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October 21, 2020Rich Loeber
(Sponsored Content) When your system is connected to a network, you cannot always guarantee the integrity of the person at the far end of a network connection. If your system is connected to the Internet, ethics go out the window altogether. You have to assume that the person at the far end is a bad guy, then proceed from there. With this tip, well outline an approach to this problem that may help you to focus in on how to deal with the bad guys wherever they may be.
Internet bad guys generally fall into two categories, sneaks and bullies. The bullies you can probably identify easiest, they are the ones who go after your system with active attacks. They will try to break into your system, trying just about everything in the book. On our test IBM i server in the office recently, we had a bully come by who tried to log on using over 700 different user profiles in a period of five minutes. Each logon attempt was met by ourSafeNet/i exit point softwareand tossed out right at the point of entry with a security warning message to our security officer for each try. The user profiles were all different and all typical of what you might expect to see in just about any shop in the country. When bullies come after you, they do it with brute force. They can try to spoof your system, guess your passwords, deny others from using your system by keeping it overly busy dealing with their break-in attempt, and much more.
The sneaks are a lot more passive. Sneaks will sit back and monitor network traffic to your system and try to uncover secret information that will then give them what they need to gain access to your system normally. Sneaks are very hard to identify and the have insidious tools at their disposal to get the information they want. This can even include Trojan horses that gather the information for them. Since sneaks are so hard to identify, you should plan your security strategy assuming that someone is always watching your system.
To guard your system against both sneaks and bullies, you need to think about how to layer your system defenses to guard against anything and anyone. If your system is connected to the Internet, you must assume that a sneak or a bully is going to attempt to gain access and plan accordingly. The best defense is always a good offense and you should consider the various layers of your system and have a plan to deal with intruders at every level. This layered approach will help you develop a good defense. The layers you should give consideration to include:
In your plan for network and Internet security, you need to have a plan for each of these layers of control in order to safeguard your system. And, even then, a bully or a sneak might still get past you, so watch out.
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Rich Loeber is president of Kisco Information Systems.
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Akamai recently released its latest security research State of the Internet / Security Report: Loyalty for Sale Retail and Hospitality Fraud. This report, conducted over the course of about two years, examines criminal activity targeting the retail, travel, and hospitality sectors.
Akamai serves as a content delivery network, cybersecurity, and cloud service provider. Akamais portfolio includes edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access, and video delivery solutions. Also, its security portfolio includes customer identity security and Zero Trust.
According to Akamai, hackers conducted more than 100 billion credential stuffing attacks in a two year period between 2018 and 2020. The retail, travel, and hospitality industries comprised over 63 percent of those attacks. Overall, these commerce industries collectively suffered 41 percent of the global attack volume; also, these industries suffered over 4 billion web attacks. In the course of 2019-2020, researchers discovered that 90 percent of detected DDoS attacks affected retail businesses.
Akamai notes that retail businesses offer hackers a prime target for data which can be easily commodified on the black market or for use in identity theft.
Steve Ragan, Akamai Security Researcher and author of the State of the Internet / Security Report: Loyalty for Sale Retail and Hospitality Fraud, also gave a statement. Criminals are not picky anything that can be accessed can be used in some way. This is why credential stuffing has become so popular over the past few years. These days, retail and loyalty profiles contain a smorgasbord of personal information, and in some cases financial information too. All of this data can be collected, sold, and traded or even compiled for extensive profiles that can later be used for crimes such as identity theft.
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Ben Canner is an enterprise technology writer and analyst covering Identity Management, SIEM, Endpoint Protection, and Cybersecurity writ large. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He previously worked as a corporate blogger and ghost writer. You can reach him via Twitter and LinkedIn.
Verisign Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results | Business | The Daily News – Galveston County Daily News
RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 22, 2020--
VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global provider of domain name registry services and internet infrastructure, today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2020.
