Articles tagged with: ransomware

The 3 Main Ways Ransomware Spreads in 2017

The 3 Main Ways Ransomware Spreads in 2017

Ransomware, Cyberattack, cybersecurity, information security, cyber risk, cyber security
Email is still the primary distribution mechanism for ransomware attacks, but “malvertising” is also a growing threat.

Ransomware is now on everyone’s mind, thanks to the recent “Petya” or ”Nyetya” global malware attack and the earlier WannaCry attack. Ransomware — malware designed to encrypt files and only decrypt them if the victim pays a ransom, usually in the digital currency bitcoin — is being spread in numerous ways, some of which are hard to defend against.

How to Land the Best Jobs in Cyber Security

Best Jobs in Cyber Security

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For job seekers looking for high pay, job security and the option to work in any sector and in any state, the cyber security field is the place to be.

Cyber crime costs the global economy over $400 billion each year. [Since] 2014 some of the largest companies in the world were victims of cyber crime, including J.P. Morgan, Target and The Home Depot among others. As cyber attacks continue to increase in volume and tenacity, with ever changing tactics, the government and the private sector are raising the alarm. In response, there has been a sharp uptick in the demand for cyber security professionals across almost every sector.

Due to this shortage in a critical area of national security and following the law of supply and demand, those who work in cyber security can expect to earn top dollar. For instance, on average, chief security officers will make over $220,000 annually.

So while it is clear that a job in cyber security has many benefits, what cyber security positions are the best and how do you land them?

The wannacry ransomware is a reminder to get serious about security

Get serious about security

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Wannacry Ransomware Attack

Ransomware is the word on everyone’s lips this week, following the massive WannaCry ransomware attack which spread quickly all over the world. Security experts estimate that over 200 000 systems across 150 countries were affected by the attack, in which hackers took advantage of a weakness in Microsoft’s Windows operating system to block any access to a computer system until a ‘ransom’ is paid in order to unlock the system again.

Investigations into the massive hack are still unfolding, but current thinking is that the attack originated in North Korea and made use of a set of top secret National Security Agency tools that were stolen and sold last year.

WannaCry: Smaller businesses are at great risk

Risk Management

Smaller businesses are at great risk, ransomware, malware, security awareness

Last week saw a widespread attack with more than 10,000 organisations across 150 countries – including 48 NHS trusts in the UK – almost simultaneously hit by the ransomware strain WannaCry. With data encrypted, the impacted businesses and other institutions experienced significant downtime as they were unable to continue with normal operations. The hospitals, for example, were forced to postpone non-urgent procedures and people were asked not to visit Accident & Emergency.

3 in 5 companies expect to be breached in 2017

Companies Breached

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New research found that of the 50 percent who reported being breached in 2016, the average material impact to the business was $4 million.

Vanson Bourne interviewed 600 senior IT decision-makers at organisations with at least 1,000 employees across Australia, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.

How to make cyber security a priority for your managers

cyber security as a priority

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Both the business and technology industry are growing and making new advancements. These new improvements, such as converged systems and cloud storage systems, while strikingly beneficial, also bring with them new risks. One of the rising risks is cyber security. With many companies taking advantage of new technology and running their business online, they have become larger targets for cyber hackers.

Hackers claim to have looted Pirates of the Caribbean 5

Hackers claim to have looted some treasure from Disney’s Magic Kingdom: Pirates of the Caribbean 5

Hackers, hacking, ransomware, Pirates of the Caribbean 5

At a town hall meeting in New York earlier today, Disney chief executive Bob Iger said hackers are claiming to have stolen an undisclosed new film from Disney’s upcoming slate, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter. Needless to say, the king of Disney’s castle is refusing to pay the demanded ransom.

Instead, the company is working with federal investigators and holding their breath to see if the online pirates will release their booty into the wild, according to the report.

Citing multiple sources, The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the hackers were demanding a huge ransom in bitcoin be paid out or they’d release the film into the wild. Specifically, the hackers threatened to release the first five minutes of the film and then the rest of the film in 20-minute sections. Iger’s response? Basically… “Come at me.”