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.

In late February 2020, news broke in the United States that the once faraway threat of a “novel coronavirus” had spread to U.S. soil. As COVID-19 case numbers in major cities grew, stay-at-home orders were put in place, businesses closed, restaurants shifted to take-out only, and retailers adopted curbside service. All of this took place to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Meanwhile, however, hospitals remained open — accepting new patients at the direction of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and working diligently to adhere to new safety guidelines. During virus, or any pandemic outbreaks, we are acutely reminded of our essential frontline healthcare workers, the critical need to enhance their overall safety, security, and to be as efficient as possible when communicating vital information.

Integrated into one of the most complex industries, blockchain technology can help legislation catch up with the exciting developments in cannabis medicine. At the same time, implementing blockchain in pharmacies can help provide patients with a wider variety of treatment options. In a fast-paced industry, where innovation drives growth, blockchain is the next step in encouraging access and security for cannabinoid-based medicine.

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered an unprecedented chain reaction of border closures around the world. This truly is an extraordinary situation, and many countries have also grappled with lack of information, resources and coordination between relevant agents and authorities. These operational issues have raised questions globally about whether border controls are effective in containing such outbreaks, how prepared border agencies were for the emergency and what this will mean for border management in a post-pandemic world. 

Surveillance testing for COVID-19 began Sept. 2 at Binghamton University in New York. The testing will be conducted throughout the semester and will look at samples of the campus population to try to identify problem areas or potential hot spots for virus spread.

The Trump Administration announced the first cybersecurity policy for systems used in outer space and near space. Space Policy Directive- 5 (SPD-5) makes clear the lead role the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have in enhancing the nation’s cyber defenses in space, notably on key systems used for global communications, navigation, weather monitoring, and other critical services.

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Chancellor Jim Malatras announced the launch of a State University of New York System (SUNY) system-wide COVID-19 case tracker dashboard. The centralized dashboard will provide real time, up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases, testing, and quarantine and isolation space availability across SUNY's 64 colleges and universities to more efficiently monitor, respond to, and contain the virus.

We talk to David “moose” Wolpoff, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and co-founder of Randori, about Black Hats’ processes for finding and exploiting weaknesses in software.

The pandemic has redefined what it means to be a resilient business, especially when it comes to retail. “Essential” businesses that have remained open, such as supermarkets or pharmacies, have had to figure out how to operate safely in this new world. No matter the type of retailer, the importance of cybersecurity hasn’t gone away. If anything, it becomes more important as a cyber disruption could be the fatal final straw for a business looking for a smooth return to operations and maintain its brand image and reputation.

As some U.S. states relax their shelter-in rules, businesses prepare for a slow recovery due to the uncertainty of COVID-19’s almost certain resurgence. The questions arise for those physical businesses in need of unarmed or armed guards: what precautions are to be taken by guards, and what kind of interaction is there going to be with their customers?

Claroty researchers have uncovered six critical vulnerabilities in third-party license management components, which could expose operational technology (OT) environments (hardware and software components) across numerous industries to exploits via cyberattacks.

As businesses and schools seek to bring people back to brick and mortar establishments, it’s going to be important to make customers, students and teachers feel comfortable, in addition to simply following guidelines. Customers are going to have to feel that it’s worth going out, versus shopping on-line. For retailers, that comfort might in part be derived from visible occupancy monitoring efforts and automated voice-down messages when people aren’t wearing masks or keeping their distance.

Last week, Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice, and Dr. Andrea Jelinek, Chair of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), appeared at a hearing conducted by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, and updated committee members on their work since the Schrems II decision. In his remarks, Mr. Reynders identified three main areas on which the Commission is focusing.

Recently, two teens and a young adult infiltrated one of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies in a high-profile hack – and the biggest ever for Twitter. Authorities say the 17-year-old “mastermind” used social engineering tactics to convince a Twitter employee that he also worked in the IT department and gained access to Twitter’s Customer Service Portal. The 130-account takeover proved unique, as it was fundamentally a dramatic manipulation of trust and could have had far more world-changing consequences if the attackers had the aspirations of say, a dangerous fringe group versus that of a teenager. There are a few takeaways to learn here, especially when it comes to considering redefining what we classify as “critical infrastructure” and what must be protected at all costs.

Digital Shadows released new research into a group of cybercriminals who are essential to the profitability of ransomware, but who are also often overlooked: initial access brokers. Initial access brokers gain remote access to vulnerable organizations, which an end-purchaser of ransomware or RaaS can then leverage to wreak havoc.

COVID-19 has slowed the adoption of many technologies, as budgets require organizations to reconsider business priorities. However, a new poll from Deloitte shows that for organizations shifting to a security-centric business model, zero trust may be even more of a priority than before.

ESET researchers have discovered and analyzed malware that targets Voice over IP (VoIP) softswitches. This new malware, named CDRThief by ESET, is designed to target a very specific VoIP platform used by two China-made softswitches (software switches): Linknat VOS2009 and VOS3000.

Delta is rolling out antimicrobial bins in partnership with the U.S. Transportation Security Agency (TSA) starting this week as part of the Delta CareStandard.

At a virtual launch event, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) officially announced the “Health and Safety Commitments Program,” the public transportation industry’s overarching pledge to passengers that public transit systems are taking all the necessary measures to operate safely as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020 Penetration Risk Report also says cloud environments are most vulnerable to two types of attacks and medium-sized enterprises are the slowest to improve network security.

(ISC)², a nonprofit association of certified cybersecurity professionals, unveiled the agenda for its 10th annual Security Congress, which will take place virtually November 16-18, 2020. 

