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Cybersecurity #Awareness Doesn’t #Fuel Better #Preparation

New research from SolarWinds MSP has revealed that whilst awareness surrounding cyber-attacks is increasing it is not equating to better preparedness, with confusion about the risks posed and a lack of means to defend against them evident.

The 2017 Cyberattack Storm Aftermath study, commissioned with the Ponemon Institute, surveyed 200 senior-level execs in the US and US about emerging threats, specifically those propagated by the Vault 7 leaks and the WannaCry/NotPetya attacks fueled by the EternalBlue Shadow Brokers leak.

The results found that whilst the majority (69%) of respondents had a high awareness of both WannaCry and NotPetya threats, only 28% (WannaCry) and 29% (NotPetya) felt they would be able to prevent those attacks. What’s more, 44% of the respondents who were aware of the WannaCry patch failed to implement it, with that figure 55% for the NotPetya patch.

Speaking to Infosecurity Tim Brown, VP of security, said that the key to prevention is applying the appropriate patches, but too many businesses are failing to make that connection.

“That shows a lack of knowledge on what the action plan associated with a vulnerability should be,” he added. “People often don’t think of basic security hygiene as one of the most important things they need to do, but it really is – although it’s really not easy. Doing the basics well is not ‘sexy’ or ‘cool’, it’s a lot of hard work that needs to get done, but no technology is going to really save you from that hard work.”

Another significant finding from the report was that more than half of execs felt they did not have sufficient budget to prevent, detect and contain significant cybersecurity threats.

“Budget is always an issue, and basically your security budget always first goes towards meeting your regulatory requirements. How you move the needle towards more security is always a challenge. You have to be able to explain in more business terms the ‘what if’ scenarios.

To conclude Larry Ponemon, founder of the Ponemon Institute, said the lack of knowledge among senior-level security execs highlighted in the report is worrying.

“They know that attacks are on the increase, but many don’t know what they are and seem unable to effectively prevent them,” he added. “Better use needs to be made of the resources available, such as US CERT alerts, and the service providers that most businesses are using to outsource protection. Those providers also need to step up and provide education on where most attacks are coming from and how they can be prevented.”

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For better #cyber-security, focus on #behavior

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

For better #cyber-security, focus on #behavior

William Mackey thinks the old-school approach to cyber-security — wait for a problem, then tweak the technology — needs to go the way of Windows ’98.

If Americans expect to protect sensitive information, the country needs to shift its perception from hardware to human behavior when it comes to security, he said.

Mackey, an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Indiana State University, told the more than 100 students and staff members packed in Dede 1 of the Hulman Memorial Student Union at ISU on Wednesday that the country needs an approach that couples technology with the way people actually behave.

“We’ve gotten complacent, in fact, these data breaches are happening so often,” Mackey said. “The way that we’ve been fighting this so far has been through purely technological means.

“We’re fighting technology with technology. We try to figure out how much money we can dump into our IT systems, how much IT staff we can get and then we react.

“What we’re suggesting is a different way to look at cyber-security in general. A lot of the data breaches that have happened, happened specifically because of a human behavioral impetus. It started because of somebody, not necessarily a machine, that was an employee or had a user name and password. There’s always somebody behind the machine.”

Mackey’s presentation on cyber-security was part of a round-table discussion on the future of cyber-security and the impact criminology and sociology students can have in shaping that future.

“We don’t need people, necessarily, that have computer programming backgrounds, in fact most of the time I don’t think that’s a good idea,” Mackey said. “We need people with fresh perspectives on things and people who understand why people do things, how we motivate, how to train effectively. What better place to look for that than a criminology background.

“That’s what we focus on, right? Why did they do it, how did they do it and how do we prevent it. It’s what criminologists do already.”

“Seventy-two percent of all data breaches that have happened since 2005 have had a human behavioral component. That is to say, they would not have happened if that human behavioral action didn’t take place,” Mackey said. “We’re not focusing on this human behavioral aspect at all right now. It’s simply not the focus.”

Chetrice Mosely, cyber-security program director for Indiana’s Cybersecurity Council, echoed Mackey’s point, saying the over-sharing of information online is a personal issue, not a technological one.

“To the professor’s point, more than 70 percent of the problem is us,” Mosely said. “It’s not a technology issue, it’s not an IT division issue, it’s an employee issue, it’s a personal issue.

“We share way too much information online because either we think it’s already out there or we don’t care because we’re apathetic.”

The problem needs to be tackled in a human way, she said.

If hackers understand its easier to exploit people than it is technology, then security experts need to retrain the public, not just tweak the technology, she said.

The pair also touched on the great need for qualified people in the cybersecurity field.

More than 6 million jobs are expected discipline-wide in 2019, and forecasts say only about 3.5 million candidates will be ready. Mackey said the average starting salary of those breaking into cybersecurity is around $95,000.

But Mosely reiterated the professor’s earlier point that employers are looking for fresh eyes.

“What businesses are looking for is not people with an IT background, but people with critical thinking skills and who are problem solvers,” Mosely said. “They need the people who can communicate well and can quickly figure things out. If you can do that on day one, then they can teach you the IT stuff.”

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Building better defences by establishing a deeper understanding of cyber security threats

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The SWIFT Institute has published three new working papers, each aiming to contribute towards the establishment of better cyber defences for the financial industry. The research papers focus on enabling financial institutions to get ahead and stay ahead of their cyber adversaries by providing a better understanding of the actors…

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A Better Way to Teach Cybersecurity to Workers

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Companies are starting to take a new approach to getting employees to be more vigilant about cybersecurity. Instead of punishing employees when they make mistakes, they’re rewarding them when they do something good. The problem, security experts say, is that the usual security training is a big turnoff for employees….

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IRS is getting better at helping identity theft victims

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IRS is getting better at helping identity theft victims

The Internal Revenue Service is making strides in assisting victims of tax-related identity theft more promptly and making fewer errors on cases, thanks to a more centralized approach, according to a new government report. The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, found the IRS has improved its…

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How to get better at online dating, according to science

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WHY AMERICANS MUST GET BETTER IN TERMS OF CYBER SECURITY

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

If you spend the majority of your life in the digital world, as millions of people around the world do each day, cyber security should always be one of your top priorities. You would never hand a stranger your credit …

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Better Business Bureau recomends ways to avoid Valentine’s Day romance scams

It’s time to protect your hearts and your wallets leading into this Valentine’s Day. Tuesday the Better Business Bureau (BBB) reminded everyone to be very cautious when visiting online dating sites like Tinder, E-Harmony, and Match.com. According to the BBB many scammers are beginning to impersonate U.S service members this February. “They’ll come on pretty strong pretty fast with the feelings, and then that leads into scenarios where their saying my children are sick, or I need money because I’m in the military, I need to come home, or I need money for medical expenses. Read More….

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