What are you planning for Cyber Security Awareness Month 2021? Cyber Security Awareness Month is coming up in October. This collaborative effort between government and industry aims to provide all people with the resources they need to stay safe and secure online. What is Cyber Security Awareness Month? Cyber Security Awareness Month was launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in October 2004 in a broad effort to help all citizens stay safer and more secure online. The initiative calls for a collaborative effort from government, public and private partners, schools, law enforcement agencies, and individual citizens to participate in a worldwide effort to raise public awareness about cyber threats. When Cyber Security Awareness Month began, the advice was to update antivirus programs twice a year. This was in line with similar advice to change smoke alarm batteries bi-annually during daylight savings
Are dashboards the future of cyber security reporting? Part 1 Today, C-level executives are making more of an investment in IT security than ever before. In response, information security officers are now regularly needed to report on the security posture of their organisation and communicate their findings to the board. Now more than ever, CISO's and their lieutenants are in need of robust reports that provide visibility into security-related metrics. The legacy reporting tools that used to be the standard for CISO’s are becoming obsolete and ineffective. More cyber security activities than ever before require detailed and condensed reports. Pulling together a few useful documents and summaries is no longer enough; CISO's need deep dives that provide visibility into critical security metrics. Join us as we explore new technologies to answer a single question: are dashboards the future of cyber security reporting? Data visualisations and considerations Data is only as
Ransomware: Develop and Test your Response Strategy Using Simulation In this blog I want to take a look at Simulating a Ransomware Attack and how you would go about developing and testing a Response Strategy. I’ve already covered the basics of a Ransomware attack in this blog article: https://elasticito.com/ransomware-do-you-have-a-tried-and-tested-strategy-in-place/ The object of this exercise is twofold: Maintain business continuity – or in other words a ransomware attack should have little to no disruption to business; Contain and eliminate the attack quickly with minimal effort; Throughout this blog I am going to focus on behaviour rather than specific IoCs. Please also note that the information provide here is a high-level guide and not an exhaustive task list and is focused on the endpoint only. In a future blog post I will cover network security controls. While User Awareness Training is recommended is hasn’t been included as part of validating security controls.
How to Protect Your Customers and Your Brand from Stolen Credential Misuse During 2020 a number of Online Retailers have made headline news due to the media erroneously reporting that their customer Portals had been breached. These include Tesco Clubcard Members (https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/tesco-clubcard-holders-warned-of-major-security-issue) and most recently, Wiggle (https://cyclingindustry.news/security-breach-reported-on-wiggles-customer-accounts). In both these instances there was no exploitation of a cyber vulnerability. Threat Actors in all likelihood gained access to these Portals Accounts using a database of credentials stolen from other platforms or possibly via a Spear Phishing campaign. The obvious questions here are: How was this possible? and How can this be prevented in the future? I prefer a shared responsibility model so let’s answer the above questions with this in mind: How was this possible? Many subscribers have the same username (email address) and password for all online portals and web applications. Therefore, if one Portal account is compromised,
You Should Adopt a Cyber Security Framework – Here’s Why Today, cyber attacks and cyber security breaches are constantly happening around the world. These attacks are also continuously evolving, becoming more sophisticated and unforeseen. This makes it difficult for organisations to proactively prevent phising, malware and ransomware attacks. So what can your organisation do to become resilient to cyber threats? A suitable cyber security framework and cyber security policies and procedures can reinforce your organisation’s IT security. Cyber Security Framework A growing number of organisations are coming to the realisation that their extensive investment in cyber security technologies has not provided the resilience to cyber attacks that they were expecting and are looking for answers as to why they are still susceptible to phishing, ransomware and malware. The answer to this susceptibility conundrum lies in the understanding and adoption of a Cyber Security Framework (CSF). This doesn't mean that blindly adopting