Friday, April 6, 2018

"Snakes on a plane"

Who does not know the movie "Snakes on a plane"? A group of passengers gets into an airplane in which an FBI agent has to escort a witness to Los Angeles. A murderer releases poisonous snakes inside the flight to kill the witness and thus can not testify.

Precisely, this week we talked about cybersecurity in airlines, which are some of the companies that need more investment in information security, due to the complexity of their systems, but what if all companies had their own "snakes"? "between your systems?

One of the key news in terms of cybersecurity is concerned, it is still the commotion formed by the Cambridge Analytica Facebook Case. As in the movie, the problem begins with a seemingly harmless snake. What the passengers of this social network did not know, in a short time, the problem would turn into hundreds and hundreds of snakes. A former Facebook partner began using the data collected at the beginning of 2014 to carry out a computer program that could forecast and influence the decisions of the Americans during Donald Trump's campaign for the US presidency. At first it was thought that this problem affected 50 million users, that is to say, almost a third of Americans with a profile on this social network and almost a quarter of potential voters, although it has been found that affected total users are more than 87 million.

It is clear that Facebook is in the spotlight, but it is not the only company that has "snakes on its own plane". Cybersecurity professionals are alert for the increasing number of problems caused by cybercriminals. According to a survey conducted by McAfee, more than 46% of respondents believe that in the next year they will have difficulties to fight against cyberthreats or they directly claim that it will be impossible to deal with this problem. The cyber attacks do not consist of releasing hundreds of snakes inside an airplane, but they are carried out in a more organized way, putting at risk large companies, institutions and organisms.

Therefore, many companies are increasing their budget to protect themselves from these cyber attacks, but the reality is that many others are reluctant to this idea due to the cost involved. According to Trend Micro research, only 51% of companies have increased their cybersecurity investments. On the other hand, less than a third of companies have invested in encryption, data loss prevention and detecting intruders in the network. The report also reveals that only 37% of the world's organizations have invested in awareness and education programs of their own personnel.

Any plane must be armored to protect against attacks on its flights. The problem comes when it is not a group of snakes that enter in your plane, but cybercriminals willing to do everything to achieve their goal.


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