Smart City Security

Smart City Security

Smart cities are the future of technology. We are quickly becoming dependent on computers to run cities. Smart city technology addresses issues like energy, transportation, and utilities. This technology works to reduce resource consumption and waste to reduce costs. The smart city aims to enhance the quality of living of the people who live in it through the use of intelligent technology. Importance of Security in Smart City Security is an essential aspect of the success of a smart city. Security can be a challenge due to the involvement of many technologies and the interconnections of different networks and components. … Read more

History of Cybersecurity

The Quick and Dirty History of Cybersecurity

The history of cybersecurity starts in the 1970s.  At this time words such as ransomware, spyware, viruses, worms, and logic bombs did not exist. But today, the explosive rise of cybercrime has caused such words to find their way into news headlines every day. Cybersecurity is now a priority for every organization. Cybercrime is projected to cost the world trillions of dollars in the coming years. But how did cybersecurity evolve? This article describes cybersecurity from its early beginnings to the present time. From Academic to Criminality For most of the 1970s and 1980s, when computers and the internet were … Read more

cybersecurity laws

Cybersecurity Laws – A Complete Overview

Technology has grown exponentially over the past two decades. As time goes by, we continuously benefit from and increase our dependence on technology. Web applications, drones, mobile applications, industrial automation, machine learning applications, and other technologies have changed our lives. But there are immense dangers that these technologies bring us. Therefore, our governments have introduced cybersecurity laws. The Scale of the cyber threat The United States government spends approximately 19 billion dollars every year on cybersecurity. But cyber-attacks continue to increase every year rapidly.There are three main threats cybersecurity efforts attempt to mitigate: Cybercrime: includes single or colluded acts to … Read more

DMARC policy: an effective remedy for BEC attacks

DMARC policy: an effective remedy for BEC attacks

    Business email compromise (BEC) or email account compromise (EAC) are a huge concern for most of the organizations these days. These attacks are designed to trick people into thinking that the email that they are receiving is from a person belonging to a senior position such as the Chief financial officer, CEO or a partner in the organization. The email is forged with the content that requests the employees to wire money to fraudulent locations. It can be in the form of: Fake name in the ‘From’: The ‘From’ field in the email consists of the spoofed name … Read more

The Security Downside of SMS-based Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)

The Security Downside of SMS-based Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)

MFA is not always secure. Multifactor authentication (MFA) is thought to be an effective technique for identifying legitimate system users before granting access. MFA is a security mechanism that requires users to provide at least two types of correct authentication alongside valid credentials. This means that a user has to provide a correct username and password. Then the user must provide another form of proof like a verification code or use a physical object which only a legitimate user can possess. Some forms of MFA are vulnerable to security threats and may not serve the intended purpose of providing access … Read more

12 Types of cybersecurity

Types of Cybersecurity

The purpose of this Types of Cybersecurity Guide is to provide a simple framework for integrating cybersecurity activities and give a brief overview of the security controls that should be exercised. Cybercrime is a growing concern in the digital environment. Most smaller companies do not have their own cyber security teams and cyber ​​criminals who seek financial or business benefits are likely to target these smaller and more vulnerable targets. This Types of Cybersecurity Guide contains the different types of cybersecurity and their safeguards. We have compiled a list of 12 cybersecurity themes, along with basic and advanced recommendations that … Read more

IoT Cybersecurity Issues

IoT Cybersecurity Issues

The Internet of things encompasses all components that are interconnected by a worldwide computer network and communicate with each other. The components transmit data through shared resources like servers and storage devices. Security becomes paramount to all these components because these devices can be used by hackers. Hackers may gain access to confidential information. The Internet of things helps in sharing resources and making life better, but also it comes with challenges.  Your cybersecurity is critical when it comes to the internet of things (IoT). This article describes the effects of poor IoT security. Loss of information and data Just … Read more

Guidelines for Cybersecurity on Ships

Guidelines for Cybersecurity on Ships

Ships have become a target for cyber attacks. Hackers know that many of the ships are vulnerable, making them easy to hack. One of the things that have made ships an easy target is because they often do not take security precautions. Most of them do not have instruments that prevent and protect them from cyberattacks. They rely on old technology, which has many vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities make them easy to be attacked by hackers who have sophisticated technology. Ships need to invest in new technology, and they also need to have security standards to protect them from hackers. Security … Read more

