25 Apr 2019

The key challenges and contradictions that frustrate security professionals

A new Glasswall survey shows that while many security leaders depend on staff to keep the company safe, they are very worried about how those same employees may actually pose a threat to the firm. 40% of senior security professionals fully rely on staff as the last line of defense

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25 Apr 2019

IRS’ Outdated App Security Leaves Taxpayers at Risk of Identity Theft, Watchdog Says

A recent audit by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) concluded that many of the IRS’ web applications that people can use to pay taxes or access tax-related services are relying on outdated security controls. In order to properly secure taxpayers, the apps should incorporate the National Institute

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25 Apr 2019

Facebook May Face $5 Billion FTC Fine for Data Misuse

Facebook expects that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may slap a fine of $3 to $5 billion on the social media giant once it wraps up its investigation into the company’s data protection and privacy practices. Facebook has already reserved $3 billion to pay potential fines. While the FTC investigation

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25 Apr 2019

NSA reportedly recommends retiring phone surveillance program

In a surprising turn of events, the US National Security Agency (NSA) has advised the Trump administration to abolish its controversial surveillance program for domestic calls and text messages. The program was established in 2001 under the Patriot Act to collect metadata on electric communications that could in theory make

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25 Apr 2019

Employers should develop cybersecurity protocols and invest more in employee training programs

Organizations are increasingly aware that their employees represent both their biggest asset and a serious security risk. Consequently, 92% of IT leaders believe that in order to protect data, their firms should invest in new solutions that allow them to monitor user activity and spot insider threats. Just under half

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25 Apr 2019

Major DDoS attacks increased 967% this year

A new Neustar Research report shows that powerful DDoS attacks of over 100Gbps skyrocketed in the first quarter of this year. In comparison to Q1 of 2018, large DDoS attacks rose by 967%, with the biggest one peaking at 587Gbps, which was over 70% larger than the most powerful attack

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24 Apr 2019

How businesses plan to protect themselves against cyberattacks

A new report[pdf] by Hiscox looks at the cyber readiness of organizations in the US and various European countries. The study found that 61% of firms experienced a cyberattack in the past 12 months, which represents a serious increase over last year, when the number was 45%. According to the

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24 Apr 2019

City of Stuart Still Recovering from Ryuk Ransomware Attack

Once again a local US government has suffered a cyberattack involving the notorious Ryuk ransomware. The City of Stuart, Florida was hit on April 13 when Ryuk infected its computers and servers, probably after a city employee fell for a phishing email. While Stuart has managed to restore various services

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24 Apr 2019

Nearly half of firms suffer data breaches at hands of vendors

Almost one in two (44%) companies has experienced a disruptive data breach as the result of a third-party vendor getting compromised, recent research by eSentire and Spiceworks shows. 26% of the breaches were the result of human error and stolen passwords, while about half involved malware. Even though third-party agreements

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24 Apr 2019

Academics hide humans from surveillance cameras with 2D prints

Surveillance systems that use machine learning (ML) algorithms to identify people and objects are becoming increasingly widespread across the glober. However, new research by a group of Belgium academics highlights the significant shortcomings that still affect these systems, as the researchers were able to avoid detection by surveillance algorithms simply

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