Cybersecurity is edging its way into every facet of our daily lives and we must try and get as much information, make as many connections and be at the cutting-edge of every legal, political and economic cyber security update.
The best way to do this, is to rub shoulders with (or listen to) the top dogs in the industry, and all of them will be attending at least a few events this year.
Here are our top five cybersecurity events of 2019:
Cyber Hub Summit: Atlanta, Georgia
The network completely changed when they introduced content a year ago. That’s when you could start broadcasting long posts to your network of connections and the world at large. It’s become a really great go-to learning destination for current cybersecurity issues and trends.
Here are the top 5 accounts to follow on LinkedIn if you want to absorb more about cybersecurity:
Since 2010, ransomware has evolved as one of the biggest cyber risks. In fact, 2017 saw more ransomware attacks than ever before. May 12th 2017 saw the biggest ever cyber attack in Internet history (yes, bigger than the Dyn DDoS). A ransomware named WannaCry stormed through the web, with the damage epicenter being in Europe.
Read more about what is ransomware and how you can protect your workstation, PC or laptop against such attacks on Heimdal Security Blog.
Researchers at the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future recently released a report about one of its more interesting findings.
While scouring the hacker forums on the dark web, the firm’s analysts discovered someone selling MQ-9 Reaper drone documents — maintenance books, training guides, and a list of airmen assigned to the military drone. The hacker was looking for $150-200 for the documentation.
Cyber Security experts who have been chanting at us that we need to focus on our strongest (and in terms of Cyber Security, weakest) resource, our users, for years, have started laying the foundations for another route to Cyber safety, which doesn’t rely on manpower.
According to the U.S. government, the state-sponsored cyber unit, codenamed Hidden Cobra, targets telecoms and financial institutions using sophisticated tools known as Bankshot, Badcall and Hardrain and Fallchill. It has links to previous attacks on SWIFT, the transfer network which connects more than 10,000 banks.
In 2017 international investors participated in more funding deals of Israeli cybersecurity firms than did Israeli investors. This is “further proof of the growing recognition of Israel as a global leader in cybersecurity,” the report said. At the same time, there was slightly less activity of Israel-based investors, including angels.
Researchers of the firm discovered three different variants of crypto-mining malware in its top 10 most prevalent threat with Coinhive ranking first. Other crypto-miner malware that made the list include JSEcoin ranked fifth, and Cryptoloot ranked eighth. The firm claims more than one-in-five organizations around the world had been affected by the Coinhive variant last month.
The 2018 Identity Fraud Study found that despite industry efforts to prevent identity fraud, fraudsters successfully adapted to net 1.3 million more victims in 2017, with the amount stolen rising to $16.8 billion. With the adoption of EMV cards and terminals, the types of identity fraud continued to shift online and away from physical stores. The complexity of fraud is also on the rise as criminals are opening more new accounts as a means of compromising accounts consumers already have.