VeriSign, Inc. and its subsidiaries (Verisign) reported revenue of $318 million for the third quarter of 2020, up 3.1 percent from the same quarter in 2019. Verisign reported net income of $171 million and diluted earnings per share (diluted EPS) of $1.49 for the third quarter of 2020, compared to net income of $154 million and diluted EPS of $1.30 for the same quarter in 2019. The operating margin was 65.0 percent for the third quarter of 2020 compared to 66.7 percent for the same quarter in 2019.
Net income for the third quarter of 2020 included the recognition of $24 million of previously unrecognized income tax benefits. This resulted from remeasurement of Verisigns accrual for uncertain tax positions based on IRS written confirmation indicating no examination adjustment would be proposed related to certain matters reviewed as part of its audit of federal income tax returns for 2010 through 2014. Notwithstanding this written confirmation, Verisigns U.S. federal income tax returns for those years remain under examination by the IRS. This income tax benefit increased diluted EPS by $0.21.
Our third quarter results reflect our ongoing discipline in execution of our mission. We are acutely aware of the extent to which people rely on our critical internet infrastructure as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and we remain focused on our mission to help keep the world connected online, reliably and securely, said Jim Bidzos, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
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Nokia Threat Intelligence Report warns of rising cyberattacks on internet-connected devices – GlobeNewswire
Nokia Threat Intelligence Report warns of rising cyberattacks on internet-connected devices
Report also highlights role of numerous COVID-19-themed cybercriminal campaigns aimed at exploiting user data 22 October 2020
Espoo Finland - Cyberattacks on internet-connected devices continue to rise at an alarming rate due to poor security protections and cybercriminals use of automated tools to exploit these vulnerabilities, according to the latest Nokia Threat Intelligence Report.
The report found that Internet-connected, or IoT, devices now make up roughly 33% of infected devices, up from about 16% in 2019. The reports findings are based on data aggregated from monitoring network traffic on more than 150 million devices globally where Nokia's NetGuard Endpoint Security product is deployed.
Adoption of IoT devices, from smart home security monitoring systems to drones and medical devices, is expected to continue growing as consumers and enterprises move to take advantage of the high bandwidth, ultra-low latency, and fundamentally new networking capabilities that 5G mobile networks enable, according to the report.
The rate of success in infecting IoT devices depends on the visibility of the devices to the internet, according to the report. In networks where devices are routinely assigned public facing internet IP addresses, a high infection rate is seen. In networks where carrier-grade Network Address Translation is used, the infection rate is considerably reduced because the vulnerable devices are not visible to network scanning.
The Threat Intelligence Report also reveals there is no let up in cybercriminals using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to steal personal data through a variety of types of malware. One in particular is disguised as a Coronavirus Map application mimicking the legitimate and authoritative Coronavirus Map issued by Johns Hopkins University to take advantage of the publics demand for accurate information about COVID-19 infections, deaths and transmissions.
But the bogus application is used to plant malware on victims computers to exploit personal data. Cybercriminals are playing on peoples fears and are seeing this situation as an opportunity to promote their agendas, the report says. The report urges the public to install applications only from trusted app stores, like Google and Apple.
Bhaskar Gorti, Nokia Software President and Chief Digital Officer, said: The sweeping changes that are taking place in the 5G ecosystem, with even more 5G networks being deployed around the world as we move to 2021, open ample opportunities for malicious actors to take advantage of vulnerabilities in IoT devices. This report reinforces not only the critical need for consumers and enterprises to step up their own cyber protection practices, but for IoT device producers to do the same.
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Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, speaks in Durham, North Carolina. (Adam Schultz/Biden for President)
Even among those who have worked with him, Joe Biden is not known as a tech policy wonk.
So, its not surprising that today, during a pandemic, cybersecurity doesnt come near to the top of the list of topics Bidens campaign is prioritizing for the sake of the election.Russias election meddling may get a mention, but nothing tied to any substantive cybersecurity policy.
