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Who Should Be Responsible For IT Security?

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Typically, when a cybersecurity problem arises, it’s the IT department that gets it in the neck. Ostensibly, that makes sense. After all, if someone is in your network mining your database for corporate secrets, it’s hardly the office manager or the accounts receivable department’s lookout, right? Perhaps. On the other hand, there’s a case to be made that putting Canadian IT departments alone in charge of the cybersecurity budget and decision making may not be wholly effective. Some believe that carving out cybersecurity as a separate function could lead to better, cheaper information security overall. John Lyons, chief executive of the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance, is one of them. For security to be a first-class citizen, it needs to have its own champion outside the IT department, he believes. “If you have a CISO reporting through a CIO or if you put the cybersecurity budget in the technology budget, then the security spend gets lost among other priorities,” he warned. “It’s right to segregate out the expenditure on security as a discrete part of the overall spend in the company.” Hey, big spender Tim Holman, director of the international board for the Information Systems Security Association, agrees. It can […]

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Should You Cancel a Credit Card to Protect Your Identity?

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Q. I have several credit cards that I never use, and they have no annual fee. Should I cancel them so I don’t have to worry about ID theft? A. Identity theft probably shouldn’t be as big a concern as what the cancellations could do to your credit score. For starters, those credit cards may contribute to your credit scores, and canceling them may mean your scores drop, said Gerri Detweiler, director of consumer education for Credit.com. That’s because a significant factor in your credit scores is your debt usage ratio. “This ratio compares your available credit limits to your balances, both on individual accounts as well as in the aggregate,” Detweiler said. “Consumers with the highest credit scores tend to use less than 10% of their available credit, though it is still possible to have strong scores and use 20 to 25% of your available credit.” When you close accounts, the credit limits of the cards you close are no longer part of this calculation. If you have plenty of other available credit, and closing these accounts won’t significantly affect this ratio, then you don’t have to worry about it, Detweiler said. But if closing these will push up […]

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The Blerg is an Android Podcast you should listen to

I’ve recently pared down the number of podcasts to which I’m subscribed. (We’ll discuss the reason for that at a later date.) But one that I’m absolutely glad I’ve kept — and it’s a podcast that’s still in its infancy — is The Blerg, from app developer Chris Lacy. You know him from Action Launcher, of course, as well as Link Bubble and Tap Path — which he recently sold — and from the fan-favorite Tweet Lanes Twitter app.

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The classy Huawei Watch should be released soon in the US

Announced in March at MWC 2015, the Huawei Watch has yet to be released anywhere in the world. However, if you’re wondering when the device will be available, the answer (coming directly from Huawei) is: soon. According to one of the company’s official US websites, the Huawei Watch is “right [a]round the corner.” We assume that the timepiece will be soon released not just in the US, but also in the other markets that Huawei initially mentioned, like Canada, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, and so on.

It’s not clear exactly how much Huawei will ask for its first smartwatch. But we …

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Why we should all care about cyber crime: the risk to you and me

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

In today’s world, the reality is that all individuals and organisations connected to the internet are vulnerable to cyber attack. The number, type and sophistication of attacks continues to grow, as the threat reportpublished last month by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) points out. It isn’t only large organisations that are under threat. Even individuals or organisations that don’t believe they have much to offer hackers can be targeted. So even if you think you’re a small target, you might still be at risk. Illusion of trust Malicious individuals and groups thrive on gathering information that can be used to enhance their attack strategies. Hackers are becoming more focused on spear-phishing attacks, which are tailored to individual people, and any bit of information about you can be of help. Key to the hacker is the issue of trust. The information gathered is used to build a profile of the target with the aim to have enough data that allows the hacker to appear trustworthy to you. In most cases, the hacker will attempt to impersonate an entity that is trusted by you. The more information the hacker has on you, the more likely they will be able to maintain […]

