Data breaches rose 40% in 2016 from 2015 to hit a record high of 1,093, per data from the Identity Theft Resource Center. Spending on security products and services also increased, to $73.7 billion, and is expected to get close to $90 billion in 2018.
A Gmail phishing attempt that takes users to a site that looks exactly the same as Gmail to input passwords is fooling even tech experts, writes Wordfence CEO Mark Maunder. He suggests that users check for a lock icon in their address bar, make sure the address begins with "https://" and be wary of any email that requests their password.
President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration will be protected by cybersecurity personnel who will look for threats in digital infrastructure throughout the parade route. They will also check for any unusual network activity and power surges, and will monitor all critical systems within a 50-mile radius, a former Secret Service agent said.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has pledged to make Hong Kong a more efficient smart city, but a tech industry expert says policy changes are needed to make it easier for startups to obtain employment visas to bring in top talent. Betatron co-founder Rafal Czerniawski said opening bank accounts is also proving to be a challenge.
Nissan will start testing autonomous vehicles on the streets of London in February. The company will use modified versions of its Nissan Leaf vehicle.
The US has the world's fourth-worst shortage of cybersecurity professionals, while the UK, Israel and Ireland also are struggling to fill cybersecurity positions, a study shows. Companies such as Atrion Communications are filling the gap by training young professionals, while Ron Temske of Logicalis recommends that organizations rely on automation during the shortage.
The education sector is the one most at risk for ransomware attacks, with 13% of higher education institutions being attacked in 2016, a Bitsight Insights report states. To avoid attacks, institutions should ensure that their systems are secure, that they have a security team in place, that they keep backup data and that they prioritize cybersecurity education for students, administrators and faculty.
The CIA has released new guidelines on how it gathers, stores and interprets information on US citizens. The rules were designed "in a manner that protects the privacy and civil rights of the American people," said CIA general counsel.
Taking a systemic approach is the best method of defense against security threats in internet of things devices, said Paul Williams of Fortinet. Initial steps for securing IoT should include segmentation and strong encryption, while smart cities should also focus on mitigation strategies for distributed-denial-of-service attacks, he said.
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