That said, any presidents potential influence on cybersecurity policies are manifold, with legislation, trade philosophy, and even military actions all playing a role. And as the cybersecurity community assesses a potential Biden White House, privacy regulations, global internet surveillance practices, and supply chain security are all at play.
Those topics matter to practitioners like Michael Daly, chief technology officer for cybersecurity, special missions, training and services at Raytheon Technologies. But what he says matters most is whether the government prioritizes cybersecurity in the first place.
Its just a question of how much focus it gets how much energy anything can get in the time of COVID-19, he said. There isnt a lot of oxygen left. But Im hoping that cybersecurity will see a resurgence in importance.
SC Media spoke to numerous sources, many who worked with the former vice president or his running mate Kamala Harris, about how cybersecurity might enter the conversation in the White House.
What new leadership can and cant change
Much of the government cyber posture is handled by agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security and Justice. And while there are often brash changes to leadership, the cybersecurity priorities remain very similar and long-term plans remain in effect.
I dont think whos in office changes many of the goals, but theres a change in focus and energy, said Daly.
Former DoJ employees note that many of the prosecutions of Chinese hackers for economic espionage that we see today, for example, are the result of strategies and investigations put in place in prior administrations, sharpened by Chinese actions and new lessons learned. The same is true for much of DHSs work through the Cybersecurity and infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA. And just as strategies need time to develop, successes and failures can often be attributed to career officials, not changes at the top.
For day-to-day work, several former government employees say, agencies adapt more to changing threats than changes in leadership.
The Obama administration built on some really great work that was done during the Bush Administration, which built on some good work that was done during the Clinton administration, Obama-era Federal Chief Information Security Officer Greg Touhill and current president at AppGate Federal told SC Media. And Grant [Schneider, Touhills successor appointed by Trump] went from being my deputy to carrying the same message into President Trumps executive order as well as the national cybersecurity strategy.
But leadership changes have a more profound effect on how information gets to the president and how the president weighs the different priorities of different agencies and of industry partners. A potential Biden pivot back towards a more traditional, full collection of White House advisers, including restoring dedicated cybersecurity staff, could ensure that the issue doesnt get lost during a presidential term dominated by recovery from a COVID-19 shattered economy and several national disasters.
Any administration will tell you one of the single most precious commodities that it has is time, said Michael Daniel, former Obama cybersecurity coordinator and current chief executive of the Cyber Threat Alliance. To the extent that you can count on people whose job it is to continue making progress on policy issues, even in the midst of other stuff going on is very important; to say, hey, if we want to avoid the next crisis over here, lets take five minutes to talk about this.
During the tenure of John Bolton as national security advisor in the Trump Administration, the National Security Council dramatically reduced staff in the hopes of streamlining decisions. Many government officials of both parties see value in a president reintroducing and utilizing something akin to the cybersecurity coordinator position that was eliminated that is, someone to make sure all agencies are rowing in the same direction and to coordinate with the private sector.Biden may be inclined to do that, considering a cybersecurity coordinator existed under the Obama administration.
One thing I learned in the military as a cadet, is the best way to get a bunch of people from over here to over there is to have somebody call cadence, said Touhill, who served to the rank of brigadier general. You need to have that coordinator whos making sure that we are in sync, for example, with offense and defense. If Ive got Cyber Command firing cyber shots down range, you know what? Theyre going to shoot back. Agencies and businesses need to be prepared when that happens.
That could also serve well what many expect to be a more deliberative and measured approach to government that would come from Biden, much like Obama. That approach relies heavily on both public and private sector stakeholder input. It means, for example, that someone from the Department of Transportation may be aware of U.S. action that could lead to a counterattack on airports. More thorough legal review could ensure better outcomes in court cases.
But it all comes at the cost of expediency. And cybersecurity decisions aimed at any one sector including government often have broad impacts on other sectors.
