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Strengthening #Plans to Protect #California #Elections From #Hackers

Concerned about cybersecurity, California is inspecting and reinforcing its elections systems on a daily basis.

That’s what the Secretary of State told NBC Bay Area’s and Telemundo 48’s public affairs show, “Comunidad Del Valle.”

“In 2016 there is absolutely zero evidence that there was any hack, or breach, or compromise of any type, by the Russians or anybody else.“, said Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “Not that they weren’t trying.”

Padilla says California is already implementing some of the procedures suggested this week by the U.S. Senate’s Intelligence Committee. Committee member and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris said this week that the nation should implement a paper-only ballot system to avoid hacking by foreign entities.

Padilla says those threatening entities include Russia, North Korean and China.

“A lot of the recommendations you’re going to hear come out of Washington are from a national perspective… a lot of those recommendations are based on what California already has in place,” Padilla said.

In a wide-ranging interview, Padilla also said his office’s pre-registration program has seen a huge spike in sign-ups since the high school shooting in Florida.

The program allows teens to register to vote before they turn 18, so they can hit the ground running when they become of age.

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Will Your #Cybersecurity Defense #System Protect Your #Organization?

For a homeowner, the knowledge that a trained eye has evaluated the home security system — and attested that it is in good working order — can go a long way toward a good night’s sleep.

The same goes for business owners and executives in charge of keeping the company’s digital assets safe. Recent global ransomware attacks, such as the WannaCry and NotPetya strains, have highlighted the growing and pervasive risks to organizations of all sizes and in all sectors of the economy.

Many business owners and executives believe that they can manage these risks with technology such as firewalls and anti-virus software. However, just like an alarm system that has not been activated is useless, defensive technology will not overcome bad controls and human error.

Stakeholders Scrutinize Cybersecurity Defenses
Boards of directors, customers, employees, investors, business partners, and regulatory bodies expect organizations to have processes and controls designed to prevent, detect, and mitigate the effects of cybersecurity events. Increasingly, these stakeholders expect independent third-party reports that attest to the effectiveness of the organization’s cybersecurity risk management program.

But the challenge has been choosing from among a multitude of reporting frameworks and solution providers. In 2017, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) introduced a robust, industry-agnostic framework intended to provide the market with a conventional approach to evaluating and reporting on a company’s cybersecurity risk management program.

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How can you #protect your #website from #malware and #cyberattacks?

Source: National Cyber Security News

From defacements to backdoor files, what kinds of malware should you be aware of?

Cybersecurity is at the forefront of many businesses’ strategies for 2018, as the breaches, malware incidents and disclosure of many vulnerabilities last year showed just how weak the defences of some of the world’s largest firms really are.

Website owners are at an elevated risk of compromise and, with nearly every business required to have an online presence, the dangers could affect everyone from SMEs to large corporations.

Threats come in all shapes and sizes

Malware comes in a deceptive amount of incarnations, from phishing kits to simpler, flat HTML files. SiteLock was able to examine its categorisation data to find that cyber-criminals are seeking out long-term access to targets in order to facilitate complex malware that steals traffic, spreads more malware and lines the pockets of additional malware.

General malware

General malware or unique encoded malware accounts for 44.04pc of all instances detected by SiteLock’s scanners. Although this type of content can be heavily obfuscated and is often generated at random, there are key indicators that give it away, such as the context of the file’s location based on how the website is structured, file behaviours and how exactly the file is obfuscated.

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Canada #build digital #Bitcoin vault to #protect investors from hacking

Source: National Cyber Security News

A CRYPTOCURRENCY vault aimed at protecting online currencies such as Bitcoin from hacking is about to be launched by a digital Canadian bank, it has been reported.

It comes after last month Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck announced it would have to pay back more than £300million to customers after their system was hacked, affecting 260,000 customers.

Now, Canadian bank VersaBank has announced they are setting up a “Blockchain-based digital safety deposit box” for digital currencies to protect investors from such attacks.

Announcing their brand new vault, VersaBank said: “Your digital assets are just as valuable as any family jewellery, property deed or stock certificate, but protecting them isn’t nearly as simple.

“No storage device or commercial cloud service is completely safe, and most blockchain-based secure storage is only for crypto-currency and offered by companies you’ve never heard of, in places you don’t know.

“Like a safety deposit box, only you have access to what’s inside, and like a safety deposit box, it’s been built by an institution you can trust to be there for the long run.”

President and CEO of the bank, David Taylor, has said he hopes his company’s latest offering to customers will help cement Canada as a cryptocurrency world leader.

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How to #protect an #organisation: 5 #cyber security #tips

Source: National Cyber Security News

If businesses want to protect themselves from cyber threats, they must stay one step ahead of the ever-evolving and changing world of cybercrime

At the beginning of each new year there is no shortage of information security predictions and warnings. As we move further into 2018, Corey Nachreiner, CTO at WatchGuard Technologies takes stock and identifies five key issues to look out for.

