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.

Deaths from terrorism fell for the fourth consecutive year, after peaking in 2014. The number of deaths has now decreased by 52 percent since 2014, falling from 33,555 to 15,952, says the 2019 Global Terrorism Index.

Multiple U.S. Senators called on the DHS to resolve the shortfall in funding to the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC).

Uber is set to release new audio features to its app that will allow for increased security. 

On the surface it may seem like all drone detection systems are the same, but there are important differences.

Retailers will be particularly susceptible to cyber crime during the most lucrative shopping weekend of the year: Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Businesses commonly divide their security teams into two silos: physical and cyber/IT, with industrial organizations even dividing their teams across three: physical, operational (OT) and cyber/IT.

The Information Security Forum (ISF) released its Using Cloud Services Securely: Harnessing Core Controls, which provides a comprehensive approach to securing cloud services for organizations that are considering using, or already actively use, one or multiple cloud service providers (CSPs).

Government organizations were hit by the highest number of Domain Name Systems (DNS) attacks per year, says the Global DNS Threat Report.

“Now what?” That’s a common question among military veterans discharged from the military, particularly when it comes to landing a new career.

 

Butler County, Ohio schools are implementing two new security and safety measures: backpack searches and random drug tests. 

Popular retailer Macy's has been hacked. The company provided notice of data breach in a letter to customers. 

Heightened security threats, civil unrest and geopolitical instability are expected to be top disruptors to the mobile workforce in 2020, says a new study by International SOS.

The cybersecurity skills shortage has reached an all-time-high, with 53 percent of organizations agreeing they have suffered from this gap.

Thieves broke into Dresden's Grünes Gewölbe museum and stole priceless treasures, worth 1 million euro.

Ridesharing company Uber has lost its license to drive passengers in London.

Multiple U.S. Senators called on leaders of the Appropriations Committee to include $50 million in funding for gun violence prevention research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Students at Stanford University won the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition, which took place Nov. 22–24 at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

The Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza, located in the heart of Philadelphia, is a living testament and tribute to the victims of the atrocities of the Holocaust.

Homeland Security Today announced selections for the 2019 Holiday Homeland Security Awards, including Federal Homeland Security Person of the Year Kevin McAleenan, former Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are urging the Senate to increase the funding for election security grants to help secure upcoming elections in New Mexico and across the country.

Forty-one percent of nurses say they have been victims of bullying, incivility or other forms of workplace violence.

PayMyTab recently exposed highly sensitive personally identifying information (PII) of consumers across the US that have dined in restaurants that have integrated the platform into their service.

Gekko Group, a subsidiary of Accor Hotels, has suffered a major data breach that may have affected a customer base of 600,000 hotels worldwide.

People across the nation are on edge. As of September 2019, the U.S. had seen 283 mass shootings since the start of the year.

Despite their reputation as brute force attacks, Distributed Denial-of-Service incursions are increasingly diversifying as hackers learn that smaller, more targeted attacks often deliver the anticipated outcomes while going under the radar.

A new report from Tala Security predicts unprecedented levels of online data theft this holiday season due to a lack of deployed client-side security measures.

 

There is a healthy fear within the cybersecurity community that hackers can exploit security vulnerabilities in medical devices with relative ease, thereby endangering patients and putting a healthcare organization’s data assets at serious risk.

The House of Representatives passed legislation to require hospitals and other healthcare employers to take specific steps to prevent workplace violence against staff and patients.

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has identified and forecasted the 2020 Security Megatrends,  the top forces at play in security, expected to have far-reaching impacts on businesses across the industry.

There were 16,738 newly-disclosed vulnerabilities during the first three quarters of 2019. 

Cybersecurity can be a scary beast for any organization of any size. The stakes are high. The adversaries are sly. The landscape is always shifting.These challenges can be especially significant for small and medium-sized businesses that have limited resources in capital and specialized expertise.

Armed with a background in both military and law enforcement experience, Bernard Robinson weaved his way through a variety of roles, including homicide, SWAT, sex crimes and special ops, before a colleague told him he’d be a great leader in the hospitality sector.

Cybercriminals are moving away from mass-volume, opportunistic ransomware attacks. Instead, they are focusing on enterprises they believe will pay their ransoms. What are some security best practices to protect against ransomware?

Fraud increased 30 percent overall in Q3 2019 and bot-driven account registration fraud is up 70 percent as cybercriminals test stolen credentials in advance of the holiday retail season.

Federal agencies and government officials have released a joint statement affirming that election security is a top priority for the U.S. Government.

Crime rates are significantly higher in U.S. neighborhoods that surround theme parks, which are major tourist attractions, according to new research. 

The University of Rochester Medical Center has agreed to pay $3 million to the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the data breaches it suffered during 2013-2017. 

A new study from ISC² estimates the current cybersecurity workforce at 2.8 million professionals and estimates that 4.07 professionals will be needed to close the skills gap (4.07 million professionals).

A new research project aims to tackle problems and improve natural disaster emergency preparedness and response in countries badly affected by earthquakes, flooding, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.

Wells Fargo & Company announced that Christel Kennedy has been named head of Business Continuity and Resiliency.

New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill is resigning to take a job in the private sector.

West Yorkshire Police in England have released video surveillance footage of a drone that caught an individual attempting to run away until getting arrested by the police.

FBI and federal agencies held a discussion for leaders of Texas pipeline and oil and gas enterprises on physical and cyber threats to the U.S. energy infrastructure.

Main Street Clinical Associates, PA ("Main Street") in Durham, North Carolina has provided notice of a data breach that potentially impacts regulators and individuals.

Salem Health Hospitals and Clinics has notified patients of a data breach after their employees' email accounts were hacked. 

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a petition in the San Francisco Superior Court requesting that the court order Facebook Inc. to comply with an outstanding subpoena and investigative interrogatories issued by the Attorney General on behalf of the People of California. 

According to FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, the nationwide violent crime rate decreased for the second consecutive year, down 3.9 percent from 2017.

Ali Alzabarah, Ahmad Abouammo, and Ahmed Almutairi, aka Ahmed Aljbreen, were charged for their respective roles in accessing private information in the accounts of certain Twitter users and providing that information to officials of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

UPS and CVS Health Corporation announced the successful completion of the first revenue-generating drone delivery of a medical prescription from a CVS pharmacy directly to a consumer’s home.

In 2010, Mark Zuckerberg famously stated that privacy was no longer a “social norm.” Today, the Facebook founder is no doubt viewing social norms around privacy a bit differently, as are U.S. regulators and consumers.