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5 Predicted Cyber Security Trends for 2014

As disturbing details regarding the depth and breadth of Target’s security breach continue to surface, the clear message is that organizations need to implement greater cyber security safeguards to prevent future breaches from occurring. For as the Target attack shows, such breaches of personal data not only pose financial risks, they also put the company’s reputation at risk and open the doors for legal retaliation. In the interest of creating better safeguards against cyber attacks going forward, here is a look at 5 predicted cyber security trends for 2014. Greater adherence to NIST standards and guidelines Under the Executive Order “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity," President Obama has directed the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to work with organizations on developing — as stated on nist.gov — a “framework of standards, guidelines and best practices to promote the protection of critical infrastructure.” While developing this framework has been considered a “voluntary” practice on the part of organizations thus far, heightened scrutiny of security practices by the FTC and other regulators will force organizations to more strictly adhere to NIST standards and best practices with regard to cyber security in 2014 and beyond. Otherwise, in the event of a security breach,...
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7 Biggest Cyber Threats of 2014 — And How to Protect Yourself

At the end of the 2005 blockbuster film Batman Begins, police officer Jim Gordon makes a point about crime and escalation. In a nutshell, he points out that no matter how sophisticated law enforcement becomes, there will always be those criminals who who are willing to take things to the next level, and as both sides work to gain a clear advantage, very little ever actually changes. In few areas does this seem to apply more than in cyberspace. As computer systems advance and grow, virus protection firms work tirelessly to create new defences intended to keep sensitive data safe from the criminals who would steal it. And as they do so, black-hat hackers around the world put just as much effort into defeating these new security measures. And so, as we enter a new year, we’re faced with a new crop of potential cyber threats. Anti-virus giant McAfee has recently released its own report on the kinds of cyber-threats we may begin to see in the next twelve months, and the top contenders to make the list may surprise you. Here are seven cyber-threats to look out for in 2014, and how to protect your information from them. 1. Mobile...
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How to Remove Adware and Malware from your Personal Computer?

Nowadays, that everything can be found on the Internet, it is important to ensure a safe browsing experience. Unfortunately, there are instances in which unsolicited and unsubscribe software is downloaded into your PC by several unscrupulous sites. The most common software includes Adware, Spyware and Malware that give problems with your PC. Such unwanted software downloads can cause slow running of the computer that may interfere your work. In this sense, it is necessary for every computer user to be knowledgeable in maintaining the security of the computer from malware and other unwanted software downloads. Common Signs of Malware Infection Malware and Spyware come in many forms. They may appear as legitimate program or emerge from a file on your drive. The common signs to look out for malware infection include poor performance of the computer, pop-ups and obvious browser hijacking as well as installation prompts of software. It is difficult to track the infections manually as it requires the right knowledge and tedious process. That is why if you notice these signs the best thing to do is look for effective ways to uninstall and remove the spyware. Top programs for malware and spyware removal MalwareBytes – It is the...
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8 Types of Hackers on the Internet

During its infancy, cybercrime was really more of a novelty than an actual threat. Young hackers would write harmless viruses that would display a funny message or break into supposedly secure systems just to poke around. However, as the internet began to grow throughout the world and change the way that people and organizations interact, those with the propensity and ability began to fully realize the power that they could hold over an increasingly digital world. Today, hackers are anything but harmless. Acting alone or as organized groups, hackers have infiltrated the highest levels of government and defense, cost the United States and its civilians hundreds of billions of dollars, and destroyed countless lives. But what kind of people would dedicate their existence to such endeavors? Well, here’s a quick guide to the different kinds of hackers that operate in the world today. 1. State Sponsored Attackers Perhaps the most dangerous of the modern hacker groups are the state sponsored hackers. These are clandestine groups who are government funded and trained and exist to undermine the nations and countries that they consider to be their political enemies. These hackers are able to work as organized groups and to devote all...
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5 Tips to Make Your Website More Secure

There are a lot of things that go into making a good website. Whether you are a big company who is looking to expand your online presence, or an independent website developer with a message to share, there are a lot of necessary steps to take before the process is complete. One of the most important, however, is making sure that your website is 100 percent secure. If it is not, you can face any number of problems, such as hackers, viruses, and other cyber attacks that will damage the success of your site. Here are five top tips for making your website more secure. Secure Coding Much of the best security starts at the foundations of your website, that is to say your coding. You might be concerned with getting your site up and running, but do not let that prevent you from doing the proper work required to make sure that your coding has no holes that can harm security. It might take a little bit longer, but it will save you a lot of trouble in the long run! Secure Payment Processing If your website has anything to do with the transfer of money, it is crucial that...
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Security Challenges with Denial of Service Attacks

Denial of Service (DoS) and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have featured heavily in the tech news of recent years as their ease of delivery makes them a simple tool for those wishing to disrupt a target's online presence. A DoS is initiated when one computer continually sends data, typically as requests, to another computer with the aim of exceeding the target machines resources such as bandwidth, RAM or processing power. A DDoS is when multiple computers join forces, typically controlled by a Botnet, and target an organisations web servers or network. The disruption from a DDoS, however, can affect different organisations in different ways. Some organisations such as banks have seen DDoS attacks prevent their customers from accessing their online banking services. This has obvious implications for consumers and businesses looking to manage their accounts. HSBC suffered a DDoS attack in October 2012 that was attributed to Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters allegedly as a protest aimed at forcing You Tube to remove the controversial film Innocence of Muslims. The same group has continued its DDoS attacks into January of 2013 against a long list of U.S. banks such as JP Morgan Chase, U.S. Bancorp and Bank of...
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Keeping Your Personal Information Safe from Intrusion

 “We hack everyone everywhere,” says IT contractor turned whistleblower Snowden.   Recently, former CIA employee Edward Snowden leaked information that shows that the US government is spying not just rival countries but even on its own citizens. “You are not even aware of what is possible. The extent of their capabilities is horrifying,” Snowden reveals.    We will not delve into the political significance of such a revelation. But this bit of information highlights the need to take measures to keep your personal information safe.     Keeping Your Personal Information Safe Online   A post on USA.gov’s blog advises citizens to 1) choose strong passwords, 2) only access personal information through secure connections (avoid free and public wi-fi) and 3) always read the privacy policy    Let’s discuss each of these.    Strong Passwords   A strong password must be a combination of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Cracking passwords is now considered to be just a hobby for amateurs. It makes sense to make your passwords hard to crack and change them often.    Most people have the same password on all sites that they register to. The problem is that it’s not easy to...
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Disruption Online

It seems every step forward made in computer security technology is accompanied by two strides forward made by hackers and crackers whose sheer ingenuity must be recognized but not condoned. It seems every step forward made in computer security technology is accompanied by two strides forward made by hackers and crackers whose sheer ingenuity must be recognized but not condoned. The disruptions caused by cybercriminals can be significant and substantial as they launch devious campaigns ranging from financial scams, hacking into sensitive and valuable data, disseminating damaging viruses and much more. What is the cost of this online criminal activity? Well, the German foreign minister Joschka Fischer estimated the worldwide figure at over $40 billion each year. Needless to say, stopping cyber crime is top on the list of priorities in many countries around the globe. Recently, the Metropolitan police quadrupled the size of its cybercrime unit. Now comprised of 85 officers, the unit has its hands full with the investigation into the “hacktivist” groups Lulzsec and Anonymous. Teenage members of the groups have been arrested and charged with offences under the Computer Misuse Act, the Serious Crime Act and the Criminal Law Act. They face up to 10 years in...
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