Have you ever signed into your email only to find a flood of unread emails? Silly question, of course you have. Some of those emails probably get deleted immediately, while others might sit idle in your inbox for weeks. Then there are those emails from your mom, your bank or your boss that require a prompt response… especially the ones from your boss (sorry mom). Have you ever had the feeling that maybe the email labeled as from your boss actually isn’t from your boss at all? This may seem a little far-fetched, but it does happen, and it happens quite often.
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It is hard to image that over half of a country’s population could fall victim to a data breach, but the reality is, no one is exempt from cyberattacks.
The country of Turkey was hit with a massive data breach in early April 2016, exposing 50 million of its citizens. With 80 million people living in Turkey, the leak impacts more than half the country’s population. The leaked data included the names, addresses, birth dates, and national identification numbers of the victims. The cybercriminal has not yet been identified, but it appears the hacker was motivated by political issues and used the data breach as a way to declare his dissatisfaction with certain political figures.
The news has been inundated lately with discussions around cybersecurity. With the Apple vs. FBI case, Obama’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan and constant cyber threats from foreign countries, you’d expect cybersecurity to be a hot topic among the Presidential candidates. However, so far this has not been the case.
Cybersecurity is a complex topic. Some candidates may not feel equipped to discuss the topic, while others may not have a definitive stance on the issue. Regardless of the reason, cybersecurity is a national security issue and the next president will be tasked with addressing it. According to CBS News, fifty-five percent of Information Security professionals believe cybersecurity should be an essential issue in the 2016 election. We decided to do some research and see where the Presidential candidates stand on cybersecurity issues and policies.
Let’s Take a Closer Look…
If you own or manage a website you’re probably focused on improving the look and feel of the site, its traffic, speed, and functionality. Is website security a priority for you? For many website owners, it isn’t…until their website gets hacked.
The consequences of a website hack can be detrimental to your company, including a hit to your brand’s reputation and bottom line. Large companies are well aware of this, which is why many have “Bug Bounty Programs” to reward website users for finding and reporting bugs, like exploits and vulnerabilities that live on their websites. There have been two popular bug bounty cases in the news lately with organizations you’re probably familiar with, the United States Pentagon and Facebook.
I love Firefox. I’ve used it since it was Firebird, if not Phoenix, and it’s my main browser on every device. I value Mozilla’s dedication to an open, secure, and private internet, and because of that, I recommend Firefox to friends and family. That’s why two recent Firefox developments have me concerned. This week we’ll discuss a troubling statement about the state of Firefox security, the sunsetting of the use of SHA-1 in SSL certificates and Firefox’s recent exception to that, and whether Firefox is still a secure browsing option.
Expect Increased Volumes
This year, 80% of consumers plan to spend as much or more than they did in 2014, according to an analysis of available research by PFSWeb. Just on Cyber Monday alone, total sales made from consumers’ desktops reached $2.28 billion, up 12% from 2014. Mobile sales on Cyber Monday grew 53% from last year, with total sales reaching $838 million.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice released a report that revealed some weaknesses in Next Gen Cyber, The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s cyber security program begun in 2012. Next Gen Cyber originally has a budget of $314 million and a total of 1,333 full-time jobs (including 756 agents), while the DOJ also asked for an $86.6 million increase in funding for 2014 to support this Initiative. The FBI had in total 52 open positions of the 134 computer scientists it was authorized to employee under the Initiative.
FCA US LLC, formerly Chrysler Group LLC, announced on Friday that Fiat Chrysler will recall 1.4 million vehicles in US to install software to prevent hackers from gaining remote control of the engine, steering and other systems. According to federal officials, this is the first such action of its kind. This announcement was made several days after cyber security researchers succeeding in using a wireless connection to turn off a Jeep Cherokee’s engine as it drove. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also said on Friday that it would investigate whether FCA’s solution to upgrade software was enough to protect consumers from hackers.
Viruses used to be the only website security issue that companies worried about. With cyberthreats increasing in variety, protecting your website is no longer about installing a basic firewall. You also need to consider the necessary add-ons in all the right places to develop a multi-layered security plan.
Add-Ons That Help Website Security
To help you start your own deployment, below are three non-firewall add-ons that you should have in order to develop a comprehensive website security plan.
Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta resigned last Friday, a day after revealing that the recent data breach of employee information was much larger than originally thought and had probably affected 22.1 million current, former and prospective US government employees and their family members. Archuleta’s departure has been confirmed in an email she sent to OPM staff. Beth Cobert, previously the U.S. chief performance officer and a deputy director at OPM, has taken over as the acting director of OPM since last Saturday.