Friday, October 21, 2016

Protection on the network


Cybersecurity: the best of the week

In the last film starring Antonio Banderas, ‘Security’, a bodyguard’s mission is to protect a court witness who has been threatened by a criminal gang which aims to end his life. As in the film ‘The Bodyguard’, where one of the main actors, Kevin Costner, has to protect the other protagonist, Whitney Houston, life and death seem to hang by a very thin thread.

When we talk about cybersecurity, generally speaking, financial and economic issues are at risk (in the case of cyberterrorism, life can also be at risk). Very often, users and companies have to take action, or precaution, as if they were bodyguards. Prevention is essential. This week we have found out that people’s health could also be the victim of cyber attackers. Helpnet Security reports that security will spend triple in medical devices by the year 2021. 

ABI Research believes that the millions of medical devices that are connected to the network can be a new threat to the infrastructure of medical services and could seriously affect the patient’s safety and the quality of services if this is not controlled. According to Michela Menting, Research Director at ABI Research, it is estimated that healthcare providers will be spending 5.5 billion euros on healthcare cybersecurity by 2016. “However, only 335 million euros will be dedicated to securing medical devices”, Menting says. “Healthcare stakeholders need to understand that there is a new hostile environment arising around the medical devices network. There a lot of factors acting on multiple levels”, Menting added. 

Last week we also talked about the risk that some big companies like Amazon have been facing nowadays, forcing them to reset their users’ passwords. Apparently, Netflix may have also suffered an attack and the company has decided to prevent possible damage. They have reminded their users, whose identification is flowing through the network on leaked lists, to review their security and restart their passwords. Something similar happened to Yahoo last September. 

Security is often defensive, but attacks and cyberattacks are always looking for new ways to leak and harm. This week we have also learnt that cybercriminals have begun to use images of products purchased in e-commerce, as reported The Register. Ben Martin, from Securi, has found PHP codes that hide credit card numbers in pictures. He found this while examining an e-commerce website. "Attackers use image files to create a technique of confusion and thus hide stolen data from customers on the website", Martin says.

Perhaps in the world of cybersecurity we have to take action, like a bodyguard, and take more and more precautions. The truth is, while there are cyber threats, we must be alert to prevent the damage.

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