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Cyber security #lessons we can we #take into #2018

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

If 2017 is remembered for anything in the cyber sphere, it is remembered as the year of malware. 
There have been quite a few high-profile breaches and ransomware campaigns such as WannaCry and NotPetya. The question is, what can we learn from last year to improve things for this year?

One thing is clear: ransomware is evolving and is being deployed with more regularity. While targets, attack groups and tactics may change, there is growing concern that ransomware could easily be combined with nation-state developed exploits to spread through networks at an alarming rate. An example of this would be the Bad Rabbit attacks which were specifically designed to infect a large number of networks, using watering hole attacks.

“What we are learning from these attacks is that it is vital to patch any known vulnerabilities the moment a fix is available. At the same time, it’s important that we understand how security can be undermined and to research the exploits that are available for popular software,” advises Anvee Alderton, channel manager at Trend Micro Southern Africa.

Business Email Compromise (BEC) is also one of the major threats that many organisations may encounter. The FBI reported that between October 2013 and December 2016, $5,3-billion was lost due to BEC. Predictions are that this number may increase to $9-billion this year.

“BEC is actually one of the easiest attacks to prevent. BEC relies on social engineering and with better staff education and something as simple as ensuring two finance managers need to sign off on the transfer of large sums can mitigate the damage that such attacks could incur,” Alderton continues.

Last year saw big name firms such as Yahoo, Uber and Equifax come under attack. What this has highlighted is that it’s important to get the basics of cybersecurity right — no matter what size your organisation. The cost financially, as well as to a company’s reputation, can be irreparable.

Another great concern is the advent of the implementation of GDPR across Europe. Worryingly, a lack of interest from senior executives means that more than half shun responsibility for it. This is of particular concern since organisations have to comprehend what data they hold and be able to produce a breach notification plan. This is in addition to implementing top shelf technology to prevent cyber-attack.

“It really doesn’t matter when it comes to the size of the firm or whether the breach occurs through IoT or the cloud, or through social engineering. Vulnerabilities are the biggest threat all companies face. If there’s a hole in your security, someone will find a way through it. Use those patches as soon as they become available and educate staff. There is no better cure for attack than prevention and being prepared,” says Alderton.

New vulnerabilities and attack methods emerge daily — some of which could be devastating for the security of a company’s networks and systems. This is the year for CISOs to become hypervigilant and ensure that they have the right patch available at the right time, as well as the ability to respond to threats swiftly and efficiently.

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Lessons for business from US cyber security strategy

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Lessons for business from US cyber security strategy

This month has seen two important events for global cyber security – the updating of the United States government’s cyber security strategy and a detailed briefing on cyber threats from the US intelligence services. The executive order signed by Donald Trump gives individual heads of government agencies the final responsibility…

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Lessons Small Businesses Can Learn from the Global WannaCrypt Ransomware Hack

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Lessons Small Businesses Can Learn from the Global WannaCrypt Ransomware Hack

What can small businesses — especially those operating on the web — learn from the latest ransomware attacks. Recently, hackers dispatched ransomware called WannaCrypt. When it was opened on computers, it locked users from accessing necessary data. The only way to unlock the hack was to pay a ransom via Bitcoin. More than 200,000 computers in 150 countries were affected …

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Teachers Are Looking to Bring Presidential Debates Into Lessons – Teaching Now – Education Week Teacher

For teachers looking to get students involved in the presidential debate, there are several online election resources that promote student engagement.

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Fisher v. University of Texas and Lessons for K-12 Districts – Education Week

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on race-conscious admissions provides important guidance on how districts can further diversify their schools, write Erica Frankenberg and Liliana M. Garces.

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Louisiana Offers Its Homegrown Standards-Based Lessons to Teachers Nationwide – Education Week

Faced with a dearth of common-core-aligned English/language arts curricula, state education officials asked teachers to create a homegrown, online program—and made it free to all.

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With ESSA Passage, Delaware Offers Lessons – Education Week

Paul Herdman of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware checks in where his state is after RTTT and how the state’s education plan can serve as a model for other states responding to ESSA’s reduction of federal oversight.

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Love Advice: 10 Lessons Your Own Experiences can Teach You

Although given with the very best of intentions, the wise words of family and friends can’t help you more that the love advice you give yourself. In the immortal words of the song “Love, is a many splendored thing. Read More….

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6 Big Lessons I Learned from Being Lied to for 5 Years

What do you do when the one person you thought you could trust turns out to be a liar who has been betraying you for 5 years? Well, here are my lessons. “Can we talk?” I found myself saying in a timid voice as I looked at him with downcast eyes. Read More….

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5 Lessons From the Summer of Epic Car Hacks

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

SUMMER IS THE Oscar season of hacking. At conferences like Black Hat, Defcon, Summercon, HOPE, and Usenix, benevolent hackers seeking fame and prestige—and occasionally the dream of making the world more secure—show a global audience what they can do. This year they showed us that they can hack your car. In a seemingly non-stop series of proof-of-concept attacks over the last three months, security researchers demonstrated everything from unlocking doors and turning on windshield wipers to jerking steering wheels, disabling brakes and even paralyzing a Jeep on a highway with me inside. To anyone paying attention to all those headlines, it may have seemed like the cyberautopocalypse. But that vehicular doomsday hasn’t actually arrived yet. All of this troubling research should instead serve as the harbinger of a future where digital carjackings are real and even commonplace. Luckily these warnings have come far before any real-world auto hacks with flesh-and-blood consequences. So now that fall is here, let’s take a look back at the summer of 2015, which will forever be known as the Summer of Epic Car Hacking, to filter out the fear and find some lessons instead. Here’s what we’ve learned. 1. Car Companies Need Hackers When hackers […]

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