When you think of airport security, baggage screening, TSA checkpoints, and surveillance cameras likely come to mind. But what about cyber-security?
With time to spare at the airport, most fliers are quick to take advantage of free public WiFi networks, without thinking twice. However, according to a new report by cloud security company Coronet, consumers would be wise to consider the risks these public networks pose before cracking open their laptop.
A recent survey of hackers, incident responders, and penetration testers revealed that the majority can gain access to a targeted system within 15 hours, but more than half of hackers (54%) take less than five hours to gain access to a system, and steal sensitive data.
The data comes from the 2018 Nuix Black Report and its survey of 112 hackers and penetration testers, 79% of which were based in the United States.
When considering our online privacy and security, we often hold our financial records, bank accounts, and credit card numbers in the highest regard. After all, if a hacker gets this information, they have ‘the keys to the kingdom', right? It might be surprising to learn that the black market value of this data is actually surprisingly low.
The going rate for your social security number is about a dollar. Your credit card number is worth five dollars. A complete medical record, on the other hand, can sell for more than $1,000 on the Dark Web.
It sounds like something that might have a department devoted to it at Facebook Headquarters. But the truth is that social engineering is a type of security breach that takes advantage of human behavior to pull off a cyberattack.
It’s time to have ‘the talk’ with your parents - the security talk, that is.
2017 was, undoubtedly, the worst year for cyberattacks of all time; and it’s safe to assume that cybersecurity will get brought up at family get-togethers throughout 2018. With half of the American population affected by Equifax's breach, security will be fresh on everyone’s minds.
Being the tech wiz that you are, your ‘family time’ likely doubles as a free visit from their favorite tech support - and this year will be no different. Uncle Joe will probably bring up the Uber breach coverup (and use it to comment about ‘kids these days’), and Grandma will likely ask you about her Yahoo account (that she’s still using).
Take this opportune moment to provide security tips to all of your family members. Explaining cybersecurity to relatives who grew up in an age without computers can be difficult, so be sure to explain it in a way they’ll understand.
Data breaches and hacks of U.S. government networks, once novel and unheard of outside of spy movies, have become a common ‘breaking news’ story over the past few years. So it makes sense that a recently released report ranked U.S. state and federal governments at 16 out of 18 in a ranking of industries, ahead of only telecommunications and education.
After two years of steadily increasing cyber threats that resulted in record numbers of compromised patient information, financially extorted health organizations, and publicly disrupted hospital operations, it is clear that cybersecurity is a major concern for healthcare executives in 2017 and beyond.
According to Karthik Swarnam, AT&T Vice President of Security Architecture, “Cybercrime damages are expected to rise to $6 trillion annually by 2021. This represents the greatest transfer of economic wealth in history and risks the incentives for innovation and investment.” The healthcare industry has become a prime target for cyber attacks, facing security issues that have financial and reputational impact for hospitals and other healthcare institutions.
There’s a new phishing scam targeting Gmail users. Security researchers have stated that the emails are “highly effective” and even experienced, tech-savvy users have fallen victim. The scheme, which has been gaining popularity over the past few months, involves a clever trick that can be difficult to detect.
In 2016, we saw Hillary’s emails exposed on Wikileaks, the Democratic National Convention (DNC) email leak, taxpayers affected when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was hacked, U.S. Department of Justice breach exposing 20,000 FBI employees, Verizon customer data exposed, San Francisco’s public railway system shutdown, and most recently Yahoo’s billion account hack. The theft of Protected Health Information (PHI) continues to accelerate, with over 15 million patient records compromised in 2016. The FBI estimates that ransomware will be a 1-billion-dollar industry this year. Consumer identities are stolen hundreds of thousands of times, per day, and sold on the black market (The Dark Web) to the highest bidder. This disturbing trend continues to build with no signs of slowing down.