Articles about Security

Quantum computing: The data security conundrum

One of the biggest challenges of digital technology today is around security systems and data. In response to this, sophisticated algorithms have been designed to encrypt data and protect it through frameworks known as symmetric cryptography. While this has proven successful, advancements in quantum computing -- which utilizes quantum mechanics to solve complex problems faster than conventional computers -- could potentially turn data security on its head.

IBM, Microsoft and Google have already turned their attention to quantum computing and, as a result, commercially viable quantum computers are not too far from becoming a reality. In fact the global quantum computing market size in terms of revenue was estimated to be USD 866 Million in 2023 and is poised to reach USD 4,375 Million by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 38.3 percent from 2023 to 2028. This is raising concerns that these computers might pose a threat to current public-key cryptography algorithms and potentially expose sensitive data. As such, data security needs to be a step ahead, with more advanced cryptographic algorithms that minimise potential risks and ensure the safeguarding of data in a quantum computing world.

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Four reasons your agency's security infrastructure isn't agile enough

Part 1. In an ever-changing world, today’s organizations must have the technology in place to evolve along with it. In the government, agencies need to remain adaptive to achieve their missions in the face of policy changes, geopolitical conflict, and private sector advancements.

For years, enterprise teams have implemented agile software development methodologies to improve their ability to service their users rapidly and reliably; government agencies must follow suit. However, for organizations using or considering agile software development methodologies -- private or public sector -- the security architecture that protects their assets must be equally adaptable. 

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0patch beats Microsoft to the punch and fixes serious EventLogCrasher vulnerability that affects every version of Windows


Just over a week ago, details emerged of a worrying 0day vulnerability affecting everything from Windows 7 to Windows 11, and Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2022. The EventLogCrasher vulnerability allows a low-privileged attacker to disable Windows logging on all computers in a Windows domain and any local computer, thereby compromising intrusion detection and forensic capabilities.

Microsoft is yet to issue a fix for the problem, and this is concerning given not only the scale of the issue, but also the importance of the logging tool. As it has done before, micropatching firm 0patch has risen to the challenge and released a free patch which can be installed by everyone.

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In a hybrid world, enterprises need 'always-on' endpoint management

Endpoint protection

In the era of hybrid work, endpoints act as the nerve center of business operations -- distributed across multiple locations and networks. While this has bolstered employee productivity and flexibility, the shift has also increased IT challenges, and the exposure to cyber threats targeting remote employees. As the workplace evolves, security must too. To minimize cyber risk and navigate compliance, it’s up to IT teams to intensively monitor, safeguard, and manage employee devices.

As the world of work continues to transform, IT departments are facing increasing demands, compounded by a shortage of skilled staff. They must find ways to boost their operational efficiency. In response, organizations are turning to always-on endpoint management. This approach ensures continuous oversight and control, which is vital as organizations shift to global digital workforces.

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The steps municipalities can take to prepare for rising cyberattacks

Cyberattacks are on the rise across all industries, but the history of the public sector’s weaker protections makes it an increasingly attractive target for cybercriminals with costly consequences. IBM asserts the toll of each cybersecurity incident in the public sector averages a substantial $2.6 million. In addition, according to the 2023 Verizon DBIR, Public Administration was the leader in the total number of incidents and the total number of breaches last year.

Cyberattacks can have detrimental impacts on government agencies and officials. Municipal services such as water supply, emergency services, public transportation and waste management rely heavily on interconnected digital systems. Cyberattacks like ransomware can disrupt these services, causing inconvenience and potential safety issues for residents.

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Securing the cloud: Lessons learned from 2023 and what it means for 2024

The global cloud computing market is expanding rapidly and reaching new milestones every year. According to recent data, the market is projected to grow from USD 626.4 billion in 2023 to USD 1,266.4 billion by 2028 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 15.1 percent during the forecasted period.

The industry's rapid financial growth is also driving new technological advancements. With this, the dynamic and innovative nature of cloud technology brings new security vulnerabilities and risks, thereby every year increasing the number of malicious incidents. According to the 2023 Thales Cloud Security Study, more than a third (39 percent) of businesses experienced a data breach in their cloud environment last year, an increase from the 35 percent reported in 2022. The leading targets for hackers were Software as a Service (SaaS) applications (38 percent) and cloud-based storage (36 percent).

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Online casino security: How to protect your data


The iGaming industry has made leaps and bounds since the days when online casinos were plagued by terrible graphics and slow interfaces. The massive growth in smartphone technology has filtered down to most major online industries and had an amazing effect on their quality. 

