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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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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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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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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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Analysis
The Use of AI in IT Security
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Advancements in computing power have seen the rise in the use of AI technologies by organizations as they aim to bolster cybersecurity. AI works by automating complex processes to help detect, analyse and react to security breaches. While the use of AI is increasing, it does not necessary mean that security personnel are no longer needed. Its main aim is to compliment conventional protocols to help organisations better deal with cybersecurity issues.

 

Advantages provided by AI in cybersecurity

Since AI uses Machine Learning, it adapts over time, which makes it easy to deal with the...

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Analysis
Do You Need SIEM Systems?
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Security information and event management (SIEM) software is meant to collect data from multiple networks and check for any unusual activities. In this way, the systems maintain cybersecurity at an advanced level. They can detect any intrusions into your system in real time, meaning your IT team will be able to stop such threats before any damage is done.

 

Risk Assessment

All companies need a risk assessment tool so that they can determine how secure their networks are. You need to identify and mitigate any attacks quickly or else you will experience massive data breaches. Businesses...

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Intel Lines up Patches for New Spectre Versions
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Intel works to understand and provide solutions to any issues reported to them. This is is done to achieve their goals of keeping their products safe while protecting their client's data. 

Just like in the past, bugs have been found to breach the security of their well developed system. Meltdown and Spectre are some the common security flaws that have been identified before. Both of them were attributed to the design of their microprocessor chips. The kernel memory found on the x86 processor chips were affected in the previous bug discoveries.

 

Spectre Next Generation

This is...

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Analysis
Cyberthreats are constant – your security should be too
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Continuous Security Monitoring (CSM) is the most effective response yet to the changing nature and frequency of cybersecurity threats. Not knowing when a threat will materialise, or what its source will be, has meant that increasing numbers of organisations are now opting for constant surveillance. CSM is far more than the firewalls, anti-virus checkers and email monitors that most organisations already have. It combines aspects of audit and risk assessment with enhanced security to employ surveillance where it really matters.

To implement a CSM system, the organisation first has to...

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Analysis
How DNS Hijacking Threatens You Online
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Normally, when users enter a domain name into the browser, the Domain Name Server (DNS) maps it into its corresponding IP address. A DNS attack occurs when the malware overrides the TCP/IP settings of the system, to redirect queries made to the DNS. The individual behind the attack directs traffic to a website of choice. DNS hijacking occurs in two ways. One method infects computers with malware, rendering it incapable of translating the domain address entered by the user to its matching IP-address. The other method involves hacking specific websites and changing their DNS addresses.

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Analysis
Learn About Hacktivism
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Hacktivism is becoming increasingly popular. More and more people are jumping on the bandwagon of spreading their causes through this unique concept.

 

What is Hacktivism?

Hacktivism or hactivism can be defined as using computer networks or computers in a subversive manner to spread a personal agenda of a political or social nature. At times, big international organisations and powerful countries pump in large amounts of money just to perpetrate hacktivism. However, some individuals and small establishments choose to do it even without funding.

 

The Development of Hacktivism

The...

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