1. IoT botnets will force governments to regulate

In 2016, the Mirai botnet showed the world just how powerful an army of IoT devices can be, launching successful, record-breaking DDoS attacks against popular websites like Twitter, Reddit and Netflix. Attackers continue to target these devices due to their weak or non-existent security, both in development and deployment.

“Attackers have already started improving on the Mirai source code, which will mean larger and stronger botnets in 2018. For example, the Reaper botnet actively exploits common vulnerabilities in IoT devices to gain access to the devices instead of relying on a hard-coded credential list,” said Corey Nachreiner.

“As attacks continue to grow in effectiveness, the damage they cause will grow until the IoT manufacturing industry is incentivised or forced to add stronger security to their products by government regulation to address IoT security.

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4 #Digital Security #Principles for #2018 to #Protect Yourself from a #Cybersecurity #Nightmare

Source: National Cyber Security News

2017 was an exciting and terrifying year in cybersecurity news. The digital world saw an upsurge in headlining ransomware, disclosure of large-scale data leaks of personally-identifiable information, increased media coverage of nation-state-level cyberthreat activities, as well as the discovery of closer-to-the-metal issues such as various Intel Management Engine vulnerabilities, speculative execution vulnerabilities (Spectre) and the out-of-order execution vulnerabilities.

All of the above happenings represent a selection of newsworthy digital security discoveries that stood out against against the backdrop of an ever-growing body of known vulnerabilities in every layer of the modern computing stack.

The question for many enterprises in the midst of growing information insecurity might be “How can we navigate the cybersecurity threat landscape to preserve business continuity?”

As a small information security team at Praekelt.org, a non-profit tech organisation that aims to drive sustainable improvements in global wellbeing, a strong set of principles to steer our organisation’s cybersecurity is key. Here are some we’ve identified that serve as good starting points:

1. Turn cybersecurity news into actionable information
After the wave of anger, frustration, and ridicule subsides for a digital security scandal subsides, internalising the learnings from the event can extend the value of this knowledge beyond the current news cycle.

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5 #Reasons Why a #Credit Freeze Isn’t Enough to Help Protect #Against #Identity Theft

Source: National Cyber Security News

When a data breach happens, it’d be great if you could simply prevent identity theft with a credit freeze. The truth is, nothing can prevent identity theft, although there are things you can do to help protect against it.

Still, with identity thieves taking aim at everything from tax refunds to bank accounts, it’s worth asking the question: “Is a credit freeze a good idea?

It can be. But it may not be enough. Here’s why.

When your personal information is exposed in a data breach, you could face a greater chance of becoming a victim of identity theft. More of your information could be out there. And if it is, it might be for sale on the dark web for criminals to acquire.

Consider this statistic: You are 11 times more likely to be a victim of identity fraud if you are notified of a breach. That’s according to the 2017 Identity Theft Study by Javelin Strategy & Research.

No one wants their personal information stolen in a data breach. But if it happens to you, you’ll probably want to do whatever you can to help protect yourself against identity theft.

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Top 10 #Tips to #Protect you from #Identity Theft

Source: National Cyber Security News

Identity thieves use your personal information without your knowledge. The thief may use your name to recover debt and even commit crimes. The following tips can help you reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

  1. Protect your social security number from identity theft.

Do not carry your social security card in your wallet. If your health plan (except Medicare) or another card uses your social security number, ask for a different number from the company. For more information, see your Social Security number: Key to controlling identity theft pages.

Prompt to protect your SSN and identifiable information

  • Keep your card and any other files showing your social security number in a safe place; do not always carry your card or other documents to display your number.
  • Be careful to share your number, even if you are required; share your SSN only when absolutely necessary.

Protect your personal financial information at home and on the computer.

  • Check your credit report once a year.
  • Check your Social Security income report annually,
  • Protect your PC by using firewalls, antispam / virus software, updating security patches, and changing the password for your Internet account.

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How #Parents Can Protect Their #Children From Infant #Identity Theft

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

An identity thief can wreck credit scores, drain bank accounts, and cause underserved legal troubles. But the victims of identity theft aren’t always adults with established finances.

In fact, according to Robert Chappell Jr, the author of “Child Identity Theft: What Every Parent Needs to Know,” around 1.

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PROTECT International Exhibition and Conference on Security & Safety

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

General Cybersecurity Conference

 March 5 – 6, 2018 | Manila, Philippines

Cybersecurity Conference Description [Submitted by Organizer/ Or Written By Us]

PROTECT 2018 is the longest-running security and safety event in the Philippines.

This will be on March 5-6, 2018 at SMX Convention Center, Manila.

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