Opinions & Analysis

IoT And DDoS Attacks: A Match Made In Heaven.

Written by Adrian Taylor, Regional VP of Sales for A10 Networks By 2020, Gartner predicts the total number of IoT devices will reach 20.4 billion. At the same time, DDoS attacks are on the rise, with Cisco estimating that the number of DDoS attacks exceeding 1 gigabit of traffic per second will soar to 3.1 million by 2021. While correlation does not equal causation, in this case I believe that the two are connected. There...

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Things To Know Before Developing Intelligence Requirements.

Written by Mike Mimoso, Editorial Director, Flashpoint To state the obvious, proper intelligence requirements must be in place before data collection, analysis, and consumption of intel can happen. These requirements are critical because they enable an organisation to choose and prioritise its intelligence goals, determine what information it needs to collect and from what sources to achieve those goals, establish how it will process this information, and identify which dissemination methods are most appropriate for...

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How To Get In Shape For Today’s Security Challenges And Counter Ransomware Attack.

By Andreas Bechter, Global Technical Alliance Manager at Veritas Technologies Recently, I’ve been doing intensive exercise. Not to lose some pounds before the inevitable post-Christmas weight gain, but because I’m getting ready for an XLETIX obstacle course in Munich. It won’t be easy. I’ll need to run, climb, jump and crawl past miles of mud and obstacles. And I’ll need to be as fit as possible to make it to the end. In a way,...

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Data Breaches And High-Profile Security Hacks – An Evergreen Story.

By Richard Whomes, Senior Director, Rocket Software 2018 was a big year for data breaches, with organisations from Cathay Pacific to the Tory party suffering from attacks. But no organisation has hit the headlines quite as much as British Airways. The airline’s first breach occurred in September 2018, when an attack affected 380,000 transactions which had been made over a two-week period. Then came the announcement by BA’s owner, International Airlines Group (IAG), that an...

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Looking To The State Of Cybersecurity For The Year Ahead.

By Tim Brown, VP of Security, SolarWinds MSP 2018 was a prolific year within the cybersecurity and wider tech landscape. Data breaches have consistently made headlines, and as a result, we have seen the public mood sour toward many well-known companies whose brands have been quite damaged—potentially irreversibly. The rate of high-profile cyber-attacks and data breaches shows no signs of slowing down either—especially as the value of customer data continues to grow. While 2019 may...

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These Are Not Cybersecurity Predictions For 2019.

Written by Jonathan Couch, SVP Strategy, ThreatQuotient As 2019 approaches, cybersecurity professionals are beginning to share their predictions for the coming year. I am not a big fan of these types of predictions. That’s because what actually happens in any given year tends to be more of the same with one or two new, unique industry targets or types of attacks that have evolved. For the most part, threat actors aren't really that advanced or...

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Trend Micro Finds One Third Of Cybersecurity Staff Feel Isolated From The Business.

Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today revealed that IT executives responsible for cybersecurity feel a lack of support from company leaders, and 33 percent feel completely isolated in their role. IT teams are under significant pressure, with some of the challenges cited including prioritising emerging threats (47 percent) and keeping track of a fractured security environment (43 percent). The survey showed that they are feeling the weight...

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PewDiePie IoT Hack – Time For Manufacturers To Take Action.

In November 2018, two teenage fans of YouTube star, PewDiePie, carried out the hack of over 100,000 printers, in a bid to promote their social media hero and to highlight the vulnerability of IoT devices. Today, the BBC shared an anonymous interview with the hackers, who reveal how and why they carried out the attack. This situation has grabbed media headlines around the world but is far from unique in the security industry. It does,...

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Data Protection Day – New Year, Same Passwords?

By Sandor Palfy, Chief Technology Officer of Identity and Access Management at LogMeIn The number of data breaches we saw in 2018 – let alone those we saw in the last couple of weeks – certainly brings a somber mood to this year’s Data Protection Day. Big names, including the likes of British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Facebook made headlines last year for all the wrong reasons, and the fact that it took less than...

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Why Executive-Protection Teams Need Finished Intelligence.

By Glenn Lemons, Senior Director of Customer Success, Flashpoint For executive protection teams tasked with safeguarding business leaders in an increasingly complex threat landscape, having rapid access to relevant information is essential. But as more threat actors shift operations online—and often to illicit, exclusive communities and platforms—many of the insights most useful to executive protection teams are becoming decentralised and difficult to access. These challenges highlight the need for executive protection teams to augment their...

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