There are now countless online casinos to choose from and players have an ever-growing selection of games to choose from. However, the thrill of being able to gamble for real money comes with the ever-present risk of data breaches. Here's how to protect your data while still enjoying your favorite online casinos. 

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The future is now: Advancements in biometric security 

Originating in the late 19th century, biometrics has come far from its forensic beginnings to become a key player in today's tech landscape. What started as a tool for crime scene investigation now unlocks our phones and customizes our digital interactions.

This article zeroes in on the latest strides in biometric technology, exploring how these innovations shape various industries and our daily lives, while also addressing privacy and accuracy concerns.

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Will Artificial Intelligence power online trading solutions in the future?


Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a buzzword in various industries and the world of online trading is no exception. With its ability to analyze vast amounts of data and make predictions, AI has the potential to revolutionize the way we trade online. Or maybe that's not the case at all. The point in fact is that AI has been integrated into various systems across numerous different industries already. 

However, using AI in the financial market, especially, in trading stocks, bonds, cryptocurrencies and other assets is up to debate. After all, is using AI's machine learning and predictive analysis considered cheating? How is it any different when investors rely on informer insights and leaked documents? The software is just better at processing data than human is. 

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Get 'Information Security Handbook -- Second Edition' (worth $35.99) for FREE

Information Security Handbook is a practical guide that’ll empower you to take effective actions in securing your organization’s assets.

Whether you are an experienced security professional seeking to refine your skills or someone new to the field looking to build a strong foundation, this book is designed to meet you where you are and guide you toward improving your understanding of information security.

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AI and security: It is complicated but it doesn't need to be

AI is growing in popularity and this trend is only set to continue. This is supported by Gartner which states that approximately 80 percent of enterprises will have used generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) application programming interfaces (APIs) or models by 2026. However, AI is a broad and ubiquitous term, and, in many instances, it covers a range of technologies.

Nevertheless, AI presents breakthroughs in the ability to process logic differently which is attracting attention from businesses and consumers alike who are experimenting with various forms of AI today. At the same time, this technology is attracting similar attention from threat actors who are realising that it could be a weakness in a company’s security while it could also be a tool that helps companies to identify these weaknesses and address them.

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Microsoft kicks off 2024 by releasing KB5034123 update for Windows 11 adding new lock screen options, security fixes and more

Windows 11 security

Microsoft has released its first batch of cumulative security updates of 2024, including the KB5034123 update for Windows 11. While the security fixes are a good reason for installing this particular update, there are plenty of other enticements too.

The KB5034123 update addresses various non-security issues including Wi-Fi connectivity problems and a bug that caused Windows to shut down. The update also ushers in new lock screen options thanks to the addition of a "richer weather experience" complete with dynamic, interactive weather updates.

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2024 technology advancements in endpoint security

Endpoint protection

Cybercrime and data breaches have escalated to alarming levels, with the global estimated cost of cybercrime in the cybersecurity market reaching over $8 Trillion in 2023. Projected to rise by an additional $5.7 trillion (+69.94 percent) by 2028, the urgency for advanced endpoint security solutions has never been more apparent.

Cybercrime and data breaches have become some of the most significant threats individuals and organizations face in the modern business world. As technology continually advances, so do the methods employed by cybercriminals to exploit it. As a result, endpoint security solutions have become a vital tool for businesses and individuals seeking to protect their devices and sensitive data from harm.

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Don't risk falling behind when it comes to cloud security

Cloud investment is central to staying competitive in modern business. Gartner estimated that global end-user cloud investment reached nearly $600 billion this year and forecasts a 20 percent increase in spending in 2024. But as investment in and reliance on the cloud increases, so must investment in cloud security.

Expanding cloud usage means an expanding attack surface for threat actors to target. Research from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Illumio, found that nearly half (47 percent) of all security breaches now start in the cloud.

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Facing a riskier world: Get ahead of cyberattacks, rather than responding after the fact

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Today’s complicated threat landscape leaves security teams grappling with new challenges on a scale never seen. Threat actors are more organized and efficient, leveraging a vast ecosystem of tools and services that cater to experts and beginners alike. In early March, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released an advisory warning of the resurgence of Royal ransomware with new compromise and encryption tactics used to target specific industries, including critical infrastructure, healthcare and education.

Cyberattacks are only increasing and growing more destructive, targeting supply chains, third-party software, and operational technology (OT). Gartner predicts that by 2025, threat actors will weaponize OT environments successfully to cause human casualties. This is happening at a time of increased technology adoption led by accelerated digital transformation efforts, hybrid work and the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) boom, leaving security teams to manage an evolving and growing attack surface and multiplying vulnerabilities.

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