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Is your small business prepared for a cyber security attack or data breach?

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Is your small business prepared for a cyber security attack or data breach?

When data breaches make headlines, the victims are usually large companies. But there is increasing evidence that small businesses are at even greater risk for cyberattacks that put the business and its customer and employees at risk: 62% of data …

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4 Cybersecurity Best Practices to Bolster Small Business Defenses

more information on sonyhack from leading cyber security expertsSource: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans As cybervillains intensify efforts to crack into your networks and devices, here’s how to keep your data safe. Through its exercise videos and nutritional shakes and supplements, Beachbody helps people get buff, lose weight and live healthier lives. In fact, … The post 4 Cybersecurity Best […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com | Can You Be Hacked?

3 Cybersecurity Tech Solutions That Can Help Keep Your Small Business Secure

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3 Cybersecurity Tech Solutions That Can Help Keep Your Small Business Secure

Cybersecurity should be one of the most important focuses of your small business on a daily basis. If you have any sort of online presence within your organization, then you have the risk of being attacked through a myriad of possible security loopholes. Small, local businesses are also just as much at risk of cyberattacks as the big guys, especially …

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Business braces for global hacking assault

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Business braces for global hacking assault

A new fast-spreading computer attack and a hacking group’s threat to release a fresh trove of stolen cyberweapons are fuelling fears among businesses and security experts of another global technology assault. The new attack, called Adylkuzz, follows last week’s WannaCry outbreak, which crippled computers in more than 100 countries over the weekend. Both attacks rely on a Windows bug that …

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Mobile is slow, but cyber-security business will help company grow, says Singtel CEO

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Mobile is slow, but cyber-security business will help company grow, says Singtel CEO

Cyber security is a key growth segment for Southeast Asia’s largest telco Singtel, as price competition in data and voice intensifies globally, its chief executive told CNBC. “Our core carriage business that is your traditional voice, data businesses, those face significant price competition … The growth that we have seen in our ICT (information and communication technology) businesses has certainly …

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Small business most vulnerable to cyber attack

more information on sonyhack from leading cyber security expertsSource: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans The global ransomware attack has exposed fears Australian small business is most vulnerable to online scams and hacking, with the Turnbull government and key lobby groups urging owners to beef up their cyber security. While Australian businesses seemed to largely avoid the chaos, both the government […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com | Can You Be Hacked?

10 Tips to Help Protect Your Business’ IP

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10 Tips to Help Protect Your Business’ IP

Today, protecting intellectual property and confidential information is a major challenge for businesses all over the globe. From cybercrime to human error – it can be very difficult to keep IP confidential information safe in this digital world. Most businesses have confidential information in one form or another and, in the 21st Century, all businesses are operating in an environment …

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Should your business hire a hacker?

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Should your business hire a hacker?

Chris Pogue was given the Tech Express treatment by CBR’s Ellie Burns, with the Nuix CISO looking into the recruitment of hackers.

EB: Why would a company want to hire a hacker?

CP: It’s well-known across the board that there is a shortage in cyber security skills in the UK and abroad. It can be beneficial for organisations to turn to those who already have a depth of security knowledge to bridge the gap, and often it is the case that the people closest to these matters are former hackers. Whilst many may be put off by hiring someone labelled in a presumably derogatory manner, hackers have a tremendous wealth of experience which is invaluable to security teams. Ex-hackers or penetration testers have an understanding of the inner workings of a cyber criminal’s mind better than any trained security professional. According to the Nuix Black Report, many hackers and pentesters have indicated that the only difference between the work they perform, and those of a criminal is a statement of work; the tools, techniques, and methodologies are all the same.

They can provide insights into how organisations become compromised and can help protect against these methods. In warfare, General Sun Tzu said:

“IF YOU KNOW THE ENEMY AND KNOW YOURSELF, YOU NEED NOT FEAR THE RESULT OF A HUNDRED BATTLES. IF YOU KNOW YOURSELF BUT NOT THE ENEMY, FOR EVERY VICTORY GAINED YOU WILL ALSO SUFFER A DEFEAT. IF YOU KNOW NEITHER THE ENEMY NOR YOURSELF, YOU WILL SUCCUMB IN EVERY BATTLE.”
The quote holds as much meaning today as it did thousands of years ago. Hackers can provide that rare perspective into the mind of the enemy, as well as helping security teams understand that security is more than just a policy on a paper or an anti-virus programme.

EB: What skills do hackers have which would benefit the business?

CP: Former hackers are often people who have been studying and researching security controls and protocols from a very young age, and consequently have an unrivalled depth of technical knowledge and creativity. They also know the best tools and techniques that can be used to infiltrate organisations. According to the Nuix Black Report, which surveyed cyber attackers, 88% of hackers say they can compromise a target in under 12 hours. Most businesses won’t even realise they’ve been breached and realistically won’t be able to mount any sort of defence before it’s too late. These numbers highlight the need for a well-trained response team with a diverse range of skills, using cutting-edge technology and actively monitoring for threats, in conjunction with expert knowledge and field experience.

EB: What is the advantage of hiring hackers instead of training/reskilling staff?

CP: Former hackers have a unique insight into a world which is largely closed off to the corporate world. Someone who comes from that background has an understanding of criminal motivations that a business professional simply would not be able to emulate through training alone. Enterprises need people who can think differently and creatively, as the criminal world is currently much more agile than those defending. A former hacker can help defence teams stay ahead of the curve on potential threats by teaching them how to recognise attack patterns.

EB: How do you attract hackers for corporate roles?

CP: Attracting hackers to corporate roles is a huge challenge facing the industry, as many are tempted into a life of crime by monetary gain, and the idea of achieving status among their peers. One way we can challenge this is by offering engaging roles which allow creativity and freedom. We need to be engaging with hackers early and showing them a path to success working with organisations instead of against them. This is approach can be effective, but businesses should anticipate it to be expensive. Their skills are highly specialised, and highly sought after – so be ready to pay significantly more than you would pay for traditional IT staff.

EB: What would be your top tip for a business looking to hire a hacker?

CP: A recent study from the UK National Crime Agency found that young people are lured into a life of crime from a very young age, with the average age of a convicted cybercriminal being 17. For those in charge of recruitment, a criminal record will almost certainly ring alarm bells, and rightfully so. While there are risks involved, in general there needs to be a cultural shift in the corporate sector which lifts the stigma of hiring someone with a somewhat tenuous past. Young people need to be able to see that there are lucrative opportunities out there for people with their skills, outside of the criminal world.

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Data Security Must Be a Business Priority

Data Security Must Be a Business PrioritySource: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Data security is being put at risk by the unsafe practices of end users, and security staffers must do more to keep enterprise information safe. In fact, a recent Dell … The post Data Security Must Be a Business Priority appeared first on National Cyber Security […]

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Why digital security should be part of every business strategy

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There is no doubt that in the highly digitalised world of 2017, digital security should be part of every business strategy, whether it’s for launching a new app or maintaining a website. We are collecting vast amounts of data – …

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