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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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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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