News – December 2016

How the UK can win the war on cyber security
December 30, 2016
With the increasing amount of technology being adopted into our lives, a rising threat runs parallel, with cyber criminals relentlessly deploying new tactics to hack online systems, steal data and generally exploit individuals, businesses and government institutions.

Inside X-Force Command, IBM’s cutting-edge cyber security facility
December 30, 2016
Seated at a row of computers inside IBM’s new office in Kendall Square in Cambridge, Mass., an unsuspecting employee has just clicked a malicious link in an email that has turned him into the latest victim of a pernicious phishing attack.

Turkey to recruit large numbers of cyber security professionals
December 30, 2016
The Turkish government is starting a recruitment drive for hundreds of university graduates to work in cyber security after a tumultuous year that has seen up to 90 million cyber attacks and exploits targeting Turkish government and private sector computers and networks.

‘Snooper’s charter’ bill becomes law, extending UK state surveillance
December 29, 2016
The “snooper’s charter” bill extending the reach of state surveillance in Britain was given royal assent and became law on Tuesday as signatures on a petition calling for it to be repealed passed the 130,000 mark.

How To Minimize Insider Threats In Cyber Security
December 28, 2016
Insider threats and the danger they pose are both extremely publicized and well covered topics. Apart from the famous NSA leak by Edward Snowden, there are also strong rumors that several high profile data breaches and leaks of the past couple of years have involved malicious insiders.

Pacemakers can be hacked: US government issues cybersecurity warning over hackers programming bugs in medical devices
December 27, 2016
Pacemakers are easy targets for hackers, the US government has warned in a new cybersecurity briefing.

Food and Drug Administration final guidance protects medical devices from hacks
December 27, 2016
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized guidance on keeping medical devices such as pacemakers and insulin pumps safe from hacks.

Trump names former Bush homeland security official head of cybersecurity/counterterrorism
December 27, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump apparently intends to elevate the role of cybersecurity as it relates to counterterrorism by naming Thomas Bossert, former George W. Bush homeland security adviser, as his chief adviser on homeland security, counterterrorism and cybersecurity matters.

Cybersecurity Trends 2017: Companies Fight Back
December 26, 2016
The waning days of 2016 were dominated by dark news on the IT security front. Headlines about massive DDoS disruptions, state-sponsored hacking and other evolving threats are unlikely to change drastically as we enter the new year, but 2017 will have a bright spot.

Wave of cybersecurity breaches is no surprise to expert exposing online crime
December 23, 2016
Brian Krebs does not use heroin, but sometimes people send it to him anyway. The 43-year-old Alabama native writes Krebs on Security, a one-man operation focused on digital crime.

Cybersecurity simulation and training collaboration forged by SAIC, root9B
December 22, 2016
Officials at Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) and root9B have joined hands to provide advanced cybersecurity training and simulation environments to military and other government users.

US-Israel cybersecurity collaboration act signed into law
December 20, 2016
US President Barack Obama on Friday enacted legislation to strengthen collaborative cybersecurity research and development efforts between the United States and Israel, one of the congressman involved in drafting the bill said Monday.

What 2017 has in store for cybersecurity
December 19, 2016
There is much uncertainty surrounding the security industry for 2017, and according to experts in the field, a lot of the trepidation is directly connected to what the nation’s next president will do.

Britain urged to increase cyber security in financial services
December 18, 2016
Britain’s intelligence agencies need to do more to help regulators to protect the financial services industry from cyber crime, the head of an influential parliamentary committee said on Monday.

Cybersecurity’s Next Phase: Cyber Deterrence
December 14, 2016
Cyberattackers pose many threats to a wide range of targets. Russia, for example, was accused of hacking Democratic Party computers throughout the year, interfering with the U.S. presidential election.

Three Quarters of IT Applications Cannot Tolerate a Typical Unplanned Downtime Incident, According to New Research from Stratus Technologies
December 13, 2016
IT Decision Makers Looking to Fault Tolerant Solutions to Avoid Millions of Dollars in Losses Due to Unplanned Downtime

Microsoft increases cybersecurity investments in India
December 13, 2016
After a successful year-long pilot, Microsoft India has launched its first full-scale Cybersecurity Engagement Center (CSEC) in the country.

Hack of Saudi Arabia Exposes Middle East Cybersecurity Flaws
December 12, 2016
More than a year after a drowned Syrian toddler washed up on a beach in Turkey, the tiny refugee’s body, captured in a photograph that shocked the world, reappeared on computer screens across Saudi Arabia — this time as a prelude to a cyberattack.

This is the new reality for cyber security: Accept that hackers will get in
December 10, 2016
The stakes of the data breach crisis have been enormous this year and make prospects bleak for 2017 and beyond.

