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Secure Access Control in 2024: 6 Trends to Watch Out For

What Is Secure Access Control? Secure access control, part of the broader field of user management , is a key concept in the realm of information security, particularly in the business environment. It refers to the process of selectively restricting and allowing access to a place or resource. In the context of information technology, it is a vital element of data protection, dictating who or what...
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Financial Institutions in New York Face Stricter Cybersecurity Rules

Boards of directors need to maintain an appropriate level of cyber expertise, incidents must be reported within 72 hours after determination, and all ransom payments made must be reported within a day. Those are just some of the changes made by The New York State Department of Financial Services to its Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services (23 NYCRR 500) , effective November 1, 2023...
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VERT Threat Alert: November 2023 Patch Tuesday Analysis

Today’s VERT Alert addresses Microsoft’s November 2023 Security Updates . VERT is actively working on coverage for these vulnerabilities and expects to ship ASPL-1082 on Wednesday, November 15th. In-The-Wild & Disclosed CVEs CVE-2023-36033 A vulnerability in the Microsoft Desktop Window Manager (DWM) could allow an attacker to gain SYSTEM level privileges. This vulnerability has been publicly...
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How Does IoT Contribute to Real-Time Grid Monitoring for Enhanced Stability and Fault Detection?

More decision-makers are investing in grid modernization efforts, knowing that doing so is necessary for keeping pace with modern demands. For example, smart grid fault-detection sensors could warn utility company providers of problems in real time, preventing costly and inconvenient outages. Technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) can also improve stability. An IoT grid-monitoring approach...
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Cloud Watching Report: Key Takeaways

The capabilities of cloud computing have changed the digital landscape significantly, and the popularity of cloud solutions only continues to increase. According to Gartner , the market for public cloud services is expected to surpass 700 billion USD by the end of 2024. The growth of cloud technologies presents a wealth of new opportunities for IT teams but also brings a host of security...
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A Simplified Overview of the MITRE ATT&CK Framework

In the world of cybersecurity, have you ever wondered about the inner workings of threat actors as they attempt to breach systems, their methods, tactics, and strategies, and how they seamlessly converge to execute a successful attack? It's not merely about initiating an attack but also the strategies they utilize to remain concealed within the system, allowing them to persistently operate and...
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CherryBlos, the malware that steals cryptocurrency via your photos - what you need to know

What's the deal with CherryBlos? CherryBlos is a rather interesting family of Android malware that can plunder your cryptocurrency accounts - with a little help from your photos. Wait. I've heard of hackers stealing photos before, but what do you mean by malware stealing cryptocurrency via my photos? How does it do that? Well, imagine you have sensitive information - such as details related to...
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Some Financial Institutions Must Report Breaches in 30 Days

The heat has just been turned up for companies hoping to “hide out” a data breach. Announced October 27th, all non-banking financial institutions are now required to report data breach incidents within 30 days. The amendment to the Safeguards Rule was made by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). It will go into effect 180 days after publication of the law in the Federal Register, or around...
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Key Highlights from the 2023 UK Cyber Crime Landscape

It’s 2023, and the landscape of cybercrime in the United Kingdom is evolving unprecedentedly. This year's cyber threat landscape is shaped by many factors, from the continuing effects of the global pandemic to the ever-expanding digital footprint of individuals and organizations. In this article, we delve into the key cybercrime statistics for 2023, providing you with valuable insights into the...
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Google introduces real-time scanning on Android devices to fight malicious apps

It doesn't matter if you have a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, or a desktop computer. Whatever your computing device of choice, you don't want it impacted by malware. And although many of us are familiar with the concept of protecting our PCs and laptops with security software that aims to identify attacks in real-time, it's not a defence that is as widely adopted on mobile devices. However, the...
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Looking Ahead: Highlights from ENISA's Foresight 2030 Report

One of the most important factors in the technology and cybersecurity industries is the inevitable presence of constant change. Technology, business, and industry are always evolving, while cybercriminals are always searching for new and innovative ways to attack. While there is no surefire way to account for future developments, some professionals have dedicated time and expertise to predicting...
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What is Classiscam Scam-as-a-Service?

"The 'Classiscam' scam-as-a-service operation has broadened its reach worldwide, targeting many more brands, countries, and industries, causing more significant financial damage than before,” touts Bleeping Computer . So just what is it? What is Classiscam? It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s - a pyramid? Classiscam is an enterprising criminal operation that uses a division of labor to organize low...
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What We Learned From "The Cyber-Resilient CEO" Report

In today's digital landscape, cybersecurity is not just a technical concern; it's a strategic imperative. As we delve into the insights from a recent report from Accenture titled " The Cyber-Resilient CEO ," we'll uncover CEOs' critical role in safeguarding their organizations against cyber threats. Discover how a select group of leaders navigates the complex terrain of cyber vulnerabilities...
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Tripwire Patch Priority Index for October 2023

Tripwire's October 2023 Patch Priority Index (PPI) brings together important vulnerabilities for Microsoft. First on the patch priority is a patch for Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) that resolves a type confusion vulnerability. Next on the patch priority list this month are patches for Microsoft Office that resolve 3 elevation of privilege vulnerabilities. Next are patches that affect components...
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Simple Reminders to Conclude Cybersecurity Awareness Month

2023 marked the 20th Cybersecurity Awareness Month which was founded as a collaboration between government and the private industry to raise awareness about digital security and empower everyone to protect their personal data from digital forms of crime. While most of the cybersecurity news articles are about massive data breaches and cybercriminals, it can seem overwhelming, making it feel like...
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Massive Surge in Security Breaches of Pensions Prompt Questions

A recent report from RPC has revealed that cybersecurity breaches in UK pension schemes increased by 4,000% from 2021/22 to 2022/23. Understandably, the announcement has raised serious concerns about the efficacy of financial service organization’s cybersecurity programmes. Although the reasons for cyberattacks on financial services are fairly obvious – potential financial gains, troves of...
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Container Security Essentials: Vulnerability Scanning and Change Detection Explained

Containers offer a streamlined application deployment and management approach. Thanks to their efficiency and portability, platforms like Docker and Kubernetes have become household names in the tech industry. However, a misconception lurks in the shadows as containers gain popularity - the belief that active vulnerability scanning becomes redundant once containers are implemented. This blog will...
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10 Common Security Misconfigurations and How to Fix Them

Is your organization using default security settings, or do you have a security configuration management (SCM) program in place to ensure your configurations are as secure as possible? Misconfigurations are a leading cause of unauthorized access and security breaches, creating entry points for hackers in servers, websites, software, and cloud infrastructure. The Open Worldwide Application Security...
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6 Common Phishing Attacks and How to Protect Against Them

Phishing is still as large a concern as ever. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” seems to hold in this tried-and-true attack method. The Verizon 2023 Data Breach Report states that phishing accounted for 44% of social engineering incidents overall, up 3% from last year despite stiff competition from pretexting attacks. In the wake of more “malicious” threats (APTs, recompiled malware code...
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A Scary Story of Group Policy Gone Wrong: Accidental Misconfigurations

In the world of cybersecurity, insider threats remain a potent and often underestimated danger. These threats can emanate not only from malicious actors within an organization but also from well-intentioned employees who inadvertently compromise security with a mis-click or other unwitting action. Having spent many years in system administrator-type roles, I'm actually surprised at how easy it...