security requirements of New York's Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act, or SHIELD Act, went into effect last month.

Two of the illicit traders indicted in a 2016 hack of the SEC have agreed to settle and in turn, give back six figure sums of money they made with information stolen from a SEC system.

267 million Facebook profiles found being sold on the dark web, the virtual NFL draft raises cybersecurity concerns, and email phishing campaigns target US healthcare providers - catch up on the week's news with the Friday Five.

Apple said this week that it will fix two vulnerabilities affecting iOS 6 through 13.4.1 that could let an attacker leak, modify, and delete user email.

The FBI, which has been urging vigilance around COVID-19 themed phishing attacks, this week gave indicators of compromise and hashes to aid admins in the fight.

It won't happen until October at the earliest but the Supreme Court said Monday it will review how the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is interpreted for the first time.

In a reminder to regulated entities, the New York Department of Financial Services warned last week of a potential uptick in phishing, fraud, and third-party risk.

San Francisco International Airport was hacked, Pentagon networks are at risk, and a TikTok hack circulates COVID-19 conspiracy theories. Catch up on the news of the week with the Friday Five!

The startup acknowledged that former Tesla employees had possession of Tesla documents relating to shipping, receiving, and warehouse procedures despite leaving the company.

The federal government on Wednesday released guidance designed to inform agencies how to best support secure teleworking.

Brazil's Senate has voted to push back the go-live date and enforcement date of its new data protection law in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The New York Department of Financial Services has extended its usual April 15 cybersecurity Certification of Compliance deadline for entities experiencing issues arising from COVID-19

Senators, just like they did when Google announced plans to use its technology to screen for COVID-19, have some privacy questions for Apple, which recently said it will do the same, via a website and app.

Ryuk ransomware continues to target hospitals, the personal information of five million hotel guests gets breached, and Italy's social security website gets hacked - catch up on the week's news with the Friday Five.

A multimillion dollar solar installation firm is alleging one of its former employees took its data to start a competing firm just 11 miles away.

Amid increased scrutiny from researchers and privacy activists, two new zero days in the teleconferencing app surfaced on Wednesday.

It’s been difficult keeping track of all the scams leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money or your personal information. Now, the FBI is warning of increased attacks that target the supply chain and the healthcare industry in addition to “Zoom-bombing” style attacks.

As with many things currently, details of the California Consumer Privacy Act are unclear. That, plus confusion around COVID-19, has many interest groups hoping enforcement around the law is postponed.

Financial companies leave database exposed, Maze ransomware targets an oil giant, and Facebook releases location data to help the fight against COVID-19 - catch up on all the week's news with the Friday Five.

Hackers take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic, Magecart group targets NutriBullet, and many countries could be at risk for violating data privacy laws - catch up on the week's infosec news with this roundup!

Privacy-conscious senators are worried that technology used by the government to prevent the coronavirus from spreading could be exploited for profit and fear.

Data protection authorities around the world are reiterating that in most scenarios, data protection laws do not stand in the way of the provision of healthcare and the management of public health issues.

A jury ruled the telecom is owed upwards to $420 million in damages after a Chinese company was caught stealing its trade secrets for radios.

While there have been some successes when it comes to getting women involved in tech, by and large, we haven't made enough progress.

Ryuk Ransomware targets another U.S. city, University of Kentucky ends a month-long cyberattack, and a secret-sharing app exposes user data - catch up on the week's news with the Friday Five.

Microsoft issued an out-of-band security update for a critical SMB bug (CVE-2020-0796) on Thursday.

The Department of Defense and its research facilities could be taking more steps to ensure steps around data protection are taken when sharing sensitive data, a federal audit revealed.

The New York Department of Financial Services is asking all regulated organizations to provide them with a COVID-19 preparedness plan, including an assessment of how susceptible each entity would be to increased cyberattacks.

Ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski plead guilty to trade secret theft last week, acknowleding he took a sensitive Google file before joining Uber.