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‘Cybersecurity Is Critical To Future Prosperity’

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

“Cybersecurity is critical to our future prosperity and security” as the “evolution of technology has fundamentally changed our security landscape, Minister of National Security Wayne Caines said today. Speaking during the opening of the Cybersecurity Framework Workshop at BUEI, Minister Caines said, “On behalf of the Government of Bermuda, it…

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Hack to the future: HopHacks challenges students to solve problems using technology

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

In rooms around Hodson Hall on Saturday night, clusters of students tapped away at their laptops amid a scattering of snack bags, soda cans, book bags, and belongings. Some took time out from their teamwork to study for a test. A few napped using balled up sweatshirts as pillows. It…

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Future trends for cyber security

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Cyber security strategy is now a key issue for any enterprise. Ransomware attacks continue to evolve more sophisticated ways to get onto corporate networks. Crypto currencies have enabled cyber crime to become a profitable way to make money directly from malware. Attackers no longer need any technical knowledge – ransomware…

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Cyber security in an interconnected future

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Cyber security in an interconnected future

The “WannaCry” virus hit computers in at least 150 countries around the world last week, including Russia, the Ukraine and Taiwan. Some called it the beginning of a new era – an era in which hackers have become experts at finding weak spots in our online security. There was also a kind of dawning realisation of how vulnerable organisations all …

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Young Hackers: The Cybersecurity superstars of the future?

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Young Hackers: The Cybersecurity superstars of the future?

The National Crime Agency (NCA) recently published a report that revealed the average age of a UK hacker is only 17 years old. The alarming investigation found that most youngsters fall into hacking after discovering a passion for the digital world, usually through the gateway of games consoles. By the tender age or 13 or 14, these digital delinquents have developed the capability to begin utilising their gaming devices and digital expertise for hacking. Among the most common types of crime were developing and selling hacking toolkits, blackmailing companies and breaking into online accounts.

This incredible ability coming at such a young age should come as no surprise to the general public. Digital technology has been on the rise for decades and we now have generations of youngsters who have grown up surrounded by technology and use it extensively in their day to day lives – meaning that they develop high literacy in technological skills at a very young age. This is particularly true of British teenagers, who spend more time online than most other teenagers around the world. Given that the same survey revealed they also rank quite highly in terms of dissatisfaction with life, it seems unsurprising that they are venting their frustrations within the world they understand the most: the online one.

Although these findings may at first seem irrelevant for businesses, they are extremely important in terms of understanding cybersecurity risks. The NCA investigation found that many of these teen hackers are mostly motivated by “building a reputation” as an excellent hacker and pursue their game on the basis of how challenging the target will be, rather than how much money they could gain for a potential hack. Much like the more traditional morality-lead hackers who outed adulterers by stealing and publicising user information from the website Ashley Madison, these young people are interested in what they can gain on a reputational and skills-based level instead of what they can actually gain from the data breaches themselves.

This means that the better an organisation’s level of cybersecurity is, or the higher the profile of their brand, the more appealing they become to young hackers who want to gain a “name” for themselves in the shadowy world of cybercrime and hacking. Although interestingly, given the lack of concern they have in the intrinsic value of what is being hacked, any system of any organisation can become a target, rather than just those on the frontline of protecting core assets. Furthermore, the rate at which these young hackers are exchanging intelligence and developing new tools vastly outweighs the rate at which most companies are updating and monitoring their cybersecurity tools. Thus, a two pronged risk is revealed: the risk of turning your organisation into a target by protecting it properly and that of being outnumbered by the sheer scale of hackers who collaborate to develop exploitations and share vulnerabilities.

However, it isn’t all doom and gloom. Whilst the NCA research is largely acting as a warning for companies to tighten their security measures and remember to update them frequently, it also comes as an opportunity to act. Today’s hackers could well be tomorrow’s cybersecurity employees and targeting youngsters with an organic interest in computer technology, as well as a known expertise in the world of hacking, could be the secret to finding and recruiting more cybersecurity experts. This way firms can start to actively combat threats to data protection by utilising insider knowledge and up-and-coming youngsters with an extensive depth of digital literacy and real-life experience, who could ironically be the ones to help make an organisations more secure.

This would not come without a risk. It would be hard to place faith in new recruits who have a known history of data breaches and hacking – as they largely view hacking as a casual act, or a bit of fun which is not to be taken seriously. However, with the right approach and training, organisations could be looking at the opportunity of a lifetime: utilising the future stars of the tech world to protect themselves from threats that they perhaps do not yet understand themselves.

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Fighting Fire with Fire – AI, Cyber Security, and Roles of the Future

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Fighting Fire with Fire – AI, Cyber Security, and Roles of the Future

Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a subject has been around for years, however it is only now that AI as a real possibility is bleeding into public consciousness.
Even the government has started to take notice – in October alone the

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The future of credit-card security may involve blinking numbers

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The future of credit-card security may involve blinking numbers

Your credit card may start winking at you soon in an effort to keep your data safe.
French digital security company Oberthur Technologies, which maintains a significant design and production operation in Los Angeles, has developed a digital display powered

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Warwick and IBM join forces to deliver cyber security skills of the future

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Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Warwick and IBM join forces to deliver cyber security skills of the future

The Cyber Security Centre at WMG, University of Warwick, has teamed with IBM (NYSE: IBM) to develop a module for its Cyber Security master’s course portfolio which addresses key strategic cyber security issues relating to business, particularly from the perspective

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Safran in Talks Over Future of ID & Security Business

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Safran in Talks Over Future of ID & Security Business

LONDON—French aerospace supplier SafranSA is in talk with several groups over the future of its identity and security business after it reported first-half operating profit rose 11%, propelled by strong demand for new aircraft engines. Safran has narrowed discussions to five groups that should deliver their offers for the business by mid-September, Safran chief executive […]

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Tweeting Turkey, or how social media may have fundamentally changed the future of coups

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Tweeting Turkey, or how social media may have fundamentally changed the future of coups

On Friday, I received an alert on my phone that a coup attempt was underway in Turkey. Rather than turn on the TV — or even open the app of the newspaper that sent me the alert — I went directly to Twitter. What I found was an incredible source of real-time information on the […]

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