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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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Cisco #bolsters security services with #triple cloud #channel #play

Source: National Cyber Security News

New solutions span Cisco AMP for Endpoints, Cisco Umbrella and Meraki Systems Manager

Cisco has unveiled three new cloud-based endpoint solutions designed to improve protection levels of businesses across Australia and New Zealand, delivered through managed security service providers (MSSP).

Under the banner of Cisco AMP for Endpoints, Cisco Umbrella and Meraki Systems Manager, the offerings aim to target advanced malware and threats in organisations outsourcing security expertise.

From a channel perspective, the tech giant said the triple cloud play offers MSSPs “comprehensive security, visibility, and control” of customer endpoints without added hardware or complexity.

“At a time when customers are moving to the cloud and struggling with requirements to improve operational efficiency, we’re partnering with MSSPs to ensure they can deliver comprehensive solutions with security, visibility and endpoint control,” Cisco senior vice president of security, Gee Rittenhouse, said.

“Through flexible licensing models and an expanding portfolio, we address customer needs and the needs of our MSSPs to differentiate and grow their businesses.”

According to Rittenhouse, security departments acknowledged that endpoints are being targeted more frequently, but lack the internal expertise, tools and budget to address such challenges.

“Organisations of all sizes are choosing to augment their in-house IT security with managed security services,” Rittenhouse added.

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Why you should be #checking your #data security

Source: National Cyber Security News

If organisations need an incentive to look at how the upcoming reforms to the Privacy Act (Privacy Act 1988 Cth) affect them, the threat of a $2.1m fine could be the motivator.

From February 22, any organisation that is covered by the Privacy Act will be obligated to notify the Australian Information Commissioner and the affected individuals when there has been an eligible data breach – types of breaches will vary, but examples include bank accounts hacked into, or personal details with potential for identity theft accessed, such as names and addresses.

Organisations most at risk include those holding large amounts of personal information, such as retailers, telecommunications and utilities providers, banks, insurance companies, professional services firms, and medical/health care providers.

The new regime will rightly make some organisations nervous as data breaches are becoming more common thanks to new ransomware and other hazardous software.

The smart response is to prepare early for the notification regime. Waiting until a breach happens and then scrambling to deal with your obligations on the run may attract the Commissioner’s ire and may put your organisation at risk of substantial penalties.

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How #AI will underpin #cyber security in the next few #years

Source: National Cyber Security News

Cyber security risks are growing in complexity and volume, but artificial intelligence techniques can help businesses track and fight them in real time

Cyber criminals continue to launch increasingly sophisticated and devastating attacks on industrial, business and financial organisations around the world – and the damage from such crime could reach $6tn by 2021, according to a report from Cybersecurity Ventures.

It has become clear that organisations cannot simply rely on manpower and human interaction to fight off cyber attacks. Not only is it time-consuming for employees to spot potential threats, but it is also challenging to come up with security technologies to prevent them. So there are fears that businesses will continue to fall victim to hackers.

As a result, organisations are being forced to consider new ways to boost their cyber defences. Whether it is implementing new cloud strategies or big data analytics, many companies are showing that they can think outside the box when it comes to modernising their IT security defences.

But artificial intelligence (AI) is emerging as the frontrunner in the battle against cyber crime. With autonomous systems, businesses are in a far better place to strengthen and reinforce cyber security strategies.

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Australian Cyber Security Centre Conference (ACSC 2018)

Source: National Cyber Security News

General Cybersecurity Conference

 April 10 – 12, 2018 | Canberra, Australia

Cybersecurity Conference Description 

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Conference will be back in 2018, bigger and better than ever.

In its fourth year, the Conference will again feature leading cyber security experts from Australia and abroad, to discuss the latest threats, mitigations and advances in cyber security.

The ACSC Conference will be one of the premier cyber security conferences of 2018 and will provide delegates, sponsors and exhibitors with an opportunity to forge collaborative partnerships.

Our vision is to promote, inspire, and support women to recognise and embrace the opportunity of a career in cyber security. Through working collaboratively with Government, industry, and academia, we seek to ensure the cyber security workforce is equipped with the skills and diversity of thought to address security challenges into the future. To support this vision, the ACSC Conference 2018 program will strive to include an equal number of female and male speakers.

