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The DON’Ts of IT in the Times of Crisis

Truly we are living in interesting times (incidentally, this expression, commonly known as “the Chinese curse”, has nothing to do with China ). Just a couple of weeks ago the world was watching China fighting the coronavirus outbreak as something that surely can never happen in other countries. Today Europe and the United States are facing the same crisis and we’re quickly coming to the realization that neither memes nor thoughts and prayers are going to help: many countries have already introduced substantial quarantine measures to limit social interactions...

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Home Office in the Times of Pandemic – a Blessing or a Curse?

One of the most interesting office work developments of the last 20-30 years, the home office has radically gained new relevance amid the developing coronavirus pandemic. With the goal of limiting the spread of the virus, many companies and employees must suddenly resort to the option of working entirely from home. This is not only self-evident but also urgently necessary and will support many companies in their continued existence at the same time. Home office as an immediate pandemic quarantine measure The advantages are clear: social contacts in real life will be reduced...

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Malicious Actors Exploiting Coronavirus Fears

Security researchers are discovering a number of malicious attacks designed to exploit public fears around COVID-19, more commonly just called coronavirus. The attacks to date take two major forms: a map which looks legitimate but downloads #malware, and various document attachments that purport to provide health and safety information related to COVID-19. The coronavirus heat map may look legitimate, in that it takes information from Johns Hopkins University’s page , which is itself clean . However, nefarious actors have created a package for sale on the dark web called...

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High Assurance MFA Options for Mobile Devices

In recent years much of the focus in the authentication space has been on MFA, mobile devices, and biometrics. Many technical advances have been made which also serve to increase usability and improve consumer experiences. There are a few reasons for this. MFA Multi-factor authentication is the number 1 method to reduce ATO (account takeover) fraud and prevent data breaches. We all know password authentication is weak and the easiest way in for malicious actors. MFA has been mandated by security policy in many organizations and government agencies for years. MFA is now also required...

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Preparation Is Key: Where Prevention Ends, and Business Continuity and Incident Response Management Begins

Ensuring the availability of processes and services in the event of an incident or a cyber attack is a fundamental part of a company’s cybersecurity approach. Commonly used phrases when it comes to such cybersecurity strategies, are Incident Response Management (IRM) and Business Continuity Management (BCM). Both should be part of a company's cybersecurity strategy, but what is the difference, how are they connected, and at what point in time do they start? Identification and prevention are fundamental Every organization is under attack, and there is the risk of being hit...

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Compromise of IOTA

Turning a blind eye to security in favor of optimism If you have any take-away from reading KuppingerCole research , hopefully it is that APIs are a critical element to protect. This is true regardless of the industry. Even cryptocurrencies. IOTA, the blockchain-like cryptocurrency and transaction network was compromised in mid-February. The API access to the IOTA crypto wallet via a payment service was targeted and exploited for potentially two to three weeks. Approximately 50 accounts were compromised, leading to the eventual theft of around 2 million Euros. There is a risk in...

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5G - How Will This Affect Your Organization?

What is it that connects Covent Garden in London, The Roman Baths in Bath and Los Angeles? The answer is 5G mobile communications used by media organizations. On January 29th I attended the 5G Unleashed event at the IET in London. (The IET is the body that provides professional accreditation for Engineers in the UK). At this event there were several presentations describing real world use cases of 5G as well as deep dives into the supporting infrastructure. While 5G is being sold to consumers as superfast mobile broadband there is a lot more to it than that. It has the potential to...

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Ambient Intelligence Can’t Mature Without an Identity Protocol

Every day we are experiencing the intersection of IoT and AI. The interactions of users, sensors, robots, vehicles, smart buildings, and much more is creating a new status quo for digital experiences. This growing range of smart devices – both in the IoT sense and the intelligent AI sense – mean we are moving beyond a singular focus on the smartphone. This heightened immersion into increasingly distributed, decentralized digital networks is what KuppingerCole has termed “Ambient Intelligence”. The synergy of AI and IoT that Ambient Intelligence enables will be a...

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Top 5 Recommendations for Reducing Cyber Risks in 2020

The turn of the year has been an occasion for many cybersecurity news outlets to talk about trends and challenges in cybersecurity. Despite the importance of knowing what the trends and challenges are, we want to give you some hands-on recommendations to increase security for your company. Of course the following recommendations are just a selection out of many possible measures. We are happy to discuss with you in more detail the implications for your concrete business model. 1. Beyond detect, prevent, respond: recovery & Incident Response Management While AI helps in increasing...


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