Insider threats could pose major cybersecurity risks for companies in 2015, with even more phishing attempts and major data breaches by non-hackers, according to the Personam insider threat protection firm.
In addition, there will be an increase in additional insider threat-themed security budgets, as companies take a closer look at beefing up their cyber defenses. Expect to see commercial markets drive insider threat capabilities in innovation, because government agencies face bureaucratic road blocks.
"Insider threat is traditionally thought to be malicious employees with access to critical data and systems as part of their work, but a major shift is occurring as a result of huge data breaches like the one Target suffered, where compromised credentials of a supplier were used as the attack vector," said Chris Kauffman, CEO of Personam, in a press statement.
Tim Don, Olympian and world champion triathlete, rocked the Polar V800 Sports Watch during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week - and managed to finish a full Ironman-distance event in the hustle and bustle of Sin City.
Don finished the grueling event (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run) in a time of 9:40:21 - starting in the Venetian Casino Resort's outdoor lap pool. Swimming a full Ironman distance in a pool consisted of 120 laps - and he jumped on his bike and rode to the Polar booth in the Sands Expo, riding the rest of his bike leg on a CompuTrainer trainer.
The Polar V800 tracked his statistics during the event: "Over the course of the race, Don reached a maximum heart rate of 182 BPM, sustained an average heart rate of 132 BPM and burned a total of 6,716 calories. During his 49 minute swim, Don averaged 154 BPM and burned 728 calories. While on the bike, his average speed was 41.1 [km/h], burned 3,492 calories and averaged a heart rate of 135 BPM. His three hour marathon run resulted in an average pace of 5:05 min/km, an average cadence rpm of 84, a stride length of 111 cm and 2,496 burned calories."
Cyber readiness is a major initiative for business leaders in 2015, as high-profile data breaches continue to capture headlines in the United States. Companies tend to be reactive instead of proactive when it comes to cybersecurity, which leaves them vulnerable to attacks.
As part of its "Top Fraud and Corruption trends for 2015" report, EY Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services (FIDS) listed "Cyber readiness is challenging the C-Suite and Boards" as the top concern.
Trying to defend against cyberattacks is proving difficult, with cyberespionage from foreign nation states and increasingly sophisticated hacktivists launching attacks.
"Business leaders are faced with significant challenges when it comes to cyber readiness," noted Richard Stiennon, Chief Research Analyst of IT-Harvest, in a statement to TweakTown. "At the lowest level they struggle to even build awareness that preparing for and defending against cyberattacks is of paramount importance. High-profile breaches, especially that of Sony Pictures Entertainment are going a long way to providing that education."
Companies feel angry, vulnerable and humiliated following a cyberattack leading to data breach, but they should avoid trying to launch retaliatory attacks.
JPMorgan Chase allegedly endorsed a revenge cyberattack during a closed meeting in February 2013, before suffering a significant data breach in late 2014. The FBI is now reportedly investigating a revenge attack that was sanctioned by US financial institutions, leading to a server in Iran being taken offline.
"First, I believe it is illegal and therefore risky for a company to engage in retaliatory cyberattacks," said Richard Stiennon, Chief Research Analyst of IT-Harvest, in a statement to TweakTown. "The very best way to react against an attack is to beef up security and vow to never be a victim again."
Ninety percent of world's democracies have leaders active on Twitter, with 82 percent of leaders on the No. 2 social networking site, according to a Digital Policy Council (DPC) report.
Not surprisingly, President Obama's Twitter account is followed by 51 million users, while India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is No. 2 with 9 million followers. No. 3 on the list is Turkish President Recep Erdogan, despite his country's efforts to "wipe out" Twitter so it cannot be used by Turkish residents.
The rest of the list: No. 4 is Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev; No. 5 is Queen Rania, the Queen Consort of the King of Jordan; No. 6 is His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; No. 7 President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, No. 8 is President Cristina Fernandez De Kirchner from Argentina, No. 9 is Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto; and No. 10 is Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff.
The Internet is an amazing tool that can be used for communication, entertainment, gaming, research, and so many other purposes. However, trying to keep children safe and secure while using the Internet is something that becomes even more difficult with mobile technologies and additional connectivity.
I recently overheard a conversation between two mothers in Starbucks regarding allowing their young children access to Apple iPhone smartphones. It seemed that one kid was going to hate her mother for being overbearing and untrustworthy, while the other child would end up being able to get away with bloody murder.
From a cybersecurity perspective, talking with children and becoming more proactive can be the best first step to ensuring they are safer on the Internet. It's possible to check their cyber environment without being overly intrusive and strictly monitoring what they are doing, with experts also recommending setting house rules and teaching them proper privacy guidelines.
"It is our responsibility as adults, parents, and grandparents to safeguard our children," said Raj Goel, cyber civil rights advocate, in a press statement. "Ensuring their online safety is just one way we can do that, so think carefully about what details you post this holiday season and beyond."
The Lizard Squad hacker group delivered on its promise to attack Microsoft's Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Network on Christmas, bringing both console gaming services down. Both services were crippled, but PSN suffered a longer outage, but is back online and operating normally.
The networks were most likely attacked by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, orchestrated by the Lizard Squad, though it is unknown why it took Sony longer to restore service.
It was a rather unfortunate incident for Microsoft and Sony, as many consumers received Xbox One or PlayStation 4 game consoles - and new video games - they were likely excited to test during the holidays. However, Xbox Live was restored on Saturday, and it looks like PlayStation Network regained stability early Monday morning.
Casualties of ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria continue to pile up, so the Islamic extremist group is increasing its social media recruitment efforts. In its most recent campaign to attract westerners, ISIS wants angry protesters in Ferguson, Missouri to join efforts to cause chaos.
"Hey blacks, ISIS will save you," with the group using the hashtags #IslamicState, #Ferguson and #Coming. Of course, ISIS wants the criminals and troublemakers, hoping to entice them to spread destruction across the country.
"We received intelligence reports for law enforcement showing actual tweets ISIS was putting out encouraging Americans to join the people who were burning down buildings in Ferguson to engage that kind of conduct across America," said Sean Cox, FBI special agent in charge of the Springfield, Illinois region, in a statement to the media.
Sony Pictures Entertainment announced it has canceled the Christmas Day release of "The Interview," due to a terror threat against theaters showing the movie.
I hope to see Sony Pictures release the movie online, as I would be willing to pay a few bucks to download - or stream - the film. Let's face it: The damage has already been done to Sony, as the company is struggling to recover from the high-profile data breach, with information continually leaked online. Whether or not they keep the movie from public release altogether, the cybercriminals behind the attack aren't going to suddenly stop, apologize, and promise to not leak additional information in the future.
Here is what Sony said in a statement: "We respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers."
San Jose police officer Phillip White needs a refresher course in social media etiquette, after two regrettable tweets that have landed him in hot water. In addition to being a police officer, he also serves as a Menlo College assistant basketball coach, while earning praise from local media publications and the public.
Here is what White tweeted, before deleting the posts:
"Threaten me or my family and I will use my God given and law-appointed right and duty to kill you. #CopsLivesMatter"
"By the way if anyone feels they can't breathe or their lives matter, I'll be at the movies tonight, off duty, carrying my gun."