Its frustrating and its sometimes slower than you would like, but I firmly believe you end up making better policy, said Daniel. They can stand the test of time that way for both government and the businesses community.
The biggest and most obvious focus is in compliance, especially around privacy, said Raytheons Daly.
In the words of Daly, its far cheaper to have one set of rules.
Harris would also bring some experience to the delicate negotiations with tech companies.
During a time when mega breaches impacted consumers at a very personal level, her office took the lead on several of those investigations, said Kathleen McGee, an attorney for Lowenstein Sandler who handles cybersecurity and tech issues. She formerly worked with Harriss California attorney general office as chief of the Bureau of Internet & Technology for the New York State Attorney Generals Office.
Along with several other states, California entered into what were groundbreaking agreements with companies that paved the way for a greater level of expectation from customers, she said.
Privacy policies affect what data companies can save about consumers, how it must be stored, when consumers must be explicitly notified about a data incident and how data can be sold on a lucrative secondary market.
Democrats have traditionally been the party most in support of bringing U.S. positions on privacy in line with those around the globe. The EU, for example, views personal data as personal property even when its stored on a commercial site. That dramatically impacts the data economy that keeps sites like Google and Facebook in business. As emerging technologies like biometrics work their way into storefronts, like Amazons cashierless store concept, those concerns can heighten.
Larry Clinton, president and CEO of the Internet Security Alliance, which lobbies for cybersecurity policy on behalf of a broad swath of companies, expects federal agencies to take back regulatory power the Trump administration abandoned in a new administration. And, he said, that might not be a bad thing.
Industry is more risk tolerant than the government. Why does 10 percent of product walk out the door? Because cameras and security guards cost 11 percent, he said. But commercial insecurity creates a national security threat.
The Obama-Biden administration and, most politicians before Trump typically approached multilateral global agreements so as to benefit all parties. Should Biden win, attempts will likely be made early on to repair some of the relationships fractured during four years of an America First philosophy.
But why might that matter? While global relations may seem more a matter of diplomacy, they can often influence cyber activity for both the government and the business community.
When I advise companies, I say dont just read the science and technology pages, said Michael Bahar, an attorney for Eversheds Sutherland with a focus on cybersecurity and technology policy. Read the front page, because often when geopolitical tensions rise your work is going to be hard and vice versa.
By promoting the idea of sovereignty over international cooperation, the United States has lost some of its influence to combat global shifts in internet governance. There has been a slide toward the Russian and Chinese ideal of a nationally siloed internet: less open, more surveillance and fewer global cloud offerings. All of those policies are less attractive to global businesses that depend upon the availability of such services to support operations.
I would hope to see the U.S. regain some of its standing as a leader internationally in developing good cybersecurity policies, said Daniel. Biden would move against some of the balkanization that China and Russia have made in the past few past four years.
A coalition of allies could influence the world away from the Russian and Chinese version of Walled Gardens, he continued, where the government gets to decide who sees what, who gets what, what kind of information moves. That would swing the pendulum back to a more comfortable position for businesses, which must track global data and surveillance policies that could impact supply chains.
Notably, Chinas international dominance of supply chains with equipment embedded in everything from computers to the telecommunications equipment to emerging social media platforms like TikTok creates massive uncertainties in the business community. It also introduces an array of security concerns.
Daniel offers that a unified crackdown among allies on China might mean, in part, offering alternatives to Chinese products, and may mean building a domestic 5G equipment industry to counter Huawei.
The Internet Security Associations Clinton believes China has pushed the U.S. to an inflection point, which will force cybersecurity and general technology policy to be reconsidered. The White House will be compelled toward collaboration with companies, and toward funding of domestic research into fields like machine learning and quantum technologies those areas where he feels the next Huawei skirmishes will happen.
It matters who the leader is, he said. The perception of the threats will be the same. But if Biden won, we would likely see a broader approach to cybersecurity.