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THE TOP 10 WOMEN CYBER GUARDIANS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The paucity of women in math and science extends to the data security realm. Women make up 14 percent of federal government cyber personnel, according to a May (ISC)2 global information security workforce study. The number was even lower in the private sector as recently as 2013: 11 percent. But quantity does not equal quality. And there is top-notch talent gracing the field across government, academia and industry. Here is an unempirical roundup of 10 influential leaders in information security, who happen to be women. Ann Barron-DiCamillo, director, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team Susan Walsh/AP Oversees a round-the-clock watch center that collects, processes and shares information on cyberthreats with agencies and industry sectors. The disclosure of a theft of Office of Personnel Management files on 21.5 million national security-sensitive personnel and their families thrust her into the national spotlight — a position she was uncomfortable with as an evangelist of confidentiality. Testifying at a House hearing in June on U.S. CERT’s role in the response, she acknowledged, “Like many Americans, I too am a victim of these incidents . . . Although I am appearing today ready to provide information to this committee, I do so with […]

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Antrix website hack: Cyber security should become national priority, says Pawan Duggal

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Hours after the website of Antrix, Indian Space Research Organisation’s commercial arm, was hacked, cyber law expert Pawan Duggal on Sunday said that cyber security should become a national priority. Hours after the website of Antrix, Indian Space Research Organisation’s commercial arm, was hacked, cyber law expert Pawan Duggal on Sunday said that cyber security should become a national priority. “This is not a normal hack. This has to be seen as a broader cyber war activities that are targeted against India..We have seen large number of attacks coming up on government websites. Who is behind this, we will have to wait and watch,” Duggal told ANI. “This should be enough to wake us up from complacency, we need to quickly realize that cyber security has to be number one national priority. Unfortunately, that is not the case. India still does not have dedicated legislation on cyber security, we have a very weak cyber law,” he added. Earlier in the day, the website of Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) commercial arm Antrix was hacked. The PRO of ISRO confirmed the same and said that there is some problem with the homepage of the Antrix website. Antrix Corporation Limited is the […]

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Apps and tools every Android power user should have on their device #2

Last week, we showed you some of the fundamental apps for Android power users. Just as we told you back then, pushing the limits of the OS with an app might sound like something “too good to be true” to the regular and uninitiated Android user, but with Android, anything is possible. On the other hand, if you’re not that familiar with the apps for power users, but you’re entertaining the idea of becoming a tad more advanced in terms of their relationship with Android.

Whether you’re already comfortably sailing in the deep waters of the Android apps for power user or you’re …

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Attack as the best form of defence – should we consider unleashing cyber security teams’ offensive talents?

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Cyber crime cost the world economy $400bn in 2014, according to a report by McAfee. Whilst this only represents a small percentage of the global GDP, it’s a significant number. Meanwhile, the continuing increase in attacks represents a fundamental risk to many companies, having a tangible impact on share prices and the global economy. At a national level, governments are coming under increasing attacks that threaten critical infrastructure. On the flipside, some governments are becoming far more active in conducting cyber attacks, seeking to disrupt rivals’ economic and military capabilities. But enough is enough. Cyber criminals have it easy — they can strike a corporation with very little risk of being caught and prosecuted, particularly when operating within multiple legal jurisdictions. National governments, and the international community have failed to provide a way in which these criminals can be identified and brought to justice, leaving corporations — some of which provide critical services — at the mercy of attackers and with few options for response. Indeed, thanks to current UK legislation, businesses are being prevented from even basic measures that could have a major impact on their ability to respond to cyber attacks, requiring them to defend with both arms […]

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Who should take the fall after a corporate hack? It may soon be the CEO

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Data breaches can cost companies hundreds of millions of dollars, erode shareholder value, and indelibly tarnish corporate reputations. Yet, chief executives and other top brass at organizations that suffer such incidents have remained largely immune from the fallout. That may be changing. A new survey of 200 directors of public companies conducted by security firm Veracode and the New York Stock Exchange Governance Services shows that corporate boards have become much more serious about data breaches and are willing to hold top executives accountable for them. More than four in 10 of the directors in the survey felt that a company’s chief executive officer should take the rap for a data breach. When asked to prioritize who should be held accountable for such incidents, corporate boards ranked the chief executive officer first, followed by the chief information officer, and then the entire executive team. Chief information security officers, often the fall guys in a data breach situation, ranked fourth in the list – suggesting that directors get it that security executives can do only as well as the support and the resources they get from top management. Security has also become a growing priority for boards. In fact, 81 percent of […]

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