Challenges in cybersecurity that are hard to protect yourself from

Challenges in cybersecurity that are hard to protect yourself from

As we continue to look for ways to curb cyber threats, companies and individuals are increasingly facing more and advanced threats. Cybercriminals use various methods to execute their threats. There is no clear way to deal with or to eradicate cyber crime though there are some ways we can limit the risk and protect ourselves from these criminals. Some challenges in cybersecurity are more complex than others and are more challenging. In this article, we are going to walk you through some of these threats that are somehow very hard to mitigate. Some of these threats are from outside the … Read more

Tips to Avoid Becoming a Social Engineering Victim

Tips to Avoid Becoming a Social Engineering Victim

Cybercriminals are smart, sneaky, and are becoming more creative with how they conduct cyber-attacks. Social engineering is a core tool that is being used by these malicious people to execute their plans and exploit their targets to the fullest.  They will use all their best techniques and skills to lure you into their traps. You need to know how to avoid these bad minded people who can easily manipulate you if you are not careful. These hackers are hoping that you are naïve, and you do not know what to do.  Here are a few tips to help you avoid … Read more

Security Issues in 5G Networks

Security Issues in 5G Networks

The rollout of AT&T and Verizon 5G NETWORKS is in progress. Several cities are being turned up for 5G, and there are many more in the planning stages. People are anxiously waiting for 5G and are excited about how it will take network speed to another level.  5G promises much higher speed and greater reliability. 5G will change the way network devices communicate as it will deliver significant advances in the technology sector. But as with any new technology rollout, there are severe security implications that need to be considered and addressed. Network security One of the significant issues that … Read more

Basic principles of Ethical Hacking - Footprinting

Basic principles of Ethical Hacking – Footprinting

The first step in ethical hacking is to gather information on the target system. The tools and techniques used to gather this information is called Footprinting. Footprinting includes gathering information about the network, host and also people who work in that organization. It is a key process that needs to be done thoroughly for any ethical hacker to be successful. Security posture Footprinting helps in assessing the security posture of an organization. It allows the ethical hacker to learn the IP addresses, DNS information, operating systems, phone numbers, email ids, and other valuable information.  Footprinting can provide an overview of … Read more

Three Easy Ways to Protect Your Website from Cyber Attacks

Three Easy Ways to Protect Your Website from Cyber Attacks

You might not think that your website is a target for hacking. The truth is, however, that all websites are targets for hackers. It is best to take action to mitigate the threat from hackers before you end up being a victim. Installation of a secure socket layer in your website Security socket layer (SSL) will guard your website from intruders. SSL will enable your website to submit personal and financial information securely. Getting and installing an SSL certificate is quite easy. In most cases you just need to order the SSL certificate from your website host. Their technical team … Read more

Top hacking techniques

Top hacking techniques

Hackers have been coming up with different ways of hacking, and it is time for you to know those techniques for you to be on the safe side. When you get to know their tricks, you will be able to keep yourself safe and be able to counter any malicious activity that may be planned against you. Denial of service (DoS) This attack is accomplished by hackers taking down servers or sites by flooding them with a lot of traffic. Hackers use Botnets – hundreds or thousands of maliciously controlled computers – to flood the target with so many requests … Read more

Ways Hackers Get Into Your Website

Ways Hackers Get Into Your Website

Hackers know that many websites are not secure and are easy targets. In 2019 the number of hacked websites rose by 32 percent. This is alarming and shows how risky websites can be. Google believes that this number will continue to grow. There are many different ways in which hackers can get into your website. Uninstalled Security updates The lack of essential updates to your website may put your site at risk. Always be on the safe side by making sure that you have updated your web server software, CMS, plugins, and all the software that is being used by … Read more

How airplanes should protect themselves from cyber threats 

How airplanes should protect themselves from cyber threats 

There are always more than five thousand planes on the skies every single minute and most of these aircraft rely on software for their operations. Any failure in the airline industry or even just a single airline could lead to a massive grounding of planes or worse! Air traffic management has embraced the use of digital technologies in airports and for a supply chain in order to improve efficiencies. Cyber criminals may have taken advantage of this to create an access point to the systems in order to steal data or to create damages. There is a greater need for … Read more

Work from Home Cyber Risks

Work from Home Cyber Risks

Many organizations allow employees to carry some work home as the strategy increases productivity and provides more flexible schedules, among other advantages. However, working remotely introduces some cyber risks that threaten the organization’s cybersecurity posture. It is, therefore, necessary for every organization to be familiar with the different types of risks associated with remote working approaches before implementing such a move to reap its numerous benefits. Home Setups are Often Insecure In most cases, a home setup that features a network connection and devices used to access confidential corporate data may have insufficient security. For instance, it may lack a … Read more

