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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...
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Cybersecurity Crisis Management and Business Continuity

The massive increase in cyberattacks and the rapid evolution of advanced criminal techniques requires every single business in any sector to take protective measures to strengthen its cyber perimeter and minimize risk. To deal with this peril, businesses must incorporate security measures and comply with security standards and regulations to improve their cybersecurity defenses for their assets...
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The prevalence of RCE exploits and what you should know about RCEs

Recent headlines have indicated that some major companies were affected by Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerabilities, just in the month of October. RCE flaws are largely exploited in the wild, and organizations are continually releasing patches to mitigate the problem. RCE is a type of an Arbitrary Code Execution (ACE) attack where the threat actor executes malicious commands on the target’s...
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3 Learnings from the DoDIIS Conference

The annual Department of Defense Intelligence Information System (DoDIIS) Worldwide Conference took place on December 12 – 15 in San Antonio, Texas. If you are unfamiliar with the DoDIIS, it is presented by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and it brings together experts from multiple governmental, academic, and industry organizations to discuss ideas and insights relevant to the security...
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6 Common Phishing Attacks and How to Protect Against Them

Going into 2023, 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 2022 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report states that 75% of last year’s social engineering attacks in North America involved phishing, over 33 million accounts were phished last year alone, and phishing accounted for 41% of social...
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Teaching an Old State Analyzer Some New Tricks

Tripwire’s Energy and NERC Compliance Working Group virtual event offered some enlightening information, not only from industry experts but also some candid thoughts from current Tripwire customers. Even the most cogent summary of the keynote, as well as two of the sessions, simply cannot do proper justice to the knowledge that was shared during the event. I had the pleasure of demonstrating some...
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AI-generated phishing attacks are becoming more convincing

It's time for you and your colleagues to become more skeptical about what you read. That's a takeaway from a series of experiments undertaken using GPT-3 AI text-generating interfaces to create malicious messages designed to spear-phish, scam, harrass, and spread fake news. Experts at WithSecure have described their investigations into just how easy it is to automate the creation of credible yet...
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The Heightened Importance of Cybersecurity in Mobile App Development

Mobile device use is pervasive, and has eclipsed traditional computing. We often hear how various malicious mobile apps are released into circulation. For these reasons, mobile app development needs to focus on cybersecurity just as much as it does on functionality and flexibility, if not more so. It’s an inevitable aspect of app development that must be taken more seriously, as the very real...
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C-Suite Security: How IT Teams Improve Security Culture

Every person in an organisation has the potential to enhance security. Physical office barriers were removed during the pandemic, exposing companies to countless vulnerabilities as attack avenues have multiplied. However, this does not mean that all was lost. What it signals is the importance of promoting a culture of security across the entire corporate environment, no matter how broadly that...