Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Outside of the stereotypes

Women don´t know how to drive. In Spain, we nap daily. All Irish are redheads. Chinese are all similar physically. There are many stereotypes, some more accurate than others, but certainly include a large part of the population in categories, groups and descriptive adjectives. In the "cyber" world we are not free of stereotypes, computer and security professionals we are usually fit into the group of asocial, introverted, lonely and ... little valued?

We discovered that this is not true thanks to by HackerOne and the study that has been carried out on more than 2000 ethical hackers participating in bounty bug programs in more than 100 countries. When we talk about ethical hackers we refer to those security professionals who use their knowledge to find vulnerabilities and report them to companies so that they can take action. One of the most surprising results that can be drawn from this study is that, on average, ethical hackers who earn more than twice as much as a software engineer in their respective countries of origin.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Changing your daily routines

Diabetes, despite being a silent disease, occurs very frequently among the general population. Once detected and diagnosed, the arduous task of changing and adapting daily routines begins to avoid the effects of this uncomfortable disease. From the diet, to the physical activity or the greater mental control are some of the recommendations that the experts recommend. Once these changes are incorporated, normal life is possible, even with diabetes.

As with this annoying disease, cybersecurity is a factor that must be taken into account in each of the daily routines of the company. Today, thanks to Dann Patterson of TechRepublic, we can know the opinion of Greg Michaelidis, collaborator and former cyber security advisor of Obama. Michaelidis believes that cybersecurity is a human problem and that companies have to communicate better about solutions to cybersecurity problems.

Friday, January 26, 2018

It´s time to strength our immune system

In times of temperature change bacteria reproduce and the increase in bacteria can lead to a greater number of infections. Many doctors are very generous when prescribing antibiotics promoting its use. But many of them don´t know nature has an entire arsenal of plants that can help fight bacteria, even cure some minor infections. Acacia, Echinacea, Eucalyptus, Ginger ... are just some of the many examples that Mother Nature offers us. This week, in the cybersecurity world, we would have liked a small dose of an antibiotic to cure us of "cybernetic infections".

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

When it comes to investing, it's better to think twice

There is a group of investment advisors today that have to be pulling the few hairs that are left in the head. A little more than a decade ago, the founders of Google, made an offer to Excite to sell the service of the search engine in 1 million dollars. George Bell, president of Excite rejected the offer as an excessive price. The founders of Google lowered the price to 750,000 dollars and still George Bell rejected it using the theory that "anyone can program a search engine" ... Today Google is valued at 400,000,000,000 dollars. Moral: at the time of investing, it is better to think twice.

A safe investment in the world cybersecurity is to take a chance on Information Technologies (IT). During the year 2017 the global growth of the IT investment suffered a change with an increase of the 4% that is believed to persist over the next years, for example in 2018 global spending is expected to amount to $3 trillion. Despite this increase in investment, companies don´t forget the negative impact that Brexit, continuous currency fluctuations and a possible global recession can have.

Monday, January 22, 2018

There are no magical formulas

Today we are constantly bombarded by advertising and one of their claims is the sale of miraculous formulas and definitive remedies that will make you look younger, thinner ...and more innocent. The first "remedies" not only included plants whose healing virtues were discovered through a method of success and error, but there were poisons and concoctions that could generate the suffering to a multitude of ailments.

In cybersecurity there are also "innocent" companies that believe in the miraculous formulas that once implemented will make your company invincible in the face of attacks. This week we want to give voice to Michael Warnock, who has recently become Country Manager of Aura Information Security, a subsidiary of the mission-critical technology solutions provider, Kordia. The main objective of Michael lies in the need for companies to change their way of thinking when addressing cybersecurity. Aura Information currently leads the cybersecurity offering in Australia thanks to its partnership with RedShield that integrates the innovative "security at your service" approach.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Working safely

First Industrial Revolution didn´t happen that long ago and by that time the working conditions were dire. Not only wages were miserable, but working hours could easily last 13 hours and in the places workplaces were no ventilation or hygiene. Thanks to the Work-related Accidents Act of 1900 things improved for the workers of the time. Currently the risks are different and you may be suffering in your own company ... or even provoking them.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Action... reaction?

The idea on which the third Law of Newton is based, which refers to the basic principles of physics, was already mentioned by Socrates, named as the “Law of cause and effect”. Currently this same idea remains thanks to the Law of Karma, which is an anesthetic for the mind of the most suffered. There is a sense of redemptions and justice that accompanies this belief that defends that every action generates an amount of energy that returns to us with the same force.  

