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Cybersecurity

New Year, New Risks for IT & Data Security The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything about the world as we know it. Just as we started embracing new practices like sanitizing, social distancing and remote working, the pandemic has also forced us to embrace systemic changes in the ways we deal with cyberthreats. In fact, the FBI has reported an increase in cyberattacks to 4,000 per day in 2020, which is 400 percent higher than the attacks reported before the onset of the coronavirus.
For the third year running, we’ve examined the year’s biggest cyber threats and ranked them to determine which ones are the absolute worst. Somewhat unsurprisingly, phishing and RDP-related breaches remain the top methods we’ve seen cybercriminals using to launch their attacks. Additionally, while new examples of malware and cybercriminal tactics crop up each day, plenty of the same old players, such as ransomware, continue to get upgrades and dominate the scene.
The speed, convenience and anonymity of the Internet are making cyber crime a fast-growing activity. One recent study found that one in every five Americans has had personal information stolen or an account compromised because of their online activities.Need a cyber crime definition or examples? In addition to online identity theft or financial fraud, types of cyber crimes can also include activities such as stalking, bullying, hacking, email spoofing, information piracy and forgery and intellectual property crime.
Every now and then, an email with a catchy subject line appears in your inbox and you end up clicking on it, either because you’re curious about the subject line or because you assume the sender is trustworthy. Unfortunately, this is how most cyberattacks tend to begin – with a single click. What unfolds next only puts your security and the security of your business in grave danger.
Ransomware attackers will attempt to locate your backups, steal the data from them, and then delete them. If you can prevent this, you can recover from an attack without giving in to blackmail.
A data breach is almost inevitable because we continue to make the same security mistakes. Here are five of the big ones, according to experts, and why you simply have to fix them.
Microsoft has confirmed a security flaw affecting Internet Explorer is currently being used by hackers, but that it has no immediate plans to fix.In a late-evening tweet, US-CERT, the division of Homeland Security tasked with reporting on major security flaws, tweeted a link to a security advisory detailing the bug, describing it as “being exploited in the wild.”
On Tuesday of this week, one of the more popular underground stores peddling credit and debit card data stolen from hacked merchants announced a blockbuster new sale: More than 5.3 million new accounts belonging to cardholders from 35 U.S. states. Multiple sources now tell KrebsOnSecurity that the card data came from compromised gas pumps, coffee shops and restaurants operated by Hy-Vee, an Iowa-based company that operates a chain of more than 245 supermarkets throughout the Midwestern United States.
The online world seems to become more complex by the day. As more and more applications are moved to the cloud, the growing number and severity of data breaches makes it clear that attitudes about cybersecurity must change. It’s no longer possible to assume that “someone else” is going to be responsible. Instead, data protection and a strong cybersecurity defense must be a team effort. How have cybersecurity roles changed over the last decade? Ten years ago, cybersecurity was the responsibility of IT. Organizations were guarded by firewalls, antivirus companies were keeping up with basic malware and the world seemed to be (relatively) safe. The IT manager was responsible for cybersecurity, and in the event of a breach, wipe and restore from back-up was the preferred course of action. When breaches started happening more frequently, we were startled. Too bad we weren’t shocked enough to change our bad habits! Too many of us still clicked on every link, and opened every attachment. By 2015, as more and more vulnerabilities were unveiled, and as knowledge about how easy it is to orchestrate automated large-scale attacks spread, ransomware became a real issue. In response, cybersecurity vaulted to the top of the priority list at most organizations. The internet of things (IoT) has changed the way work gets done, and it has forced organizations to adapt and change the way they secure data. Now, in 2019, cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility. Data is the most important resource on earth, and one mistake by a single employee can endanger an entire company. Employees have become targets for phishing and social engineering, with the C-suite heading up the priority list for cybercriminals.