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Symposium on Digital Behaviour Intervention for Cyber Security (AISB18-CyberSecurity)

Source: National Cyber Security News

General Cybersecurity Conference

 April 4 – 6, 2018 | Liverpool, United Kingdom

Cybersecurity Conference Description 

This symposium focuses on how digital technology can motivate and influence people to behave more cyber-securely. It will bring together researchers, designers, developers and cyber-security experts interested in computers designed to change cyber-security attitudes and behaviours. The symposium will cover a wide range of topics on persuasion, from behaviour intervention methods to persuasive argumentation and persuasive user interfaces.

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Houston Security Conference (HOU.SEC.CON)

Source: National Cyber Security News

General Cybersecurity Conference

 April 4, 2018 | Houston, Texas, United States

Cybersecurity Conference Description 

HOU.SEC.CON is THE Houston Security Conference serving Houston and the surrounding areas. HOU.SEC.CON has been held in Houston since 2010 with an average of over 400 attendees. Our primary mission is to offer a high-quality conference with the goal of educating Houstonians (and anyone else who wants to come out) through great information security talks, training, and special attractions. HOU.SEC.CON is a Texas non-profit corporation and a federal 501c3 charitable organization that is volunteer-led and organized.

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Helping #insureds reach #corporate levels of #cyber security’ at #home

Source: National Cyber Security News

Cyber security has become a top of mind issue for commercial organizations across the world. Most big corporations have strong disciplines and risk management procedures in place to ensure cyber resilience is tight. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for a typical home network.

Poor cyber hygiene at home is the gateway that enables cyber criminals to get personal. An open home Wi-Fi connection versus a password protected system could make all the difference if a bad actor attempts to hack a personal bank account or bitcoin wallet.

High net worth (HNW) individuals with deep pockets are particularly at risk of personal cyberattacks. Member-owned PURE Insurance, which serves HNW clients, has developed an innovative cyber fraud offering to protect PURE members from falling prey to cybercrime.

PURE Starling, available as an add-on to homeowners’ insurance, provides broad coverage for fraud and cybercrime, including financial loss resulting from online and offline fraud, and services to help assess and respond to cyber extortion threats, remove malware and reinstall software after an attack.

“The issue of cyber insurance was born out of feedback from our PURE members, who were starting to express concerns about data security and the privacy of their personal information,” explained Martin Hartley, chief operating officer, PURE.

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Why #companies should make #security a key #performance #indicator

Source: National Cyber Security News

Businesses can’t just buy a bunch of security products, and think that they’re protected from cyberattacks. Security involves more than that including strategy, education, and training. TechRepublic talked with Secure Anchor CEO Eric Cole to discuss how employers can teach cybersecurity best practices to their employees.

“There’s a lot of different awareness programs where people get phishing emails and if they click they get penalized,” Cole said. “What I found, and I was sort of shocked of how effective this is, make security a KPI. A key performance indicator, not only for individuals but managers.”

If employees get penalized for their actions like using poor judgement when clicking links, they become much more aware and careful of what they do from a cybersecurity standpoint. “I’m not usually a big fan of penalizing, but KPI-based security metrics has had a huge, huge positive impact on all my clients,” he said.

To keep important information secure, companies need to make sure their servers that are accessible to the internet don’t contain critical data. Over the past 12 months, the companies that were hit by cyberattacks should have asked themselves “Do we have any servers accessible from the internet that contains critical data?

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Legal Cyber Security Expo

Source: National Cyber Security News

General Cybersecurity Conference

 March 21 – 22, 2018 | London, United Kingdom

Cybersecurity Conference Description

Legal Cyber Security Expo is dedicated to helping law firms, independent solicitors and Global organisations defend themselves against the increasing threat of cyber attacks. This exhibition will run alongside Legalex; a legal event specifically designed to help the businesses evolve and expand. Over two days, this exhibition also aims to house the latest systems and services that could help law firms, teams and organisations minimise the risk of a potentially devastating cyber hack.

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