Black Hat Survey Reveals Cyber Concerns

Infosecurity Magazine | July 02, 2019

In advance of the 2019 Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, Black Hat USA has released its latest report on the growing concerns of consumers. Based on survey responses from conference attendees, the report, Consumers in the Crosshairs, looks at consumer concerns about their personal data potentially ending up in the hands of criminals as well as the ways in which security will affect the 2020 US presidential election. According to the report, more than 60% of security professionals feel there is a strong likelihood that voting machines will be hacked, resulting in an impact on the next US election. The same number of respondents believe that Russian cyber initiatives will specifically have a significant impact on the US presidential election in 2020. The protection of consumer data is an equally concerning cyber threat for industry professionals. The report found that 90% of security professionals believe that no matter how careful individuals are, their data will most likely end up available to criminals if it isn’t already being accessed or sold on the dark web at this very moment.

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The global adoption of IP has changed the way citizens, businesses, and governments interact. Today, there is no more prevalent a communications platform than the Internet. Over the past 10 years, worldwide Internet growth has increased over 400 percent with an estimated 29 percent of the world population, or almost 2 billion people, being Internet users. In the United States alone, estimates say that 77 percent of the population, or roughly 240 million people, are broadband Internet services users

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The global adoption of IP has changed the way citizens, businesses, and governments interact. Today, there is no more prevalent a communications platform than the Internet. Over the past 10 years, worldwide Internet growth has increased over 400 percent with an estimated 29 percent of the world population, or almost 2 billion people, being Internet users. In the United States alone, estimates say that 77 percent of the population, or roughly 240 million people, are broadband Internet services users

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By evolving its value proposition, the innovative BSP has also fortified itself against billion-dollar market cap competition in Palmyra and Hannibal. In its first two months of offering ProtectIQ to all customers, Chariton Valley blocked more than 48,000 web threats, intrusions, malware, and viruses from entering home networks—proving the immediate value of its investments. The comprehensive Revenue EDGE platform enables BSPs of all sizes to easily and quickly launch differentiating turnkey, managed offerings. Chariton Valley continues to evolve its value proposition and strengthen its growing customer connections by: Transforming its business to help communities thrive for decades. Chariton Valley is on track to complete a historic five-year, $42 million fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) buildout in its member service territory, and another $40 million in expansion opportunities next year by leveraging the secure broadband access network platform, Calix Intelligent Access EDGE™. 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