Virgin Media is now offering customers unlimited security across their devices for a small extra fee each month. According to research conducted by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), Britons cough-up an average of 50 a month to rectify problems that couldve been avoided if they had protected their gadgets and devices. With the arrival of its new comprehensive security package, Virgin Media wants to save its customers from paying anything close to that.
The new add-on for broadband, mobile phone and telly customers is powered by security firm F-Secure. Known as Virgin Media Internet Security, the new software bundle includes a truckload of different protections. Virgin Media is including parental controls to keep children safe online, as well as automatic virus, malware, ransomware and spyware protection. Theres also safety features to protect users while online banking, shopping or surfing the internet, Virgin Media claims.
Once youre all set-up, Virgin Media says the Internet Security package will continue to run in the background.
To get the extra protection, Virgin Media customers will need to spend an extra 3 a month, or 30 a year. Virgin Media Internet Security is available across all Android, iOS, Windows (PC) and Mac devices, with the option to sign up for a free 3 month trial before committing to an annual plan.
So, there arent a lot of gadgets in your home that wont benefit from the extra layer of security provided by the teams at F-Secure.
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If youre interested, Virgin Media customers need to request the service and install Virgin Media Internet Security on all of their devices for full protection. According to the fibre firm, customers also have the flexibility to choose the devices they want to protect, so if they change or lose their device they can simply move or re-install Virgin Media Internet Security onto another one. In other words, if you switch from an iPhone to an Android device, youll be able to switch one of your named devices to ensure your new smartphone is protected.
Executive Director of Product at Virgin Media, Annie Brooks said: Life is busy and its easy to overlook the importance of device security until its too late, which is why we want to make it easier for our customers to keep all of their devices safe and secure. For the same price as a cup of coffee, Virgin Media customers can go about their day with the extra peace of mind that all of their devices, as well as those belonging to their family, are safe and protected.
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WISeKey and OpSec Security Partnership Establishes Trust Between Brands and their Customers through Improved Customer Engagement – GlobeNewswire
WISeKey and OpSec Security Partnership Establishes Trust Between Brands and their Customers through Improved Customer Engagement
WISeKey and OpSec have entered into a partnership to offer secure and digitally enabled products to better protect brands product and services from counterfeiting and empower authentic customer engagement
Geneva, Switzerland / Lancaster, PA, USA October 22, 2020: WISeKey International Holding Ltd. (WISeKey) (SIX: WIHN, NASDAQ: WKEY), a leading global cybersecurity and IoT company and OpSec Security (OpSec), a leading global provider of anti-counterfeiting and brand protection solutions and platforms, today announced that they have joined forces to deliver a seamless solution for product authentication and trusted customer engagements.
Current market conditions have created the need for a rapid transformation to online and digital customer engagement strategies. The combination of secure NFC technology from WISeKey integrated with the OpSec InSight product journey tracking platform enables brands to directly connect their products with their customers while providing an authentic and personalized experience.
A brand protection program employing WISeKeys NanoSeal & VaultIC secure NFC technology will further establish trust and customer confidence by ensuring product engagements actually happened via a true and secure NFC tap of the product. Using SKU-level information dynamically referenced from the OpSec InSight platform, brand owners empower customers to authenticate their products and engage with the brand for an authentic and personalized product and brand experience. Brands are also then empowered with meaningful data for additional messaging and marketing.
WISeKeys Chief Revenue Officer, Ben Stump, commented, We are excited to expand our relationship with OpSec to deliver this vital next-generation solution to brands who want to be able to not only digitally protect their products but also digitally engage with their consumers. We believe that engaged customers are more informed. A more secure and sophisticated way to engage with customers before and after the sale will lead to increased customer affinity for these brands.
OpSecs Digital Operations Director, Adam Cusumano stated, By integrating WISeKeys secure NFC tag technology with our OpSec InSight platform we have created a solution that empowers brands to seamlessly achieve their product authentication and secure NFC-enabled consumer engagement initiatives.
