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.
Pulse Secure VPN servers are being targeted by cybercriminals who use the REvil (Sodinokibi) ransomware to extort large organizations.

Multiple U.S. military bases and critical infrastructure places are increasing security measures. 

Facebook is strengthening their policy toward misleading manipulated videos that have been identified as "deepfakes."

Canyon Bicycles GmbH recently announced that its online business was targeted by a cyberattack. 

What are the challenges that the team at the North Greenville University Office of Campus Security faced when implementing its K-9 program?

A group claiming to be hackers from Iran defaced the website of an U.S. government agency and posted messages vowing revenge for the death of top military commander Qassem Suleimani.

VISA has issued an alert that the point-of-sale (POS) systems of North American fuel dispenser merchants are under an increased threat of being targeted by cybercrime groups that have ties to top tier cybercrime underground carding shops.

A Xiaomi Mijia camera user discovered a security breach after he was able to see still images from other random peoples' homes when trying to stream content from his camera to a Google Nest Hub.

A new study shows that traditional markers of a computer network's resilience are not solely effective in determining its ability to accomplish missions.

Sinai Health System, a Chicago-based healthcare provider, has been hit with a data breach.

LifeLabs now faces two class action lawsuits due to a recently identified a cyber-attack that possibly affects 15 million customers. 

Passwords are a double-edged sword: they are meant to protect information, but they are also frustrating with so many to remember and manage.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott says that as many as 10,000 attempted attacks per minute from Iran had been detected over the past two days on state agency networks. 

Google has announced that its Project Zero disclosure guidelines are changing for 2020. 

NIST has released the second public draft of NISTIR 8259, "Recommendations for IoT Device Manufacturers: Foundational Activities and Core Device Cybersecurity Capability Baseline."

N.Y. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the 33rd proposal of his 2020 State of the State agenda, which includes banning repeat and high-risk sexual offenders from accessing the MTA subway, bus and rail systems.

Chicago's O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airports have installed boxes for travelers to dispose of recreational marijuana before traveling. 

It is dangerous to be related to a terrorist, let alone a senior terror operative. Such an association can lead to one's imminent death while participating in an attack encouraged by a family member.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released a threat profile of Iran after recent and increased Iran-U.S. tensions.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has released its Mayors’ Vision for America: A 2020 Call to Action, which revolves around technology to help improve critical infrastructure and protect citizens.

The London Stock Exchange denies that a cyber attack was responsible for a trading outage in August. U.K. security agencies are reportedly investigating the cause of the incident.

A school district office in Lockport, N.Y. is proceeding with facial recognition use throughout school buildings. 

Malicious insiders pose an existential threat to any organization. Technical countermeasures only address part of the problem and are increasingly expensive. What are some new approaches to efficient and effective insider threat detection?

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has selected five recipients for the 2020 SIA RISE Scholarship, a program offered through SIA’s RISE community of young security professionals that supports the education and career development goals of young industry talent.

Cybercriminals targeted Star Wars fans in a recent phishing campaign designed to steal credit card data by enticing fans with an early movie screening. 

As we begin a new year and decade, the cyber threat landscape presents both existing and new threats, trends and techniques.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says the number of violent attacks on religious institutions and members of religious groups is a national crisis that demands a much stronger federal response.

Late last year, it was announced that the major aluminum manufacturing firm, Norsk Hydro AS, received a $3.6 million cyberinsurance payout – the first around highly publicized, extensive cyber breach of March 2019. The large ransomware attack struck the company’s U.S. facilities – before spreading throughout the company, resulting in millions of dollars lost – destabilizing Norsk Hydro’s operations until the summer months. The payout covered merely six percent of the multi-million-dollar costs created by the incident and its aftermath. 

Apparently, we are getting in our own way when it comes to advancing cybersecurity. According to a leading 2018 study by the Ponemon Institute LLC (sponsored by IBM), the three primary causes of data breaches were malicious or criminal attack, system glitch and human error. While the study reports that the length of time to identify and contain, and the cost, were lower for data breaches caused by human error as opposed to the other categories, it is an issue that nearly 27 percent of data breaches are caused by human error.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) rests on the verge of transforming both business and society. Financial firm UBS forecasts that next year, the AI market will be worth $12.5 billion due to huge improvements and broader adoption of the technology. And BCG Henderson Institute found that though most leaders have not yet seen significant impact from their AI initiatives, they firmly expect to within the next five years.

Skills and achievements are associated with higher pay grades, says a new cybersecurity salary report from Cynet.

 

What are some of the main security factors to consider when using enterprise messaging platforms?

Eleven new U.S. school districts (comprised of 226 schools) have been compromised by ransomware since late October.

The Security Industry Association (SIA) is now accepting applications for the Denis R. Hebert Identity Management Scholarship.

A new NIST study examines how accurately face recognition software tools identify people of varied sex, age and racial background.

 

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed legislation to establish a State Computer Science and Cybersecurity Task Force. 

Password management vexes both individuals and businesses alike. Despite the overwhelming majority of internet users knowing better, weak passwords and password recycling remain rampant.

A database containing more than 267 million Facebook user IDs, phone numbers and names was left exposed on the web for anyone to access. 

Mission 500 is now accepting nominees for their 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award and 2020 Humanitarian Award. The awards will be presented at the Security 5/2K ceremony on March 19, 2020 during ISC West in Las Vegas.

Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit, an initiative aimed at combating violent crime in seven of America’s most violent cities through a surge in federal resources.

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced bipartisan legislation to implement stronger cybersecurity protections for K-12 educational institutions across the country.

With the CDN market expected to reach $25B by 2025, the entire concept of a Content Delivery Network is evolving as AI and machine learning technologies continue to improve.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there have been 2,500 cases of vaping-related lung injury cases nationwide.

New research reveals a high level of skepticism due to vague product descriptions, ambiguous statistics, limited ability to measure product effectiveness, and a general lack of follow-through by the vendors.

How can you protect your organization and employees with a fully integrated threat monitoring system and help fulfill your duty of care obligations and keep your employees safe?

A focus on privacy, evolving threat actors, pervasive deepfake videos and increased election interference are among the issues Optiv Security sees taking on greater importance in the New Year.

LifeLabs recently identified a cyberattack that involved unauthorized access to their computer systems that possibly impacts 15 million people.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) Task Force approved the creation of a new working group to develop attestation frameworks around various aspects of supply chain risk management best practices. 

The credentials and user data of 3,672 Ring camera owners were compromised and exposed log-in emails, passwords, time zones and the names people give to specific Ring cameras, which are often the same as camera locations, such as “bedroom” or “front door.”

Several vulnerabilities have been found in Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology from various providers, putting sensitive data and networks at risk of compromise, says the New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC).