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QuBit 2018 Cybersecurity Conference

Source: National Cyber Security News

General Cybersecurity Conference

 April 18 – 19, 2018 | Prague, Czech Republic

Cybersecurity Conference Description

QuBit Cybersecurity Conference strives to bring the latest information to the cyber community of Central Europe from the western world closer and to help spread the word that security matters as Internet and IT tools are now accessible to more than 2 billion people worldwide. QuBit creates a unique way to meet the best and the brightest minds in the information security fields across multiple industries, and all carrier levels.

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Cybersecurity #Hype: Is the #Industry #Delivering on its #Promise?

Source: National Cyber Security News

Every week we see more headlines in the press about new cyber-attacks and security vulnerabilities affecting millions of consumers and businesses around the world.

Massive data protection scandals such as Equifax – where 143 million individuals’ personal data were exposed in a hack that could have been prevented by a simple patch – now seem to happen on a worryingly regular basis.

Meanwhile, the cybersecurity industry seems to be sitting pretty, with business revenues in the sector growing by an estimated 11% every year. A recent report from Cybersecurity Ventures forecast that global spending on cybersecurity is expected to exceed $1 trillion between 2017 and 2021. Given the ongoing list of high-profile security breaches, is the cybersecurity industry really offering its customers value for money?

The statistics would suggest that it is not. The number of businesses falling victim to attacks rose by 21% in the US last year, and doubled in the UK in the past two years. Figures show that there were 918 data breaches compromising 1.9 billion data records in the first six months of 2017, up 164% compared to 2016.

A primary cause is the rise in mobile and smart device usage within companies, with network perimeters becoming edgeless.

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“Three in four” #councils do not #provide #mandatory #cyber security #training

Source: National Cyber Security News

Three in four local authorities do not provide mandatory cyber security training to their staff, Big Brother Watch has revealed, despite human error being a significant factor in most data breaches.

The privacy campaigners behind the research said they were concerned by their findings given the rapid accumulation of personal data by councils across the country.

The report revealed that more than a quarter of councils (114) have had their computer systems breached in the past five years and that 25 had experienced a breach that resulted in a loss of data.

More than half of those hit by a breach did not report it, the report found. However, the Freedom of Information results used to gather the data did not reveal how many of those breaches affected personal information.

Organisation are not legally required to report data breaches, but the Information Commissioner’s Office urges them to do so anyway. When GDPR comes into force in late May, firms could face significant fines if they fail to.

Jennifer Krueckeberg, lead researcher at Big Brother Watch, said she was shocked to discover that the majority of councils’ data breaches go unreported and that staff often lack basic training in cyber security.

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ASIS Europe

Source: National Cyber Security News

General Cybersecurity Conference

 April 18 – 20, 2018 | The Hague, Netherlands

Cybersecurity Conference Description [

As boundaries continue to erode between the physical and cyber worlds, between high and low-tech risks, between the human workforce and artificial intelligence, and as the valuation of digital compared to phys

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RSA Conference USA

Source: National Cyber Security News

General Cybersecurity Conference

 April 16 – 20, 2018 | San Francisco, California, United States

Cybersecurity Conference Description 

The convenience of being connected in a digital world, has, as we all know, come with some real world threats – cyber threats. RSA Conference, like all the other cyber security conferences mentioned throughout our blog, is about coping with those cyber threats, which are being faced by leading businesses, organizations and agencies.

RSA Conference is popular not only in the US but also in Europe, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. It’s known for being one the largest information security summit that takes place annually. Last year, the RSA Conferences attracted more than 43,000 people, however, RSA Conference says that their real value is not in the numbers, but in the strong efforts they are putting into research. The efforts for preventing network attacks and removing the footprint of hackers from systems are the real values of the RSA Conference.

If you’re a cyber security professional or a vendor selling cyber security related products, then RSA Conference is the event to attend.

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Digital #billboards in the #UK will today start #showing #hacking #attempts

Source: National Cyber Security News

The campaign, sponsored by an insurance company, intends to demonstrate how often hacking attempts are made on a typical small business site.

A variety of recent campaigns have employed digital billboards to show imagery in response to data from weather, traffic conditions, social posts from passersby and commute times.

Today, a new week-long campaign launches in the UK: Dozens of digital displays will demonstrate the frequency of hacking attempts on a typical small business’s website.

Called the Honeypot Poster by campaign sponsor Hiscox insurance, the displays show dots that demonstrate live hacking attempts on custom, “honeypot” proxy servers of the sort that might host a typical small business website, except there was no virus or firewall protection. The servers hold some data but no personal or sensitive info.

The displays show changing dots inside the words “Cyber Attack,” with each dot representing a hacking attempt and a numerical counter showing the daily attacks thus far. During the trial period for the campaign, the hacking attempts averaged 23,000 daily, sometimes peaking as high as 60,000, from Russia, Vietnam, the UK and elsewhere around the world.

The point, Hiscox Head of Marketing and Partnerships Olivia Hendrick said in a statement, is to make “small businesses more aware of the very real threat that cybercrime poses and challenging the belief that cyber criminals only target larger organisations.

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Don’t #extend the #SAFETY Act to #cyber #incidents

Source: National Cyber Security News

Hardly a week goes by without a new revelation about some insidious hacking attempt or other cybersecurity incident. This drumbeat of frightful headlines, along with pressure from companies and constituents, rightfully has lawmakers rattled and looking for new ways to address our burgeoning cybersecurity crisis.

Last week, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., became the latest to suggest that “cyber incidents” should qualify for coverage under the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act, a series of liability protections used to spur the growth of anti-terrorism technologies. However, the market for cybersecurity technologies is already too robust for this kind of market intervention to do anything but stifle the very innovation that it seeks to accelerate.

The SAFETY Act passed in the wake of 9/11 to assuage the fear that companies would not invest in beneficial anti-terrorism products and services because of liability concerns. The law allows entities to have anti-terrorism related technologies and procedures sent to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for evaluation. Those meeting certain standards are either “designated” or “certified” under the SAFETY Act for five years and given special liability protections if the DHS secretary designates an otherwise liability inducing event as an “act of terrorism.

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SANS London April

Source: National Cyber Security News

General Cybersecurity Conference

 April 16 – 21, 2018 | London, United Kingdom

Cybersecurity Conference Description

SANS London April 2018 takes place 16th-21st April, at the Grand Connaught Rooms.

* Choose from 9 hands-on cyber security courses.
* Prepare for: GSEC, GCIA, GCIH, GWAPT, GCFE, GCFA, GNFA and GSNA Certifications.
The following SANS Instructors will be teaching courses at SANS London April 2018:

Keith Palmgren – Keith has over 30 years experience working in cyber security and runs his own consultancy practice. He holds 11 security certifications and is the course author of SEC301.

Erik Van Buggenhout – Erik is an instructor for the SANS SEC542 “Web Application Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking” and SANS SEC560 “Network Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking” courses. Next to his teaching activities for SANS, Erik is the head of technical security services at nViso. NViso is a Brussels-based IT security firm founded in early 2013.

Kevin Fiscus – Kevin isthe founder of and lead consultant for Cyber Defense Advisors where he performs security and risk assessments, vulnerability and penetration testing, security program design, policy development, and security awareness with a focus on serving the needs of small and mid-sized organisations.

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BSides Canberra

Source: National Cyber Security News

General Cybersecurity Conference

 April 13 – 14, 2018 | Canberra, Australia

Cybersecurity Conference Description

BSidesCbr is a conference designed to advance the body of Information Security knowledge, by providing an annual, two day, open forum for discussion and debate for security engineers and their affiliates. We produce a conference that is a source of education, collaboration, and continued conversation for information technologists and those associated with this field. The technical and academic presentations at BSidesCbr are given in the spirit of peer review and advanced knowledge dissemination. This allows the field of Information Security to grow in breadth and depth, and continue in its pursuit of highly advanced scientifically based knowledge.

We are huge fans of BSides: here’s our static resource which includes a calendar of all BSides events (streamed from the BSides HQ). Upon request we always add BSides events within this main directory.

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Engineering #needs #cyber security #specialists to #beat the #threat

Source: National Cyber Security News

Awareness and concern over security against cyber threats is growing. It’s about much more than the risk of personal data being hacked into.

A hostile cyber attack is classed by the UK’s National Security Risk Assessment as a Tier 1 risk, putting it in the most serious category alongside international terrorism, an international military crisis and a major accident or natural hazard. The National Cyber Security Centre was set up in 2016 (as a branch of GCHQ), and later the same year the government confirmed a cyberstrategy budget of £1.9bn over five years.

And although there have been high-profile examples of cyber security breaches, including the ‘Wannacry’ ransomware attack on the NHS last year, the centre’s head Ciaran Martin recently said that the UK had been fortunate so far to avoid a so-called ‘category 1’ attack – an assault that could cripple critical infrastructure such as water or electricity supplies or financial services. He warned that it was a matter of “when, not if” such an attack occurred.

There is little wonder, then, that demand for cyber security specialists has grown dramatically in the past few years, as has demand for the services of companies seeking to hire their expertise.

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