1 Million Apps Patched in Android Security Improvement Program

Over its five-year lifetime, the Android Application Security Improvement Program helped over 300,000 developers to fix more than 1,000,000 apps on Google Play, Google says. The program was launched to help the Android ecosystem thrive by helping developers improve the security of their applications and eliminate vulnerabilities from them. Through this initiative, Google scans all applications submitted to the official storefront to determine if a variety of vulnerabilities are present….

March 1, 2019
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The Role of Analytics in Protecting Healthcare Data Privacy and Security

Healthcare has traditionally had a weaker security profile than most other industries. On the one hand, it is a favorite target for ransomware attacks, and for hackers looking to steal confidential patient records that have a high resale value on the black market. On the other, healthcare experiences more insider attacks than any other industry.   Recent research reveals that healthcare companies face their biggest threats from malicious insiders that…

February 27, 2019
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WINDSHIFT Hackers Target Government Agency in the Middle East

A recently discovered threat actor was observed targeting a Middle Eastern government agency on several occasions over the course of last year, Palo Alto Networks security researchers reveal.  Referred to as WINDSHIFT, the surveillance-focused threat actor is believed to have remained unnoticed for a long time, and to have hacked other actors to re-use their malware, which helped it stay unnoticed.  In a report from last year (PDF), Dark Matter said…

February 26, 2019
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The Rise of Ransomware and the Consequences for SMBs

Ransomware has been making a lot of splashy headlines over recent years with high profile attacks, such as WannaCry and NotPetya, dominating the news in large-scale breaches. While these massive breaches are certainly terrifying, the more common attacks are actually being inflicted across much smaller businesses, though on a large scale. Large enterprises have substantial IT resources and dedicated security teams working to protect them; therefore, they are more likely…

February 21, 2019
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Trump Administration Starts the Ball Rolling with the National Cyber Strategy

The Trump Administration has released a comprehensive National Cyber Strategy (NCS) that, if fully implemented, could address claims that the critical issue of current cyberspace threats are not being taken seriously enough. The report outlines a plan that spans all federal agencies, directing how they should work separately and in tandem with private industry and the public to detect and prevent cyber attacks before they happen, as well as mitigate…

February 19, 2019
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A Call to Structure

When building a threat Intelligence team you will face a range of challenges and problems. One of the most significant ones is about how to best take on the ever-growing amount of Threat Intel. It might sound like a luxurious problem to have: The more intel the better! But if you take a closer look at what the available Threat Intelligence supply looks like, or rather, the way it is…

February 15, 2019
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What CEOs Need to Know About the Future of Cybersecurity

Until recently, Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) received information and reports encouraging them to consider information and cyber security risk. However, not all of them understood how to respond to those risks and the implications for their organizations. A thorough understanding of what happened, and why it is necessary to properly understand and respond to underlying risks, is needed by the CEO, as well as all members of an organization’s BoD,…

February 14, 2019
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Who’s Responsible for Your Cyber-Security?

Threats to online security are constantly evolving, and organisations are more aware than ever of the risks that it can pose. But no matter how seriously cyber security is viewed by most businesses, many still fall short of properly addressing some of the biggest issues. In fact, recent figures from the government show that over four in ten UK businesses have suffered a cyber breach or attack within the last…

February 12, 2019
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Mozilla Concerned of Facebook’s Lack of Transparency

Mozilla is concerned about Facebook’s lack of transparency regarding political advertising, Chief Operating Officer Denelle Dixon said last week in a letter to the European Commission. Mozilla is currently working to launch its Firefox Election package for the European Union Parliament Elections and says it is not able to provide EU residents with the desired transparency, mainly due to challenges encountered with their Ad Analysis for Facebook add-on.  The add-on,…

February 6, 2019
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OWASP: What Are the Top 10 Threats and Why Does It Matter?

Since the founding of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) in 2001, it has become a leading resource for online security best practices. OWASP identifies itself as an open community dedicated to enabling organizations to develop and maintain applications and APIs that are protected from common threats and exploits. In particular, they publish a list of the “10 Most Critical Web Application Security Risks,” which effectively serves as a…

January 30, 2019
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