Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What Paco de Lucía can bring to the cybersecurity industry

Today we felt a bit orphans because we lost a master. The great Paco de Lucia has passed away, but his music will be eternal. And his lessons as well. He showed us that there was another way of doing things. He played flamenco in his way, he explored it merging it with other styles and beat purists’ rejection to become a world legend.

In the field of cybersecurity, the success of the fight against cybercrime likely lies as well in a different and unique approach to take the lead to offenders. Meanwhile, in 2013, Android malware increased by almost 500% up to 1.2 million threats, according to G Data.

As a matter of fact, Spain, the birthplace of the world famous guitarist, is one of the most affected regions by mobile malware, according to the "Report of Mobile Security Threats" that SophosLabs presented at the Mobile World Congress 2014 yesterday. In fact, it has increased sixfold the number of threats in the last 12 months. To these threats we also have to add the first Android trojan based on the Tor network that steals personal information from the infected device and sends it to a server within the anonymous network, which prevents it from detecting its location or its owner’s identify, as warned by Kaspersky Lab.

Given this scenario, users must be aware of the risks that their devices are facing, as well as pay attention to which WiFi networks they connect to, be even more cautious if they have jailbroken their phone, always upgrade the operating system, encrypt their device and protect it by a PIN, and install anti malware solutions to avoid being infected, insofar as possible.

We should not trust appearances. According to security researcher Raven Alder, to much sensitivity towards women, especially when it comes to physical security controls may turn in lowering the guard. Thus, she dares to ensure that "sexism can be a security vulnerability."

That said, another important point to consider in the war against cybercrime is to learn from every experience. Just as a musician rehearse again and again to correct his mistakes, the cybersecurity industry should analyze past attacks to prevent reoccurrence. That's what the analyst Roland Dobbins has made with DDoS attack campaign called "Operation Ababil" that was carried out in 5 phases between 2012 and 2014. Dobbins has dissected the attack in a presentation that you can download here.

Nothing more to add, rest in peace Paco de Lucía.


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