Monday, December 2, 2013

Security in perspective

Security in perspective|Seguridad con perspectiva

“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity” (Robert Morgan, American poet). Today we write this article from a cable car in the spirit of bringing you the latest of computer security with greater perspective, although we hope not to transmit you even a hint of nostalgia.

From the cable car chair, we can admire a colorful blanket and notice a slight smell of curry. We arrived to India! Around here, the security company Symantec warns that cyber attacks are not just targeting computers or mobile phones, but surveillance cameras circuits, medical devices and smart TVs.



Now our cabin is approaching to the Anatolian peninsula. Here in Turkey, attention to cybersecurity is growing. It is considered an indispensable part for national defense and promises to become an emerging market. So far this year, they have already hosted around dozen conferences on the subject in this country.

From one corner of Europe to another. We arrived to the UK. From up here we can see the report in which the Bank of England warns that the banking systems and financial infrastructure of this country have suffered constant cyber attacks in the past 6 months. Some of them have even disrupted services of big banks such as Barclays and HSBC.

Island hopping, our cable car now takes us to the frigid lands of Iceland where a group of Turkish hackers have accessed vodafone’s servers, defaced its websites and compromised personal data of 77,000 customers.

Finally we jump across the pond to see the $50 million that the U.S. Army has agreed to pay for piracy. Apparently, the software firm Apptricity requested some explanations when it detected that there were thousands of illegal copies of its logistics software running in military servers and devices.

Our journey has come to its end, but stepping out from the cable car we stumbled upon a study from computer companies Bomgar and Ovum that warns about the lack of concern in companies about providing proper security systems that meet the growing number of remote connections. In this sense, it is estimated that 25% of employees are mobile and that number keeps growing.

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