2019: What to expect in cybersecurity this year

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Another year is upon us. 2018 was a cyber rollercoaster with massive internet scandals and data breaches.  With that in mind there are a number of IT security topics that should be top of mind for 2019.

Take a look at a few we’ve identified…

Security by Design

We expect to see a greater focus on baked-in security, be this in application development, or in IT and company strategies. In 2018, with the enforcement of Europe’s data ...

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Are employees really the weakest link in your cyber-defense strategy?

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It’s been touted for awhile that people, be they employees, business partners or consultants, are the true weakness in the cyber defenses of an organization.

It is people – all with some level of access to the inner sanctum of the network – that have been a main focus for malicious agents (aka “the bad guys”).

It isn’t rocket science as to why – as technology gets more complex and savvy, it is more difficult to sneak into a system undetected from ...

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Supply Chain attacks: 80% of senior IT professionals say it’s fastest growing cyberthreat

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Earlier this year, we wrote about supply chain risk, warning organizations to be more wary, especially since GDPR has come into full effect. That said, GDPR is by no means the only privacy regulation out there (consider Massachusetts’ CMR 17.00  or California’s 2018 Consumer Privacy Act. No longer can we assume little to no liability when it comes to third party processing or handling of sensitive data.

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Blockchain – not just for cryptocurrencies, and not guaranteed secure

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Blockchain continues to be widely promoted as a panacea set to revolutionize the internet, cut out all manner of middle-men and lead us to a new, simpler, safer world.

In the minds of most everyday folks (at least, those who are aware of it at all), it remains closely tied to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, while even those who have heard about its wider applications tend to consider it super-secure by default.

But both these assumptions are on very shaky ground: it ...

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The truth about managing Supply Chain risk? It’ not easy

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Ahhh the joys of supply chain risk management. It is a complex beast with many heads, each focusing on the problem from a different operational standpoint.

The goal is of course to build and maintain a resilient system of checks and balances so your organisation’s supply chain is healthy and operating at an acceptable level of risk.

If this sounds easy to you, I am willing to bet you’re a theoretical expert.

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GDPR: The big myth that could slide US firms into hot water.

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It is now 12 weeks until the new EU GDPR legislation becomes a globally enforceable law. GDPR is an important new EU-mandated regulation: it provides the foundation for how organizations around the globe collate and process sensitive customer information belonging to EU residents.

Some say this is the best thing since sliced bread, in that it gives back a modicum of control to some individuals whose data is being processed willy-nilly in many organizations around the globe. ...

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CISOs, Do you have enough resources to do your jobs? No, we didn’t think so.

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Be honest – how many of you CISOs out there are relying on a kind of “Fingers Crossed” approach when it comes to protecting your most valuable organizational assets?

If you are nodding quietly in answer to this question, you’re not alone.

We get it. The role and responsibilities of the CISO have changed dramatically since the role’s inception in the 1990s.

20 years ago, CISOs were focused on securing and defending the network perimeter. This meant ensuring firewalls were configured properly, vulnerabilities ...

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When cheaper is not better: a quick guide to penetration tests

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An IT administrator recently vented his frustration about having to conduct a penetration test.

He wanted an in-depth assessment of his system to make sure his network was operating with a low risk profile, all while still making all the required services available to his users.  

His firm has cloud services, several sensitive databases, internal and external networks, not to mention multiple operating systems (the designers “demanded” Apple products).

The idea was ...

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Petya or NotPetya – How It Spreads And What To Do About It

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Petya or NotPetya That Is The Question

Actually, this latest ransomware outbreak is not Petya. The malware appears to share a significant amount of code with an older piece of ransomware that really was called Petya, but after the outbreak started, security researchers noticed that “the superficial resemblance is only skin deep”.
Researchers at Russia’s Kaspersky Lab redubbed the malware NotPetya, and then folks played the name game and variation like Petna, Pneytna began to spread as a result. As if that didn’t ...

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Everything You Need To Know About WannaCry – Right Now

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What is WannaCry?

WannaCrypt, aka WanaCrypt0r 2.0, WannaCry and WCry, is a new ransomware that hit over 74 countries in the last 24 hours, which spreads like a worm by leveraging a Windows vulnerability (MS17-010) that has been previously fixed by Microsoft in March of this year.  WannaCry is a form of “ransomware” that locks up the files on your computer and encrypts them in a way that makes them unavailable to you anymore.

The express train speed with ...

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