Friday, November 24, 2017

Taking measures

At some point in the history of the human being arose the prevailing need to be able to express numerically everything that was around, and that was how the concept of number arose. Later, due to its development, a new need arose: to measure distances. At first, and having to take hold of what they were carrying, they began to use their own body. Steps, elbows, spans ... were some of the methods used to take measurements and express distances.

But when we talk about taking measures we don´t only talk about metrology, but we can also be referring to the act of taking some action to try to solve the problems. This is well known in the cybersecurity world. In a sector in constant evolution, what is valid today may not be tomorrow. The continuous transformation of threats makes it necessary to take measures and adapt them to each situation, which evolves almost daily. This week we have several cases of companies and organizations that have decided to take to deal with certain complications.

Something about what should have been taken action some time ago is the issue of the lack of talent that is currently experienced in the security sector. Nowadays, becoming a vital issue for companies, the biggest problem begins to be the lack of professionals that apply all the security strategies in companies. The British government has invested 20 million pounds in education on cybersecurity, trying to solve the problem. The objective of this initiative is to increase the interest of young people in cybersecurity and thus reduce the current gap between supply and demand. Will Britain get a security team in the style of The Avengers?

Others who have wanted to advance and solve problems that they have already suffered in the past have been the organizers of the Olympic Winter Games. Other countries, Russia in 2014 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016, have demonstrated the importance of planning for the countries and companies that work in this event to prevent cyber attacks. This year they will be celebrated in South Korea and it seems that they have learned the lesson. In case the host is not yet clear, HelpNet security has left a list of the most common attacks and how to deal with them.

This week no one will have missed Black Friday. Discounts, mileage queues ... but this day for some is much more than that. Cybercriminals see on this date the perfect opportunity to deploy all their weapons and attack the unsuspecting users eager for the best offer. Advocates of cybersecurity want no one to be attacked and that is why this week a multitude of articles have been published with tips and tricks to increase our security. Both HelpNet security with a summary of the most common deceptions, TripWire with a study about infected mobile applications focused on this day or another about all the victims of cyber fraud need to know, have tried during this week to bring the user the information they need to be able to take measurements. When the war approaches we must reinforce our shields.

Another important date that is approaching is Christmas. It is a season of shopping and Christmas gifts, many of them made through the network, and the crooks know where to hurt. Thanks to BusinessWire we know this survey about identity thefts. The risks are known by the users, but the desire to get a good price seems to be greater than the fear of being attacked.

That the situation evolves continuously is a fact. But in the cybersecurity sector, updated information allows us to go one step ahead and confront cyberthreats and continuous attacks. This week there have been cases in which a problem has been addressed through its solution from the base, through past experiences or through the increase of information to users. And you know, caution is better than regret.


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