NATO trains Iraqi experts in cyber defence
December 9, 2016
Iraqi experts were trained on cyber defence at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey to improve their expertise and technical knowledge and to contribute to the strengthening of Iraqi national cyber defence capabilities.

3 Tips for Ensuring Continuous Availability of Smart Building Infrastructure
December 9, 2017
The state of the art in building automation and security is evolving with incredible speed. But one thing is certain: Construction companies and building owners will become increasingly reliant on digital systems to keep their buildings safe, secure, comfortable and energy efficient.

The cybersecurity industry will be fiercely competitive in 2017
December 8, 2016
2017 is shaping up to be a fiercely competitive year for the cybersecurity industry. Here is how I see the market playing out in the next 12 months.

Israeli Cyber Security Startup SECDO Raises $10 Million
December 8, 2016
Israeli cyber security startup SECDO has raised $10 million in Series A financing round. The investment was led by RDC, a subsidiary of Elron Electronic Industries and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Check Point Software Technologies cofounder and chairman Marius Nacht, and the founders of Anobit, which was acquired by Apple.

BlackBerry unveils new platform for cyber security threats
December 8, 2016
BlackBerry Ltd. has unveiled a device management software platform it calls a safeguard against cyber security threats in a mobile and hyper-connected corporate environment.

Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity Report Calls for Greater Investment
December 7, 2016
On Friday December 2nd the President’s Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity (“Commission”) released their long-awaited Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy.

What is the updated Russian cyber-security doctrine about?
December 7, 2016
According to the new Russian information security doctrine, signed by President Vladimir Putin on Dec. 6, one of the main threats to Russia is “the increase in opportunities that a series of foreign countries has to influence Russia’s information infrastructure for military purposes.”

Cyber security war game set in 2022 hopes to prepare governments, businesses for the worst
December 7, 2016
Australia’s first simulated cyber security “game” was set in 2022 and explored two equally unpalatable cyber attack scenarios in the hopes to prepare governments and businesses for the inevitable.

Google Fixes 74 Android Security Flaws with December Patches
December 7, 2016
Google has rolled out two security patches for Android devices earlier this month that address a total of 74 vulnerabilities in the operating system, including 11 that are rated as critical.

Argentinian Government Site Suffers Major Breach, Personal Information Exposed
December 7, 2016
The official website of the Argentinian Ministry of Industry suffered a major breach that exposed not only private documents, but also personal information and contact details of a big number of individuals.

U.S. Air Force Inks $19 Million Cybersecurity Deal
December 7, 2016
The digital defense contract may be the biggest of its kind this year.

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube unite to ‘fingerprint’ terrorist content
December 6, 2016
Web giants Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube join together to quickly identify extremist content and stop it spreading.

Hacking Millions with Just an Image — Recipe: Pixels, Ads & Exploit Kit
December 6, 2016
If you have visited any popular mainstream website over the past two months, your computer may have been infected — Thanks to a new exploit kit discovered by security researchers.

UK falls below global cyber security confidence
December 6, 2016
Global confidence in ability to accurately assess cyber risk has fallen in the past year, but the UK has fallen below the global average

State-Owned Russian Bank VTB Claims Hackers Attacked Its Servers
December 6, 2016
Russia said that it recently managed to block a major cyberattack aimed at local banks, and now state-controlled VTB reveals that it was also targeted by hackers with a DDoS attack.

How to Hack a Credit Card in 6 Seconds
December 5, 2016
As India attempts an upgrade to a cashless society, cyber security experts have raised serious concerns and revealed how to find credit card information – including expiration dates and CVV numbers – in just 6 Seconds.

Cyber-security must reflect risk not just regulation
December 5, 2016
Security is often closely associated with standards and regulations, and there’s an assumption that if you are compliant, by default you are secure. That’s a dangerous assumption says Nadav Shatz.

Behavior analytics tools for cybersecurity move into enterprises
December 5, 2016
Behavior analytics is one of the more recent buzzwords in enterprise cybersecurity, with more than 35 vendors competing for customers, according to security analysts.

DailyMotion Hacked — 85 Million User Accounts Stolen
December 5, 2016
Another day, another data breach.
This time a popular video sharing platform DailyMotion has allegedly been hacked and tens of millions of users information have been stolen

British cyber security firm ECSC targets £15m Aim float
December 4, 2016
British cyber security business ECSC, which counts 10pc of the FTSE 100 as its clients, has announced its intention to float on London’s junior market.

Why China’s New Cybersecurity Law Is Bad News for Business
December 1, 2016
China’s new cybersecurity law, expected to take effect next June, could hurt any foreign firm looking to do business in the world’s second-largest economy.