Digital carelessness? IT security is matter for the boss!

In the past two years, companies in Germany have suffered losses of €100 billion as a result of cybercrime attacks. This is the conclusion of a study by the Bitkom digital association.  Furthermore, in a brochure on cybercrime published in 2016, the Federal Criminal Police Office complained that “although companies invested more heavily in preparatory awareness-raising and training measures, a large number of the companies surveyed continue to find a high level of negligence (88 percent) and a lack of understanding of risk (77 percent) amongst their employees.” Continue reading

Cybersecurity: machine learning to be the main focus in 2018

In a landscape marked by an explosion in the number of security incidents, machine learning should be the main focal point in 2018. The promise of automated learning is of as much interest to hackers as it is to companies concerned with protecting their informational assets. The subject has even made it onto McAfee’s 2018 five most important trends in cyber security. Get the lowdown here. Continue reading

Cybersecurity: Five vulnerabilities you shouldn’t ignore

Recent news is confirming the extent to which 0-Day type security breaches and their associated protocols are naturally peaking interest. As critical as they are on a technical level, these vulnerabilities only represent around 4% of the security incidents counted over the last ten years. The main responses have, then, only really been centered on a relatively low proportion of attacks. Continue reading

Capture The Flag: A community game to strengthen and build your cybersecurity capabilities

Fancy developing your cyber capabilities in a fun and social setting? You should try a game of Capture the Flag (CTF) in which participants attempt to hack a computer system. A CTF benefits everyone involved: hackers get to show off their skills, and companies can test their systems in a controlled environment. How is it played? What are the challenges? We explain all there is to know about this phenomenon. Continue reading

How Cyber Security Attacks Are Driving the Growth Of Cyber Security

You would be an unusual person if you have not been aware of cybersecurity in 2017. It was a year that truly brought home the level and breadth of cyber attacks against some of our both established and emerging industry players, including Equifax and Uber. Early in the year the massive ransomware attack, WannaCry, hit globally and without mercy; Symantec recording 80,000 exploits per hour at its peak. Continue reading

5 tips for reinforcing information systems security

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Nine out of ten security breaches are the result of social engineering or phishing, meaning deceptive manoeuvrings whose goal is to usurp the identity or steal the login details of information systems users. Likewise, most acts of fraud (65%) carried out on companies do not come from premeditated acts or a weakness in the system, but actually from an exploited opportunity to commit fraud.

Across the whole information systems protection chain (a notion much vaster than “cyber security” and which includes both digital and analogue systems), the human element is still the weakest link. In fact, it constitutes the bulk of the 4 million euros spent every year by businesses in an attempt to block breaches in their security system. Continue reading