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2022 in Review: Privacy gains footholds in the US; EU continues to lead

2022 saw privacy truly take hold in the U.S., while Europe buttressed its position as the global leader and other regions worked to get up-to-speed with new or amended laws. U.S. Privacy in 2022 Laws passed in 2021 and 2022 meant many U.S. companies spent the past year preparing for new privacy requirements that came into effect on January 1st in California and Virginia, with more to come out of...
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Romance fraud losses rose 91% during the pandemic, claims UK's TSB bank

UK banking group TSB is calling on social networks and dating apps to better protect their users from fake profiles, following an alarming spike in romance fraud. Examining data from December 2020 - January 2022, TSB determined that romance fraud almost doubled compared to pre-pandemic levels, with a record increase in losses of 91% - averaging £6,100 per incident. The bank's findings uncovered...
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Sextortion Scams – How They Persuade and What to Watch for

Extortion, and especially “sextortion” emails, are becoming more frequent, and they can be extremely alarming when received. Such emails work by using threats to extort money, evoking intense fear. This type of correspondence comes in many guises and features various elements, but essentially, they work in the same way. These activities can refer to real-life experience such as cheating on a...
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The State of the US National Cybersecurity Strategy for the Electric Grid

The distribution systems of the U.S. energy grid — the portions of the grid that carry electricity to consumers — are growing more susceptible to cyber-attacks, in part due to the advent of monitoring and control technology and their reliance on them. However, the magnitude of the possible consequences of such attacks is not fully understood. Reports by the Government Accountability Office (GAO)...
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​​Key Insights From the Guide to Cybersecurity Trends and Predictions for 2022-23

The cybersecurity landscape has become something of a battle royale: companies and cyber criminals are continually trying to outsmart one another in an effort to be the last one standing. Thankfully, many businesses are seeking a proactive approach, aiming to avoid the proverbial egg on their face when it comes to cybersecurity breaches. Learning from other organizations’ costly misfortunes, many...
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Cyber Insurance Companies Require Enhanced Security from Clients

The political and economic uncertainty throughout the world today is growing. The danger of malicious hacking is increasing as more and more parts of daily life simultaneously transition to the digital realm. An attack on another country or region by a state or an individual could have catastrophic results. Possible targets include utilities like power plants and communications networks...
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Network Security Threats and Defenses: A 2023 Guide

What Is Network Security? Network security is a broad field, encompassing various processes, policies, rules, standards, frameworks, software, and hardware solutions. Its primary goal is to protect a network and its data from various threats, including intrusions and breaches. A network security program typically utilizes a combination of access controls, application security tools, virus and...
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CISO Interview Series: Brian Haugli

It’s a rare treat when you get the opportunity to speak with someone who has worked as an ethical hacker, has also worked in top secret military settings, and then transferred to the private sector, rising to the highest cybersecurity level in the corporate chain. We had the opportunity to speak with Brian Haugli, CEO of SideChannel. Brian is also the author of a book about the NIST Cybersecurity...
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Data Privacy Day: Understanding the Risks of Social Media

For most people, January 28th is the 28th day of the year. For me, January 28th is more commonly known as “the day before my wife’s birthday.” For those who pay attention to history, they may know it as the day of Charlemagne’s death, Edward VI’s ascension to the throne, the founding of Northwestern University, the birth of the US Coast Guard, the adoption of the current Canadian Flag, the first...
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ShinyHunters suspect extradited to United States from Morocco, could face 116 years in jail if convicted

A 22-year-old suspected of being "Seyzo", a member of the ShinyHunters cybercrime gang, has been extradited from Morocco to the United States, where - if convicted - he could face up to 116 years in prison. Sebastien Raoult, a French national, was arrested at Rabat international airport in Morocco on May 31 2022, while trying to take a flight to Brussels. Law enforcement in Morocco detained former...
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Financial Firms In The European Union Are Facing Strict Rules Around Cloud Based Services

In today's hyper-connected world, most of us now take care of our daily tasks with the help of digital tools, which includes online banking. Whether we're reviewing our account balances, transferring money, applying for payment cards, or simply paying our bills, banking has become more digital, and requires financial firms to adapt to this new world of transacting business. This adaptation has...
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The Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Environmental, Social, and Governance Concerns

The release of ChatGPT last November transformed public awareness, perception, and discourse about Artificial Intelligence (AI). Prior to the release, AI has long existed in now familiar technologies, devices, and processes. Perhaps one of the most common uses of AI is the Google search engine. Search engines rely on AI to scan the internet to provide responses within seconds. Some examples of how...
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5 Long-term Benefits of Adopting Zero Trust Architecture

For the past several years we’ve all been sold the benefits of moving to Zero Trust, and it’s worked. We’re sold. But what now? At this point, companies have decided to embark on a long and committed journey – Zero Trust (ZT) isn’t built in a day. Keeping a clear eye on the finish line is necessary to maintain enthusiasm and buy-in as ZT architecture is put into place, divisions are shuffled...
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Job scams: How they persuade and how to protect yourself

With so many companies currently reducing their workforce, job scams have become a serious and widespread problem for those who are looking for work. Stories from people who came across these scams on LinkedIn talk about scammers asking for their IDs, possibly to commit identity fraud or theft. Although most of these scams come with glaring warning signs, such as a lack of in-person or online...
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VERT Reads All About It - Cybersecurity News January 23 2023

The Tripwire Vulnerability Exposure and Research Team (VERT) are constantly looking out for exciting stories and developments in the cybersecurity world. Here’s what news stood out to us, including some comments on these stories. Vulnerabilities discovered in Netcomm and TP-Link Routers Netcomm routers are subject to an authentication bypass and a buffer overflow. Chaining these vulnerabilities...
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API Security Fundamentals: Everything You Need To Know

In the world of cybersecurity, the spotlight often shines on protecting applications, networks, and individual accounts. Application programming interfaces (APIs), on the other hand, present their own set of challenges to secure. APIs account for a significant portion of internet traffic and handle massive amounts of information from a wide variety of programs and applications; consequently, they...
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LockBit ransomware - what you need to know

I keep hearing about LockBit ransomware attacks. What's going on? It's no surprise if you have heard about LockBit. It is the world's most active ransomware group - responsible for an estimated 40% of all ransomware infections worldwide. I guess LockBit does the usual bad stuff - encrypt your data, steal your files, dump a ransom note on your PC... Yes. The first you might know that you've been...
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5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Penetration Testing

Penetration testing is a vital part of cybersecurity strategy development, evaluating the strength of an organization’s infrastructure. To prevent attackers from exploiting security flaws in your software or networks, you want to discover them as soon as possible. Penetration testing is becoming increasingly common because it anticipates attacks instead of waiting for them to happen, allowing...
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Data Classification: Your 5 Minute Guide

It’s old news, but data is – and will remain for the foreseeable future – king. It has to be dealt with and handled responsibly, assigned to the right boxes, and stored properly. Why? Because everyone wants it, and there are increased efforts to obtain it by ever-more sophisticated and subtle bad actors. You wouldn’t put a piece of junk mail in a high security vault. Nor would you trust a crown...