IT Security and Compliance Blog Archive

Read the news, developments and opinion pieces from years gone by about IT security and compliance from industry experts New Net Technologies.

New research has found that out of the 160,000 reported cyber-attacks in 2017, 93 percent of them could have been avoided if basic security measures were in place.

Phishing attacks continue to wage war against organizations, with 76% of organizations reportedly experiencing phishing attacks in 2017.

The Wi-Fi Alliance, the global network of organizations working together to bring the world Wi-Fi, announced enhancements to their security measures yesterday that will be available later this year.

As we look back on the security events and trends that shaped 2017, let’s now reflect on what’s expected for the security industry in 2018.

According to new research from UK business ISP, Beaming, UK firms were hit by over 230,000 cyber-attacks each in 2017.

Microsoft issued an emergency fix for the recently discovered Meltdown vulnerability found in Intel CPUs, but warn that it may cause compatibility problems with some AV tools.

Details emerged this week on two major processor security flaws, leaving firms scrambling to issue fixes and secure machines for customers.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed a major privacy incident affecting almost a quarter million employees and individuals associated with DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigations.

Further investigation into Forever 21’s November breach has revealed that encryption was not turned on at some of the point of sale (POS) systems in Forever 21 stores.

As expected, bombshell hacks were revealed one after another in 2017. From the devastating Equifax breach to the dozens of ransomware campaigns, these cyber-attacks highlight the increased vulnerability of our personal information.

The Trump administration publicly blamed North Korea for the recent WannaCry cyber-attack that infected over 300,000 computer in 150 countries.

An unprotected MongoDB database containing the personal details on every voter in the state of California has been stolen and held for ransom after being exposed to the public facing internet.

Three men pleaded guilty yesterday to creating the infamous Mirai botnet, which is responsible for knocking offline some of the world’s most popular websites late last year.

Google Trends should reveal more about our thirst for knowledge and the hopes and fears of the world, but it actually turns out that the most asked ‘how to’ questions are actually far more fundamental to our basic daily existence than to pushing the philosophical envelope.

According to the latest research from Gartner, enterprise cybersecurity spending is expected to top $96 billion in 2018, an 8% increase from 2017.

Organizations across the globe experienced major breaches in 2017 as a result of known vulnerabilities, and Trend Micro predicts this trend is only going to rise in 2018 as corporate attack surfaces expand and expose more security holes.

Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee have introduced legislation that would result in jail time for companies who conceal a data breach.

Research from Kaspersky Labs claims that the number of ransomware attacks targeting business users rose to 26%, with just over 4% targeting SMBs.

 

A detailed review of hundreds of US Federal websites shows that most sites continue to operate without basic security and technical requirements set by the federal government and leading industry standards.

Organizations during the third quarter experienced on average 237 DDoS attack attempts each month, equivalent to eight DDoS attack attempts each day.

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