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Hidden and Unhidden Costs of Ransomware Attacks
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Ransom is only a small part of the cost that you are likely to incur when hackers attack your enterprise’s computer systems through ransomware. Although some of these costs go unnoticed, customer service interruptions lower businesses’ profitability heavily. But that is not all – read which costs a ransomware attack can mean for your company.

 

Direct Costs 

Most attackers target the enterprise’s data, therefore, leading to data destruction. Consequently, victims may choose to pay the ransom to relieve their captured data. You might even be...

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Analysis
The Biggest Cyber Security Threats United: Botnets and Ransomware
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When it comes to the cyber threats, botnets and ransomware are currently dominating according to a Microsoft security study. The researchers collected the report by analysing data from Bing, Windows, Azure and Office 365. It seems to be essential for enterprises to be aware of such threats and come up with safety mechanisms to protect their date from attackers. 

 

How Hackers Are Evading Detection Lately 

Security experts are having a hard time detecting and fighting Locky ransomware that goes hand in hand with the Necurs botnet that has been spreading through...

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Analysis
Cybersecurity Risks Surrounding IoT Development in an Increasingly Connected World
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a superb innovation and has been deeply entrenched in every aspect of our lives. As IoT crawls into all aspects of our way of life, many security concerns arise, and the network connected to an enterprise or home could be a threat if compromised. Here are some of the risks that many people and companies are facing: 

 

Privacy Concerns in the IoT World 

With all the precautions that people take to secure data, the level of complexity displayed by cyber-attackers is extraordinary. Attacks can emanate not only from public networks but also from...

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Analysis
The Key to Organizational IT Security and Compliance
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IT security and compliance are critical to the success of an organization. Without a proper IT security and compliance set up, an organization can't effectively protect its assets, which puts is entire existence at risk. Both IT security and compliance help the organization to strengthen security, improve processes, meet regulatory requirements, and achieve other important business objectives. IT security and compliance are the frameworks that provide a common language that can be used from server rooms to boardrooms.

For many IT professionals, IT security and compliance are more or...

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Analysis
The Benefits of Implementing Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) 
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Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) is a term from the business continuity industry, and it relates to the policies and procedures you put in place to manage your IT security. Specifically, it relates to the protection of your IT data, and it is a popular topic at the moment thanks to the data protection rule changes that have occurred in the EU (GDPR), and it is popular worldwide because of the increasing success of data hijackers who insert ransomware into a company's systems, lock down some data, and then charge the company to unlock the data. It seems that companies have...

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News
VPN Filter More Dangerous Than Assumed
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The malware "VPNFilter" was discovered in May, and it quickly became evident that the malware was wide reaching, and dangerous. Now that the infection has had time to spread, however, we are starting to appreciate exactly how dangerous. 

 

A Huge Number of Vendors Affected 

The list of affected devices is, essentially, a who’s who of router makers. Asus, D-Link, ZTE, Huawei, UPVEL and Ubiquiti are all on the list, as well as TP-Link, Linksys, Netgear, and numerous other manufacturers. The only piece of good news, so far, is that the vulnerable pieces of...

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Analysis
The value of Intrusion Detection Systems
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Intrusion Detection is a system designed to monitor network traffic for any suspicious activities or known threats. If such anomalies are found, the system will provide information such as the type of suspected attack, the targeted address and where it came from. Intrusion detection systems can be categorized as host-based, if the sensors that detect the threat are placed on a host, or network-based, if the sensors are placed on a network.

 

How an IDS works

The main purpose of an IDS is to detect and report an anomaly, but not to block or stop it. This is in contrast to a firewall or...

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Practical Advice
The Importance of Physical IT Security
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Physical IT security can be defined as means of protecting components that are related to the system that include data, hardware, software, and networks. These devices are protected from events and actions that may occur physically – e.g. a robbery – which poses danger to the owner and the apparatuses. 

This type of security is mostly ignored and instead, technical and software threats are taken seriously. Therefore, placing enforced measures to protect the components against them is advisable. Basically, there are various ways that the components can be protected...

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Study
Is GDPR an inhibition?
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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on May 25, 2018. These are a set of regulations governing how companies in Europe collect and use data they receive from their consumers. It aims at giving consumers more control over how their data is being collected and used. While these regulations aim at making companies more responsible, there are fears that it may hinder innovation.

 

Why GDPR may be a hindrance

GDPR has been on the works for a while. It aimed at updating the Data Protection Directive that came into place in 1995. This means that some of the decisions...

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Study
How Hackers are Using Modified Malware for Cryptomining
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Over the years, hackers have used Ransomware to blackmail computer users. Ransomware is a malicious malware that encrypts computer files. They then ask for ransom from the PC owners to remove the malware. However, these hackers have turned to a new tactic of infecting computers with a malware that enables them to mine cryptocurrencies with your computer, without your knowledge of course.

 

How hackers are using coinhive to mine cryptocurrencies on your computer 

Coinhive is a JavaScript code that is attached to certain web pages and is used to mine cryptocurrencies each time you...

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