To learn more about WISeKeys and OpSecs solutions, visit WISeKey.com and opsecsecurity.com.
WISeKey (NASDAQ: WKEY; SIX Swiss Exchange: WIHN) is a leading global cybersecurity company currently deploying large scale digital identity ecosystems for people and objects using Blockchain, AI and IoT respecting the Human as the Fulcrum of the Internet. WISeKey microprocessors secure the pervasive computing shaping todays Internet of Everything. WISeKey IoT has an install base of over 1.5 billion microchips in virtually all IoT sectors (connected cars, smart cities, drones, agricultural sensors, anti-counterfeiting, smart lighting, servers, computers, mobile phones, crypto tokens etc.). WISeKey is uniquely positioned to be at the edge of IoT as our semiconductors produce a huge amount of Big Data that, when analyzed with Artificial Intelligence (AI), can help industrial applications to predict the failure of their equipment before it happens.
Our technology is Trusted by the OISTE/WISeKeys Swiss based cryptographic Root of Trust (RoT) provides secure authentication and identification, in both physical and virtual environments, for the Internet of Things, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. The WISeKey RoT serves as a common trust anchor to ensure the integrity of online transactions among objects and between objects and people. For more information, visitwww.wisekey.com.
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As new coronavirus restrictions look set to confine much of the UK population to their homes this winter, cybersecurity specialists Panda Security are warning consumers to be on guard for an explosion in Vishing attempts by cybercriminals.
Vishing, or voice phishing, is a social engineering technique used by fraudsters posing as someone from an IT helpdesk or support services, in order to obtain personal information from a victim. They will then look to use this information to hack into secure systems and defraud victims.
Vishing has increased as hackers are taking advantage of employees working remotely. Since August last year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has received reports from the public of more than 215,000 vishing attempts. These scams often offer fake tax refunds or help with claiming Covid-19 related financial support.
The hacker can be very convincing and will often have done a lot of research into the company and the person they are contacting, to make what they are asking you for sound plausible. At times they even spoof phone numbers, so it looks like the caller ID is authentic and the same number as the real business.
European Cybersecurity Month: Keeping the Vishers at bay
During European Cybersecurity Month, Panda Security is raising awareness of the dangers of vishing and is calling on consumers and businesses alike to take some simple measures in order to protect their data.
Herv Lambert, Global Consumer Operations Manager at Panda Security, gives his top tips to avoid being a victim of a vishing attempt this winter.
Never give out your personal details: You should never give anyone your personal details such as bank details or passwords verbally over the phone or via email. Hackers will often find data about you on the internet and through social media networks and use this to convince you they are legitimate
Be suspicious: It is right to be apprehensive of unknown callers, particularly if you are not expecting the phone call. Ask the caller questions or give deliberately false statements, and if you do not feel comfortable with their answers, hang up and phone the company or person back directly
Dont always trust caller ID: Hackers can often spoof legitimate phone numbers and make you believe that the phone call is coming from a credible source. Remember that legitimate businesses will never ask for your personal details unsolicited over the phone
Install security measures: While internet security will not completely protect you from fraud, installing measures such as antivirus software will help protect your digital identity and make the job of the hackers much more challenging
Keep calm: Often the hacker will try to panic you into reacting very quickly and scare you into providing them with your information. Take a moment to breathe and slow the conversation down
Commenting on the raise in vishing attempts, Herv Lambert, Global Consumer Operations Manager at Panda Security says: Vishing is not a particularly new or sophisticated technique, and yet the new normal of working from home has been a boon for cybercriminals looking to exploit vulnerable people in this way. Hackers will scour the Internet and social media networks for any information they can glean about a potential victim before making a call. Once they have secured the victims trust they are then in a position of power to defraud them.
Lambert continues: It is essential that consumers take preventative measures to protect their digital identity, while remaining vigilant and question anything that seems unusual. Our key piece of advice remains: never give out your personal details over the phone.
This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Panda Security .
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