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.

United Airlines is introducing United CleanPlus:a partnership with Clorox and Cleveland Clinic to inform and guide United's new cleaning, safety and social distancing protocols.

With coronavirus crisis creating new opportunities for cybercriminals, 70 percent of organizations are seeing the value of increasing their investments in cybersecurity solutions. 

A Reason Labs research team has discovered a new variant of the Raccoon malware family. Initially discovered back in 2019, the Raccoon malware family is used to steal confidential data and browser information.

In almost every region of the world where hurricanes form, their maximum sustained winds are getting stronger, according to a study by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Center for Environmental Information and University of Wisconsin–Madison Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies.

Payments industry executive, Philip Lerma, has been appointed Senior Vice President & Chief Risk Officer at Green Dot Corporation.

Extending the perimeter by instituting a corporate security intelligence program enables companies and organizations to stay well ahead of threats and often helps inform strategic and operational decision-making.

easyJet has suffered a "sophisticated" cyberattack, which compromised 9 million customer records. 

The security team at Safety Detectives, currently led by Anurag Sen, discovered a significant data breach, including personally identifiable information, belonging to Brazilian retailer Natura & Co. 

The city of Austin, Texas has named Shirley Erp as its Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

A quarter of workers currently employed or recently unemployed say their confidence in their ability to retire comfortably has declined in light of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies.

When we do a risk assessment, we evaluate the facility’s needs and identify any gaps in their physical security barriers and policies and procedures. Why should you integrate security early in the design process?

CISA released the Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) Pilot for Public Safety overview fact sheet to introduce ICAM and provide high-level observations from two 2019 public-safety focused ICAM Demonstrations. 

Scan your own boarding pass, separate your food and practice social distancing are things travelers should expect to do at airport checkpoints in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company will allow permanent remote work for many of its existing employees. 

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has evaluated several commercially available contactless fingerprint scanning technologies to compare their performance.

The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), a nonprofit cybersecurity and technology think tank, named Joyce Hunter as Executive Director.

Jeff Whitaker was named Eastern Kentucky University’s Chief Information Officer, the University announced. 

Air Canada announced the launch of Air Canada CleanCare+, a program for personal safety and enhanced aircraft grooming.

Many weeks have passed since organizations around the globe closed their physical doors and transitioned to full-scale remote work. This ‘new normal,’ as many are calling it now, has brought upon countless changes for IT teams.

Cambridge has become the first university in Britain to cancel all face-to-face lectures for the 2020-21 academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

CISA’s Guidelines for 911 Centers: Pandemic document suite aims to assist public safety partners across all levels of government when developing plans and actions regarding governance, procedures, staffing, and cleaning and disinfecting in response to a pandemic.

The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) has released an updated set of coordination principles – Guidelines for Multi-Party Vulnerability Coordination and Disclosure version 1.1.

Black Hat announced details for its virtual event, taking place August 1st – 6th

Edgar Rodriguez has been named Interim AVP for Public Safety and Chief of Police for Oregon State University.

The risks of an attack are not new, but as incidents become more sophisticated and persistent, organizations need to move from cybersecurity to cyber resilience.

To help states, tribes, localities, and territories, as well as businesses and community organizations operate as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC released two new resources to aide in reopening.

A new eight-nation APAC study conducted by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) shows that spending on the public cloud and related services is growing, yet organizations aren’t confident about the security of cloud infrastructure and are holding back. 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced an ultraviolet (UV) light pilot program which reportedly kills COVID-19, with the first phase set to launch on subways, buses, and other New York City Transit facilities throughout the system this week. 

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf announced changes to the FY2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant program that would allow more firefighting organizations to take advantage of the grants.

An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service.

Testing for illegal drugs is an ongoing battle. To mitigate the opioid pandemic, rapid detection and identification of illegal drugs is critical for campus safety, police officer and criminal investigators.

Frontier Airlines announced it will implement temperature screenings for all passengers and team members prior to boarding flights, effective June 1, 2020.

Preventing identity-based attacks such as account takeover (ATO) fraud and Business Email Compromise (BEC) begins with securing your personally identifiable information (PII), but this seems to be increasingly difficult as cybercriminals continue to evolve.

The new Panda Security Threat Insights Report 2020 compiled by PandaLabs – anti-malware laboratory and security operations center (SOC)  –illuminates several emerging trends in the cybersecurity space.

Although distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) is an old school attack vector, it continues to be a serious threat to organizations. The monthly number of such attacks exceeds 400,000. To top it off, cybercriminals keep adding new DDoS mechanisms to their repertoire and security providers aren’t always prepared to tackle them. Here are 26 different types of DDoS attacks your security team needs to be ready for. 

As we enter the new decade, we stand reminded that technological innovation and cybersecurity threats continue to develop and evolve at an incredible pace. Firms must therefore continue to build the proper defenses to protect consumer confidential data and financial market integrity. Cyber threats have become one of the top threats to the financial services sector and the ability of firms to be resilient in the face of these threats is paramount. 

More companies are doing more business online to survive the pandemic, and that’ll create even more data privacy concerns going forward. At the same time, new privacy regulations have taken hold, most notably the California Consumer Privacy Act. What are 5 steps to achieve compliance?

If you could choose three things that would enhance your security program, which three would you choose? In a new poll, the Security Executive Council  (SEC) wanted to find out what elements would add the most value to security leaders and their teams.

Each year on the first Thursday in May, World Password Day promotes better password habits.

Password reuse remains rampant: 53% of people admitting they use the same password for different accounts, according to a SecureAuth report. 

COVID-19 has impacted every facet of life and business. Millions of people around the world have been working from home to collectively slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, as the global workforce migrates from physical corporate locations to less-secure home offices, this new reality creates increased cyber threats, as employees exchange what can be sensitive data in order to prevent business operations from coming to a standstill.

The personal details of 3,688,060 users registered on the MobiFriends dating app were posted online earlier this year and are now available for download on numerous online forums. 

Cognizant, IT services provider, expects its Q2 revenue to be significantly impacted due to a ransomware incident that took place in April 2020. 

The massive, overnight shift to a fully remote work environment during the COVID-19 crisis has amplified both the urgency and the obstacles around endpoint security. Not only were many machines not designed to work outside the corporate environment, leaving many companies woefully unprepared, but cybercriminals have already sprung to the occasion, preying on COVID-19 fears.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has launched a new public safety emergency communications website to host resources created by SAFECOM, the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC), and the Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications (FPIC). 

TSA announced that its employees must wear facial protection while at screening checkpoints.

FireEye's Mandiant® Security Effectiveness Report 2020 reveals data about how well organizations are protecting themselves against cyber threats and the overall effectiveness of their security infrastructure.

Like many other industry buzzwords, there’s a lot of hype around security automation. Yet, for the first line of defense in an enterprise environment, the analysts working in the security operations center (SOC), the notion of automation is more headline than reality. Many basic tasks – logging, fault isolation, reporting, and incident troubleshooting – are still very much manual.

The best way to protect accounts and data from credential stuffing and online phishing attacks is to stop reusing the same passwords on multiple accounts. All accounts—but especially accounts related to work, retail, finance, and government—should be protected with strong, unique passwords. What are a few best practices to ensure employees are safer online?

Ten years ago, I helped create a national pandemic plan outlining how the U.K. would respond to a potential outbreak. While the exercise was largely theoretical, we are now seeing the need for these preparations in real time. Here are four key lessons from my time preparing for a pandemic.