HACKING IS NOT BAD UNLESS DONE WITH THE WRONG INTENTION

HACKING IS NOT BAD UNLESS DONE WITH THE WRONG INTENTION

Cyber security can be defined as the measures that are taken in order to protect computers or electronic devices from criminals who are seeking unauthorized data. In the previous years, cybersecurity was not a concern because there were very few breaches. Companies and business organizations had no problem protecting their data because all they had to do use password protection. But when hackers realized that they could make money by exploiting vulnerabilities, everything changed. Why hacking is not a bad thing when it is not intentional Is hacking a bad thing? Some may say it’s against the law to hack … Read more

What we need to learn from Facebook Cyber security breaches

What we need to learn from Facebook Cyber security breaches

Just recent, we have witnessed major Facebook cyber security breach. It has affected over fifty million user accounts. A British analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica was involved in this scandal in which they accessed data for this user accounts. Facebook it is still facing scrutiny over how private information of its users is being handled. Many of the users are concerned and the fear over their security is something that they are looking for answers. The organization had not faced such challenge for the last 14 years of its existence, this was unique and challenging. It was alleged that through the … Read more

Importance of Cybersecurity in Military

Importance of Cybersecurity in Military

The basic role of the military is to provide security to every citizen and it cannot protect the citizens if it cannot protect itself. The mass embracement of information technologies has triggered the risk of cyber-attacks. There is a greater need for the military to join hands with all the stakeholders and professionals to create awareness and provide secure cyberspace through the provision of resilient and robust capabilities. The major focus of these capabilities is to detect, Defend, respond to and prevent cyber-attacks that can by any chance affect the military systems and networks that in turn may have verse … Read more

IoT in the Smart Home: Challenges and Solution

IoT in the Smart Home: Challenges and Solution

Only five years ago there was a breeze of IoT everywhere, and people were talking about vision 2020 where 20 billion IoT devices would be online. Now in 2019, we are close to that reality, and IoT is rapidly evolving into the atmosphere in various fields. All the tech giants are now considering the IoT as it finds a lot of applications in smart homes, vehicular networks, healthcare, big data, etc. A recent survey in the US shows more than 50% population willing to spend $500 on smart home devices and appliances. IoT is most widely deployed in smart homes … Read more

Guarding Ourselves from Cybersecurity Threats

Guarding Ourselves from Cybersecurity Threats

We cannot live without technology, it has changed the way we live and do things. We will agree with me that life without technology will be a very difficult one since we have gotten used to technology helping us to live a good life. Your workplace relies on technology, from communication, sending files, meetings, financial transactions and even transportation.  Technology is in control of what we do, how we do it and every day, we are discovering new ways of doing things using technology. However, as we rely of technology, we need to ask ourselves important questions, are we totally … Read more

Securing Network Printers

Securing Network Printers

IoT is among many buzz words of today and is one of the technologies guiding our future lifestyle. According to data and analytics company, Global Data, the IoT business is projected to reach $318bn by 2023.   Given this, there is a high interest in IoT. However, the security of IoT is a growing concern as more and more devices are connected online and are likely to be hacked and exploited due to their poor security features. Network printers are now widely connected all over the internet and are quite useful. Unfortunately, as an IoT device facing the public internet, printers … Read more

Tips to Increase your Cybersecurity

Tips to Increase your Cybersecurity

Often, many people think that cybercrime is just about hackers out there who want to steal their financial information. This is not the case; cybercrime entails a lot and includes even terrorism. There are so many concerns apart from financial threats. It’s so unfortunate that cybercrime is continually evolving day by day and new and more complicated cases arise yearly. The truth is that there are some things you can do to protect yourself against the attackers or hackers but the reality is that there is no way we can completely keep ourselves safe. Before you treat a disease you … Read more

Why hackers love patching

Why hackers love patching

When a company issues a patch to fix security issues the bad guys start salivating.  They know that in many cases they now have the opportunity to take advantages of vulnerabilities that the previously did not know about. Hackers can easily reverse engineer patches. When a patch is released a hacker will first review the published issues that the newly released patch intends to fix.  Many times the hacker can read the publisher’s write up and get a good handle of the severity of the vulnerabilities that are being patched.  If the patch details lead one to believe that the … Read more