Friday, June 22, 2018

Ghosts of the past and the future

As in the famous "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, ghosts always come back. In this case, we are referring to the ghosts of cybersecurity. In this world, technological progress do not stop and with them, new vulnerabilities that put our information in danger show up.
Being updated about everything and an education applied to the workers of the organizations is essential in order to avoid falling into the same past mistakes and future troubles. 

Every day, new problems and vulnerabilities come up, which the cyber attackers use to get their objectives, but in other occasions ‘’old ghosts from the past’’ take advantage of those vulnerabilities that were not solved in time again.

Situating ourselves on the present time and according to the Tripwire poll, a 93% of the survey respondents said that they believe that the State Cyber attackers will increase over the next 12 months. This is not surprising if we take into account the quantity of high profile recent attacks that have been attributed to national States. An example of this is the one that WannaCry attributed to North Korea or the one that is said to have been carried away by Russia against the routers and network infrastructure. The majority of the respondents had the feeling that the reach of these attacks is multiplying in a very worrying way. Five years ago, we were aware of the attacks against Nations or States, but we did not understand them as something worrying. Nowadays, they are a problem that affects us all, as we have seen in the past year.

Nowadays, the majority of worldwide executers feel that their organizations can get better when it is about learning from past cybernetic mistakes, according to the results of the poll lead by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The majority of the organizations consider that a good job regarding the incident response is being carried away, only a 13% said that their organizations were above the average when incorporating learning processes of cybernetic incidents among their resilience strategies. If you ever get the visit of ghosts from the past, you must know how to deal with them.

A clear example of ghosts from the past is the attack against laboratories in France, Ukraine, Switzerland and The Netherlands by a group that attacked the opening of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The same cybercriminals that carried out the attack in South Korea, have come back sending via e-mail, documents infected with a malware, that has been named Olympic Destroyer, in order to make phishing to the employees of these European laboratories.

Past, present and future coexist in the world of cybersecurity, interconnecting through new advances and rescuing mistakes from past years.


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