Behind every action there is a reaction and behind almost every cyberattack there is financial motivation. There is a type of attack called ransomware, and for the lucky one who doesn´t know what they are, they suppose an extraction of information for which a ransom is subsequently requested. Ransomware attacks are on the rise and it is already half of the companies worldwide that have experienced it in the last year according to this Radware study.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Chaos in Manhattan

Traffic lights of a large city simultaneously in green, massive chain clashes ... Something more than two years ago, New York could have suffered the takeover of the transit system by a terrorist group, it didn´t happen but it was evident how simple it was to do it. Someone demonstrated the ease with which they could access the traffic automation systems that are being installed these days in the largest cities in the world.

Today at CIGTR we want to give voice to that someone, César Cerrudo, the creator of the chaos in Manhattan that June 3, 2014. Currently CTO of IOActive Labs, famous for his research in ICS / SCADA, Smart Cities, IoT and software security. Currently César could be considered one of the most important professional hackers in the world, and although many still link the term "hacker" with not very clean actions, in reality this term doesn´t allude more than the fact of having extensive knowledge in the network and the programing.

Friday, January 12, 2018

"Humor" festival at the beginning of the year

The best of the week in cybersecurity

If it were not for serious issues, many weeks you could think that cybersecurity is a festival of cheap humor if you look back to see what has been in the news for the last days. Something halfway between a hard joke and a tasteless experience, where you find improbable flaws, things with political sarcasm, patches that create problems where there were none, and European laws that beyond Europe even half of the affected don't know. Fortunately, in the meantime, there are who take things seriously and remind us that the security of our data and our information is something crucial for everyone, every day.

If you have not heard of Meltdown and Spectre in recent weeks, lucky you are in your disconnected paradisiacal island. For all the others, these two have been the scariest names of the digital experience, because they told us that nobody was safe. Except from AMD, where they said since the first hour that their microprocessors were secure, but... party was quickly off for the users and customers of the company. During the weekend, the same Microsoft patch that restored peace of mind to users with Intel devices, left the AMDs frozen at the launching of the operating system.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The doctor's disease

In Spain, where this Research Center is based, we are on the rainy season. And we already know that the rainy season it´s time of virus. Viruses and bacteria proliferate in rainy weather due to humidity and heat so, in addition to having to coexist with this uncomfortable, but necessary, atmospheric phenomenon, we have to protect ourselves so as not to catch a virus that spoils the game.

In the world of cybersecurity, bacteria also grow, and they don´t differentiate between doctor and patient. The healthcare sector is suffering and we have to think about a drug to cure it. In the study of the week we bring the results of the research carried out by Cryptonite. During 2017 healthcare has suffered a total of 140 data breach events reported to HHS / OCR as hacking actions, which represent an increase of 23.89% over the 113 hacking attacks reported in 2016.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Your daily routine

Nowadays, we leave our footprints everywhere we go. Every time we pay with credit card, every public transport we take and every minute we’re using social media, we’re setting breadcrumbs that define our way and daily routine. This definition of our routines, apart of being an unwanted social control, this can warn when the routines are broken and something suspicious happens.    

This week we want to talk about Sanjay Aurora, managing director, APAC, for Darktrace and an expert on the benefits of companies’ routines. Sanjay used to work for Oracle, Autonomy and OpenText. His career makes him a specialist on cybersecurity based on AI. We are going to discover the truth of Darktrace’s success in the market and the nature of its technology. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

What are your resolutions?

New year, new purposes. In most cases, these budgets require an expense that will be reduced from another side, so we could say that the reorganization of our budget will be another of our purposes for this year. In companies the same thing happens, when facing a new year the priorities change. From CIGTR, we hope that security is incorporated into your list of priorities (if it´s not already) and we leave you a summary of weekly news that can help you to relocate expenses and investments.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Over and out

Good communication is one of the basic pillars in a company and although it seems simple, many times, it´s difficult to achieve. There are studies that claim that a large percentage of business problems are the result of poor communication. Despite the new technologies and the arrival of IoT devices to most companies, as the level of connectivity between the members of the organization increases, the attack surface is also bigger.

According to the latest edition of EY's "Global Information Security Survey," most security leaders feel they are more at risk today than they were 12 months ago. It is estimated that the global cost of cybersecurity infractions will reach 6 trillion dollars in 2021, taking into account this fact it might seem that communication is one of the minor concerns of a company, but many of the current problems in the world of Cybersecurity is due to the stagnation of information in some of the points of the chain of command.