To enhance security following an increase in use of video conferencing apps, Zoom introduced two-factor authentication (2FA) for all users on its client and mobile apps. 

Recently, schools throughout the U.S. have endured delays in reopening after experiencing massive ransomware attacks that force the shutdown of critical information technology systems.

In the 19 years that have passed since Sept. 11, 2001, Americans have seen significant increases in counterterrorism security in public venues, including more security guards, closed-circuit TV cameras, metal detectors and bag checks. A study by the USC Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) finds out that people are still willing to pay more for increased security at public venues almost two decades later.

The Human Trafficking Institute rolled out the 2019 State Summaries, which provide an overview of federal human trafficking cases in all 50 states, the five U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. While the number of forced labor cases has remained steady for a few years, the number of criminal sex trafficking cases as a nation has trended down since 2017.

There are currently a multitude of different standards and regulations to address the urgent need to secure our connected world, yet it's time to create a unified global conformance assessment.

Coalition announced the results of its H1 2020 Cyber Insurance Claims Report, which explores top cybersecurity trends and threats facing organizations today, in addition to data showing the impact of COVID-19 on cyber insurance claims.

DHS and CISA joined the Colorado Rockies, along with the Rockies’ state, local and federal partners for a virtual tabletop exercise to review incident preparedness measures and response plans at Coors Field in a continuing effort to ensure fan, staff and team safety.

To help Project 25 (P25) users navigate the continuing evolution of P25 systems and the complex world of P25 Standards, the P25 Steering Committee, with support from CISA, developed the Statement of Project 25 User Needs (SPUN) as a framework for users to better understand P25 technologies and define their communications needs.

The Information Security Forum (ISF) is hosting it’s Annual World Congress (Digital 2020), which takes place November 15-19, 2020. For the first time, the ISF World Congress will be held virtually, providing a unique online, interactive global event experience, available in multiple time zones, allowing attendees to watch and participate in the full show at times that best suit their schedules.

Executive search and consulting firm Raines International launched its Security Officers Practice, co-developed with The Lake Forest Group, a security services firm specializing in all aspects of security, safety, and compliance.

The year 2020 has served up some unprecedented challenges for the human race in every aspect, with wireless connectivity more important than ever. Particularly as millions continue to work and learn remotely, our connected world of devices, vehicles, homes and cities is expanding exponentially. According to a report from GSMA and ABI Research, the number of mobile subscriptions worldwide had already reached 8.1 billion by 2017 at an annual growth rate of 5.4 percent. It’s now predicted that by 2025 the number will increase to 9.8 billion, with 3G and 4G representing 51 percent of total subscriptions and 91 percent of the total traffic generated, while 5G subscriptions are expected to exceed 849 million.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded the nation's largest statewide public transportation system NJ Transit more than two million dollars in grant money for security cameras and related equipment at dozens of locations.

Let’s face it, passwords are a pain. As we’ve been pushed towards using longer and ever more complex passwords, and told to update them with increasing frequency, password management has become something of a headache. We’ve gone from simple, easy to remember passwords to 12- or 16-character passwords that must contain a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.

With a massive shift to working from home, the FBI and CISA warns of a surge in voice phishing or vishing campaigns targeting corporate VPNs.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently launched a webpage to promote the rebranded Tribal Emergency Communications Program, which supports direct consultation to tribes and Alaska Native communities to strengthen public safety communications.

A new study by Nuspire outlines new cybercriminal activity and tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs).

A database breach has exposed profile data for nearly 235 million users of TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube.

SAI Global has released results from a business continuity benchmarking study. ‘Addressing the COVID-19 gap: How Business Continuity professionals can propel business forward’ provides the results of a pre-COVID survey and a March 2020 follow up.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it plans to evaluate technologies and systems that could detect and mitigate potential safety risks posed by unmanned aircraft. The effort will be part of the agency’s Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems Detection and Mitigation Research Program.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released its strategy to ensure the security and resilience of fifth generation (5G) technology in the U.S.

According to new analysis released by Quest Diagnostics, workforce drug positivity rates in the combined U.S. workforce increased in urine drug tests, climbing to the highest level since 2003. Marijuana positivity climbed by double digits across nearly all employee testing categories, while opiate and heroin positivity declined. Analysis of more than nine million workplace drug test results showed cocaine and methamphetamine positivity surges in Midwest.

Freepik Company, a graphics resources company headquartered in Europe, recently notified approximately 8.3 million users of a security breach affecting two of its brands Freepik and Flaticon. 

Brian Harrell, appointed by the President of the United States in December 2018 to serve as the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, resigned his post last week and is headed to the private sector. 

An app for University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign faculty members, staff and students who intend to enter university facilities this fall is available for download by iPhone and Android users.

Here are five key use cases to guide, help and support digital transformation efforts to better serve constituents and government employees.

TransUnion’s latest quarterly analysis of global online fraud trends found that fraudsters are decreasing their schemes against businesses, but increasing COVID-19 focused scams against consumers online.

The South African government published a draft code of good practice on the prevention and elimination of violence and harassment in the workplace and covers a number of areas including sexual harassment and online bullying. The code applies to all business sectors both public and private across across the country.

The Transportation Security Administration collected more than $925,000 in unclaimed money left behind at airport security checkpoints. The top three airports where passengers left their money were JFK, SFO and MIA.

In a new study published by AdvisorSmith, it found that among the top 25 highest paying jobs for bachelor degree holders, number 18 on the list was Security Analysts. The study also found that information security analysts earned an annual median salary of $99,730.

After reports of increased death rates nationwide due to drug overdoses, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill this week to allow commercial businesses, including hotels and restaurants, to be able to administer opioid antidotes to customers without fear of lawsuits.