Category Archives: Europe

(ISC)² Secure Summit EMEA will welcome hundreds of the best minds in cybersecurity

This year’s (ISC)² Secure Summit EMEA will take place in The Hague in April. In order to find out what elements set this event apart from other cybersecurity events, we sat down with Mary-Jo de Leeuw, Director of Cybersecurity Advocacy, EMEA at (ISC)². How has the fast-paced threat landscape influenced the program of this year’s (ISC)² Secure Summit EMEA event? The rapid pace of change has been fundamental in forming the agenda for this year’s … More

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European standards org releases consumer IoT cybersecurity standard

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has released ETSI TS 103 645, a standard for cybersecurity in the Internet of Things, to establish a security baseline for internet-connected consumer products and provide a basis for future IoT certification schemes. As more devices in the home connect to the internet, the cyber security of the Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming a growing concern. People entrust their personal data to an increasing number of online devices … More

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IT security incidents affecting German critical infrastructure are on the rise

The number of IT security incidents reported by critical infrastructure companies in Germany has soared. In 2017, the German Federal Office for Security in Information Technology (BSI) received 145 such reports from critical infrastructure providers. In the second half of 2018 alone that number reached 157, Welt am Sonntag reports. Reporting requirements The BSI is the federal agency charged with managing computer and communication security for the German government, as well as monitoring the security … More

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Bank of Valletta suspended all operations in wake of cyber attack

Maltese Bank of Valletta (BOV) has been breached by hackers and has temporarily suspended all of its operations to minimize risk and review its systems. The bank shuttered its braches across the island, disabled ATMs, internet and mobile banking and prevented its customers from using BOV cards for effecting payments in stores, hotels, restaurants, etc. What is known about the attack? According to Times of Malta, the attack was detected shortly after the start of … More

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88% of UK businesses breached during the last 12 months

The UK’s cyber threat environment is intensifying. Attacks are growing in volume, and the average number of breaches has increased, according to Carbon Black. Key survey research findings: 88% of UK organizations reported suffering a breach in the last 12 months The average number of breaches per organization over the past year was 3.67 87% of organizations have seen an increase in attack volumes 89% of organizations say attacks have become more sophisticated 93% of … More

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Four differences between the GDPR and the CCPA

By passing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which goes into effect on January 1, 2020, the Golden State is taking a major step in the protection of consumer data. The new law gives consumers insight into and control of their personal information collected online. This follows a growing number of privacy concerns around corporate access to and sales of personal information with leading tech companies like Facebook and Google. The bill was signed by … More

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Ethical hacker may get 8 years in prison for reporting flaws in Magyar Telekom

By Waqas

Hungary’s Prosecution Service has accused an ethical hacker and computer specialist of infiltrating the Magyar Telekom database. The office found him involved in a crime that disrupted the operations of a “public utility” thereby attempting to endanger the society. Reportedly, the hacker identified serious vulnerabilities in Magyar Telekom and reported them to the company. He […]

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Free training course material on network forensics for cybersecurity specialists

Based on current best practices, the training includes performance indicators and means that will help those who take it increase their operational skills of tackling cyber incidents. Network forensics is more important than ever, since more and more data is sent via networks and the internet. When there is a security incident, network forensics can help reduce the time needed to go from Detection to Containment – an essential step in any major security incident. … More

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Authorities shut down xDedic marketplace for selling hacked servers

By ghostadmin

The domain for xDedic has been seized as well. In a joint operation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and authorities from several European countries have successfully taken down xDedic, a notorious dark web marketplace known for selling stolen digital goods such as login credentials, identity cards, and hacked servers. The operation was carried out on January 24th […]

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ENISA outlines top cyber threats and trends in 2018

In 2018, the cyber threat landscape changed significantly. The most important threat agent groups, namely cyber-criminals and state-sponsored actors have further advanced their motives and tactics. Monetisation motives contributed to the appearance of crypto-miners in the top 15 cyber threats. Advances in defence have also been assessed: law enforcement authorities, governments and vendors were able to further develop active defence practices such as threat agent profiling and the combination of cyber threat intelligence (CTI) and … More

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Industry reactions to Data Privacy Day 2019

The purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Privacy Day is observed annually on Jan. 28. Cindy Provin, CEO, nCipher Security These high profile policy developments are sending a signal that the days of using personal data for commercial advantage … More

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GDPR-ready organizations see lowest incidence of data breaches

Organizations worldwide that invested in maturing their data privacy practices are now realizing tangible business benefits from these investments, according to Cisco’s 2019 Data Privacy Benchmark Study. The study validates the link between good privacy practice and business benefits as respondents report shorter sales delays as well as fewer and less costly data breaches. Business benefits of privacy investments The GDPR, which focused on increasing protection for EU residents’ privacy and personal data, became enforceable … More

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Industry reactions to Google’s €50 million GDPR violation fine

On 21 January 2019, the French National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) imposed a financial penalty of €50 million against Google, in accordance with the GDPR. This is the first time that the CNIL applies the new sanction limits provided by the GDPR. The amount decided and the publicity of the fine are justified by the severity of the infringements observed regarding the essential principles of the GDPR: transparency, information and consent. Here are some reactions … More

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