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A Look Back: Reviewing the Worst Cyber Attacks of 2017 and the Lessons Learned

Unsurprisingly, 2017 was another year of record-high attacks and breaches.It seems that each year that passes is worse than the last in terms of hacking and cyber attacks, and 2017 was no exception.

“Surprising no one, 2017 was marked another ‘worst year ever’ in data breaches and cyber incidents around the world,” said Jeff Wilbur, director of the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance. Continue reading

Security Round-up: Five Things We’ve Learned in 2017

The past 12 months have been packed with geopolitical incident, global malware threats and ubiquitous big-name data breaches. From the CIA Vault7 and NSA Shadow Brokers leaks at the start of the year, to the WannaCry and NotPetya ‘ransomware’ campaigns, and Uber’s shock revelations just last month, there’s been plenty for CISOs to ruminate on. But now the year is nearly at an end, it might be useful to recap some of the biggest themes of 2017 — with an eye on fortifying systems for the 12 months to come. Continue reading

You Can’t Outsource Accountability: Uber Breach Highlights Firms’ Cloud Security Responsibilities

Consumers and cybersecurity professionals around the world have been stunned by Uber’s revelation that it paid hackers $100,000 to delete data on 57 million users stolen last year. There are many strands to the case, and more details are likely to emerge over time. But fundamentally it highlights the need for firms to secure their cloud environments as rigorously as anything on premise.

With the EU GDPR promising huge fines for firms that fail to suitably protect customer data, companies must realise that when it comes to the cloud, you simply can’t outsource accountability. Continue reading

When Apps Act Like Gods: Your Apps Could Compromise Your Privacy

app-privacyPopular ride-sharing mobile application Uber was recently made to pay a $20,000 fine in New York, following a 14-month investigation into a 2014 incident that exposed information that included names and license numbers of over 50,000 present and former drivers. Uber Technologies, Inc., the billion-dollar startup behind the app, also received flak after it was found that the app could snoop on its riders’ locations without consent. Continue reading